The Waste and Resources Action Programme has shown with their latest figures that the UK has stalled with their attempts to cut down food waste. In 2015, 7.3 million tonnes of food was sent to landfill. This had a significant environmental impact and prevented measures that could have had significant environmental benefits. Recycling this amount of waste could have seen benefits comparable to removing one in four cars from the roads in the UK.
In order to combat this lull in waste reduction, environmentalists and government departments are campaigning to raise awareness of this issue. Meanwhile a unique new gadget has just been developed that could cut household food waste by as much as 90%. Smart Cara is a counter top innovation that can transform the smelliest food waste to a neat odourless powder by the simple press of a button. Advertised as being able to transform waste including banana skins, coffee grounds and even fish heads into odourless waste by removing all of the moisture from the product and pulverising the food waste. Using this gadget also reduces the volume of the leftovers to just 10% of their original and can lead to the reduction of annual carbon emissions by 425kg per household.
UK households are becoming more and more aware of the need to recycle packaging in order to reduce waste and be environmentally friendly. However, food waste recycling is not as tidy and appealing, with most consumers wanting to get rid of this waste as fast as possible, usually using general waste. Therefore, this new innovation is ideal for those reticent or put off by the bad smell or dirty inconvenience of food waste recycling. Smart Cara features a sealed container that is able to store up to 1kg of food waste and eco filters fitted internally in order to eliminate any odour until it is ready to go to the recycling, or used as a soil enhancer in the garden.