IKEA Just Released Free Plans For A Sustainable Garden That Can Feed A Neighborhood

The Swedish company IKEA is always leading in terms of initiation and creativity when it comes to their projects.

Namely, this company worked hard to raise awareness about the plight in Syria, had an environmental-friendly project that uses mushroom-based packaging that decomposes within weeks, have a furniture business which is progressive, and much more.

Forbes ranks IKEA’s brand as the 46th most valuable on the planet (at $11.9 billion) and annual revenues are just shy of $40 billion, gained from its 345 stores in 42 different countries. The company has a customers-first purpose and a customers-first business plan, and it also instituted the “Human Resource Idea.”

According to this business magazine:

“In this day and age, an organization ought to commit to delighting its customers, remembering why the organization exists in the first place. If there are no customers, there is unlikely to be an organization. If there is no organization, somewhat obviously there are no roles.

Put simply, if the organization does not delight its customers—the people it ought to be working for—neither team members nor the organization can reach the sweet spot for there will be a damaged organization left remaining to carry out its mission.

This Swedish company—formed in 1943 by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad—continues to demonstrate the mantra of always putting customers first and subsequently impressing them. There is no other or ulterior motive at IKEA. It has continued to dedicate itself to value and service, always in appreciation for—and solely intended to delight—its customer base.”

Now, IKEA has released open source plans for The Growroom, which is a large, multi-tiered spherical garden designed to sustainably grow enough food to feed a neighborhood.

IKEA made these plans free for people to be able to invest and create such a garden in their neighborhood. The instructions comprise of 17 steps, and one only needs metal screws, plywood, rubber hammers, and diligence to finish the project.

According to the Huffington Post, the instructions can be downloaded for free and guide the builder through the steps. Users need to cut the plywood pieces to size and then visit a local workshop where the wood can be professionally cut.

The Growroom is the brainchild of Space10, based in Denmark. The company explains:

“Local food represents a serious alternative to the global food model. It reduces food miles, our pressure on the environment, and educates our children of where food actually comes from. … The challenge is that traditional farming takes up a lot of space and space is a scarce resource in our urban environments.

The Growroom …is designed to support our everyday sense of well being in the cities by creating a small oasis or ‘pause’ architecture in our high paced societal scenery, and enables people to connect with nature as we smell and taste the abundance of herbs and plants. The pavilion, built as a sphere, can stand freely in any context and points in a direction of expanding contemporary and shared architecture.”