The Larder concept is a central gathering table where food is stored to keep fresh and cold. The recycled wood table includes a number of built-in terra cotta evaporative boxes to store fresh meat and veggies. Each box varies in thickness to accommodate the needs of different foods. The table’s outer surface is heated by hot water pipes, warmed by the central Bio Digester’s methane source. Plants grow in ceramic pots above, to encourage local sourcing.
The Paternoster Plastic Waste-Upcycler is another awesome invention that will be displayed in the Microbial home. It uses mycelium (that’s right, fungus) to break down plastic packaging and waste. It molds the plastic into toy shapes for kids and even produces edible mushrooms!
Lastly, Philips has built a throne for the source of the methane powered home. The Filtering Squatting toilet separates liquid and solid waste, filtering the first to water to help grow plants and channeling the other to the home system to convert to methane. It utilizes the 1 liter flush toilet technique, consuming no energy at all.
Philips’ goal is to prepare us for the future as natural resources begin to dwindle and are focusing on understanding and promoting a sustainable approach to energy, waste, lighting, food, and cleaning will make for a greener, brighter future. We couldn’t agree more!