We’re passionate about climate change
And we’re determined to empower people to do something about it.
Sead Microplanter’s founder and Chief Design Officer, Bryan Meador. Photograph by Justin Bettman
The Plant Seads project was founded in 2019 as a reaction to the sluggish response of government and multi-national companies to the emergency of climate change.
As a young, creative, and somewhat impatient person person, Sead’s founder Bryan Meador was frustrated by the lack of urgency surrounding this issue.
“Our generation is first to feel the effects of Climate Change. This crisis is not hypothetical to us, and we’re tired of waiting around for others to address this issue in a meaningful way.”
Inspired by nature's ability to create new openings for life by adapting to her surroundings and reusing excess material from her environment, Meador founded Seads. The project takes its name from an acronym that encapsulates these ideas; Sustainable Ecology, Adaptive Design.
The first product from this project is a planter that fits in virtually any chain link fencing and is made from recycled plastic. These planters, which I call 'Sead Pods,' empower people to grow their own vertical gardens in places that were previously unused and clean the environment of plastic waste
A 3D model is hand finished in the development process.
Using 3d printing and rapid prototype development, Sead Microplanter’s Model-A was designed, manufactured and released in less than 6 months.
“We’re inspired to take up this fight by young people like Greta Thunberg, who said, 'I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.' That quote is printed large in our studio to serve as a daily reminder of what is at stake. Seads is a brand with a mission; to create long term sustainable solutions for life in an environment that’s changing more quickly than it ever has.”
Plants naturally absorb CO2 which contributes to climate change. The also release Oxygen and water into our environment, cleaning and cooling the air we breathe.
By harnessing the CO2 conversion that plants accomplish naturally, Sead Microplanters enable people to begin the larger process of CO2 sequestration at the grassroots level while governments and multi-national companies figure out how to scale this process up to an industrial scale.
Sead Microplanters enable people to start their own vertical garden, grow plants and trees from seed, and help cool and clean the air we breathe by introducing more plants into our polluted urban spaces. The project was developed, designed, and manufactured in the New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley, keeping our carbon footprint small by eliminating the need for dirty international shipping in its manufacturing supply chain.
3D rendering of Phase 2’s larger Sead planters alongside the small Phase 1 version.
Just like the plants we’re inspired by, we want to start small. This approach enables us to perfect our design and make sure that the product is viable before we’re too far along. With that being said, we have some pretty big ideas for the future of this project, and we’d love to see them come to fruition.
Phase 2 of the Sead Project will feature larger planters that enable more diverse and self-sustaining vertical gardens. These larger planters hold significantly more soil and retain water more effectively, empowering people to grow almost anything they can think of. Imagine growing your own vegetables on a previously unused chain link fence - or having a full scale flower garden in your living room. Phase 2 makes these dreams into a reality, but first we need to get Phase 1 off the ground!
Grassroots funding for a grassroots movement!
True to our mission as a provider of grassroots solutions to a global problem, Plant Seads is funding its initial wide release of the Model-A through a Kickstarter campaign launching in October 2019.
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