The Re-Feed features an "umbilical cord" for plants.

It takes your scraps.

"Plugs in" to a plant.

And grinds food scraps with a touch of a button.

It can be scheduled to feed your plant when you’re not around.

A simple pump-powered tube feeds nutrient-rich liquid to attached greenery.

A simple pump-powered tube feeds nutrient-rich liquid to attached greenery.

An Elegant Desktop Composter That Automatically Feeds Your Plants

This student concept counters the pungent smell of home composting with a Prius-like halo effect.

To the average city dweller, urban composting is almost an oxymoron. The earthy rot of food scraps is precisely why we keep our apartment kitchens clean. Yet, with the recent laws in San Francisco, urban composting could be around to stay.

The Re-Feed was a student concept by Fanny Nilsson that reimagines composting for city schedules. It’s an indoor composter, but rather than promising heaps of soil, it’s only looking to feed your houseplants with some "liquid nourishment." You drop in compostable items—your standard array of organic scraps—and a battery-powered blade grinds up the waste. It composts, and when that process is complete, water is added to the mix.

This nutrient-rich liquid is fed to plants through a tube that reaches straight into the roots of a complementary flower pot, a feeding that can even be scheduled by the less-attentive plant owner.

Of course, this convenience is great, but none of that addresses what Nilsson admits is the "biggest barrier" of home composting, the smell. "The aim of the project was to address this negative association with a positive one, which is embodied by the nurturing of the plant," she tells Co.Design. In other words, a home with a Re-Feed is sort of like a home with a baby. The dirty diaper smell comes with the territory.

If you aren’t entirely sold on the idea that lifestyle can manage social odor perception (and I don’t blame you), the plastic casing has also been treated with an odor-absorbing compound to manage the smell between cleanings. And if you still aren’t sold entirely on in-home composting, just STOP COOKING SO MUCH DAMN KALE. I mean, c’mon people.

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  • Sincroniasdlalma

    Hello Where I can but one? is posiible to buy online? I'm out of USA. This is one dream come true!

  • Badrinarayanan

    Great Idea! Nice name! I could see this transforming into a green urban living concept, but without the odor. Agreed with Felix and Cartoph on the batteries and the environmental factors. But what really strikes me here is "see the way the artificial battery powered nutrient generator getting transformed into living plants". Amazing!

    That is called Redefining Life! Way to go!

  • Steveyz

    i pretty sure the designer is aware of the environmental impact of batteries and plastics. 

    i believe the idea of these projects is to show what is possible, the simplicity of the concept and create awareness. convincing people to adopt or incorporate a new procedure in to their daily life is difficult. it is easier to say it doesn't work or doesn't satisfy the 100% green ethos so i am not going to start just yet. 

    i do agree that i would use a worm compost over this product. i would be interested in stats that show apartment dweller waste versus detached/semi-detached home waste. i have always imagined that an apartment block probably throws out more garbage. 

  • Felix

    'Could have been great to think of another kind of material to build this cumbersome item, instead of "plastic", isn't it ?

    It looks like something 'green' without being really one (plastic, batteries..)

  • Cartoph

    That small thing is enough for what, a one-person scraps produced over 3 meals top.
    And it takes more than 3 days to compost something.
    So you can use it for about, twice a month? 
    And for one plant?
    I'm pretty sure the creation and manufacturing of this thing is more environmentally-costly than what is will end up composting/helping.

    And I haven't researched that but isn't worm composting not that smelly? In par with having a cat and a litter box I heard.