The 2020 industry survey results are in!

A 2020 survey of industry professionals has shown the majority are using imported wood fibre from America – a thermally and mechanically processed hydromulch manufactured in the USA.

In Australia, we have some of the most challenging soil types and climatic conditions in the world – including extreme UV sunlight, tropical storms and highly dispersive low carbon soils, to name but three – and EnviroStraw’s simple range of products has been designed to meet these challenges head-on. For example, the fine fibres that make up the imported wood-fibre product break down quickly under Australia’s high UV climatic conditions in a way EnviroStraw hydromulch products don’t, as the included straw fibre has lignin – its own natural UV-resistant coating, which provides increased functional longevity. 

Every bale includes our purpose-designed suite of beneficial bacteria and fungi, carefully selected in Australia for Australia’s challenging soil types – truly, there’s no other hydromulch like it.

EnviroMatrix ECM/BGA: our hero product – an all-in-one erosion control matrix and biotic growth amendment that simply requires you to add seed.

EnviroStraw HGM: our standard hydromulch.

EnviroStraw BFM: our bonded fibre matrix product that includes binders and tackifiers.

Our product range includes a careful selection of mechanically and thermally processed plant fibres, all sourced from Australian renewable resources including cereal straw, wood fibre and cellulose fibre, with included natural soil conditioners and our purpose-designed suite of microbes.

Developed over eight years, EnviroStraw has worked diligently to ensure our range of hydromulch products meets or exceeds world standards, and there’s no better place than Australia to do this. As Australia has some of the toughest climatic conditions in the world, it forced us to perform the most extensive R&D program Australia has ever seen in terms of hydraulic revegetation products. We knew if we could develop a product in Australia that could mix and spray well whilst withstanding our harsh climate, we could compete on the world stage – and this is exactly what we’ve done. We not only developed products that work, but we also developed programs like BioGrowth – a world-first in microbial revegetation, which rebuilds disturbed soils fast. This means we can not only provide the products to enhance project outcomes – we can also provide the expertise. 

In addition to being a superior product, quality and cost are also a factor, with the price of the imported product being much higher due to having to allow for shipping and customs.  Now more than ever it’s important to buy Australian and help us provide employment to Australians recovering from the devastating economic impact of COVID-19 – plus when the quality’s superior and the cost is cheaper, why would you go elsewhere?

 

The role of nutrient cycling in balancing soils

At EnviroStraw, we’ve spent many years developing a suite of resilient and beneficial microbes for highly disturbed soils – because when microbes are in synergy with plants, they quickly rebuild damaged soils. These microbes form complex communities that are directly involved in nutrient cycling – the movement and exchange of organic and inorganic matter back into the production of living matter. This process is regulated by the food web pathways that were previously present. These organisms decompose organic matter and release locked up nutrients into organic plant-available nutrients – it’s a cycle.

With nutrient cycling, optimum soil health can be achieved – ensuring sufficient nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium and potassium are available to the establishing plants. These play a vital role in keeping soils healthy and productive, are critical in the formation of soil, carbon sequestration, water infiltration and improving the water-holding capacity of the soil, and ultimately are synergistically involved in plant germination and establishment – enhancing survival of the plants long term.

Microbial revegetation – how it works and why it’s essential for healthy living soil

From mine sites and road projects to development sites and anywhere erosion strikes, disturbed soil can mean a disturbed and imbalanced soil microbiome – leading to poor soil health. 

Soil, through its microbiome, has the capacity to function as a dynamic, living organism that responds (either positively or negatively) to the way it is managed and maintained.

Soil microbes are living things that thrive by having a synergy with plants growing in the soil. As the plants are also living organisms, they also benefit from a relationship with the soil biology as this is how they can get more efficient access to nutrients. The soil microbes and the plants form a beneficial and symbiotic relationship where the plants feed sugary root exudates (liquid carbon) to the microbes, and the microbes in return feed the plant essential nutrients. Without this relationship, plants don’t survive as well.  The alternative is feeding water-soluble fertiliser (WSF) to the plants – which is generally less optimal and not self-sustainable. By rebuilding the microbiome in the soil, we can quickly improve soil health, correct soil imbalances and build soil carbon and glomulin (nature’s glue), which minimises soil erosion, improves water-holding capacity and recycles nutrients – providing a long-term, self-sustaining outcome.

