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Automatic Indoor Composter

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

If you like the idea of composting as part of green living, but put it off because it sounds too complicated, this indoor composter is for you. It automatically monitors temperature and moisture to produce compost efficiently and odor-free. It can compost up to 120lb of food waste per month and provides garden ready compost every two weeks. There is even a light to tell you when the next batch is ready to use. The composter handles dairy, meat and fish, so will really cut down on the amount of garbage you send to landfill. It uses 5kwh energy per month for this efficiency, but is well worth it if you are a city or small garden composter, who would otherwise not have the space for composting.

Costs $399 from Real Goods

Spinning Composter for Urban Gardens

Monday, November 15th, 2010


Living in a city doesn’t usually go together with making your own compost, but there are plenty of city dwellers with small gardens, rooftop gardens or even just a tiny scrap of backyard or balcony to grow a few pots of tomatoes and herbs, who would love to be able to turn kitchen scraps into rich fertile compost. Yet it seems like such a cumbersome messy process. This spinning composter takes all of the hard work out of it and promises to produce compost in a month, or just a little more, when used correctly. The easy spinning motion aerates the compost, adding oxygen and speeding the decomposition. It’s perfect for urban gardeners and for those of us trying to reduce the amount of refuse sent to landfill sites. If you make more compost than you can use it’s easy enough to give it away to gardening friends or even sell it! The capacity isn’t huge, but it’s enough for a small family. Many users plan to get a second one so that compost making is continuous.

Priced at $199 at Gaiam
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The Compostable Picnic

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


Next time you’re headed out into the wilds (or the park) on a picnic, why not take along a hamper that’s 100% compostable? Tree- and petroleum-free in manufacture, everything in these party sets can be recycled and spread on the garden.

Party set pieces start at $5.00 from Gaiam.com

The Naturemill Automatic Composter

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Naturemill Automatic Composter

Naturemill Automatic Composter Plus Edition $299 from naturemill.com also has a Pro Edition for $399

Food waste makes up some 12 percentage of waste in our landfills, According to the US EPA, food waste is the #1 least recycled material.

Modern landfills are sealed to prevent toxins from getting into the water supply and don’t allow for oxygen to penetrate the many layers which means food waste won’t biodegrade properly. However the food waste in landfills do break down to produce methane, Methane is estimated to have more than 20-times the climate change effect of carbon dioxide. This methane can eventually be released into the atmosphere to form yet another means of speeding up global warming. An article on MSNBC says “landfills are the largest source of methane emissions in the U.S.”

Garbage disposals aren’t a green solution as untreated food scraps often could end up in various waterways. This causes nutrient build ups and ruins aquatic ecosystems.

So the best solution for food waste is to compost. There are many ways to go about it, Check out our previous Great Green Gadgets article here on kitchen composting.
The Naturemill Automatic Composter is one of better indoor composters that can start to change our dismal statistics with food waste in the landfill.
Naturemill Automatic Composter

The Naturemill’s Automatic Composter is a simple, odor-free, indoor automatic composter, all you have to do is toss in your waste, and then sit back at let it do its thing. About two weeks later you will start to get a limitless supply of organic compost. An upper section turns, heats, and aerates. Compost is then transferred to the lower chamber where you remove the compost so it can continuously work to make your compost. More than seventy percent of the initial waste disappears into thin air — literally — as compost cultures convert it into water vapor. What’s left is a very concentrated compost fertilizer.
They designed it to be odor, bug and hassle free. You can use it for almost all vegetables, coffee grounds, paper, dairy, and meat waste – I am not sure if coconuts compost readily but pretty much anything else should work. It only uses 10 watts of power – about 50 cents a month for the average family.

Even you you don’t have much of a garden or yard there are lots of ways you can make use of this rich source of nutrients for plants, from becoming an urban guerrilla gardener or just giving it to your friends, family and neighbors.

Kitchen Compost Crock

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Ceramic Kitchen Compost Crock
Kitchen Compost Crock $42.00 (white ceramic model) $75.00 (stainless steel model) at RealGoods.com

Maybe you compost in your yard, but what about your kitchen? An utterly depressing and amazing amount of useful nutrients are thrown out by most people everyday. Your banana peels, veggie peelings, etc could be put to far better uses than simply making more methane gas somewhere in some humongous landfill.

Consider the compost crock as one solution, the Kitchen Compost Crock looks great on your counter and is ideal for holding scraps of food that can eventually make compost for your garden plants. As food prices continue to grow through the roof, a home veggie garden is making more and more sense.

The crock’s interior is glazed so it won’t stain and the filtered lid leaves odors trapped inside. You will need to change the filters every few months, replacement filters are $10.00 for a set of 6. Some users complain of a loose handle on this ceramic model. For a bit more money you can spring for the stainless steel model. Speaking of money, The composting stainless steel crock we reviewed last year seems perhaps a better deal at only 39.00. Check out our previous Great Green Gadgets article here on kitchen composting.

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