At Ocean Orchids, we care about our environment and want to make sure to leave a good legacy for future generations. Because of how they were grown, Ocean Orchids orchids have the smallest footprint in Europe.
20% less energy
Our location gives us a strategic advantage due to the use of geotermalne energy, which is one of the most important sources of renewable energy. In the village of Dobrovnik, at the place which, several million years ago, featured the Pannonian Ocean, we have constructed a tropical greenhouse. What may seem a simple idea at a glance is actually the result of several years of research and development, youthful energy, eagerness, and an enthusiasm for the mysterious and unusual world of orchids. The results we have reached surprised not only the people around us but also ourselves. We have, above all, proven that this type of farming in this part of Slovenia and Europe is in all respects very efficient — actually using 20% less energy than other greenhouses that grow Orchids.
85% of geothermal energy
Next to our Ocean Oceans greenhouse, we have drilled a geothermal borehole, which supplies water for heating the greenhouse and enables successful growth of tropical plants. We built the whole concept of orchid production on a business idea based on the principle of sustainability. We focused on geothermal energy and our strategic location offering more favourable climate than other orchid producers. We also stand by the principle of local production for local markets allowing as short as possible transport route to the final consumer. Our business plan allowed for 85% of our heating needs for the greenhouse to come from geothermal energy.
With certainty we can say together the production and sales, Ocean Orchids has the smallest environmental footprint in Europe when looking at orchid greenhouses. As we mentioned the strategic location of Ocean Orchids already gives us an advantage as most Orchid producers are from the Netherlands. Compared with other manufacturers in the production of orchid plants, we produce only 6% of the volume of their CO2 emissions. As the only producers of tropical orchids in this part of Europe, we continue to improve and update our technology to continue to lower our footprint even as we produce more and more orchids.