As science learns more about the soil and the life in it, we’re able to more easily measure soil microbes and the microbiome. The latest technology to do so includes DNA sequencing, which can measure not only the volume but the types of microbes present in the soil. Soil carbon levels can also give a good indication of whether or not a soil is teeming with life. Once we can measure the microbiome, we can set about rebalancing it.

Previously, the focus has been on feeding plants soluble nutrients by adjusting pH to around 6.4 – the point where most nutrients in a water-soluble form are freely available to the plants. Nature’s way, on the other hand, is via the plant microbe symbiotic relationship. If we think of the soil being the ‘stomach’ of the plant in a similar way to our own stomachs, we wouldn’t survive for long without the related digestive system and gut microbiome feeding us the nutrients from the food we eat. It’s the healthy microbiome in the soil that efficiently feeds the plant in nature.

When it comes to revegetating a construction site, a different approach is needed to that of farmland. On construction sites the soil has been highly disturbed – dug up, moved, stock-piled and then put back. During these processes the microbiome is largely destroyed, so we need to restore it. To do this effectively we have to look at the soil in a different way – instead of adjusting pH, for example, so the plants can access water-soluble nutrients from fertiliser, we look at the soil and balance it from a microbial point of view. We then apply a suite of bacteria and fungi carefully selected for disturbed soils on all construction sites. Next we determine which nutrients are already available? Which are not available or are depleted? Once we understand this, we can then balance the soil and replace the minerals and other nutrients that are low or missing. Ultimately, we are feeding the microbes which in turn efficiently feed the plants.

The benefits to clients derived from this approach are numerous – it reduces costs, is environmentally friendly and self-sustaining, and minimises risk in a timely manner. Faster establishment of native plant species, reduced volumes of lime and gypsum required, reduced erosion and watering requirements and lower on-going maintenance all add up to great short and long-term benefits. 

EnviroStraw has developed a range of products that have all been tested to be biocompatible – ensuring they don’t harm the suite of microbes we are placing in the soil. Carbon Plus provides a carbon source to assist with the initial stages of building carbon and increasing the water-holding capacity of the soil. Calcium Plus is designed to supply this essential mineral when soils are critically low in it. All our soil amelioration products are designed to be applied via the hydromulcher – improving on-site efficiencies by ensuring it’s accurately applied, whilst also significantly lowering costs. Our full range of hydromulch products includes our suite of soil-building microbes, with EnviroMatrix ECM Biotic Growth Amendment having the capability of replacing topsoil and compost.

 

The EnviroStraw price advantage

We can sing from the roof-tops that our products are Australian-made and deliver the best results in the market – but amongst the noise of competitor marketing campaigns, convincing sales-people and pre-existing ‘preferred suppliers’, we’re not always selected. However, if you’re looking for a solution that’ll genuinely deliver the best results on the market at the most affordable price, plus you want to support Aussie-made, you don’t need to look any further. The proof is in the soil!

We’re cheaper than imported products
It’s one thing to say we’re a more economical solution – that’s what everyone says. We know we need to show you how it works. 

The graph below shows an actual comparison of EnviroStraw’s EnviroMatrix vs the equivalent product from imported suppliers. The products have been shown as per their manufacturer’s specifications – i.e. how they’re recommended to be used – and would be used in this capacity on projects approximately 20 hectares in size. 

The EnviroStraw local price advantage
The total cost to use EnviroStraw’s EnviroMatrix is lower than our competitor’s hydromulch products. As our products are locally owned and manufactured using Australian renewable resources, they’re more affordable. Further, our products do not carry additional costs for shipping and landing products in-country, and they’re not subject to ever-changing exchange rates.

It’s not just about cost
We recently lost a contract to a competing company. On face value their product ‘seemed’ cheaper – however, in order to be competitive on price they lowered the application rate per hectare and risked the project outcome. The figures in the chart below have been calculated at an application rate of 6000 kgs per hectare. Our competitor has two products – BSM dual and a two-product program BSM. Typically applied at 4000 kgs pass one with a BFM hydromulch applied over the top pass two at a rate of 3000 kgs, the BFM pass is required to minimise the risk of erosion. EnviroMatrix ECM Biostic Growth Amendment is a dual product and can provide savings of up to $17,600.00 per hectare.

