Stay Green During The Grey & White

Brand Profile: Florafelt Vertical Garden Systems

I’m not ashamed to admit that every winter I fall victim to seasonal depression. Especially on days like today (raw, gray, windy, snowy – and not the pretty kind that sticks to the trees), I find myself going into hibernation mode. The cold weather has me wanting to hole up indoors, but once I’m in, the cabin fever sets in. Before New York City, I called Massachusetts, and then Vermont, my homes. The winters there weren’t too different – if anything they were colder. However when I looked outside my window I saw rolling hills and lakes, frosted pine trees and mountains. The first snowfall created a winter wonderland and the cabin fever began to thaw into coziness. Don’t get me wrong, the first snow to stick in NYC possesses its own kind of allure and twinkle. But after three, sometimes four long months of that – in all three locations – it gets old. The environment looks sad, which makes me feel sad. My eating and sleeping habits become irregular and unhealthy, and my mood swings as a result. I begin to fantasize about taking a Caribbean vacation, realize its impractical and unlikely, and then sulk at that. What is it about the winter weather that sucks the fun out of coziness and comfort not matter how many cups of cocoa are poured or snow days awarded? I think it’s visual. And I think a little green could turn this whole seasonal depression funk around.

Living Walls available on Lux & Eco
Living Walls available on Lux & Eco

Miraculously, there’s a way to bring the sights and smells of spring into our homes without waiting for the sun to come out in April. You can create a tropical – or any kind of floral – oasis in your home in the dead of winter with real live plants – even edibles and produce – by installing a Florafelt living wall. This simple, sustainable system is the result of many years in the making by architect and inventor of the Florfelt System, Chris Bribach. Inspired by sculptors, environmentalists, botanists, and other architects before him, Bribach wanted to create a new kind of landscape architecture that combined organic and innovative design. Using a wall made out of pockets of patented material – all recycled and recyclable P.E.T. plastics (the kind our food comes wrapped in, so it’s safe) – you can plant whatever you desire, plug in the wall for self-sustaining drip line watering, and watch your garden come to life. No plant is too big, too small, or out of season – roots comfortably flourish as they attach themselves to Bribach’s grow felt. The health benefits, both mental and physical, of having plants in your home never end. And when those plants take on chic decor rather than a wilting center piece, the benefits are that much greater. Wouldn’t this look great in your living room?

Photo courtesy of Florafelt
Photo courtesy of Florafelt

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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