By Mariella Moon, Tecca
Imagine a world where no such thing as waste exists as every piece of refuse is used for something important. That is the idea behind Microbial Home — a concept that’s designed to work as a cyclical ecosystem wherein one function’s waste is another’s energy. The futuristic concept for sustainable living is part of Philips’ Design Probes program that explores the possibilities of what our lifestyles could be like in the distant future.
As it is created to be an ecosystem, Microbial Home has several parts, the heart of it all being the bio-digester kitchen island. The island’s bio-digester is home to bacteria that live on organic waste — just throw any discarded food you have in the digester, and the bacteria produce methane gas in the process of breaking down the garbage. This methane gas is collected, and then fed to a cooking range and gas mantle lights when needed. Not even the sludge that remains after the materials get digested goes to waste — it’s meant to be used as compost.
The harnessing of methane gas from organic materials doesn’t end there — the creators go the extra mile to design a toilet with a digester that processes human waste matter. The other parts of Microbial Home are the terra cotta larder used to keep food instead of the fridge (jewel encrusted or otherwise), the man-made urban beehive, the apothecary that shows your body’s condition and stats on a bathroom mirror, and the contraption that breaks down plastic.
As amazing as Microbial Home sounds, it’s just a concept that may or may not be realized in the future. What it is right now is a reminder for us to live greener, more eco-conscious lifestyles.