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IKEA Launches Sustainable DIY Indoor Garden

Only basic tools and patience are required to build it

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

IKEA continually proves itself to be one of the most environmentally-friendly companies on the planet. The Swedish home furnishings retailer introduced a hydroponic garden last year that allows you to grow fresh produce in your home without any soil or gardening experience, and the company ditched Styrofoam packaging for biodegradable packaging that you can actually put in your garden to nourish your plants.

The latest sustainable endeavor by IKEA is the Growroom, a spherical, multi-tiered indoor garden that you can build at home because the design is open-source. This thing is so big, it’s actually designed to sustainably grow enough food to feed a whole neighborhood.

Space10, the IKEA lab that explores sustainable solutions for future urban living, says in the open-source plan:

“It is designed to support our everyday sense of well-being in the cities by creating a small oasis or ‘pause’ architecture in our high paced societal scenery and enables people to connect with nature as we smell and taste the abundance of herbs and plants.”

The beauty of the Growroom is that fruits and vegetables can be grown in abundance virtually anywhere, including urban dwellings. In cities where there are food desserts, the Growroom allows communities to work together to create and strengthen bonds, provide healthy food, and teach children about nature.

Space10 continues:

“Local food represents a serious alternative to the global food model. It reduces food miles, our pressure on the environment, and educates our children of where food actually comes from. The challenge is that traditional farming takes up a lot of space and space is a scarce resource in our urban environments.”

Once completed, the garden measures 2.8 by 2.5 meters (9 by 8.2 feet). Water and light easily reach the growing fruits and veggies through the interlocking pieces without leaking through to the other side, so you won’t have mess after tending to your plants. Its Creative Commons license means you can keep adding to the design.

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2 comments to IKEA Launches Sustainable DIY Indoor Garden

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    The concept is great, but the design is very awkward to access the top tiers, and the weight distribution makes it unstable and too easily toppled over.

    Another problem, is that people will need some kind of ladder to work the top layers.

    Needs some tweaking, but the direction and motivation is great.

  • boyo

    “This thing is so big, it’s actually designed to sustainably grow enough food to feed a whole neighborhood.” – yup, I’m calling bullsh1t on that one. Too small if the picture presented is accurate. You’ll starve inside of a week if you’re under 40 and more active than sedentary, otherwise you’ll starve in 2 weeks. Might feed a couple of rabbits..mmmmm….rabbit.

    Two to three thousand calories a day is beaucoup Swiss chard or carrots. Good F’in luck with this pipe dream.

    You’ll need a neighborhood full of these things to feed the street.

    Now if you could grow some steaks and bacon out of these Ikea balls…

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