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New innovative ideas to help improve the dire situation we face when it comes to our climate and ecosystem are coming from all areas. Whether it be large scale systems and infrastructures or smaller ideas like the new invention below (Hydria Pot,) no idea is too small and all are very important.

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With our climate changing and rainfall becoming inconsistent, potentially worsening over the coming years, coming up with outdoor solutions to create and support new vegetation in forests, and rainforests is a priority.

We are destroying our forests and rainforests at a rate that is astonishing. Over 80,000 acres a day are cut and another 80,000 are degraded. We need to not only stop this issue but work to begin replacing these lost trees.[1] The Hydria Pot could help with that. One of the greatest contributors of rainforest degradation is actually something that touches most of us. Find out here. 

During the early stages of a newly planted tree, getting the support it needs to grow can sometimes be tough. A new invention and concept called The Hydria Pot looks to remove that challenge. The Hydria Pot is an innovative solution that attempts to mimmick nature.

How It Works

tomaz_hydria“While I was involved in a reforestation activity I realized that a device could be created to provide water to the sensitive and fragile new root system of a plant in the first days of its life.” João Tomaz – Inventor

As night temperatures drop, condensation will form on the upper leafy part of the pot. Gravity driven water droplets will follow the metal veins and collect the condensation into the clay pot. From there it will remain until fully absorbed by the roots.

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To optimize the Hydria Pot, water can be added during dry spells. This porous pot can collect a reasonable amount of water which it releases slowly during the following days; it requires no energy and no maintenance. Depending on the location the pot is used in, it can also pull moisture directly from the air to feed root systems.

This can also be used at home and in the garden. You can use it to have your plants watered slowly over time so you can go away without watering them and yet they will still get the water they require.

You can help support João Tomaz campaign to help bring the Hydria Pot into action at the link below. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hydria-pot-earthcare-design

Design Inspiration

According the designer “The first design ideas emerged following research into ancient knowledge and natural systems such as the desert beetle that harvest moisture from the air with the own body every morning to drink water and survive.

I then studied energy efficient technology that also has minimum environmental impact, considering also locally sourced materials and simple irrigation methods.

The goal of the design was to create a simple, reusable, low energy impact object made from natural materials. This resulted in the Hydria Pot – a locally sourced clay pot that collects air moisture and stores water droplets.”

The Impact

It is believed that in climates like the rainforest, where there is a lot of moisture in the air, the hydria pot would help pull moisture out of the air and supply it to the fragile root systems of new plants and trees helping to make the rate of survival higher.

More testing is required on such an innovation to find out how well it can scale up worldly solutions, but it is a step in the right direction in terms of a low-cost sustainable solution to help with one of our biggest eco-challenges.

You can help support João Tomaz campaign to help bring the Hydria Pot into action at the link below. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hydria-pot-earthcare-design

Sources:

1. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-talks-daily-destruction/

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hydria-pot-earthcare-design

 


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