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cool product of the month

Each month I’m going to be writing a blurb about a cool product that I have either used or plan on using for an upcoming project. it’ll be something as simple as a place that sells reusable canvas bags, ah that’s an idea right there, to more construction related fare such as a modern sliding door system. without further adieu, here’s the unveiling of december’s COOL product of the month;

naturemill’s automatic indoor composter. ¬†it’s a nifty contraption that sells for $299 and can compost a majority of the food waste that is produced in your home. instead of sending it to the garbage disposal or trash, i.e. landfill, put it in the composter and let it work its magic. you can use the compost in your garden, or for you city dwellers, give the compost to a neighbor or the neighborhood community garden. disclaimer: I have not yet used this composter, or any composter for that matter, but I’ve spent plenty of time on the website researching the product. the naturemill website has a video demo as well which gives you a good idea of how the product works.

at 20″ high the composter is compact in size and may be able to fit in one of your kitchen cabinets providing¬† there is a pull out shelf as you will need to access the composter on a regular basis. the other option would be to locate it in a pantry or even the garage. the composter does require power, so you’ll want an electrical outlet nearby.

I’ll be purchasing one of these units for the westbourne project and at the same time will be ordering one for our family as well. one word of caution; it’s not quite plug and play, as you’re going to want to spend some time with the instruction manual as there are specific instructions for first time use as well as a list of items that are not meant to be used in the composter. there is also a “balance of chemistry” of food waste and sawdust pellets that should be maintained to reduce odors.

I think this product will take a little getting used to but I think it is well worth the time investment. I think of the valuable lesson my son jake will learn as he proudly empties the last of his untouched asparagus into the composter… the reward of not eating his asparagus, because da da, composting is fun!

2 comments… add one

  • Steve

    December 4, 2008, 7:46 pm

    You have done a nice job with your website! I am curious about the composter…how does it deal with odor?

  • David

    December 5, 2008, 8:21 am

    hi steve,

    thanks for the comment on the website, it’s an exciting time for reside architecture, inc! in regards to odor control for the composter (keep in mind i haven’t used this product yet), the manufacturer states that adding small amounts of sawdust and baking soda will help in eliminating odors. the composter also has a fan that draws oxygen into the unit continuously which provides needed oxygen to the cultures (those “things” that break down the food waste). the composter is also outfitted with a “powerful” carbon filter that only needs to be changed every 4-5 years.

    thanks, david doucette, aia leed ap

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