Cost and performance should work hand-in-hand
As identified above and throughout the projects we work on time and time again view our case studies here, EnviroStraw’s product range is the most competitively priced in the industry and it achieves the top results. 

But it goes further than this – other factors that impact cost and performance should be considered when weighing up commercial revegetation solutions. 

EnviroStraw’s products have been scientifically and independently lab tested in line with our BioGrowth program – a world-first microbial carbon revegetation program that holistically builds on conventional rehabilitation practices by rejuvenating depleted soils, increasing beneficial microbial activity and increasing soil carbon. This has proven to provide significant savings in regards to soil amelioration and maintenance and, with such a high-performing program, the risk and costs are minimised. 

Water use efficiency (WUE) is also a critical consideration for any Australian construction or mine site – especially in remote and dry areas of Australia. EnviroStraw’s solutions transform any soils, using up to 40% less water than conventional products. This has a profound knock-on effect to project costs – reducing the need for ongoing maintenance and watering and lowering the risk of expensive reworks. 

EnviroMatrix ECM is not just a Hydromulch, it’s a combination Biotic Growth Amendment and Erosion control all in a single bag just add the seed and spray it couldn’t be easier. Suitable for Extreme slopes and anywhere topsoil is not available.

No topsoil? No problem

When commercial sites lack both topsoil and compost, EnviroMatrix ECM offers a consistently high quality solution.

At EnviroStraw, we believe careful consideration should be given to the type of growth media that’s used on a commercial site. Where topsoil is scarce or non-existent and compost isn’t available (or can’t be manufactured successfully on-site), innovative Biotic Growth Amendments can be used. These organic blankets are purpose-designed and manufactured in a controlled environment using consistently high-quality materials, and offer both speedy application and reduced cartage costs.

As a true Biotic Soil Amendment product, EnviroMatrix ECM is purpose-designed to efficiently grow plants and build topsoil in low-carbon, low-nutrient soils including subsoils. On construction sites, almost all pre-disturbance topsoil layers will have some level of fertility, good crump structure, high water and nutrient-holding capacity and will be less erodible, with specific ratios of plant species growing.

EnviroMatrix ECM is a hydro compost that replicates and enhances this environment by including a balanced offering of everything required, including nutrients, trace elements, bio stimulants and a very specific suite of bacteria and fungi that establishes healthy plants. The diverse range of natural organic fibres in EnviroMatrix ECM assist with this process – as well as providing erosion control, the wide variety of nutrient and food sources can be broken down and turned into topsoil for the included microbiology. EnviroMatrix ECM also improves the water-holding capacity of the soil by slowing evaporation and keeping the soil cooler in summer and warmer in the winter months.

Because EnviroMatrix ECM is a purpose-designed product, every input is controlled and measured – leading to a guarantee of consistency in every bale that’s near-impossible to reproduce in the case of topsoil and compost. Additionally, the cost of handling, storing and placing compost and topsoil in large volumes on-site can be expensive, whereas EnviroMatrix ECM can be applied up to three times faster than each – improving on-site efficiencies and solving the problem of erosion control during the application process. EnviroMatrix ECM is also guaranteed weed-free – eliminating the risk of importing noxious weed seeds or other soil pathogens that can create increased maintenance costs.

Overall, choosing to use EnviroMatrix ECM will lead to improved efficiency across the board. EnviroMatrix ECM is designed to develop increased below-ground biomass – improving erosion control and growing healthy, drought-tolerant plants. As an environmentally responsible option with bio-friendly polymers, EnviroMatrix ECM doesn’t include soluble nutrients that will leach into the ground, and our belief in letting nature provide plant-establishing water on construction sites eliminates the requirement for an onsite watering program. As well as the cost savings involved in not carting, placing and storing topsoil or compost, EnviroMatrix ECM has proven to be native plant-friendly – establishing native species in under 6 months.

For an example of EnviroMatrix ECM being successfully used in an EnviroStraw project, see the Binna Burra case study.

