After the lifting of the home quarantine policy, China quickly started a trend of camping to relieve the anxiety caused by COVID-19 and to satisfy its own need to be close to nature. As a result, in order to minimize the ecological impact of human camping traces on nature and to investigate solutions for people to live in harmony with nature, I got Eco-seed as a result.
Eco-seed is a new form of recyclable solid stake that not only assists people in supporting their tents while camping to prevent the lawn from being crushed, but also allows them to seed numerous times during the camping process, minimizing the impact of human behavior on the natural environment. Maintaining the cycle of nature at a lower cost. By examining the tent construction and actual camping process many times, I determined the final plan of Eco-seed.
And after multiple material testing, I finally imitated the behavior of swallows in making nests, in order to increase the seeding success rate. An Eco-seed kit contains 7 standard "solid stakes" and 14 "seed modules" to match the solid stakes, along with "support curtains" for campers to choose from according to their needs. Variety of customization to help consumers better adapt to different camping needs and real conditions.
Today, with the rapid iteration of almost all objects, we may have forgotten that one thing remains constant in speed, and that is the growth cycle of natural life. As a result, I'm hoping that my initiative will not only inspire modern people to think, but will also help to reduce the damage caused by human activities the next time we come near to nature.
Life on land is the 15th goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - and promoting ecological restoration is a key part of it. The Eco-seed kit can be a powerful tool to help the United Nations address the degradation of vegetation caused by human outdoor activities. It provides the United Nations with the ability to empower campers to participate in and maintain natural cycles, rather than enhancing forest management and restricting the behavior of outdoorsmen.
Approximately 44% of trees and grasslands are destroyed during camping, 1/2 of which is due to campers preferring to camp where there are no human traces. Eco-seed reduces the potential for camping to destroy vegetation, while minimizing the negative impact of human traces on the natural environment through seeding.
With the solid stake and the platform, the Eco-seed kit helps the user to raise the tent 10-15cm off the ground and support at least 10 people when the conditions are right. After arriving at the campsite, the user needs to set up the Eco-seed component first, and then just set up the tent and fix it on the component as in normal cases, which will protect the lawn under the tent from damage and keep it away from bugs. Another important task that Eco-seed allows users to accomplish is seeding. People in camping are always damaging the soil environment, which can cause more water runoff and wildlife migration. When the solid stake is pounded into the soil, the "seed part" of the Eco-seed is buried with the solid stake and remains in the soil after the camping trip, and is not pulled out with the solid stake. With sufficient moisture, seeds wrapped in biodegradable adhesives will germinate within a week. These seeds sown will complete the rapid restoration of the damaged environment and reduce the environmental problems caused by man.
In order to better serve users and the natural environment, Eco-seed has a complete chain of product cycles. Eco-seed is sold through local outdoor stores or camps. Users purchase the product and use it in the forest camp. When the user leaves, the seeds are left to grow and germinate in the camp. The raw material supplier then harvests the right seeds from the forest and puts them into production for sale. I hope to bring something more natural to nature through the cooperation of camps, producers, and raw material suppliers. Meanwhile, Eco-seed official website will continue to receive feedback from users and further improve the product and experience over time.
All raw materials used to manufacture the product are available locally. For example, the seed material is provided by local forest camps, which, on the other hand, ensures the stability of the local vegetation species. The seeds are bonded in a way that mimics the nesting of swallows. A binder is used to mix the soil and seeds together and squeeze them into shape. The binder is made of only flour, sugar, white vinegar and water and is 100% degradable. The solid stake uses a semi-tapered shape with a cross-hatched pattern. Because first of all it should meet the requirements of light weight and stability of camping products. After careful consideration, the cross-hatch pattern reduces its weight while making the product more adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, and perfectly provides lateral stability and support, which is the most suitable choice. The semi-conical shape facilitates the solid stake to break the ground better. The two rings on the top of the product are designed to help the user control the solid stake with only one hand and pull it up easily. In the seed section there are two types of shapes: conical and spiral. The conical shape is suitable for use in ordinary soil environment, while the spiral shape is designed for looser soil characteristics and has stronger stability.
Eco-seed kits are designed to help campers interfere with and impact the natural environment as little as possible during their outdoor activities. If enough people use Eco-seed kits in camping or other outdoor activities, the potential impact of "seeding" will be maximized. This is important not only for the planet, but also in every sense for the survival of humanity itself.