Space Age Food Dishwasher Gleans Compost Scraps

While some foodies are all about getting back to basics, there are those who see the human mealtime moving in the other direction: i.e., towards tiny capsules of vitamin-like foods that will expand when exposed to water, providing for our daily requirements (if not our culinary pleasure) in the blink of an eye. People such as Ahi Andy Mohsen, the designer behind the Electrolux Eco Cleaner.

In Mohsen’s version of the future, your food will be compact, uniform and possess an indefinite shelf-life. When you’re feeling a bit peckish, just rehydrate and voila! You have a tiny but nutritionally complete version of a meal–which is why you’ll need a tiny, portable dishwasher to vibrate the scraps and grease right off your kiddie-tea-party-sized flatware via ultrasonic waves, creating healthy compost for plants. (Houseplants, we presume, as no one in this version of the future would presumably be trying to do anything so archaic as keeping a garden.)

Eco-Cleaner

image via Yanko Design

While there’s certainly a Jetson-like appeal to this concept (which comes to us by way of Yanko Design), it’s a version of the future that seems positively old-fashioned at a point when Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma has been a best-seller for years. Plus, the designer’s rationale will no doubt irk women (and men who like to cook) everywhere: “The number of working mothers has increased for varied reasons…[leading to] not enough hours in the week for fulfilling household responsibilities.”  Rather than work harder so we can afford to purchase such gizmos, perhaps humans (of both sexes) in the future could just cook a meal at home and do the dishes the old-fashioned way?

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.