Tons of food waste ends up in the landfill daily, creating harmful greenhouse emissions. To create a healthy living environment, it will require effort from energy companies, government entities and everyone else. Composting has become a common method for disposing of food waste. In fact, homeowners around the world have hopped onto the composting bandwagon. While, you would not think that just a few thousand people composting on a daily basis would actually help it genuinely does.
WLabs By Whirlpool Corporation Zera Food Recycler
WLabs of Whirlpool Corporation was tasked with creating a unique recycler capable of converting food waste into rich fertilizer. According to the company, the $1,199 Zera Food Recycler can turn waste into compost in a matter of 24 hours.
Consumers around the world will have the opportunity to turn the Zera idea into a reality, by backing the project, which will be launched on the Indiegogo platform on January 6, 2017. It will also be debuted at CES 2017, scheduled for January 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Zera is basically an innovative incubator that utilizes moisture, heat, oxygen, an agitator and plant-based additive to speed up the decomposition process. The conventional composter requires year-around effort and could take up to 3 months to convert household waste into compost.
The expedient decomposition is not the only feature that will peak the consumer’s interest. Zera is embedded with a touch display, but for more convenience it has its own mobile app. The associated app allows the user to activate the device from their smartphone or tablet. So far, there is no mention of third-party Smart integrations.
Zera’s design is similar to a trendy trashcan, with a sliding bamboo-like lid. When food is placed inside the interior compartment, Zera will automatically begin preparing the food for the recycling process. The food will also be pushed down into the bottom of the main reservoir. This step of the recycling process takes about 2 minutes tops. You can retrieve the fertilizer from Zera by sliding out the bottom drawer.
The plant-based additive is coconut husks transformed into tiny pellets. Coconut husks will enrich the fertilizer, while helping to retain water. The pellets are stored in a paper bag and will be available in four-packs for $12. A new bag will need to be added before initiating a new cycle.
According to $1,199 WLabs, Zera will convert 8 pounds of food waste into 2 pounds of rich fertilizer within 24 hours. For more information visit the Whirlpool Corporation website.
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