Cleaner, Greener

Composting is great for the environment. It reduces pollution and erosion, and even helps treat contaminated soil. This keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and garden plants. Unfortunately, composting often means fruit flies and a trash can full of stinky food. Nobody wants that in their home. This is why Van and Kristen Hess, a father-daughter duo from Colorado, came up with a better way to deal with food scraps inside the house. The CompoKeeper is a kitchen compost bin that keeps the bugs away and the smell contained with quadruple-action odor control. This hands-free bin has an activated carbon filter to neutralize odors and an interlocking system to keep the bag closed. The biodegradable bags are breathable, and the removable tote makes it easy and mess-free when taking it to the compost pile. And a six gallon capacity means you have to take it out less often. By eliminating the “yuck factor," the Hess team has made it easy to fit composting into our everyday lives.

CompoKeeper

Food Scrap Collector

Cleaner, Greener

Composting is great for the environment. It reduces pollution and erosion, and even helps treat contaminated soil. This keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and garden plants. Unfortunately, composting often means fruit flies and a trash can full of stinky food. Nobody wants that in their home. This is why Van and Kristen Hess, a father-daughter duo from Colorado, came up with a better way to deal with food scraps inside the house. The CompoKeeper is a kitchen compost bin that keeps the bugs away and the smell contained with quadruple-action odor control. This hands-free bin has an activated carbon filter to neutralize odors and an interlocking system to keep the bag closed. The biodegradable bags are breathable, and the removable tote makes it easy and mess-free when taking it to the compost pile. And a six gallon capacity means you have to take it out less often. By eliminating the “yuck factor," the Hess team has made it easy to fit composting into our everyday lives.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kristen
    Kristen

    Hello Grommet! I'm Kristen, the Co-Founder of CompoKeeper, the innovative new way to cleanly collect, recycle, and store food waste without fruit flies, smells, or multiple trips to the curb. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • MJ
    MJ
    3/20/2015 12:29 PM

    I've been looking for a garbage can-style composter and a color that matches our door! How long does the bag take to completely break down on an outdoor pile?

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 12:42 PM

    @MJ It depends on your climate and maintenance methods. If you're pile is really cooking it could take 1-2 months to break down there. If you have a slow cooker going, it could take up to a year. Some people keep them out of the pile all together and bury them in another spot.

  • Celeste
    Celeste
    3/20/2015 12:31 PM

    How many bags does it initially

    come with?

  • Dan
    Dan – Grommet Team
    3/20/2015 12:41 PM

    @Celeste & MJ: The CompoKeeper comes with 12 compostable bags. These bags will break down in 3-6 months if composted in a well maintained compost heap or a commercial compost facility.

    Anything to add Kristen?

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 12:46 PM

    @Dan That's right!

  • ken
    ken
    3/20/2015 12:51 PM

    Hey Kristen,

    great idea and product by you and your dad. Two questions: what are the dimensions and what is the frequency you suggest to change the bags before they loose integrity as a bag?

    thanks in advance-

    ken

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 12:57 PM

    @ken Thank you! We've had a lot of fun. The dimensions are roughly 11''w x 15'' d x 17''h. Great question, because the bags are compostable they'll begin to break down after 12-14 days so I would recommend changing them once a week or every other week.

  • Suzanne
    Suzanne
    3/20/2015 1:17 PM

    @Kristen any chance you will be making a counter top sized bin? I'm not keen on keeping food scraps around for a full week inside during the summer months.

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 1:51 PM

    @Suzanne I totally understand that your worried about storing food scraps for an extended period of time but clean convenience is the reason the CompoKeeper was invented. I trust that you won't be concerned anymore once you give this product a shot. :) But, yes, we're looking to add more sizes to our offerings down the road, but I can't say for sure when they'll be available.

  • christopher
    christopher
    3/20/2015 12:55 PM

    great idea, particularly in cold climes!

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 12:59 PM

    @christopher Thank you. I agree, it's nice to get a break from tromping through the cold. Brr!

  • Bruce J
    Bruce J
    3/20/2015 1:22 PM

    Hello, Kristen - My concern with kitchen composting bags has been the accumulation of molds to which I am very reactive. Has this concern been addressed in production and design phase of the product ?

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 1:27 PM

    @Bruce J Hi Bruce, that's a really good questions. Part of the quadruple-action odor control technology is the ventilated design along with the breath-ability of the bags, which work together to keep the environment from getting too moist. Of course, the moisture depends on the climate and weather where you live too.

