If I had new knees, I would have walked this festival. It was good to see a mention of recycled plastic bottle sub-irrigated planters or SIPs (aka erroneously as "self-watering"). Evidently the Green Depot was demonstrating how to make them.
My question is why aren't both Brooklyn Botanic Garden and New York Botanical Garden demonstrating soda bottle SIP maKing every weekend of the year.
Soda bottle SIPs are one of the most effective ways to teach recycling, plant science and how to grow healthy plants while saving water. They belong in every classroom in America.
Take This Idea
Ideas included nontoxic routes to healthier homes, alternative ways to generate energy, and new ways to recycle.
The Green Depot featured an interesting concept for self-watering planters made by recycling plastic bottles.
NEW YORK—From Bowery to Forsyth, E. Houston to Spring, the Festival of Ideas for the New City StreetFest held on Saturday offered a myriad of progressive choices for improving New York City.
Over 100 local groups and small businesses participated and presented alternatives for use of public space, historic preservation, but most of all, green alternatives for the city.
Take This Idea
Ideas included nontoxic routes to healthier homes, alternative ways to generate energy, and new ways to recycle. The Green Depot featured an interesting concept for self-watering planters made by recycling plastic bottles.
Some stands, such as the Housing Is A Human Right Storytelling Project, designed graphic photo displays and audio presentations to educate the public about pressing community issues and to draw community support. Other organizations, like the Urban Futures Survey: Subway, invited fest-goers to interact with hands-on displays.
Teach the Children
Many of the booths had activities for children that were designed to educate them about their local communities and the environment as a whole. Children were invited to “fish” as they learned about aquatic ecosystems. They prepared food at Anne Apparu’s There Are No Recipes, choosing, fixing, eating, and sharing their local food experience.