WRAP statistics reveal that the UK has stalled in its efforts to cut food waste, with 7.3 million tonnes of food going into landfill in 2015. While environmentalists and Government departments campaign to raise awareness of the issue, a kitchen gadget has been launched that is designed to cut household food waste by 90%.
Smart Cara is a stylish counter-top appliance that transforms even the smelliest banana skins, coffee grounds and fish heads into a neat, odourless powder at the touch of a button.
The powder can then be used as a soil enhancer, perfect for returning nutrients to garden beds and pots, or it can be recycled into solid fuel suitable for campfires or home wood-burners.
By removing all moisture and pulverising food waste, Smart Cara reduces leftovers to just 10% of their original volume and decreases annual carbon emissions by 425kg per household – equivalent to the effect of planting three trees.
The unit’s sealed container stores up to 1kg of food waste, with internally fitted eco-filters to eliminate any odours, until it is ready to be recycled.
It needs no installation – simply plug in and fill it up. During its three-hour cycle it operates as quietly as a dishwasher then, once it has finished, the cast iron inner barrel can be removed to dispose of the organic waste.
The unit is self-cleaning by filling with water, closing the lid and internal mechanisms remove any residue.