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The story behind the HydroArtPod — healthy, delicious, chemical-free food. Save big on your groceries. Easier than making coffee.

When people hear the word entrepreneur, they often think of someone daring and innovative, constantly taking risks and moving forward. We hardly talk about the ones who start small, with a little more than a dream and a lot of heart. 

This is the story of one such entrepreneur, Aline Pate. A story that will inspire anyone looking to start their own business or make a difference in the lives of everyone around them. Here is a story about how Aline began working on her invention, while navigating motherhood and being a wife.

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When I created HydroArtPod, I was frustrated with the quality of the plastic-wrapped food from the supermarket and often worried about how safe it is.”

This means that we have to find a way to increase food production by 110% from today’s level to meet the high demand for food as we currently know it.

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No green thumb

As a mother of two, a wife, and a successful entrepreneur from Germany, Aline wanted a way to guarantee that the food her family consumes is fresh and chemical-free. So even though she had zero experience with gardening, she decided to grow her organic greens in her backyard.

 

There is just something about the freshness of organic produce that just can’t be beaten. Nothing tastes better than something you’ve grown yourself. But starting a garden can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? How much space do you need? How do you know which seeds are right, for what season? There’s just a lot to consider.

With Aline, every time she thought she was getting results, her tiny sprouts of green would have bugs eating holes in them. Sometimes, the growing process would take so long that she had to stop due to the unfavorable conditions of the seriously hot summer. She was clearly not getting the results she wanted.

Kicking off the Sustainable journey

Aline did not give up despite her busy life as a mother of two. She certainly had no time to manage a garden or deal with the challenges that came with it. So if she was going to make her wish of growing fresh, organic greens herself come true, the process had to be somewhat automated and require less time and effort than a regular garden. 

Aline wanted to build something beautiful enough to put inside her home and not have an ugly garden that takes up space.

She started researching sustainable living and ways to grow food indoors and learned about hydroponics — growing plants without soil, using only water and nutrients.

So in the past four years, after extensive research and testing out different materials and plants, she finally has a working, living indoor garden. All this hard work and dedication birthed an easy-to-use, very efficient, Smart, and elegant indoor garden system, a first of its kind.

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Imagine doing so with the help of an App that lets you track the health of your plants and harvest fresh food all year round, whether you have a green thumb or not.

Making it easy

Unlike most indoor garden systems, the HydroArtPod is a soilless, easy to maintain, and fully automated system that makes indoor gardening a painless experience.

Imagine being able to grow 100% organic, chemical-free fruits and vegetables right from your kitchen wall.

Living green art

I made the HydroArtPod look like beautiful, living green art so you can hang it on your wall and enjoy fresh produce forever. Thanks to its mountable design, it only takes up minimal space on your wall. So if you ever thought you needed acres of land to have a garden, think again.”

A green future we all can be part of

“It has been a beautiful and rewarding journey to build HydroArtPod. Everyone who has seen it in my home wants it. Something built out of frustration is now a way for me and my family to get our dose of a fresh supply of greens when we need them the most. To see the impact this product could have on the environment is humbling.”

If you are looking for an easy and efficient way to grow food indoors, look no further than the HydroArtPod! This groundbreaking indoor garden system is a must-have for anyone looking to eat healthier, save time, reduce their carbon footprint, and improve their overall quality of life. 

With HydroArtPod, you can grow your own chemical-free, fresh fruits and vegetables right from the comfort of your kitchen wall. Simply download the companion app to track the health of your plants, manage water usage, and enjoy a hassle-free gardening experience.

“I have successfully launched HydroArtPod on Indiegogo to help me bring sustainable living to everyone, and the response has been great. So don’t wait – get started on your path to sustainability with HydroArtPod!”

Join the HydroArtPod Community now to nab the best deal before the special launch offer on Indiegogo disappears – only till 20th May!

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I’m Not A Gardener!

