The ingenious Ekokook concept kitchen system from French design house Faltazi processes, at the point of origin, all the waste generated in the kitchen.
To accomplish this feat the Ekokook uses three built-in micro-processing plants for recycling organic kitchen waste, reusing water and processing solid materials.
“Ekokook grew out of an experimental approach based on the analysis of the nerve centre of every home: the kitchen,” explain the designers of their work. “The place where we store food and prepare food, and produce and evacuate wastes is a vital core area for exchanges and convergences. It is also a place that generates all sorts of pollution. Which makes it the ideal focus for a study in eco-design.”
In the Ekokook kitchen all non-organic waste is stored in five separate units for processing glass, paper, plastics, metals and miscellaneous waste. Hand-activated machines break glass, compress cans and bottles, and shred paper into bricks. The onsite processing reduces CO2 generation from recycling trucks, resulting in less noise nuisance and less atmospheric pollution.
Water used in the kitchen to wash dishes and vegetables is recycled into pitchers via a particle filter and can then be used to water the kitchen herbs and plants. The designers estimate more than 15 litres (4 US gallons) of water will be saved every day – the equivalent of what is needed to run a standard dishwasher load.
An earthworm composter breaks down all the organic waste generated in the kitchen. The Ekokook system uses a sealed, rotating drum worm-composter container for processing kitchen scraps. The worm-composter will process the waste into compost within three months. The compost can then be mixed with water to create a fertilizer to water both indoor and outdoor plants.