How to establish native plants on a construction site

12 months after treatment

Native plants typically thrive in Australia’s challenging soils and harsh climatic conditions – making them crucial to the success of many of the large projects EnviroStraw undertakes. Surviving droughts and growing in inhospitable soils, they help in our mission to deliver great outcomes, save clients’ money and restore the land to its original glory – here are some of the things we do to ensure successful native plant establishment, every time. 

  • Carefully select the cover crop species
    This ensures they can grow in the climate and soil found on site. If the soil is sodic, for example, we select grass species that can tolerate the sodicity to minimise the use of soil ameliorants – this provides significant savings to the project owners.
  • Test seed quality and germination
    Native vegetation tends to require less maintenance, with hardy plants used to surviving the challenges of the Australian climate. With this in mind, both the quality of the seed and germination testing is hugely important, as native seeds can be difficult to germinate so it’s crucial to sow the correct volume of seed. We also get an ecology report that ensures we sow seeds endemic to the site. 
  • Check the soil
    Before construction begins we test the soil so we can understand what then happens to it as the project progresses. This means we can condition the soil to the optimal point where plants are encouraged to germinate and grow – ameliorating it to restore it to the condition it was in prior to construction.
  • Prepare the seedbed
    Smooth and compacted batters can result in the Hydromulch being sprayed, only for the water to run straight off. It’s important we slow water-flow to a point where it can penetrate into the soil and plants can establish, and several methods can be used – horizontal ripping, pin wheeling or track rolling, Carbon soils with low carbon don’t hold water and lack structure, meaning they easily erode. Biostimulants, however, assist in the establishment of microbes, providing an immediate food source for them.
  • Correctly apply the Hydromulch layer
    Native seeds need to be in the dirt, so we encourage applicators to do a double pass – placing all the native seeds and 50% of the cover-crop species in pass one, and the remaining cover crop grasses in the second pass.
  • Use the correct specification of hydromulch and binders
    So often we see specifications that simply will not achieve the desired outcome. We need to ensure we protect the grass seeds and cover the ground sufficiently to minimise erosion, using environmentally friendly polymers as a binder. Consideration needs to be given to watering and topsoil, as well as slope angle and lengths in order to ensure erosion is managed.
  • Monitor everything
    This is a critical step – everything from the subsoil amelioration process to the Hydromulch application process should be closely monitored to avoid failed revegetation projects.

Overall, EnviroStraw is committed to delivering efficient and compliant native plant solutions that provide significant cost savings to clients across the mining, construction and development industries. With a full product range that’s designed to be native plant friendly, our understanding of plant science means we always select the correct products and approach for each project. Our range of Hydromulch products is manufactured to the highest standards, including a diverse range of fibers and a purpose-designed suite of microbes – ensuring we kick-start a successful process from day one.

Eight great reasons why your site needs BioGrowth

As the most technologically advanced hydraulic revegetation system currently available in Australia, and possibly the world, EnviroStraw’s BioGrowth Revegetation Program (BRP) has been successfully used on complex projects across the country. Easy to implement and proven to work, our tried and tested program could be just what you need for a successful project outcome – here are eight great reasons why… 