When I first read about indoor gardening I wasn’t really interested. I wasn’t even really tempted to bother learning how it would work. I could just keep buying my food in the store after all. And being a busy working mum, I had no time for growing food in any case.

Like so often in life we tend to only act if something important and concerning comes to our attention. Something which is bad enough to make us find new ways of doing things.

Looking into indoor gardening was such a realization for me but only once I read an alarming news report. Most of the fruits and veggies my country was importing were highly contaminated with chemicals. The problem was deemed a health risk to the public. Indeed, the government had suspended imports from certain regions until such issues were resolved.

Our Food, Our Responsibility

While most countries have quite a good control mechanism to detect such things, not all countries really focus on this. I learned that I cannot just trust that the food I am buying in the markets is healthy for me. Distributors and retailers will always use substances to make it either look shiny or to keep it fresh for longer. That’s just the commercial reality of it.

I was naive and did not think about this up until I became aware that I need to protect myself and my family. I realised that I cannot hand this responsibility over to a government entity or a retailer.

This was when I realized that I wanted to know where my food was coming from.

Does Your Food Have More Tier Miles Than You Do?

If you dig deep into where food is coming from you will be surprised to learn how far it has traveled to be with you now. Often food is produced in one country, shipped for packaging into another country, forwarded to yet another country for labeling and sent somewhere else to be sold. That happens with fresh produce as well as long-life items.

Imagine if our food packaging had to include the number of miles it was transported. Wouldn’t we think twice about buying some of those items?

The deep-frozen shrimp you’re cooking for dinner was caught in an ocean far from you. From there it was most likely transported across the globe to be peeled in a country with cheaper labour. Shipped into another country for packaging, it was then distributed and sold in your country. Finally it lands, exhausted, on your plate. It is astonishing that such a process can still deliver a product that can be sold at an acceptable price to the end user, don’t you think?

But at what cost I ask.

Costly Convenience

The reason why we can buy anything really cheap is because people in other countries pay the price for this by being paid badly or having to work in very poor conditions. We all like to close our eyes from that and pretend we do our best to avoid that. I include myself – I am environmentally conscious but I cannot live without my Nutella for example.

Personally I think we are too far down the line to try and convince humans to get back to where we were even 20 years ago. Everyone has a busy life to lead, and is trying to be efficient. Asking them to turn down the conveniences that are out there will just switch people off. Just imagine I would have to start growing cocoa beans to make my homemade Nutella. I guess it’s possible but I just wouldn’t be able to do it in practice.

But I don’t think it’s just a binary choice of Yes or No.

It’s About Choices

I believe that being environmentally conscious and living sustainability doesn’t mean to be perfect and cut out everything. In my view it means to be aware and to make informed choices, being aware of the consequences.

For example I try my best to avoid plastics where I can. When I buy cheese from the counter I bring it home in my reusable box instead of ready-packed from the shelf. However I recognize that there are items/products I do not want to live without and I do not beat myself up for wanting them.

Take the example of Nutella. Sorry I am absolutely addicted to this chocolate spread and could eat it just with a spoon. Back to what I mean to say. I take a conscious decision to buy the jar, and I find a useful second life for the jar and the lid. It’s good storage for crafting materials for the kids.

So you see it’s not perfect but I know I have a choice. I can actively decide which products I buy and what waste it generates. I am not going for convenience if there’s a more environmentally friendly and sustainable option. At the same time, I do not stop buying my favourites if they are not available in a format that is waste-free or I cannot produce it myself.

Individual Choices Add Up to Something Big

However with making an active choice I have been able to reduce my waste significantly. I think it is a big ask for any one individual to convince a majority of people to meet zero waste. But if we can find ways of getting people to think and actively choose products instead of just being driven by convenience and price, we could have a real impact.

In fact, we are creating a movement!

I would love to hear your stories and how you are bridging the gap between wanting to be as low-impact as possible while not wanting to give up on certain conveniences.

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