Starter kit: Grow your own
The seed savour project aims to rehabilitate and spread the ever diminishing varieties of vegetable species by allowing individuals to grow them at home. Over the last 100 years these crop varieties have slowly dwindled to a small percentage of what we were used to. An example is that there are over 7500 Tomato species of which only a few are available in the supermarket. This is due to many factors, such as price, transport and production that brings the most efficient product to the shelf. So how can we be more aware of the impact of the choices we don’t make and the consequence this has to what is on demand or available on the shelves of supermarkets?
Heirloom growers continue to grow these original varieties and so can you. The starter kit allows one to choose an original strand of seed called a Heirloom which can be grown which diversifies its variety and the range of flavours and nutrients. By educating ourselves about the impact we have and the change we can bring we can support the balance in our biodiversity and even reintroduce these forgotten species. The product encourages the growing and harvest of vegetables and the sharing of seeds and experiences with your peers. In exchange you may receive a unique variety of seed from someone else.
Designing the Seed Savour kit
Having an ethical idea is a good start to designing a product necessary for the market. To design a product that will not add waste to our planet is quiet the challenge. Many products have the right intentions but fail in their execution. For my graduation project I wanted to create product with a holistic approach in sustainable thinking and materials either biodegradable or long lasting so that they can be passed forward. An online platform would build a community where experiences would be exchanged and shared to aid with difficulties amongst growers.
www.studioharvest.com | Project Seed Savour
Packaging and Distribution
One of the specifications that our product had to live up to was accessibility. The product had to reach as many people as possible, even to somebody not necessarily aware of this particular gardening lifestyle. Light weight components were integrated into a compact micro garden with tools necessary to exchange the philosophy of gardening. This needed to be fun, interesting and be of an aesthetic that is of this time. Once a person has been triggered to start the growing process of harvesting your own, this would then determine if they would continue with the experience.
All components fit into the kits scale and need to match the profile of its core intention of being sustainable. Linen seed bags with eco friendly printing inks would be balanced with, recycled paper used to make the data cards which would come from a sustainable source. A bamboo spade is hand crafted and a component that screws onto a PET bottle encourages the user to reuse, converting it to a watering unit. Compressed dirt expands into the volume of the kit and requires water to create its expansion effect. The light weight discs make transport easy and light weight. The packaging was designed to contain and enclose the components, keeping to its holistic design approach.
Some assembly elements would become fair trade with the intention that some components would be produced through fair trade channels, which also benefits others in the production process. The kit was designed to be made in countries near the equator where most of the materials used for it are grown. The size of the product makes it producible in all countries because low tech methods would be used and transport would be over short distances. Some materials will be adapted depending on the resources available. The value of this idea is not only carried by its physical function and aesthetics but the change it will create for the end user.
All you need are a few smart eco friendly tools that turn your gardening
experience into an enjoyable learning activity. This smart little tool box uses recycled materials that are eco-frendly and even considers the inks on the materials, which are decomposable in the ground. Incorporating materials such as coconut fibers and compressed potting mix one is able to get started on your first garden vegetables.
Seed Savour sponsors:
I started the Seed Savour project at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the beginning of 2012. There are a few people who have believed in my project and given me the opportunity to turn my concept prototype into a product for the market. These sponsors helped me with a product and sourcing parts for my kits and i would personally like to thank them for their faith in my project. Thank you!
Vreeken Zaden : Seed Saver of the Netherlands
visit their website to find out more about heirloom seeds. www.vreeken.nl
Enkev Natural fibers : Volendam, Netherlands
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