The Microgarden kit contains a reusable and renewable sheet of plastic which folds into a self-contained greenhouse.
It uses transparent seaweed based agar-agar gel as a growing medium, and it has many benefits. It allows the Microgarden to remain self-contained – which means you will never have to water the microgreens. Their roots absorb moisture from the gel. The clear gel also allows the home-farmer to see and experience the whole growing process, from when the seeds sprout to the roots growth.
The greenhouses’ walls cut the agar-agar gel in to six slices of still living greens. So you can choose to have only one slice or to put the whole greenhouse directly on the table to serve from.
The kit comes as a flat pack that consists of three items, a foldable greenhouse, organic seeds and agar-agar powder. To use the kit, start by folding the greenhouse. Boil water and mix in the agar-agar powder, then pour the mix into the open greenhouse. Sprinkle the seeds, close the Microgarden and wait. After 5-14 days your microgreens are ready to be enjoyed!
What will the future bring? How will materials from our forests be used in 20 years? Innventia commissioned Tomorrow Machine to design 3 demonstrators inspired by Ekoportal2035, a vision of the future that has forest-based renewable materials at center stage. The demonstrators show the possibilities offered by Innventia’s advanced bio-based materials.
The first item is a self-cleaning plate and cup made entirely out of cellulose. The plate and cup have a superhydrofobic coating and therefore rejects dirt, like a lotus leaf. This means that it never needs washing. A product that not only saves resources during manufacture, but also when it is used because it does not need water and chemicals to be kept clean.
Is it possible to create flexible objects that can build and even destroy themselves? The second item is made from a cellulose-based plastic that is possible to 3D print. Using 3D technology, we will be able to print self-assembling objects, and even buildings with this plastic composite
The transparent digital touch screen is made from nano-cellulose, which is a material that is optimal to use in conjunction with electronics, because of its conductive properties. The screen is transparent and can be placed in front of objects to photograph or explore them.
Independent project 2012, Packaging
Is it reasonable that it takes several years for a milk carton to decompose naturally, when the milk goes sour after a week? “this too shall pass” is a series of food packaging were the packaging has the same short life-span as the foods they contain. The package and its content is working in symbiosis.
Gel of the agar agar seaweed and water are the only components used to make this package. To open it you pick the top. The package will wither at the same speed as its content. It is made for drinks that have a short life span and needs to be refrigerated, fresh juice, smoothies and cream for example.
Package made of biodegradable beeswax. To open it you peel it like a fruit. The package is designed to contain dry goods, for example grains and rice.
A package made of caramelized sugar, coated with wax. To open it you crack it like an egg. When the material is cracked the wax do no longer protect the sugar and the package melts when it comes in contact with water. This package is made for oil-based food.
Client: Innventia 2013
This self-expanding instant food package combines different aspects of sustainability. It saves space in transportation by being compressed – at the same time as it is made out of a 100% bio based and biodegradable material, invented by Innventia.
When pouring hot water into the package the mechano-active material will react to the heat and transform from a compressed package to a serving bowl. This is the new generation of sustainable package design, using materials that are both smart and environmentally friendly.
The project is a collaboration with Innventia with the purpose to combine the knowledge of scientists and the creativity of designers. We opted to use the full potential of the new material, and create the sustainable package design of tomorrow – today.
Client: Innventia 2012
A package that opens itself when the temperature (in the oven) is just right and the food is ready to be served.
We studied shapes that are self-opening in nature in order work with the mechano-active material which will change shape when exposed to high temperature. The project is a collaboration with Swedish research company Innventia, who invented the 100% bio based and biodegradable material.
INFARM is running a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo to fund the production of the Microgreen Growing Kits. The campaign runs from May 3 to June 13, 2014. Each donor will have an opportunity to own a kit before they are released on the market, and an invitation to a closing event in Berlin, Germany. More details can be found on the campaign page: www.igg.me/at/infarm
We are happy to announce that we are one of the winners of the prestigious Dieline Package Awards 2013.
Our Sustainable Expanding Bowl, developed together with Innventia, won first prize in the sustainability category.
This week we are in San Francisco to attend the Dieline package design conference, and to bring the trophy home.
Thank you Dieline!
We are very excited to say that we will continue our collaboration with research company Innventia in yet another project.
This time, we focus on how cellulose and nano cellulose could be used more extensively in everyday products 20 years from now. We love the future!
Tomorrow Machine is a Swedish design
studio based in Stockholm & Paris, specialized in package, product and food concepts. Our vision as designers is to build a better world through research, new technologies & intelligent material. We believe in looking at science from a creative point of view to shape the innovations of tomorrow.
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