What could be better than Research & Development? I have an answer: R&D-I-Y. Yes, that is correct, R&D-It-Yourself. All too often in today's society we become frustrated with a task, and if it requires too much effort, we outsource it to a specialist. That is not how progress is made. It may be true that you are unable to devote all of your time to a project, but why outsource it to some corporate entity when you have access to countless others out there striving for the same goal as a community? To remedy this dilemma a few brilliant minds came together to create R&D-I-Y. It is a platform with more than 45,000 active users throughout the world. Each collaboratively innovating solutions for our environmental stewardship and quality of urban life. The first project that R&D-I-Y is tackling is that of WindowFarms. They have lofty goals and envision redefining the urban interior as we know it. I applaud them, I support them and I encourage you to as well!
The launch of WindowFarms marked a brilliant reconciliation between humanity and the environment. As displayed above the WindowFarm is widely adaptable for all living situations, be it high-rise apartment or single-story townhouse. Essentially, the WindowFarm is an upgraded form of hydroponics. With a spatially-friendly design it invigorates implementation on any scale. The materials utilized range from simple to complex, each delivering profitable results. There have been amazingly productive contraptions constructed out of fish-tank tubing, recycled plastic bottles, used sneaker holders and a kiddie pool pump. Larger scale projects utilize UV light arrays, industrial planting containers and high-tensile supports. Regardless, the results are the same. You are garnering independence for yourself and your community; both nutritionally and financially. Collaboration is now international with new filtration techniques from a man in Brazil to innovative UV light placement provided by a team in Finland. This is a community on a global scale, working together for a common goal to make our lives better. This is how it should have been and this is how it should be. Get involved today and become a part of the movement! Who knows, perhaps your insight will lead to an revolutionizing improvement on the current model.
One of the chief pioneers of this grand endeavor is a Brooklynite by the name of Britta Riley. Like many of us, she did not have a direct educational background focusing upon engineering and botany. She merely had an idea and demanded a solution. So she set forth and found it. Her work has now been featured across the web and she has even spoken at various TED Talks. I encourage you to listen to what she has to say and get involved. I am in the process of moving into a new apartment, and when I do, I am commencing my very own WindowFarm (for less than one would pay for a week's groceries). Of course, if you do not want to make your own, for a slightly more expensive price tag, Windowfarms.com can make one for you.