This countertop gadget lets apartment dwellers do their own composting

A typical fork labeled “biodegradable ” won’t break down quickly in a backyard composter. At an industrial composting facility, it might still take weeks. But a new countertop composting machine can break down the fork in hours, along with food waste that might have otherwise gone in the trash.

“We started to just wonder, could you actually take what nature is going to do in five or six months, and can you apply some technology to that and speed it up dramatically?” says Matt Bertulli, CEO of Pela, the company that designed the new composter, called Lomi.


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