Photo: Iris Rijskamp
Japanese Knotweed is one of the most invasive plants in Europe and famous for its unsuccessful attempts at complete eradication. Instead of destroying it why not invest and exploit its qualities. If the edible spring shoots are cut, it will prevent the plant from growing taller and also protect native plants from being turned into a monoculture that kills any diversity within the setting. Treating the plant as a natural food resource will reframe how we look at this plant. By creating a mobile and transportable system, the plant can be converted into a variety of local syrups, respecting natural environments as well as local ecosystems.
Exhibited at Dutch Design Week 2019