ComposTech Food Recycler

A new kitchen appliance to turn your food waste into organic fertilizer

HOW WILL PEOPLE DEAL WITH

KITCHEN FOOD WASTE IN 2025?

HOW CAN TRANSFORMATION DESIGN AND GAMIFICATION

ENHANCE THE SUSTAINABILITY

THROUGHOUT FOOD CYCLE'S CONSUMPTION STAGE,

WHILE INCREASING PUBLIC AWARENESS REGARDING FOOD WASTE?

ComposTech food recycler is a new brand of high-tech kitchen appliance to

reduce food waste by over two-thirds of its original volume through

a fully automated process.

The result is ready-to-use fertilizer within less than 48 hours. ComposTech is a solution for sending less waste to the incineration and landfill, and more to the lands and farms.

ComposTech was my thesis project for the Master's Degree in Industrial Design at Design School Kolding. My goal was to design a domestic composter that would be desirable inside homes as new kitchen gadget in modern kitchens. 

This project seeks to better understand how industrial design and gamification can play an active role to tackle the problem of food waste from different perspectives and approaches. 

Global Food Challenge

  • Food loss and waste occur more ‘NEAR THE FORK’ in developed regions and more ‘NEAR THE FARM’ in developing regions.

  • The main reason for food waste in developed countries is at the consumption stage, involves food waste generated in the home by consumers in household units.

  • Throwing away food is a huge waste of the energy, water and packaging used in its production, transportation and storage.

 

 

In developing countries, 40% of losses occur at post-harvest and processing levels while in developed countries, more than 60% of losses happen at retail and consumer levels.

Developed Countries

Waste through consumption stage

(Final Stage)

Lack of awareness

Recycling and reusing

Developing Countries

Waste through distribution stage

(Early Stage)

Lack of facilities and infrastructure

Landfill

Where Does Our Food Waste Go?

In general, more than 35% of all food produced for human consumption is wasted at the consumption stage,

and only less than 13% of them is recycled or composted.

97% of food waste ends up in landfill producing methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times as much warming as CO2.

What Is Ideal Way To Manage Food Waste?

The Food Waste Pyramid which has been designed for the proper disposal of food waste and this is how it should be. One of the best solutions to manage our

food waste is composting.

The organic portion of our garbage is part of our food ecosystem production and should be returned to the soil as compost to supply nutrients and organic matter.

Maintaining and increasing soil organic matter content is integral to sustainable food cycle.

BACKGROUND

The Challenge

One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year and this could be enough to feed at least three billion people. 

Food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.

The Issue
The Issue

In developed and high-income countries food is wasted and lost mainly at later stages in the supply chain. Differing from the situation in developing countries, the behavior of consumers plays a huge part in industrialized countries. There is a lack of coordination between actors in the supply chain as a contributing factor.

97% of food waste ends up in landfill producing methane, agreenhouse gas 21 times  as much warming as CO2.

The People

Millennials would be more willing to make a purchase from a company if their purchase supports

a cause they believe in, even if it means paying a bit more.

They believe that new technology must serve a purpose in order to be considered “FUN and COOL”.

They are the Digital Generation, they aren’t just using technology to connect with friends.

In today’s digital generation gamification has become a popular tactic to encourage specific behaviors, and increase motivation and engagement.

STRATEGY

The Challenge

To design a domestic composter that would be desirable inside the home as a new white good

in modern kitchens. 

Composters today are considered dirty and something you hide away, probably outside and

out of sight. Since most people in the developed countries have no or limited access to a garden,

the challenge is to design a composter that would be accepted or even desirable inside the home.

The Insight

Fun can obviously change behavior for the better. The use of Mobile apps, Interaction,

and Gamification experience could help to increase motivations and sustain habits of individuals

over time.

The Goal

To get households to recycle their food waste more actively by making the activity more enjoyable and game-like.

The Big Idea

ComposTech Food Recycler is a new brand of high-tech kitchen appliance to reduce food waste by over two-thirds its original volume through a fully automated process.

ComposTech App to enable the user to control and monitor their machine.

RESEARCH

1. The Shock Over Food Waste

When I moved to Denmark I found out a lot of food mostly at the consumption stage, in homes, restaurants, canteens, and retailers are going to waste.

After seeing the difference in food waste generation compared to my home country (Iran), I focused my research on the global food challenge and designing industrial-scale sustainable solutions.

2. Food Loss and Waste’s Have a Major Impact On Climate Change

The impacts of food waste on environment and the consequences of global warming depend on the choices that people make in their everyday lives.

To Tackle new controversial issues such as “global food challenge” , any solution would require many individuals and many global institutions to change behaviour on many different levels.

3. Transformation Design Tackles Complex Issues

Transformation Design is applying design in new contexts, it means using a product, communication, interaction and spatial designer’s core skills to transform the ways in which the public interacts with the product, system, services, organization,

and strategies. Transformation Design process seeks to create desirable and

sustainable changes in behaviour.

4. Gamification Is a Powerful Tool To Change Behavior

The best design solutions today aim to change human behaviors. Gamification uses an empathy-based approach, such as Design Thinking, for introducing, transforming and operating a service system that allows players to enter a gameful experience to support value creation for the players and other stakeholders.

TRENDS FOR FOOD WASTE

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TRENDS

FOR FOOD WASTE

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