As global climate change continues to impact the environment, the need of the hour demands better waste management techniques to reduce the amount of waste in the world. Among others, food waste is comparatively easier to handle, as it can become nutrient-rich compost. However, the composting process is long and slow. So, to allow people to easily compost food waste in their homes, a Canadian-based company has created a mini composter that turns food waste into compost with the push of a button.
Lomi: Compact home composter
Developed by Pela, Lomi is essentially a rice cooker-shaped device that can convert biodegradable waste into nutrient-rich compost. As a result, users can throw away just about anything biodegradable, including food waste, wooden cutlery you get with food deliveries, and even the company’s compostable phone cases into odorless, mess-free compost. It uses heat, abrasion and oxygen to convert waste into ecological compost.
The company says that North America alone generates about 330 billion pounds of food waste each year. These add to plastic and other non-biodegradable waste to fill landfills and cause global warming. So with Lomi, Pela wanted to remove food waste from the mix to reduce the accumulated amount of waste.
The company says it worked at Lomi for three years, testing thousands of composting processes. After initial research, the team spent a lot of time prototyping the device to make it compact and suitable for the home. And now, Pela is finally ready to mass-produce Lomi to deliver to customers around the world.
Price and availability
The company is currently running an Indiegogo campaign for Lomi and has already raised close to $ 4 million from more than 11,000 backers. So if you want to pre-book the device from the campaign page.
The device is priced at $ 379 (~ Rs 28,082) for people living in Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Aside from these countries, the international model, which the company will ship to any country in the world, has a cost of $ 399 (~ Rs 29,564).
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