Composting food waste in a small apartment may sound like the makings of a smelly nightmare—but BIOVESSEL promises that doesn’t have to be the case. Designed by Taipei-based BIONICRAFT, the BIOVESSEL is a beautifully crafted tabletop composter that offers an odorless solution to food scrap disposal. The “indoor ecosystem” uses microbes and earthworms to break down food waste into fertile, nutrient-rich soil.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. This staggering amount of food waste and its negative effects on the environment provided the impetus for BIOVESSEL. Unlike most compost bins, this sculptural composter is beautiful and odorless thanks to its computer-generated design that optimizes airflow. The easy-to-use system uses 500 to 600 grams of composting worms within a mix of humus and sawdust soil to break down 500 grams to 1 kilogram of food waste per week.
The BIOVESSEL was created with over 20 months of biological research and observation and comprises a white organically inspired vessel, an inner structure regulator, a perforated wooden top with three holes, and three perforated top caps. Aerodynamic studies informed the size and position of the three wood cap openings, which include the Food Waste Inlet Hole, the Observation Hole for monitoring soil moisture and pH levels, and the Organic Fertilizer Outlet Hole used for growing plants.
“Our aim was to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and its disposal process,” says Brooklyn Chao, Founder of BIONICRAFT. “We tried to come up with a solution that can be managed in urban homes and creates a self sustainable ecosystem that reverses the vicious food waste cycle.” BIOVESSEL just launched on Kickstarter, where it can be purchased for an early bird price of $149.
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