In the climate crisis landscape, we seem to be experiencing a shift; sustainability is now a widely accepted necessity, we’ve stopped talking about single-use plastic and are realising ideas aimed at reducing (and undoing) our impact on the planet. We’re seeing aquaponic farming in cities,
Happily, Tectum Garden – recognising the cabin fever engendered in many of us by office life, the common craving for green oases, and the desire to reconnect to nature’s cycles – is facilitating a route back to the earth that we can all engage with. The Catalan company was founded in 2020 and, as the brainchild of the Sostenipra research group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, creates products grounded in ecology. The group of urban agriculture specialists is looking to make farming more accessible and wants to bring about green cities as a firm reality, in which hydroponic gardens play a substantial role.
A hydroponic garden for the office
Now Spanish design brand Kettal has teamed up with Tectum Garden to bring hydroponic gardens – and locally grown veg – to the office. Kettal has explored
The boxy structures that comprise the hydroponic gardens are made from recycled and recyclable materials, are compact, subtle and sit comfortably in interior spaces. A light substrate replaces soil in the indoor vegetable patches, making for easy management, and the plots are drip-fed water for maximum efficiency. Fertilisers are added to the water which, once nutrient-rich, is kept in the hydroponic cycle, reducing waste and allowing the structure to remain largely self-contained. The unit’s
The indoor gardens introduce a refreshing touch of greenery to indoor spaces and take an invested step towards altering our immediate environments, encouraging us to contribute to a circular green economy (and tempting us with freshly grown produce). §