How Flowers Could Raise Awareness of Worldwide Waste

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Photo: Michael Jantzen

Illustration: Michael Jantzen

When we hear about deforestation, illegal dumping or rising air pollution, many of us simply shrug it off or gripe to a friend about how so many folks out there “just don’t get it.”

But artist and designer Michael Jantzen has a somewhat different response to the world’s environmental woes.

His newest concept, called the Eco-Seed Sowing Machine, would receive a wireless signal when evidence of global environmental degradation occurs and release a small amount of flower seeds onto the ground below.

Over time, the field surrounding the machine fills up with flowers – reminding onlookers about the beauty of our environment and the importance of protecting it.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.