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Kuching residents to recycle bottles to create a vertical farm

Have you heard of the coming Kuching vertical farm before?

The idea is probably a first in Kuching, and it’s part of a larger project called The Green Pockets project.

More than just a farm

Known as The Green Pockets project, the aim is simple, which is to use used plastic bottles for a vertical urban farming project at the old Ting & Ting Supermarket.

It sounds very interesting but there’s more.

Aside from recycling (re-using) these plastic bottles to build a small urban farm at the old Ting & Ting Supermarket, the project also aims to share knowledge that plastic bottles are a very useful to sustain our life by starting a small urban farm in every household especially during this unprecedented period.

According to the Urban Green Pockets Project organizers, Borneo Laboratory, this will in turn help realize a bigger goal, which is to contribute to the community food bank in downtown Kuching.

Kuching vertical farm features two unique installations

The aim for now is to collect some 1,500 bottles which will be used to create two architectural installations at the old Ting – Ting Supermarket in Kuching.

The first installation is named the ‘time tunnel’. This installation will see the bottles hung vertically along a tunnel.

The time tunnels will be equipped with vertical hanging pots, furniture and a water spraying nozzles system.

The second installation is proposed on the roof of the old Ting – Ting Supermarket and it’s called the Rooftop Green House.

It will be rectangular shaped, and boast an origami style roof, which is really beautiful to see from above.

Both proposed installations are very interesting indeed and they work well to help the project’s goal which is to raise awareness on the importance of the plastic bottles that they can be playing an important role to sustain our lives in an urban farm once they are granted new lives.

Not moving alone, and you can help

But the project is not done just by Borneo Laboratory alone.

Borneo Laboratory has also joined hands with some very notable community partners like KuchingBorneo, tHe Spring Mall, Hilton Hotel Kuching, VivaCity Megamall, UCSI University Sarawak Campus, UCSI Hotel, RCE Kuching, Segi College Sarawak, Swinburne University Sarawak, to promote and further help in this project.

These community partners, together with Think & Thank and CENDANA, will be collecting unused 1.5L plastic bottles for The Green Pockets project.

You can also lend your hand to help by contributing your unused 1.5L plastic bottles to the project.

Kuching vertical farm
Samples of 1.5L bottles.

The goal of the day is to collect 1,500 plastic bottles which will be used for the project.

If you want to play a part in this unique project, bottles will be collected at selected locations mentioned below from 6 March onwards.

For more information, head on to the organizers FB‘s page or email or contact Mr. Tham 016-298 3987.

Let’s do this Kuching!

Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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