The first-of-its-kind indoor electric kitchen composter can transform fruits, vegetables, dairy products, cooked food, meat, coffee grounds, and even small bones into nutrient-rich compost.
STUTTGART, Germany (PRWEB) October 14, 2020
On Tuesday, KALEA launched its namesake product, a fully automatic kitchen composter that turns kitchen waste into real compost in just 48 hours. The device unites the natural composting process with patented smart technology and is available on Kickstarter starting with the early bird price of €399.
Within the home, organic waste gets moldy, creates liquid, attracts fruit flies, and there’s no convenient way to compost food scraps in a city apartment. Traditional garden composts take months and require lots of work.
The first-of-its-kind indoor electric kitchen composter can transform fruits, vegetables, dairy products, cooked food, meat, coffee grounds, and even small bones into nutrient-rich compost. It’s super compact for even small spaces and it uses an activated carbon filter to make the process completely odorless (no more bad smells or fruit flies).
“Organic waste accounts for up to 50% of overall waste volume worldwide,” said KALEA’S Market Director Christian Gartner. “Nature really gave us the inspiration needed to solve this problem. For the past three years we’ve worked hard to unite the natural composting process with smart technology to turn organic waste into garden-ready fertilizer.”
While other products on the market claim to recycle food scraps into fertilizer, they just dry and grind up waste without any biological decomposition taking place. The output is not nutritious to plants and if it gets wet, can grow mold and actually be harmful. Other products require a batch to finish before more food waste can be added. KALEA allows for continuous filling - so smelly food scraps don’t lay around waiting.
KALEA requires just three simple steps: 1) Fill KALEA with food scraps. It’s designed to fully absorb the organic waste volume of a four-person family. The first chamber shreds and dries everything, resulting in a volume reduction of around 85%. 2) The shredded, dried waste is sent to the composting chamber that is full of sensors and has an intelligent control system. In this chamber, a perfect combination of temperature, humidity, and aeration wakes up the natural microorganisms going in organic material and accelerates their metabolism. This reduces composting time from several months to 48 hours. 3) Finally, the ready-to-use compost can be used on indoor and outdoor plants and flowers. KALEA’s compost contains a full spectrum of essential plant nutrients to enrich plants, and can be stored for up to two years.
KALEA’s app lets users monitor and control their KALEA, get tips on how to use their compost, learn about urban gardening, check environmental achievements, and connect with the KALEA community.
When disposed organic waste is dumped into a landfill, it undergoes anaerobic decomposition and generates methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas that is about 28 times more harmful than carbon dioxide at warming the earth on a 100-year timescale, and over 80 times more powerful over 20 years.
In Germany and other countries in Central Europe it’s common for organic waste to be separated at home and sent to industrial-scale composting plants that process organic waste into compost in six to seven days for horticulture and agriculture. KALEA’s tech team spoke to experts at these plants as well as with composting experts at Germany’s leading research institute and optimized the process to implement it into a small kitchen appliance.
“We knew there had to be a better solution to this problem. Our goal was to create a smart device that created output just as good as a compost pile, but that was faster, easier to use, hygienic, and smell free. After many iterations of research and testing we are so excited to bring our patented technology to kitchens,” said Technology Lead Dr. Johannes Luschitz.
The company is proud to have market leader Kärcher as a strategic investor.
KALEA is now available on Kickstarter starting at €399. For more information or to interview KALEA personnel, please contact public relations agent Rosemary Newton.
The name KALEA comes from Hawaii and means "filled with joy". KALEA’s vision is to share joy with families, their plants, and the environment. KALEA is a passionate team of material scientists, engineers, and hobby gardeners located in Stuttgart, Germany. Established in 2017, the company has been focused on developing innovative solutions to increase the convenience of handling biowaste at home while improving sustainability. The company is inspired by a belief that a cleaner and more useful solution to handle organic waste at home is possible. With that inspiration, KALEA links a natural process with smart technology and convenience.