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Creatives find inspiration in many places. For the University of Westminster design student Eliza Hague, that motivation was to create something to help people in Jaipur, India grow their own food. The result was a concept for an inflatable greenhouse that was made from low-cost bamboo pulp.

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Hague hopes her design would make it easy for those living in the metropolitan area to adopt a plant-based diet, ultimately decreasing the need for meat-based farming, which puts immense pressure on the land. More land is needed to farm meat than plants, and a greenhouse would shrink that need even more.

"Meat consumption globally is ever increasing, especially in countries that are experiencing rapid increases in wealth such as India," Hague told Dezeen. "Despite its population consisting of 337 million vegetarians, 71 percent of people living in India have a meat-based diet. "If everyone on earth had this diet, we would need at least two planet earths to feed us all."

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While some greenhouses are in place, they use polyethylene sheeting, which creates another problem of plastic waste. That's why Hague sought out a more sustainable material and ultimately landed on bamboo covered in shellac to make it weather resistant. She also wanted to make the greenhouses easily transportable, which is why she relied on the concept of origami. The beams and modules can collapse flat.

And as far as creating the greenhouse effects, Hague used black solar balloons that expand and contract with the heat of the sun. This creates the necessary ventilation to ensure crops can grow in the area's extreme climate.

The vision is that multiple families could share one greenhouse that produces enough food for each family to be self-sufficient. There could even be "greenhouse villages" in more remote areas where the greenhouse is a community center for people to get fresh fruit and vegetables.


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