I won’t go as far as to claim that food waste is a problem that stems directly from our collective laziness, but I think it’s safe to say that a lot more people would get on board with composting if the process was easier. Whirlpool thinks it may have the solution: At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the brand debuted its Zera Food Recycler – a “revolutionary kitchen appliance [that] transforms food waste into sustainable homemade fertilizer within 24 hours.”
“This innovative product is the first indoor recycler in the United States that converts a week’s worth of food waste into ready-to-use homemade fertilizer within 24 hours,” Whirlpool says of the large waste bin-sized kitchen appliance designed to sit adjacent to a countertop. Zera has other benefits as well: “Unlike traditional composting methods, families are able to use the Zera system year-round regardless of the weather and can remotely operate the appliance through the easy-to-use Whirlpool mobile app.” Yes, composting via a smartphone app: I don’t know if our hippie forefathers would be proud or confused. Probably both.