Vetiver Systems Applications and Information
Slope Stabilization / Erosion Control
Utilized for hillsides, retaining walls, highways, roads, canals, rivers, landfills and beaches. The twelve-foot roots have the same tensile strength as 1/6 th of steel(75Mpa). Certified vetiver systems are like having twelve-foot steel plates in the ground, securing and filtering soil and water.
Cleaning of Residential and Industrial Waste Water
Scientifically proven to drastically reduce nitrate and phosphate levels by up to 90%. Vetiver is nature’s ultimate bio-remediation grass. Commonly used for landfill leachate disposal, waste water treatment and constructed wetlands.
Land Reclamation (Phyto-remediation)
Absorption of heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, copper, zinc, selenium, nickel, and chromium. Vetiver will lock these metals within the roots, preventing leachate s from further contanimating food and water sources.
An organic and economical solution to concrete and steel engineering. Vetiver roots absorb wave energy during earthquakes, stabilizing potential landslide sites. The massive root system provides long term protection against earthquakes, flooding and tsunamis.
Flood prevention / Pasture Improvement
The drought and fire tolerant vetiver is used for groundwater recharge and biomass. It is capable of diverting water and acting as a slow release sponge for run-off. It is used around the world to green pastures by improving soil fertility and providing livestock forage.
Vetiver Facts Overview
Vetiver grass has an organic network of roots with a high tensile strength of 75 MPa or approximately 1/6th of steel, anchoring the soil up to 12 feet deep, “Living Steel.”
Vetiver is scientifically proven to remove heavy metals and antibiotics in soil as well as clean waste water by reducing nitrate and phosphate levels.
Sunshine Vetiver grass is non-invasive and has the lowest rating of -8. Vetiver has been used for thousands of years but recent efforts of The Vetiver Network International have promoted worldwide recognition resulting in funding from the World Bank and the King of Thailand.
Vetiver grass is an extraordinarily hardy plant, capable of thriving in extremely polluted, acidic, and harsh environments. Most commonly seen in Third World countries with minimal resources, Vetiver is beginning to thrive worldwide as people are striving to use more environmentally friendly and economical practices.