The man-made floating ecosystems are sustainable and self-sufficient. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with nature’s powers, rather than against nature because everything is interconnected. Through this system we can care for the earth’s waterways, the people, and finally complete the cycle by recycling its usefulness.
Islands can be used to grow edible plants such as wild ginger, saxifrage, raspberries, tomatoes, rice, or common watercress. The roots below the Floating Islands supply a constant source of water and the plants often have more direct sunlight to help increase plant growth than gardens on land. In addition, wiring and netting can be placed around the Islands’ edges to protect the plants from birds or other small animals.