Rooftop edible garden needs plastic bottles

An artist’s impression of the vertical edible garden on the rooftop of Think & Tink. Photo: Wendy Teo of Atelier

KUCHING: The single-use plastic bottle, once hailed has a brilliant container for everyday convenience, has evolved into a global issue with a gargantuan negative impact on the environment.

With plastic bottles taking an estimated 450 years to degrade, coupled with their widespread usage, this is indeed a ticking time bomb of a problem which needs to be effectively and efficiently addressed.

As more of the world’s population becomes increasingly aware of the issue, greater efforts have been taken towards reducing or repurposing plastic waste.

One such initiative taking flight here in Kuching is the Urban Green Pockets Project, organised by Borneo Laboratory at Think & Tink — formerly known as Ting & Ting Supermarket.

The project is supported by the Cultural Economy Development Agency (Cendana).

The #plantlifefromplastic campaign needs a total of 1,500 units of 1.5L plastic bottles.

The Urban Green Pockets project is the tangible manifestation of citizen-organised healthy food growth, contributing to the community food bank in downtown Kuching.

This mission of this project is to explore an aesthetic narrative of a community greenhouse right in the centre of the city through two architectural installations.

The #plantlifefromplastic campaign needs a total of 1,500 units of 1.5L plastic bottles which will be turned into a vehicle for vegetables at the vertical edible garden on the rooftop of Think & Tink.

As such, the public is encouraged to collect and donate empty plastic bottles to Borneo Laboratory for a good cause. Details on where to drop off these plastic bottles will be announced soon.

By sharing this project with the public, Borneo Laboratory hopes to redesign the relationship one can have with the natural environment, especially on what can be done individually or as collectively to bring the idea of self-sustainability into reality.