Why the EcoIsland
Food was never meant to be a waste. In ecological systems, waste of one specie is food for another. The Ecoisland illustrates this principle at the center of each home, so we can be humbled everyday by the natural process of scraps becoming a rich plant nutrient.
Social science demonstrates that human tend to be more concerned by issues that are close to home. When we toss our food waste, it is out of our sight and out of our mind. Our team believes that entering the process of vermicomposting, if it is made easy and odor-less, can be a vector for a stronger connection to ecological principles, and more conscious food purchases.
We are aiming to build a kitchen island that is affordable and that can adapt to various size of kitchens. The vermicomposter will be hidden inside the piece of furniture and will feature an opening from the countertop to dispose of food waste such as fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells and coffee grind, soiled paper and garden leaves. Once the food waste is in the bin, worms start eating through it. The food waste will go through several stages of composting, inside the vermicomposter, to be collected as worm casting through the bottom of the composter. The final compost can be used for indoor and outdoor gardens to enrich the soil.
The kitchen island will also feature a grey water container. Nothing too fancy, just a container that can be filled with water collected from washing fruits and vegetables and a faucet at the bottom to fill a watering can for your garden.