Yesterday, on the drive home from our Labor Day getaway, we listened to a podcast on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show with David Robertson, the author of Brick by Brick: How Lego Rewrote the rule of Innovation and Conquered The Global Toy Industry. I learned a lot I didn’t know about the Danish building block company, but mostly I was reminded about the importance of looking at things with a fresh eye, even if they seem old.
TogetherFarm Blocks are a wonderful use of Lego-inspired designed because they do just that. They take discarded things like unwanted plastic milk jugs and other plastic waste and turn it into a fun and practical new way to contain your growing plants. The interlocking blocks come in four colors and can snap together to form just about any shape or configuration you can imagine — no tools needed! Anyone who has ever spent a day installing a wooden raised bed in their garden should rejoice in that news. The system is built with the garden in mind: There are stake holes which allow you to insert supports or trellises. Made from 100% BPA-free recycled plastic, they won’t fall prey to rot, termites or mold. Best of all, if you garden grows like mad (and we know it will) you can easily readjust and add to new blocks to accommodate.
The Portland-based company has put together a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funds needed to jump start its manufacturing. Donors will receive some starter blocks to get their garden growing. This video explains it all.
Click here to visit Together Block’s Kickstarter Page.