  • Lower cost
    BRP is easy to implement and reduces overall project costs by using nature’s components and systems to develop the optimum rhizosphere for plant growth. By looking at the soil to rebuild microbial activity, and using our advanced Enviromatrix ECM Biotic Growth Media (which has everything needed to create functionally sustainable soils in each bale), it doesn’t require the traditional volume-based application of soil ameliorates, and offers superior performance when compared to typical compost/topsoil, lime and gypsum installations. Application rates are designed to produce optimal microbial and mycorrhizae counts and increase essential nutrients, along with the ideal carbon components to re-establish the natural biology of disturbed soil on construction sites and carbon components. This approach increases on site efficiencies – saving significant amounts of time, money, fuel and resources that application of topsoil, compost and other soil amelioration placement jobs typically require.
  • Sustainable
    BRP sustainably revives depleted and damaged soils and establishes vegetation faster, and with less water, than standard approaches. When a suitable subsoil is available, replacement of topsoil and/or addition of compost as a soil conditioner is not generally required. Soil loss due to disturbance and development has a major impact on biodiversity worldwide – threatening biological function and wildlife habitat – and the practice of moving topsoil from point A to restore point B simply creates a bigger problem. Whilst compost and its application can be considered sustainable, great care needs to be taken in its production (rather than development) to remove disease and replace with high rates of soluble nutrient. Finally, water-soluble fertiliser is not part of BRP – protecting our delicate waterways and environment from nutrient leaching.
  • Water-saving
    Non-watering BRP options are available, and provide up to 12 months of functional longevity in the hydromulch layer – protecting seeds and the soil surface. Simply spray the Enviromatrix Biotic Growth media with our long term soil mulch binder, and wait for natural rain to establish the vegetation. This process provides significant cost savings to any project – thanks to increased mix rates of the EnviroMatrix per tank of hydromulch equipment, coverage areas are increased – providing savings of up to 42000 litres per hectare.
  • Native plant-ready
    As we rebuild the soil in a more natural way, with EnviroMatrix including biostimulates and zero soluble fertiliser, native plants typically establish in under six months if climatic conditions are favorable.

  • Australian-made
    EnviroStraw products are manufactured in rural Australia using Australian renewable resources – supporting Aussie farmers and country Australia.
  • Independently tested
    To ensure the program and products meet world standards and bring desired outcomes to projects they’re used on, they’re subject to rigorous independent testing.
  • Wide range of products
    Our range includes Hydromulch, Bonded Fibre Matrix BFM, Biotic Growth Amendments, Soil Stabilising Polymers and Purpose-designed Soil Amendments.
  • Financial advantage
    BRP and all associated products deliver a financial advantage over any other comparable program currently available in Australia.

Balancing the soil naturally: why it matters

On any project where ground’s been disturbed, it’s crucial to rebalance the soil in order to establish revegetation after the construction work ends. By balancing the soil in a natural way, we enhance microbial activity and increase overall soil health – improving water-holding capacity and nutrient availability, minimising erosion and developing healthier, more drought-resistant plants.

Historically, there’s a lack of understanding of how soil works. People often focus on feeding the plants water-soluble fertilisers that they access via the water they drink – however in reality, nature does it best through synergistic interactions between plants and microbial communities. When plants and soil microbes live in synergy, the plant feeds sugary root exudates (carbon fixed by photosynthesis) to the soil microbes. This gives the microbes energy and nutrients, and in return they create a healthy carbon rich root zone environment and provide the plants with enhanced nutrient and water uptake. This is truly synergy in action. However, if the plant doesn’t feed the microbes the sugary exudes, or doesn’t need to because there’s an abundance of water-soluble fertiliser available, the microbes become redundant and are no longer inclined to feed the plant, or maintain the healthy root zone. The soil can then spiral out of balance. You then need to keep adding/maintaining the plants with more water-soluble fertiliser – a task that’s challenging on a construction site.

EnviroStraw soil balancing

When it comes to naturally balancing the soil, everything starts with soil testing. The typical approach is to adjust pH to a level of 6.4, so that the water-soluble fertiliser nutrients are more available to plants. Our approach is to balance the soil so the microbes can breed and form a synergy with plants – exactly the way nature does it. On a construction site we’re dealing with highly disturbed soils, with a soil microbiome that’s damaged when machinery digs it up. That’s why it’s especially important we put those microbes back – and not just any microbes.

At EnviroStraw we’ve spent many years developing a suite of resilient beneficial microbes for highly disturbed soils, because we need to ensure they can thrive. Whilst the typical approach requires consistent rain events and therefore can take years to work, our microbial approach works quickly as the microbes are like all forms of life – they want to survive and prosper. Whilst water is still critical, much less is required – because as the beneficial microbes grow, they lay down microbial biomass carbon, a ‘water sponge’ and ‘carbon glue’ in the soil, leading to improved water use efficiency, or WUE.

Happily, all EnviroStraw programs are designed for hydraulic revegetation processes, and we’ve developed a range of products to assist us with soil balance. If calcium is low, we use Calcium Plus – a product that includes different sources of calcium for immediate and longer-term availability, along with a flocculant designed to carry the calcium into the soil to which it’s applied. Carbon Plus is for use in low carbon soils and is added to kick-start the carbon-building process – both these additives are used at less than 80% of typical soil conditioning additives. At EnviroStraw we’re committed to balancing the soil in the most natural way possible – because nature always delivers the best outcomes.

