Welcome to the Botany Project

The Botany Project is a home and lifestyle accessories brand that focuses on a sustainable model either in the area of upcycling; bio-diversity awareness; or employment creation.
The brand showcases indigenous plants and flowers with functional and sensual products that are handmade by community craft artists and/or local producers in Cape Town, South Africa.

Inspired

Inspired by indigenous plants and flowers, this homeware and lifestyle brand focuses on communicating the message of the importance of indigeneous plant proliferation and education for the challenges we face in environmental renewal. The Botany Project showcases indigeneous plants and flowers with functional and sensual products that incorporate the use of local materials and or the upcycling of waste.
Our first product concept the upcycle flower lamp was launched at the Design Indaba Expo, March 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. The idea was born out of our growing need as designers to create products that solve problems by using a multi-dimensional way of thinking and perspective when designing. We asked how can we create beauty without creating more landfill? How can we inspire others to respect our natural gifts; plants and flowers and nature itself?
We are inspired by the sheer magnitude and importance of bio-diversity and how we consume.
The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. With 9 600 recorded plant species, 70% are found nowhere else on the planet, which makes the area literally a “biodiversity hotspot”. Biodiversity refers to the variety of life found on earth – all the genes, species, ecosystems and processes that allow life to persist over time. Under increasing pressure from human development, the Cape Floral Kingdom, also known as the fynbos biome, or Cape Floristic Region, is one of the world’s 25 most threatened areas because of its high concentration of plant and animal species. Currently a total of 1 736 fynbos plants are now critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. (Source CAPE Partnership)