  • Christine
    Christine
    3/20/2015 2:51 PM

    I just purchased a home with a septic system and can't have a garbage disposal and love this idea. However, I'm not sure I'm actually going to do a compost pile. I know the bags are breathable and break down but do you think I could use the actual bin with regular 6 gal bags and it would still work keeping out the smell and bugs between the closure system and filter? Thank you.

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 3:00 PM

    @Christine Yes, you can use any bag with the CompoKeeper! However, as you mentioned, the breath-ability of our bags does help with the odor control. If you're not going to start a compost pile, are you just planning to use this as a non-smelly trash bin or does your new house have have access to curbside compost? I ask because many of the curbside programs do accept compostable bags in their green bins.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    3/20/2015 3:51 PM

    @Kristen

    Our curbside program DOES NOT accept the compostable bags.

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 4:00 PM

    @Heidi Gotcha, yeah different facilities have different processes and some don't accept the compostable bags.

  • Dan
    Dan – Grommet Team
    3/20/2015 4:07 PM

    @Heidi Even if your municipality won't compost the bags, you can bury the emptied bags and they will naturally decompose.

  • Gail
    Gail
    3/20/2015 3:03 PM

    Great idea, Kristen! A few questions: is there anything that you DO NOT recommend adding to the ComoKeeper such as citrus? Also, how does the product work to prevent or thwart fruit flies? Finally, how long do the filters last? Should I buy a few extras with my order?

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 3:19 PM

    @Gail Thank you! To answer your questions in order 1) The types of material you can compost depends on your method of composting, or what you're doing with your compostables once the CompoKeeper is full. For instance, worms typically don't want too much citrus or spicy peppers. Materials likes meat, bones and dairy can be composted with bokashi composting and with some curbside programs but typically aren't recommended for backyard piles. Don't worry though, you don't have to remember all this, the CompoKeeper comes with a list that you can tear out and hang on your fridge that can help guide you! 2) Fruit flies hunt for ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables making your compost bin the perfect destination. But when sealed, the CompoKeeper disguises its contents and fruit flies buzz off. 3) Each filter has a life span of 6 months, though some people like to change them more often. Your initial purchase will come with 2 filters so you'll get a year supply. Thanks for the thoughtful questions!

  • Alison
    Alison
    3/20/2015 9:38 PM

    Great idea!, Will other brands of composting bags fit the compokeeper? I worry about running out and having to wait a week to have new bags shipped.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

CompoKeeper

Food Scrap Collector

Cleaner, Greener

Composting is great for the environment. It reduces pollution and erosion, and even helps treat contaminated soil. This keeps chemicals out of our drinking water and garden plants.

Unfortunately, composting often means fruit flies and a trash can full of stinky food. Nobody wants that in their home. This is why Van and Kristen
Hess, a father-daughter duo from Colorado, came up with a better way to deal with food scraps inside the house.

The CompoKeeper is a kitchen compost bin that keeps the bugs away and the smell contained with quadruple-action odor control. This hands-free bin has an activated carbon filter to neutralize odors and an interlocking system to keep the bag closed. The biodegradable bags are breathable, and the removable tote makes it easy and mess-free when taking it to the compost pile. And a six gallon capacity means you have to take it out less often.

By eliminating the “yuck factor," the Hess team has made it easy to fit composting into our everyday lives.
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CompoKeeper - Food Scrap Collector

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kristen
    Kristen

    Hello Grommet! I'm Kristen, the Co-Founder of CompoKeeper, the innovative new way to cleanly collect, recycle, and store food waste without fruit flies, smells, or multiple trips to the curb. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • MJ
    MJ
    3/20/2015 12:29 PM

    I've been looking for a garbage can-style composter and a color that matches our door! How long does the bag take to completely break down on an outdoor pile?

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 12:42 PM

    @MJ It depends on your climate and maintenance methods. If you're pile is really cooking it could take 1-2 months to break down there. If you have a slow cooker going, it could take up to a year. Some people keep them out of the pile all together and bury them in another spot.

  • Celeste
    Celeste
    3/20/2015 12:31 PM

    How many bags does it initially

    come with?

  • Dan
    Dan – Grommet Team
    3/20/2015 12:41 PM

    @Celeste & MJ: The CompoKeeper comes with 12 compostable bags. These bags will break down in 3-6 months if composted in a well maintained compost heap or a commercial compost facility.

