July 1, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Designed to be installed on every street corner like any bottle recycling depository, the Ecobox would reward responsible citizens by offering them a plant in exchange for depositing all kinds of recyclable objects, from glass bottles to aluminium cans.
“Presently the project, which aspires to bring patches of green in the city, is at concept stage,” the architect and project designer, Gilles Nadler, explains. Photovoltaic cells on the roof of the Ecobox enable it to be carbon neutral while panes of glass function like a greenhouse, helping the plants to grow.
Nadler also proposes installing the EcoBox in subway stations, bringing a bit of green underground.
Exhibited in January at JardinsJardin, the Paris garden fair, Ecobox is now looking for manufacturers and local authorities that would be interested in this futuristic green concept.