As we put finishing touches on the Green Cycler’s design and move into full-scale production, I’m continually amazed at how excited people get about our “bright green compost-eating machine.” I’ve been spontaneously hugged by folks when they hear about a key feature of Green Cycler –the ability to shred and grind food scraps to a fraction of their original size.
When you think about it, there are plenty of ways to store organic waste in preparation for recycling, worms or compost. But, the glaring gap in other systems (and compost containers) is a convenient way to reduce the size of carrot tops, melon rinds, and apple cores while storing them “ick-free” on your kitchen countertop.
Why is grinding so important?
Anybody who’s tried their hand at composting can tell you: when you shred your green waste into smaller pieces, you give friendly composting organisms more surfaces to “attack.” If you don’t shred your composting ingredients, especially in climates with short summers, you can be prepared to re-visit your late-season watermelon rind mostly intact months later. Throw a fully intact apple into the pile during the winter and you’ll still recognize its form come spring. No matter what your environment, shredding organic waste can expedite the composting process by 10 times and according to UC Berkeley, is “the key to successful composting.”
Many composters and green waste recyclers, like me, have sacrificed blenders, food processors and fingertips in the service of shredding and chopping. We’re delighted that so many people are excited about our grinding solution, because after all, that was one of the nagging problems in our own kitchen that drove us to create the Green Cycler.
As I’ve learned, there is a surprising array of people, besides composters and organic gardeners that need a convenient solution for mincing their green waste. Since we debuted our prototype Green Cyclers last fall, we’ve received world-wide inquiries from people in pursuit of the grinding holy grail. Worm bin keepers, city chicken owners, zero-waste advocates, urban homesteaders, and many others are asking–where can I buy one? I’m happy to report that we’ve lined up United States production facilities and the first Green Cyclers will be shipped this fall.
It’s late May in the Rockies and, despite two inches of snow last night, we are hard at work in the garden. The good news? All those carrots, apples and celery hearts we’ve tested in our prototypes this winter have already been spread on the lawn as FINISHED compost. That’s shredding at work!