Our future cities

11 | 01 | 2018

For the launch of our new blend : Løv is Green, the team gathered some of the biggest “green” trends happening in our cities !

Did you know that in the year 2050 cities will house six billion people? Whoa, that’s a lot of people! From climate change to melting ice caps, cities are the focus for the fight to save our beautiful planet with new eco-friendly solutions. Are “green cities” THE solution? They are, in any case, a sustainable and ecological way to adapt cities to nature. Here we go! Activists, artists, architects, landscapers and scientists alike are all contributing projects that will rebuild future cities. And here are a few…

Rooftop gardens

Plants, fruits and vegetables growing way up high with a view of the city. Why didn’t we think of this before? Plants absorb rain water (keeping our sewer system clear), reduce noise pollution (helping us keep calm), lower the indoor temperature when it’s very hot outside, and double the lifespan of waterproof seals on roofs.

Green roofs also reduce pollution, another important benefit. Yes of course, plants absorb carbon dioxide, and release oxygen, but they also retain dust and pollen. Yay! This micro ecosystem supports urban biodiversity and can even become the home to small birds. And the cherry on top? With a vegetable garden on your roof you will always be able to bring a healthy lunch to work!

Mini urban farms

Permaculture is not just for rural areas; it’s a completely different way to redesign the world, and of course, our cities. With a large number popping up, mini urban farms encourage food self-sufficiency, and continuous, sustainable cultivation. Urban gardens are already the home to a number items and animals: vegetables, herbs, chickens, birds, and insects. It’s important to note that cities also have certain strengths: microclimates, available resources (cardboard, vegetable & fruit peels, wood), and especially lots of people to lend a hand! As a result, our cities are “greenified”, people socialize, biodiversity is developed, and fresh produce packed with vitamins are available to eat. Are you ready to get involved?

Beehives are generating buzz

Ouch! Bees are suffering a lot of collateral damage from environmental disasters. Luckily, there are initiatives from companies and citizens alike for installing beehives on building rooftops, which not only helps bees survive but also protects the environment. It’s super simple. All you have to do is sponsor or rent a beehive, and it’s a great way to produce your own honey. Yum!

Gardens and orchards

Garden sharing is booming right now, and soon orchards will join the bandwagon! Little plots of land that are open to the public are perfect for growing fruits and vegetables: now that’s a smart and sustainable idea that will ravish your taste buds while protecting the environment. After getting the necessary urban garden permits, city dwellers are growing their own produce, socializing with neighbors, and encouraging food self-sufficiency. Get planting! It’s always better when we do it together.

Aquaponics

What is aquaponics? It’s a cool way to grow fresh, seasonal and organic fruits and vegetables without fertilizer or pesticides! This technique is a combination of raising aquatic animals and soil-less farming, creating an ecosystem between the fish and plants. This is how it works: the plants feed off of fish excretions, which filters out the water. As a result, vegetables grow two to three times faster than in a traditional garden, and are packed full of nutrients. And that’s not it. This amazing system conserves 90% of the water used in traditional gardens. It’s no surprise that this technique is developing in urban farms, and maybe even in your home, thanks to indoor aquaponics kits. Happy farming!

We’re crossing our fingers that cities will continue to adapt, transform, and “go green” in order to support our needs for tomorrow, all while protecting our beautiful planet.

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