Please, Look at This Carden of Eden

Machine and magnolias, made one.

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Cars are thought to be at odds with the environment. Usually, they are: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, soot, particulate matter, nitrogen—not great for the air, not great for the water. But maybe we’re turning a corner. As long as the the power they use is produced in a carbon-neutral way, plug-in electrics aren’t polluters. And manufacturers like BMW, Ford and Volvo are moving toward leathers, woods, even plastics, that produce fewer toxic byproducts.

Think of this car-turned-planter as an example of what to strive for. It sacrificed mobility, and a roof, to become an earth-filled vessel. It has a butterfly paint job and ferns in back seat. It’s a steel oasis in the hot and sandy Negev Desert. Watching disused cars get crushed is always rough—maybe we should start recycling the Israeli way, nu?