If you build it, they will compost?

borderbarbOctober 7, 2010

Can you stand another news article? This one looks interesting for people climate challenged or apartment dwellers. It doesn't look big enough for waste from more than one person. And I'm sure I'd be struck by lightning if I ever bought such a thing. It may just be someone trying to make some bucks out of the 'green' movement.

...snip....Loos improvised--she reconfigured the blades of a paper shredder to grind up food, put a carbon filter on the top of a plastic box (to reduce odor), added a charcoal filter and antimicrobial waste storage system to cut down on pests, made room for biodegradable waste bags, and stuck a hand-crank (with child safety lock, natch) on the side of the device.

Here is a link that might be useful: Composting gimick?

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

That is just another way to seperate people from their money.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 6:24AM
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alphonse(6)

Sheesh. Borderbarb, we have to stop meeting like this; you're going to conclude I'm a perrenially cantankerous OF.

"It may just be someone trying to make some bucks out of the 'green' movement."

That's how I see it. Had it been conjured by a designer instead of a marketer, I'd call it criminal. Why?

Carbon/charcoal filters are great places to grow bacteria.

Paper shredder blades, even "reconfigured", present lots of crevices to harbour decaying matter. Is that an improvement over a simple container that can be washed?

Biodegradable waste bags might be convenient to throw onto your compost pile, but if you have a compost pile, do you need this device? If the user throws the bag into the garbage, why bother in the first place?

The injection molded housing will require land filling when its "useful" days are up. I could natter about the use of petroleum and plastic but my wife is getting the rope out...

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 6:59AM
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curt_grow

Cleanup nightmare is right!!!1 Barb stick to rocket science please ;)

Curt

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 9:35AM
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phebe_greenhouse

Some people just seriously need to save up and buy some land to work with.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 5:01PM
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sandhill_farms(10 NV)

Can you say G-I-M-M-I-C-K.

Greg
Southern Nevada

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 5:12PM
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Lloyd

Wow. Some people seem to have strong opinions on stuff they have never even seen first hand, never mind tried.

If the company sent me one, I'd give it a "test drive" for them. ;-)

Lloyd

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 5:43PM
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