Growing fruit trees from baby diapers? Strong communities where people interact with each other? Fighting climate change? Yes, yes and yes. Coming from an art experiment in collaboration with soil scientists, micro-biologists, engineers and circular economists this open-source project aims to close the nutrients and materials cycle of diapers through creating an experimental community, that will make soil out of diapers and plant fruit trees locally, and make the idea available to copy anywhere.
Conventional diapers make up around 5% of landfill waste and have a high CO2 footprint. By transforming compostable diapers into black soil through our technological process we landlock important nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) and carbon, creating a scarce resource – fertile soil, which will be used for growing indigenous fruit trees. This offers a sustainable alternative for parenting and opportunity to build strong neighborhood communities due to the nature of project’s organization.
The first community in the world, which will close the nutrients cycle of baby diapers through diapers distribution, collection, soil transformation and tree planting system, will be created in Berlin. Fruit trees will be planted, no diapers waste made, fertile soil produced, local jobs created, and other beautiful outcomes coming from community collaboration will arise. The process will be made available for multiplication in other places in Europe, with us sharing advice and coaching.
Due to the complex nature of the project, the approach is ‘learning by doing’. We already have an understanding of technology behind through many years of the founder and artist Ayumi Matsuzaka’s nature cycle art experiments and collaboration with biologists, experience with a successfully implemented pilot in 2015. Now the project is at a practical stage. The search for families that want to create the first community in Berlin is on. We are developing financial flow framework, establishing relationships with compostable diapers’ producers, potential consumers of black soil, tree-planting programs. As DYCLE is a community experiment in nature, there could be so many outcomes that we cannot envision at the moment. We are keeping a space for dynamic change of the project’s shape and form.
The primary target group are families with children of diaper age who want a sustainable alternative for using diapers that are also healthier for their children and crave for closer, potentially cross-cultural, community experience (which may go beyond the time when their children grow out of diaper age), trees/plant growers who want to improve their soil quality, parties interested in fruit trees planting. However, all benefit from better environment and more integrated communities.
There is an unusual twist to the project - the diapers are free for the families but funded through selling trees. That way we disconnect from monetary values system and exchange and offering people to ponder what is possible outside the conventional. Rather than receiving just another product or service people would be engaged in creating a new game-changing experience.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Event costs 39000 EUR Community building, personal costs - 26500 EUR, Transportation 10000 EUR Storage/office expenses - 8000 EUR, Public relations 4500 EUR,
We are looking for families in Berlin, who want to be part of first DYCLE community, especially those interested to take an active role in an organization process. We also would like to connect to companies with tree planting CSR programes or other tree planting initiatives, parties interested in terra preta black soil.