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Meet Lomi, the one-button composting machine with greater than $ three million in crowdfunding

Keep the worms in the ground and pungent smells at bay while still giving something back to the earth.

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April
28, 2021

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While composting is a guilt-free way to recycle leftover food by incorporating it into the soil for your plants to use, it can't be denied that it's a hassle too. For those who live in apartments or urban areas, maintaining a routine means bringing worms into your home and in return enduring a foul smell that is hard to hide. Wait too long and your food may even leak through the compost bags. This results in a compost bin having to be thoroughly cleaned every time your busy work schedule prevents you from lugging it to a food waste, assuming you do. I'm lucky enough to have one around.

To solve this problem, a number of composting machines have emerged, including Lomi, a device that uses a combination of heat, abrasion, and oxygen to turn your leftover food into compost, accomplishing the same goal you would compost with earthworms – minus the less as desirable side effects. By fragmenting organic waste, the Lomi accelerates the composting process at the push of a button. With one button you have complete control over the energy status of the Lomi. Plus, you can cycle through three modes: Express mode, which cuts food quickly in just over four hours; Eco mode that takes more than 20 hours to get the maximum amount of nutrients. and bioplastics mode to compost a small list of approved plastics.

At just 16 x 13 x 12 inches, Lomi takes on the size of a small device (Pela, the company behind the product, compares it to a bread maker), but operates at much lower sound frequencies – between 40 and 50 dB in comparison about the 90db + you would hear from a food processor. It's not much bigger than an analog compost bin, either. Despite its compact form factor, it can still contain up to 3 liters of waste at a time. With a dishwasher-safe stainless steel bucket inside, cleaning is also a breeze. Not that you have to worry about that often as the charcoal activated filters suppress the strong aroma of old garbage.

It's no surprise that the Lomi came from the makers of "the world's first compostable plastic phone case" and is currently on Indiegogo, especially given how new an idea is in this age of looming climate change. Still, for a relatively new team of just 80 people, surpassing the campaign target of $ 50,000 by 6,502 percent is a real strength. With Pela earning more than $ 3.2 million in crowdfunding from over 9,000 backers to date, much is at stake in delivering on its promises. To get one, you'll need to spend at least $ 379 on a single machine. Given that the MSRP is down 24 percent from the MSRP you'll see at launch, there is certainly an incentive to reserve a unit early, even if we are a few months ahead of the estimated December 2021 shipping date.

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