In Brief

The Zera Food Recycler is designed to fit into any space to provide high quality fertilizer

There are numerous municipalities across North America that have citywide composting services that allow households to easily compost their organic scraps. Unfortunately this isn’t a service provided for everyone which obviously is a barrier for households to compost. Whirlpool has recently launched a compost unit called the Zera Food Recycler that takes the hassle, and smell out of composting at home. The modern well-designed appliance is able to turn food scraps into rich fertilizer and requires little to no effort.

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The Zera sits at a counter height making it an easy addition to most kitchens and allows for you to simply sweep leftover directly into the bin. The unit which needs to be plugged into an electrical source accepts almost all scraps except bones and pits which are too tough for the machine’s blades to cut through.

To keep Zera running smoothly and odor-free, it needs to have a carbon filter installed as well as a plant-based additive that assists in the breakdown process. The additive is comprised of coconut husk and baking soda wrapped in paper which makes it easy to decompose. Over time fresh fertilizer is made through a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and the machine’s agitation process.

Zera was designed by W Labs which is an internal Whirlpool incubator that has a mission of coming up with unique devices for home use. Similar to other devices that have come out of W Labs like the Vessi homebrew beer fermenter, Vera will be tested on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to start. Whirlpool will use Indiegogo to guage interest for Zera rather than a more traditional fundraising source money since Whirlpool has the cashflow to fund the product.

The Zera Food Recycler is expected to retail for $1,199 at retailers such as TreeHouse and Williams-Sonoma. There is however an option to purchase the unit now through Indiegogo for a limited time for $999.

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There are numerous municipalities across North America that have citywide composting services that allow households to easily compost their organic scraps. Unfortunately this isn’t a service provided for everyone which obviously is a barrier for households to compost. Whirlpool has recently launched a compost unit called the Zera Food Recycler that takes the hassle, and smell out of composting at home. The modern well-designed appliance is able to turn food scraps into rich fertilizer and requires little to no effort.