Ever have one of those moments when you just can’t finish a full plate of food because you are either A) trying to watch your weight, B) not enjoying what you’re eating, C) you made too much food? If you’re one who hates being wasteful with leftovers, perhaps there is a solution that’s better than throwing out perfectly good meals. The Re-Feed waste processor aims to turn your unwanted food into compost for plants so nothing ever becomes trash.
The concept gadget by Fanny Nilsson is a fun take on urban waste, which can help to curb the way we consume food on a daily basis. The Re-Feed device will eat up your leftover in the top level compartment, liquify the bits into an organic fertilizer, and pump the compost straight to your plant of choice. The resulting fertilizer would be rich in nutrients, which is way more beneficial to plants than had you just toss the remainder of your dinner away.
“Inspired by lacking food waste recycling infrastructures in flats and high-rise housing in central London, the Re-Feed provides a simple alternative to sending waste to landfill or composting,” Nilsson writes. She designs the device to be small, portable, and wireless — running on a rechargeable battery so you can easily transport it to different plants or periodically clean the machine.
Sadly, the one thing Nilsson failed to address in her design is what the machine will do the lock in the smell of rotting leftovers. The composter idea is valuable and eco-friendly, but it won’t do well to attract users if they have to put up with an odd stink every time they open up the Re-Feed to work its gross magic.
As a design concept, it is uncertain whether the Re-Feed will ever make it to the commercial market. But with a few tweaks (that would heavily address the odor and cleaning issues), we think this would make for a viable gadget for anyone who would love to avoid wasting rotting food and leftovers from their daily lives. That, or people who want to share their cooking with their favorite plants. That latter is infinitely weirder, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a market of that sort.