Re-greening the Bois de Vincennes using a fertile substrate: What the press say

16 October 2020

ECT initiative boosts the upcycling of inert soil.

The business offers non-built developments to communities and local authorities, by using excavated soil. Since 2019, it has been producing a fertile substrate that is 100% recycled, called Urbafertil.

Produced purely by recycling, Urbafertil is the result of mixing inert soil with compost from green waste. It’s a very topical illustration of ‘circular economics’ for soil from the construction & public works sector, putting it to work to re-green urban spaces. There are well-attested benefits for:

  • The climate,
  • The creation of islands of freshness,
  • Soil permeability, enabling it to absorb rainwater
  • And for biodiversity.

This ‘technosol’ offers an alternative approach to importing topsoil, being both ecological and economical.

In the Bois de Vincennes, the city of Paris has applied this Urbafertil approach to the Esplanade Saint-Louis, creating a technosol that meets a complex technical specification.

The media came to see the on-site fabrication process.

“Fertile technosol for the esplanade of the Château de Vincennes”: Read here 

 “Greening the surroundings of the Château de Vincennes with inert soil”: Read here

V3C Environnement - Parution dans Recyclage Récupération Magazine

“A right royal site for Urbafertil“: Read here 

Matériel & Paysage | Le magazine de référence des paysagistes

“A fertile substrate created from inert materials”: Read here : le média professionnel des agricultures urbaines

 “A responsible solution for greening the city”: Read here

To find out more about Urbafertil, click  here