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Innovation: Boston Treepod Initiative

A truly groundbreaking project commissioned by think tank Shift Boston, the Treepod scheme consists of synthetic trees made from recycled plastic bottles, mimicking benefits of real trees in urban environments.

Designed by Mario Caceres and Christian Canonico from French design bureau Influx_Studio, the Treepods remove carbon dioxide from the air by releasing oxygen – just like real trees. In addition to purifying the air, the Treepods generate energy with solar panels while harvesting energy through an interactive seesaw that visitors can play with at the Treepods base.

Inspiration for the design was taken from the human lung as well as the dragon blood tree with large solar panels at the top of the tree providing energy, enabling the tree to light up in an array of eye catching colors at night.  An urban sculpture as well as an impressive eco innovation, the Treepod is currently competing for the 2011 U.S. Green Building Council Urban Tree Competition.

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