The 2 in 1 Lantern Glows and Grows

Travel News — By Morgan DeBoer on May 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

Twenty-four-hours barely feels like enough enough hours in a day for a normal schedule, let alone the time constraints of a traveler. Although we are wary of kitschy travel inventions that are supposed to “save us time” but really only waste our money, there are a few design-savvy gems out there that really do combine two interesting activities into one.

Like to hike and grow trees? Now you can do both at the same time.

Image: Franklin Gaw

Enter Franklin Gaw. Gaw has recently unveiled a design for a camping lantern that houses a terrarium for a sapling.

Brought to our attention by TreeHugger, the lantern is ideal for folks who take their families camping and want to show them how plants, even trees, begin as a seed.

To use the lantern, fill the bottom layer with pebbles, topsoil, and charcoal. Then add a seed or sapling. Place the lantern in a place that gets natural light, like a windowsill or your hiking trail, and watch the baby tree grow. The lantern’s lightbulb also functions as a heat source for the sapling. Bring the lantern camping and grow your plant as you hike or as you light your path in the night. Once ┬áthe sapling’s leaves reach the top of the lantern, it is ready to be planted.

Pretty neat huh? No word yet if this high-design idea will actually go into production, but we sure hope it does.

Tags: camping, design, hiking, Invention, Plants

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