Imagine if every time you bought something that came in a cardboard box, you could rip up that box, plant it, water it, and a garden would grow…
The Life Box can be made to virtually any dimension and used by consumers and companies alike to package or ship goods. What sets the Life Box apart, however, is that within its corrugations are hundreds of tree seeds and thousands of spores of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi. How it works: Once a consumer removes whatever was shipped inside their box, they can tear it up, plant the pieces and water them. In about two months, tree seedlings will emerge, nurtured by the mycorrhizal fungi. In about two years, the young trees can be planted in the ground where they’ll ultimately reside. (via)
How very cool! And the fun doesn’t end there, either. Anyone who’s planted a Life Box can visit the Life Box site, and plug in their GPS coordinates, making it possible to see the emerging trees and track carbon credits or offsets for years to come.
And, of course, there’s the carbon offset factor: The Life Box company… “estimates that one tree from the hundreds of seeds in each box will survive for 30 years, allowing one ton of carbon to be sequestered.” Schweet.
Life Boxes are only available in the US at present, and the seeds used are for trees suited to that climate, but the concept is fantastic, and they are looking to expand internationally as well, so hopefully one day we might just receive our own gardens-in-a-box and get to planting!