Case study: Binna Burra

The challenge

Main Roads Gold Coast contracted us to effectively revegetate an area of extremely unstable steep slopes, with little or no topsoil, just below Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland. Having been badly affected by the bushfires in late 2019, the area needed urgent regeneration.

Read more about the case study and its results here

EnviroStraw’s revegetation solutions deliver significant water efficiencies and cost savings

Water efficiency is critical on construction and mine sites, especially in remote and dry areas of Australia, and EnviroStraw has proven revegetation solutions that transform any soils using up to 40% less water than conventional products!

Water efficiency and your project

Targeting the best possible Water Use Efficiency (WUE) result on any project is a key goal for project designers and construction managers on large sites across Australia. But our harsh climate can make this very difficult to achieve as we face changing climatic conditions and longer periods of hot and dry weather.

There is also the impact on the environment to consider especially if water is needed to be withdrawn from local rivers and streams for a revegetation project. Costs increase while the surrounding ecology and aquatic wildlife can suffer.

Water savings with EnviroStraw

There are many benefits to using EnviroStraw’s innovative products and programs to quickly and sustainably revegetate any site. But one of the standout features of EnviroStraw’s soil science technology is the water savings.

This high level of water efficiency results in significant cost savings by reducing the need for ongoing maintenance and watering and lowering the risk of needing any expensive reworks. These water savings are also beneficial for the environment not only because you’re using less of this precious resource, but a reduced reliance on watering systems also means that there’s less degradation of the soil and greater erosion control.

World-first technology that works

Working with Australia’s leading soil scientists, EnviroStraw has developed products and programs that are proven and tested to use significantly less water during the application process compared to our competitors. Our low water usage solutions using our Hydromulch products can be tailored to the specific needs of each site.

We’ve also developed non-watering options that are delivered by including our EnviroBond Polymer which is a unique, high performance liquid soil binder. Then you can just sit back and wait for Mother Nature to provide the water for free which could save hundreds of thousands of dollars in watering costs on a large scale project! Here we explain how these ground-breaking solutions work.

Low water usage

EnviroStraw’s BioGrowth™ is a world first system that blends fertilisers and a long term control release nitrogen source with 22 specially selected microbes. This works to naturally and rapidly build up the levels of carbon and nutrients in the soil, increasing microbial activity which in turn enables an optimum level of water infiltration and moisture retention.

When combined with EnviroStraw’s range of specially designed Hydromulch products and applied to a site, the results are astounding. EnviroStraw Hydromulch products require up to 40% less water than conventional mulch products. As an example, using EnviroStraw Hydromulch will save 42,000 litres of water per hectare compared to using a standard sugar cane paper blend hydromulch product. And you’ll save more than 30,000 litres of water by using EnviroStraw Hydromulch compared to using a conventional wood fibre mulch.

Using the EnviroStraw Hydromulch programs substantially reduces the cost of running water trucks on site to fill the hydromulching machinery. This improves on site efficiencies with each tank of hydromulch covering more area per tank load compared to conventional products. It all adds up to significant cost and water savings for site managers.

Non-watering option

Often revegetation projects can be high maintenance requiring ongoing watering systems which can be very expensive when a site is located in a hot, dry climate. Trying to keep up with the watering requirements of the establishing vegetation and prevent it dying off can be an impossible task.

EnviroStraw has a non-watering option that’s easy to implement and costs cents on the dollar compared to a traditional watering program. Our special liquid soil binder, EnviroBond Polymer, creates a 3D honeycomb shaped matrix in the topsoil layers which can penetrate and bind any soil type, even sand. This protects nutrients and seeds and retains water, holding the soil and EnviroStraw Hydromulch layer in place for up to 12 months or longer while waiting for natural rain events to occur.

