Designed to reduce household waste, Paradise is an automated plant grower and compost bin that uses built-in technology to notify users when compost or plants need tending.
As our worlds slowly recede into the confines of our homes, our time spent outdoors has gradually diminished. While nothing beats the great outdoors, biophilia-inspired household products have come out in the wake of the pandemic to turn our homes into glorified greenhouses. Incorporating greenery into our interior spaces has never been more popular, from vertical gardens to cork panels for planters.
While spending more time at home has brought much-needed rejuvenation to our interior design, it has also contributed to a global increase in household waste. Inspired to change that, designer Robin Akira created Paradise, a home plant grower with built-in compost bins and an odor-proof lid to use and reduce our household waste.
Conceptualized as a rolling cart, Paradise is made up of modular parts that work together to provide optimal conditions for plant growth. From its top, Paradise features an LED strip that pours artificial sunlight onto built-in planters above Paradise’s first module.
Lined with six different planters, the first module is where all the action takes place. The first module is actually a top cover that lifts off to reveal a water tank. The water reservoir leaves room for extra water to pour into it when the above plants are watered.
Just below the water reservoir, users can find a status bar that shows the overall health of each plant. Paradise hosts an internal chip that keeps track of plant conditions, as Akira explains, “[an] the machine’s internal chip controls the temperature, (35℃-55℃) intelligent constant temperature fermentation, a regular reminder to discharge the fertilizer liquid, storage for secondary use. The fertilizer bin is located just below this status bar.
The deep fertilizer tray is just to the left of an integrated box for a shovel. There, users can drop their kitchen scraps on the ground before adding fertilizing bacteria to start the process.
Then, once the contents have been mixed together, an odor trap cover can be placed on top for the composting to begin. The machine takes care of the rest, prompting users to discharge liquid fertilizer and indicating when composting is complete.
Creator: Robin Akira
Neither too big nor too small, Paradise packs many features into a single product suitable for any size home.
Paradise is composed of several modules for easy assembly and intuitive operation.
The casters provide a portable feel, needing only to be plugged in to use.
The status bar tells users when composting is complete and when plants need tending.
A built-in water tank drains excess water once the internal chip alerts users.
The square container is where users can compost their kitchen scraps and then an additional rectangular container allows users to store their compost.