06 Aug '12, 1pm

Shipping Crates Become Detroit Garden Beds

Shipping Crates Become Detroit Garden Beds

Parking lot turned paradise: GM turns used shipping crates into garden beds to provide food for Detroit's southwest neighborhoods. Photo: John F. Martin for General Motors Locally grown food and garden reuse might not typically be ideas associated with a car brand, but on August 1, General Motors unveiled a community garden that promotes just that. For the project, dubbed the “Cadillac Urban Gardens on Merritt,” GM brought in 250 shipping crates to be repurposed into garden beds that will grow fresh, local food in a formerly abandoned parking lot in southwest Detroit. “Instead of recycling this material, we found a direct reuse, which saves energy and resources,” says John Bradburn, GM’s manager of waste reduction efforts, in a press release . “We seek opportunities for projects in our backyard that reduce environmental impact and strengthen communities.” Soil was provided...

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