“Ghetto Greenhouse”

“Ghetto Greenhouse” is a project under the community service avenue as a green life project. This project was chaired by Rtr. Rumalie Cooray (Director – Community Service). Through this project we wanted to consider ourselves ‘experimental’ gardeners. We came up with an idea to make a “ghetto greenhouse” from recycled water bottles and cups.

The sole objective of this project was to do the most effective green life project with a minimum cost so that it will be an example to everyone because we had copious amounts of empty water bottles lying around in university premises.

Here’s what we did,

*First thing we did is collect the bottles. 2 liter, clear plastic bottles served our idea the best.

*The bottles were washed, their labels were removed, and tops were discarded. Then the bottles were being cut to shape in readiness to use.

*On the bottom of the base of the water bottle small openings were drilled, so that could create drainage.

*Base of the water bottles were then filled with four to five inches of soil. Then twigs and seeds were planted.

We expect these seeds and twigs to sprout within two weeks. Our plan when these seeds and twigs sprout,

*Take the plant (with the soil in the bottle) out of the mini green house.

*Place the plants in appropriate and bigger pots throughout the university garden.

This project will be continued and will be taken forward in many phases in the future to make the world a little greener.

Green house made of plastic bottles is an easy, efficient approach while being cost effective and definitely an effective solution to lend a hand in the efforts in reducing global warming that is prevailing and rapidly spreading in the world.

The plastic bottle green house has many benefits. Besides minimal costs, it gives the opportunity to recycle bottles, keep them away from landfills in a very smart way. At last but not least it requires very low maintenance.

The reuse of plastic bottles has wide range of benefits to the environment as everyday consumers discard more than 60 million plastic water bottles. These bottles litter highways, clog waterways or end up in incinerators and landfills. Plastic in landfills can take up to 700 years to decompose.

This contribution will be our first of many, in making the world a greener place.

This green life project was able to get the Runners up award from the Battle of green competition organized by the Rotaract Club of Faculty of management and finance University of Colombo and the awards were given on the Sandtastic beach clean up which was held on 17th  of October. Representing our club Rtr. Ravindu Tharaka (Treasurer), Rtr. Rumalie Cooray (Director – Community Service), Rtr. Shenali Perera (Editor), Rtr. Yoshana Premarathne (Joint Secretary) and Rtr. Sanoj Mendis participated.

 

Written By: Rtr. Rumali Cooray (Director – Community Services)

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