In the summer season of home and garden shows, no doubt you have witnessed the amazing counter-top compost machines working away turning veggie scraps into soil. As more people are transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, their compostable waste also grows.
In 2022, the opportunity to manage your food waste has become so much easier with the launch of affordable and sleek counter-top models. Just plug them in, fill them up, and go about your business.
What exactly are home ‘electric composters?’
These freestanding small kitchen appliances, sometimes called food recyclers, break down food waste into compost or fertilizer. Today we share five products that are the size of a slow cooker or air fryer and should fit on your countertop.
They differ from traditional home composting methods as they do not rely on aerobic microbes to break organic matter into compost over a long period. Instead, the electric composters grind food scraps. They then heat them over several hours, producing a loose, dry material that is awesome to add to potted plants or garden soil as fertilizer. Depending on which model you choose, the byproduct may resemble coffee grounds more closely than the rich, dark soil-like substance you get from finished compost.
EcoLuxLifestyle’s Top 4 Green Machines + 1 BBQ
Tero is a machine that allows you to transform your organic waste into a rich, natural fertilizer that can feed your plants, lawn, and vegetable garden. Founded by Canadian duo, Elizabeth Coulombe and Valérie Laliberté, had a vision of positive social and environmental impact, not just in their community but on a global scale. They advocated for changing daily habits to include the management of food waste. Tero has made an easy and efficient way to help the environment and your garden, all from the comfort of your home. They also offer free shipping within Canada!
The Canadian-based FoodCycler transforms food scraps into fertilizer and reduces your household’s food waste by up to 90%. This compost alternative, founded by Murray Arthur and Bradley Crepeau, digests food waste aerobically, which not only creates no methane gas emissions during the cycle but creates absolutely zero emissions. This is all due to the process being done on-site and eliminating the factor of transportation. We love that the FoodCycler is practical to compost greens and scraps, and an effective way to help improve our environmental impact without hassle.
Lomi by Pela
The Lomi is a sleek countertop composter that turns scraps into soil with the push of a button. This Certified B Corporation, founded by Canadian entrepreneur Jeremy Lang, makes dealing with food waste easy. It is as simple as a dishwasher-safe bucket in a small, odourless, quiet machine that can even break down bioplastics. Lomi is an innovative new way to impact the environment and your home positively.
Click and Grow
Click and Grow was founded by Mattias Lepp in Estonia in 2009. The company makes intelligent gardens that allow you to grow fresh and flavourful herbs, fruits and vegetables inside the home. The machine provides all the benefits of having a thriving outdoor garden from the comfort of your home all year round. The brand strives to bring the benefits of indoor plants into every household to reduce stress, improve air quality and give everyone access to fresh food all year. The good news is that they ship everywhere in Canada!
We couldn’t resist adding in one extra tip on how to make your home more sustainable – a completely organic counter-top BBQ! No more propane tanks or toxic briquets.
Casus Grill is an award-winning Danish company founded by Susanne and Carsten Brøgger that combines sustainability and intelligent functional design to transform an existing product into something eco-friendly. The product is a disposable single-use grill that is both portable and convenient while remaining sustainable and reducing CO2 emissions. The Casus Grill is great for veggies and all your fave alt-protein and when your BBQ is over, douse with water, and drop in the closest organic recycle bin. Improve your outdoor grilling experience while ensuring the planet’s well-being!