Zera - Food Recycler

Whirlpool Corporation technologies
INTRODUCTION

Zera™ Food Recycler is a revolutionary kitchen appliance developed by WLabs, the Whirlpool Corporation’s innovation incubator, that turns food waste into fertilizer within 24 hours. This innovative product is the first indoor recycler in the United States that converts food leftovers into ready-to-use homemade fertilizer.

SOLUTION DESCRIPTION

Zera™ Food Recycler can break down one week’s worth of the average U.S. family’s food waste within 24 hours by using a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and mixing to expedite the decomposition process. Unlike traditional composting methods, families are able to use the Zera™ system year-round regardless of the weather and can remotely operate the appliance through the easy-to-use Whirlpool® mobile app. Moreover Zera™ Food Recycler automatically controls moisture, heat, air, and the process is not exposed to unwanted pests or wildlife.
With Zera™ Food Recycler, families are now able to reduce the food waste that goes to landfills, while also creating sustainable fertilizer ready to be used for their outdoor lawns and gardens.

BENEFITS

According to a study on food waste commissioned by Whirlpool Corporation, an average family in the United States produces 181 kg of food waste every year (or an estimated 3.5 kg weekly household food waste for average U.S. family), which accounts for an estimated 20 percent of America’s landfills.
The benefits of this new technology are about the decrease of the food waste in families’ everyday life. Moreover the fertilizer produced are completely natural, this means that we will have also a decrease of chemical agents in the family agriculture cultivations.

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