Designing a new way to compost organic waste in urban areas
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Reduce incineration of organic waste in urban areas; design a compost planter for home
1/3 of the French waste bins are biowaste, which costs 12 to 20 millions euros to the municipalitites and causes air contamination for its treatment.
When you know water can constitute as much as 90% of the total waste vegetables composition, it is a non-sense to transport it or to burn it.
In urban areas, the space for (vermi)composting at home is scare and the awareness of inhabitants for composting value is still low. That is why organic waste treatment for urban areas and individuals need to be redesign.
Investigate the best alternatives
For composting biowaste, there are several solutions such as vermicomposting, air composting, direct composting… But for composting biowaste in urban area for individuals and families with no garden and who aren’t used to compost their vegetables or coffee waste, there are few solutions.
Design a circular and autonomous system
In order to make the most of this new offer, we aimed to think the “pot” as a circular and close system. The final brief was to enable individuals get used to composting at home, with an easthetical product and a great experience thanks to a vermicompost system integrated to a flowers or aromatic plants pot.
Full circle for a small vegetable garden
The final compost solution is a 7 litter flower pot that makes composting possible thanks to a close sytem with a reservoir to drop the organic waste, that will be transformed into nutrients that will directlty feed the plants thanks to red worms.