For every greenie who has ever dreaded that smelly, labor intensive endeavor that is (or can be) composting, there’s the Gaia Ultimate Automate Composter. This concept design–the brainchild of designer Soojae Kwon of San Francisco–not only creates high quality compost, it captures methane and usable bagasse (the fibrous matter used in biofuels and some recycled paper products).
With its “inclined and ergonomic shape,” combination of automated electronic functions and ceramic body, the Gaia is a sophisticated amalgam of form and function, designed for ease of use. It makes use of a Cyclonic stainless-steel helix ball grinder to grind food waste, a ceramic double-layer sealed container to pressurize waste and retain heat, a cartridge to capture bagasse, and a charcoal double filter to eliminate odors.
Just insert food waste and hit the Compost button. The Mode circle reports what stage of decomposition the contents of the system is currently in–Grind, Ferment, or Compost mode. When your compost is ready, just pull out the handy drawer in the bottom of the device and dump the contents on your backyard garden.
This seems a brilliant solution to the massive amounts of food waste generated in the U.S. every day. But what would it take, exactly, to bring all these sophisticated components together in a cost-effective way? It’s time for someone to bring this design into the production phase and, of course, let us know.