There is a housing shortage for insects that live in old hollow trees. Coarse hollow trees are red-listed and habitat for about 200 red-listed species. In Sweden, oak is the most important tree because oak can reach the highest age and form most hollow trees. It takes up to 150-200 years before some insects move into a hollow tree. To increase the insects’ chance of survival, new homes are made artificially, so-called mulchboxes.
In the project, the core has been to give back to nature instead of taking away from it with recycling and regenerative design as a method. By building mulch boxes only on waste materials which then become regenerative because they not only reduce the environmental impact but restore and rebuild. The purpose of the project is to challenge the prevailing consumer society and allow conversations about biodiversity and ecosystems to take place.
The work resulted in two different parts, an interactive installation and a building kit. In the installation, you are invited to play and with curiosity study an insect’s home. The kit is made as a conversation piece where activity and making leads to conversations about sustainability and the human environmental footprint. Through the mulch box, the project has tried to create a story about housing shortages and biodiversity to increase the interest in taking care of nature instead of destroying it.