Plants can offer much more to home owners than just food. This is clearly demonstrated by the “microbial home” by Philips which integrates the power of plants into the home for waste management and food production.
The Filtering Squatting toilet is a waste separating toilet that filters effluent while channeling excreta to a methane digester in the Microbial Home system.
The Microbial Home project is part of the Philips Design Probes program, which explores far future lifestyle scenarios based on research in a wide range of areas. The Microbial Home Design Probe consists of a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design, it’s a proposal for an integrated cyclical ecosystem where each function’s output is another’s input.
Urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home. The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.
The Larder concept challenges our use of refrigeration and food storage (as opposed to dead food in the refrigerator) and presents ways to keep “living food” fresh, by using natural processes; an evaporative cooler and vegetable storage system built into a dining table.