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The Zera Food Recycler Makes Fertilizer Out Of Your Leftover Food Scraps

The average American family wastes about 400 pounds (181.5kg) of food per year. Let that sink in for a moment. The Zera Food Recycler was developed by Whirlpool to shrink that number way down. This device turns leftover food into fertilizer for you to use in your lawn or garden.

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The Kitchen Of The Future Is A Green One

The environment needs us to do a lot better: food waste makes up more than 20% of the waste in landfills, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change. Zera is a new type of device that aims to make your kitchen greener by recycling food waste rather than throwing it out.

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The device works with the touch of a button. The Indiegogo campaign, launched in January 2017, describes the process: "Zera Food Recycler reduces food waste by over two-thirds its original volume through a fully automated process. The result is ready-to-use fertilizer within 24 hours that you can spread on your lawn, outdoor plants, and garden..." The Zera bin can hold a week's worth of food waste, and can be controlled remotely by your smartphone.

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It's Not Just A Fancy Compost Bin

Yes, this sounds like merely a compost bin you can sync up with your smartphone—but it's more than that. Composting takes months to complete, requires regular maintenance and a large outdoor space, attracts bugs and pests, and doesn't work with meat and dairy. The Zera Food Recycler achieves its goal more quickly and easily than traditional composting. And the appliance is visually sophisticated, so it fits right in with the rest of your kitchen. Zera is available for preorder for $999 now.

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Curiosity Staff
January 24, 2017