Become a Rich Person with a Seed Safe (PSFK / Treehugger / Willem Van Cotthem)

A message of my son Paul : Please have a look at PSFK’s website

http://www.psfk.com/2010/07/seed-bank-helps-make-environment-richer.html

Seed Bank Helps Make Environment Richer

The Seed Safe adds to an already large assortment of food-related products from Spanish designer Marti Guixe. The Seed Safe helps motivate people to store away seeds from fruits and vegetables that we eat instead of just throwing them away or having them composted. The innovative tabletop product aims to create a currency in seeds that encourage people to help save them to make the environment richer. Users deposit different types of seeds into the stoneware safe through its multiple cutouts, and eventually withdraw them to help stimulate our recessive ecosystem.

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Read at : Treehugger

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/seed-safe-by-marti-guixe.php?campaign=th_rss

Become a Rich Person with a Seed Safe by Martí Guixé

by Petz Scholtus, Barcelona, Spain

Alessi has just launched a new product by Spanish designer Martí Guixé; the Seed Safe. It is a beautiful jar, dedicated to collect the seeds from vegetables and fruits we eat so that they can be planted instead of thrown away or composted. Guixé, who has a thing for seeds (see the Plant Me Pet), believes that the Seed Safe is a must in every home, and since “seeds are in some way more valuable than money”, planting those seeds can make you a rich person.

Of course you can use any old jar to store seeds, but do you? Maybe this product is simply a nice way to get more people to collect and value seeds, and to grow their own plants. It is a reflection about how we feel about where our food comes from, and nature. The designer, Martí Guixé, collects himself seeds from what he eats at home. The idea came when he was asked to design a money bank for a ceramic company. Guixé thought that “in our era, money is loosing its value, and a good way to change the perception of values, was to put it into seeds”. The Catalan designer is fascinated with seeds and likes the potential in them, as well as all the information they contain depending on the specie. If money doesn’t grow on trees, we should definitely plant more seeds and grow things.

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MY COMMENT (Willem Van Cotthem)

Very attractive design. And indeed, “Seeds are in some way more valuable than money“. More and more people are “fascinated with seeds and like the potential in them, as well as all the information they contain depending on the species. If money doesn’t grow on trees, we should definitely plant more seeds and grow things.

This nice tabletop “Seed Safe” can certainly help to motivate some people to save the seeds from fruits (and vegetables ?) they eat from the garbage bin.  However, the seeds should be dried for quite a time before throwing them in the “Safe”, otherwise fungi and bacteria will develop on them.

Once thoroughly dried and saved, all together in the one and only Safe, the seeds will have to be planted in the right way.  Suppose you want to do this.  Will you plant all the seeds on the same spot and in the same way in your garden ?  Of course not ! One will have to separate again the different species before planting.  Do you know which species are adapted to the type of climate in your area ? Do you have the necessary horticultural skills to handle the seeds in a proper way ? Are you ready to proceed like this ?  Forget it.  When someone offers me a box with a mixture of seeds for our “Seeds for Food” action (www.seedsforfood.org), I really don’t know what to do with it.

Maybe this “innovative tabletop product aims to create a currency in seeds that encourage people to help save them to make the environment richer“.  The question is how people will ever make the environment richer, withdrawing the seeds from their beautiful Seed Safe, and not knowing how to plant the different species in an optimal way.

It may take some time “to become a rich person”, even with the biggest Seed Safe.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.