by Laura Cowan
The GÜD Plant Box is an introductory product for GÜD LLC, a new company raising funds on Kickstarter. Their indoor gardening kit makes it easier, more desirable and more accessible for people to grow their own food at home. Founded by Colin Casto, GÜD created a way to make larger scale indoor gardening a reality for city dwellers.
Plastic indoor gardening equipment is not sustainable, not to mention expensive if you want more than an herb growing setup. The GÜD Plant Box was born out of several years of research and prototyping to offer an alternative for home-scale indoor gardening. It’s a boxy wood structure with a built-in plant light, so it looks more like furniture or décor than a typical planter.
Moreover, the exterior is bamboo, and the hydroponic tank is made of food-grade stainless steel. Packaging for seeds and nutrients is recyclable or compostable plastic. Making the entire process as sustainable as possible was important to Casto. In addition, he fixed any problems customers told him often put them off from continuing a garden.
Specifically, hydroponic growing allows for low maintenance gardening that is also highly efficient for the square footage it takes up in your home. An LED grow light reduces energy consumption, but is designed to create a warm white light for good home aesthetics. The light has a timer, an essential component for indoor grow lights. Set it and forget it. And the GÜD Plant Box is modular, so consumers can start small and add to their garden over time or configure it to fit their home.