Solar-Powered Seed-Sowing Machines Fight Pollution With Flowers

No matter what we do to the Earth, she goes on about her normal tasks and cycles. On this planet, adapt or die is a daily reality that applies to all creatures and eco-systems. Artist and inventor Michael Jantzen recently designed a series of seed-sowing machines that would fight environmental degradation with flower power. Literally.

The Eco-Seed Sowing Machines are solar-powered silos that would contain thousands of flower seeds. Jantzen imagines these seed dispensers positioned in different habitats all over the world, ready to spread their message of beauty and rebirth at a moment’s notice.

jantzen seed-sowing machine

Image via Michael Jantzen

The seed sowing machines would be powered by the sun and equipped with some sort of WiFi connection and a pollution-detecting sensor. When the machine detected an elevated level of pollution in the area, it would automatically release small quantities of flower seeds onto the ground below. As Inhabitat points out, the result would be a sort of eco-artistic paradox: “the more flowers blooming around one of the apparatuses, the worse the environmental degradation in the surrounding area.”

It’s possible that if actually deployed, devices like this could help organizations keep tabs on pollution levels around the world. Information gathered by its sensors could be monitored from groups like Earth Watch, who search the world for evidence of environmental degradation.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog