I stumbled across a neat little initiative while perusing BusinessGreen during my lunch break – edible curtains. Yes. Not technically curtains, mind you, which was a little disappointing but I am still impressed.
Kyocera, the Japanese tech group, is pioneering the initiative at 20 manufacturing facilities in Japan, Thailand and Brazil. They basically created what I think we’d call “hedges” around their buildings to block direct sunlight in a bid to not only lessen the need for air conditioning, but provide a health snack for employees to nibble on. They’ll also be used in the company cafeterias. Nifty little energy saving initiative, I say.
For the sceptics out there, Kyocera has confirmed that the curtains lower wall temperatures, and “decrease temperature by as much as 15 degrees C”. Covering roughly 32,750 square feet (3,043 square meters), the curtains are expected to absorb an estimated 23,481 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions – the same amount that can be absorbed by 761 cedar trees.
The kind folk at Kyocera have set up a website where you can find more information on the curtains, as well as helpful tips on how readers can grow their own. I recommend checking out the “What is a Green Curtain” section for some cute (always important) graphics.
Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re in the best location to grow our own edible curtain at 20 Soho Square, and my repeated requests to build a roof terrace where we could grow our own garden have been denied (something about health and safety…). But if we could, I think I’d like to grow flowers so we could stop paying to have them brought in. And some cherry tomatoes.
What would you grow?