When I first read about the Vitamix Foodcycler while researching a piece on achieving zero-waste, it kind of blew my mind.
The Foodcycler FC-50 is a breadmaker-sized appliance that you place on your kitchen countertop and fill with organic waste: eggshells, potato peels, paper towels, and the like. You then press a button, and in a few hours, the Foodcycler transforms your waste into nutrient-rich, garden-ready fertilizer for your plants. It’s like a high-tech compost pile for the impatient.
Global food waste is happening on an insane scale. In the United States alone, it’s estimated that food loss at the retail and consumer levels is around 31%. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there were 103 million tons (81.4 billion pounds) of food waste generated in America in 2017. That equates to between 30%–40% of the food supply, and $161 billion in monetary cost — a figure that’s hard to stomach.
Pela, a company that makes “everyday products without everyday waste,” including the world’s first fully compostable phone case, have set their sights on the world…
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