Plants contribute to making our environment healthy in several ways. For example, they convert light energy from the sun into food, which is then eaten by animals. Plants also produce oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide through the process of photosynthesis. In addition, plants provide habitat for animals, thus providing shelter and safety. For example, they provide shade and protect animals from the wind. In tropical rainforests, plants help the climate by changing the rainfall patterns. Additionally, plants move water from the soil to the atmosphere, which is a process known as transpiration.
For the final project I want to create a company called City Seed, which collaborates with colleges and universities to provide first year students with tools for helping the environment in a fun way. When first year students arrive on their campuses or move into their dorms they will be provided with a welcome package, which includes the materials for growing a lavender plant.
The container that students grow their plants in will be reused plastic cups from the dining hall, in attempt to recycle plastic and put it to good use. As I mentioned in my blog post last week, plastic products are not biodegradable. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour and it takes 50-80 years for a plastic cup to decompose. Because plastic is often disposed in landfills and oceans, soil and water become contaminated. I also wrote about e360t shirts and how they are made from 100% recycled soda cans or water bottles. These t-shirts really inspired me when finalizing the project idea. I really like the idea of taking something that already exists and making something meaningful out of it. #CITYSEED is similar to e360t shirts as it uses already existing plastic cups to create something good for the environment.
There will be flyers posted in their dorms and academic buildings, which list reasons why growing plants is important for the environment. Students will receive emails encouraging them to photograph the growth of their plant as well as to post them on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #CITYSEED. This could be a fun way for students to connect with each other. In addition, posting photos on social media will allow other people/companies to find out about cityseed. Furthermore, if students take photos of their plants we can have an earth day competition! Overall, this company will encourage students to think about the environment and hopefully inspire them to help the environment.
- Grow the plant with the tools that would be given to college students
- Take pictures of it’s development #CITYSEED
- Create the welcome package: materials for planting, sticker with cityseed logo and hashtag
- Make flyers to post around campuses, which will include the following information:
Why #CITYSEED is IMPORTANT
-Reduces carbon dioxide
-Recycles/reuses plastic used in dining halls
-It’s FUN to plant!
GET INVOLVED WITH #CITYSEED