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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Getting Ekokooked

Sexy news on greywater just does not exist in the same quantity as *other* water news celebrated by WaterWired or Aguanomics (happy *threes* - three years running, 3200 posts, and 160,000 visitors). And it has been awhile since a cool greywater gadget has been profiled. But check out this kitchen - the Ekokook. Not necessarily new news given that it was introduced last year, but the connection to greywater, even the dreaded kitchensink water, was overlooked by all of the other things this kitchen can do.

From Dezeen Magazine and Faltazi - the Ekokook Kitchen:

Three built-in micro-plants for three recycling functions. The kitchen is where most household wastes are produced. If waste management is to be effective at both the individual and the collective level, selection and processing must begin as soon as the waste product appears. When we are peeling carrots, for example, we should be able to dispose of peelings straight away by emptying them into the earth worm composter direct from the work surface. Similarly, when we wash salad leaves, we should be able to choose to save the water for watering household plants. Simple actions like these must be encouraged and made easy by adequate fittings. The same goes for the disposal of solid wastes.

Micro-plant 1
Solid wastes: selecting, processing, storage.

Solid wastes have no smell. This means that they can be kept longer, once their volume has been reduced to a minimum. On the scale of the city, this enables council trucks to collect waste less frequently, which means less cost for the community, less noise nuisance, and less atmospheric pollution. We have broken down the receptacle for solid wastes into five units for processing glass, paper, plastics, metals and miscellaneous waste. The volume of each unit corresponds to dimensions that suit an average family (two adults & two children). Units can be customized to suit user profiles and to interact with services offered by the community.

Micro-plant 2

Water cycle: use, collecting, recycling.

Inspired by real-size civil engineering works for controlling water, such as locks and dykes, which move masses of water for irrigation, we have built in a double sink for retention, with an intermediate reservoir situated below the sink and two pitchers that collect kitchen water that has no grease scum. This enables users to recycle clean water by using it to water household plants. The dishwasher and steam oven can also be filled with water kept in the intermediate reservoir.

Micro-plant 3
Processing & recycling organic wastes: the earth worm composter

My garbage bin is alive! As its name implies, the earth worm composter uses earth worms to break down organic wastes. All sorts of green wastes are produced in the kitchen: fruit and vegetable peelings, scrapings, left-overs, etc. This device aims at processing these wastes as close as possible to the place where they are produced – in the kitchen. Bringing real live earth worms into the kitchen calls for the design of a container to rationalize manipulation. It must be sealed, autonomous, and simple to manage. We propose a container unit in the form of a drum that rotates a notch day by day. Wastes shift gradually and as they are broken down and after three months maturing are sifted into a drawer as ‘lumbri’compost’. Liquid effluent drains into two pitchers. Diluted with ten parts water, it makes a rich liquid plant food ideal for indoor and outdoor plants.

No, Faltazi is not Australian, but a French design group. Many similarities to the EULO sink previously profiled on the Rainbow Water Coalition. 

The Colors of Water jury is still out regarding if the Ekokook qualifies as inventing a new color of water. But Faltazi definitely qualifies for a limited edition Rainbow Water Coalition hat if they want one.

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