  • Some of the benefits of EnviroBond Polymer include:
  • No water required via water trucks saving you money
  • Natural rain events germinate the grass seed free of charge
  • Improved stability of the Hydromulch layer
  • Significantly reduces the risk of erosion
  • Protects the grass seed and holds it in place
  • Enhances germination
  • Improves water penetration into the soil
  • Improves the water holding capacity of the soil

Increased water efficiency through tailored revegetation solutions

If you’re looking for low water usage or non watering options for a construction or mine site rehabilitation project, then contact the team at EnviroStraw on 1300 868 669 and sales@envirostraw.com.au to find out more about our proven revegetation solutions.

Big ideas, world class results, proudly Australian made

The EnviroStraw difference – the benefits of Australian made revegetation solutions

Australian grown ingenuity and tenacity is proving its worth for those needing to revegetate commercial and civil sites. EnviroStraw had humble beginnings, but a big idea and a passion for doing things differently has seen it grow into an Australian success story proving you can find world-leading, proven revegetation solutions right here at home.

From humble beginnings to world-class provider

EnviroStraw was founded after the devastating Queensland floods of 2011 with a driving ambition to use only Australian renewable resources and support local jobs. That focus on providing high quality revegetation products created right here in Australia has paid off.

EnviroStraw is now the in-demand provider of advanced revegetation solutions for mine sites, commercial developments and infrastructure projects. Our products and innovative programs transform highly disturbed soils into lush, green grass quickly and cost-effectively all while supporting Australian farmers, workers and communities.

Peter Carmichael receives Excellence In Innovation award from the International Erosion Control Association

A challenging road to success

It wasn’t all smooth sailing to get to where we are today but those challenges have taught us valuable lessons and helped us find solutions that are setting a new standard in our industry.

The first obstacle was the long search for the right mechanically and thermally-processed fibre material to make our Hydromulch. The easy route would have been to just import product from overseas but we stuck to our commitment to Australian-made. We found the perfect straw cubes in Yarrawonga in rural Victoria, working hard to hone the production process with our manufacturing partner.

After much trial and error with the packaging for our products, we also decided to invest in our own baling equipment. This has meant we deliver a consistent package every time to our clients eliminating any contamination issues.

When it came to the binders and tackifiers that hold our Hydromulch products on the ground, traditional methods weren’t working so we designed our own. We tried countless formulas until we came up with the ideal binder and now our Hydromulch stays where it is sprayed.

This determination to find Australian-grown solutions has resulted in EnviroStraw’s range of Hydromulch products and innovative programs meeting and exceeding world-class standards. We regularly send shipments to international buyers in China and Papua New Guinea as well as our domestic clients.

The benefits of supporting Australian-made

In an industry which is seeing increased competition from international products, EnviroStraw stands out as a wholly Australian-owned and operated leader in the revegetation field. We employ Australian workers, we only use Australian renewable resources bought from Aussie farmers and our products are made in rural Victoria.

We all know the trials Aussie farmers are facing whether it’s severe drought, bushfires or floods. Being able to back farmers at such a challenging time is incredibly important to the team at EnviroStraw. It makes us proud to know that we buy the crops of Aussie farmers and that by manufacturing our products in rural Victoria we’re in turn supporting the local community.

Home-grown expertise that works

By working with an Australian-owned company, our clients are supporting Australian jobs and the use of Australian renewable resources. That means little however unless your product really works. And EnviroStraw’s range of revegetation solutions are proven to achieve superior results even in the extremely challenging Australian environment.

It’s incredibly satisfying to watch grass grow in what seemed like impossible conditions. EnviroStraw teamed up with one of Australia’s leading microbiologists and soil scientists to set this new standard in revegetation. Some examples of this include:

  • our BioGrowth system which rehabilitates highly disturbed and damaged soils with minimum effort and cost;
  • our non-watering program which saves project owners substantial sums of money; and
  • our GeoSpray product which stops erosion in its tracks for extended periods of time.

Australian-grown revegetation solutions

From humble beginnings and through the challenges of the early years, EnviroStraw has developed unique products and services that are setting a new standard in the Hydromulch industry. Our Australian-owned and operated small business proudly supports Australian jobs and communities through our locally made products.

If you’re looking for high-quality, proven revegetation solutions from an Australian-owned and operated company, then get in touch with the Hydromulch experts at EnviroStraw on 1300 868 669 or sales@envirostraw.com.au