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OGarden – The self-watering compact garden

The Kickstarter campaign for OGarden was started in 2016. The inventors collected money for an innovative idea that revolutionizes home growing of vegetables and fruit. The tiny self-watering indoor garden can grow 90 kinds of vegetables and fruit at once.

After a successful first campaign, a new round of crowdsourcing was launched this year for the more advanced OGarden Smart. The garden’s operation is very simple: after connecting the device to an electricity supply and planting the seeds, users simply watch the seeds sprout, and after just over a month, the vegetables and fruit are ready to harvest.

Photo: OGarden

Pierre Nibart and Pierre-Etienne Bourget wish to use their innovative invention to have a positive effect on the planet, while also offering greater autonomy for people to maintain healthy lifestyles.

The new generation OGarden Smart builds on the success of the previous model: the self-watering function has been improved, so now the built-in tank only needs to be filled up once a week. The low consumption LEDs simulate sunlight and provide optimal conditions for the plants without placing an undue burden on the user’s electricity bill.

The top section of the OGarden Smart is effectively a rotating barrel that can hold 60 plants, while 30 more can be grown in the bottom cabinet.

The bottom cabinet of the device is for growing seedlings. It provides optimal temperature, light and humidity conditions, so seeds sprout in it in three weeks, after which they can be transplanted to the top section, where they get enough light to grow further. 30 to 40 days later the plants are ready to harvest.

Video: YouTube/OGarden
Further information: My Modern Met

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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