Gadget Makes Compost in Your Kitchen
There’s a new gadget currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, that could be coming to your kitchen soon. The in-house skunkworks of Whirlpool Corporation, WLabs developed the Zera Food Recycler to turn your food scraps into rich, dark, healthy compost in about 24 hours, via a simple and convenient process. This handy kitchen gadget sits just below counter height, allowing you to simply slide off unwanted ends from a cutting board or uneaten bits from your dinner plate directly into the unit. Zera’s goal is to make the world a greener place by reducing the amount of food waste going into landfills by enabling more people to embrace creating compost as part of their daily lives.
Hardly a new idea, according to Wikipedia, “Composting as a recognized practice dates to at least the early Roman Empire since Pliny the Elder (AD 23-79).” My mother always had a compost pile in the backyard as far back as I can recall. However, until the arrival of this kitchen gadget, recycling your food waste has rarely been a convenient part of your kitchen workflow. My mother’s solution was to have a small bucket under the sink, and once every couple of days (or until we could no longer stand the smell), it would be the job of yours truly to schlep said bucket to the compost pile at the very far end of our backyard. If your composting system is anything like that, it’s easy to understand why so many of us opt to simply to toss all of our food waste into the garbage.
Basically, the Zera Food Recycler works like this:
- First, add a packet of their proprietary vegetable-based catalyst additive.
- Keep adding food daily or until the unit is full.
- Once full, close the lid and press the Start button to begin the “transformation” cycle.
- After about 24 hours, remove the lower tray that’s filled with your ready-to-use homemade compost. You can then add this fertilizer to houseplants, your garden, or even spread on your lawn.
Watch both videos on Zera’s Indiegogo page, and scroll down to read the FAQ section, which does a good job of explaining how this kitchen gadget is supposed to work.