    Anything to add Kristen?

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 12:46 PM

    @Dan That's right!

  • ken
    ken
    3/20/2015 12:51 PM

    Hey Kristen,

    great idea and product by you and your dad. Two questions: what are the dimensions and what is the frequency you suggest to change the bags before they loose integrity as a bag?

    thanks in advance-

    ken

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 12:57 PM

    @ken Thank you! We've had a lot of fun. The dimensions are roughly 11''w x 15'' d x 17''h. Great question, because the bags are compostable they'll begin to break down after 12-14 days so I would recommend changing them once a week or every other week.

  • Suzanne
    Suzanne
    3/20/2015 1:17 PM

    @Kristen any chance you will be making a counter top sized bin? I'm not keen on keeping food scraps around for a full week inside during the summer months.

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 1:51 PM

    @Suzanne I totally understand that your worried about storing food scraps for an extended period of time but clean convenience is the reason the CompoKeeper was invented. I trust that you won't be concerned anymore once you give this product a shot. :) But, yes, we're looking to add more sizes to our offerings down the road, but I can't say for sure when they'll be available.

  • christopher
    christopher
    3/20/2015 12:55 PM

    great idea, particularly in cold climes!

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 12:59 PM

    @christopher Thank you. I agree, it's nice to get a break from tromping through the cold. Brr!

  • Bruce J
    Bruce J
    3/20/2015 1:22 PM

    Hello, Kristen - My concern with kitchen composting bags has been the accumulation of molds to which I am very reactive. Has this concern been addressed in production and design phase of the product ?

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 1:27 PM

    @Bruce J Hi Bruce, that's a really good questions. Part of the quadruple-action odor control technology is the ventilated design along with the breath-ability of the bags, which work together to keep the environment from getting too moist. Of course, the moisture depends on the climate and weather where you live too.

  • Christine
    Christine
    3/20/2015 2:51 PM

    I just purchased a home with a septic system and can't have a garbage disposal and love this idea. However, I'm not sure I'm actually going to do a compost pile. I know the bags are breathable and break down but do you think I could use the actual bin with regular 6 gal bags and it would still work keeping out the smell and bugs between the closure system and filter? Thank you.

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 3:00 PM

    @Christine Yes, you can use any bag with the CompoKeeper! However, as you mentioned, the breath-ability of our bags does help with the odor control. If you're not going to start a compost pile, are you just planning to use this as a non-smelly trash bin or does your new house have have access to curbside compost? I ask because many of the curbside programs do accept compostable bags in their green bins.

  • Heidi
    Heidi
    3/20/2015 3:51 PM

    @Kristen

    Our curbside program DOES NOT accept the compostable bags.

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 4:00 PM

    @Heidi Gotcha, yeah different facilities have different processes and some don't accept the compostable bags.

  • Dan
    Dan – Grommet Team
    3/20/2015 4:07 PM

    @Heidi Even if your municipality won't compost the bags, you can bury the emptied bags and they will naturally decompose.

  • Gail
    Gail
    3/20/2015 3:03 PM

    Great idea, Kristen! A few questions: is there anything that you DO NOT recommend adding to the ComoKeeper such as citrus? Also, how does the product work to prevent or thwart fruit flies? Finally, how long do the filters last? Should I buy a few extras with my order?

  • Kristen
    Kristen – Special Guest
    3/20/2015 3:19 PM

    @Gail Thank you! To answer your questions in order 1) The types of material you can compost depends on your method of composting, or what you're doing with your compostables once the CompoKeeper is full. For instance, worms typically don't want too much citrus or spicy peppers. Materials likes meat, bones and dairy can be composted with bokashi composting and with some curbside programs but typically aren't recommended for backyard piles. Don't worry though, you don't have to remember all this, the CompoKeeper comes with a list that you can tear out and hang on your fridge that can help guide you! 2) Fruit flies hunt for ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables making your compost bin the perfect destination. But when sealed, the CompoKeeper disguises its contents and fruit flies buzz off. 3) Each filter has a life span of 6 months, though some people like to change them more often. Your initial purchase will come with 2 filters so you'll get a year supply. Thanks for the thoughtful questions!

  • Alison
    Alison
    3/20/2015 9:38 PM

    Great idea!, Will other brands of composting bags fit the compokeeper? I worry about running out and having to wait a week to have new bags shipped.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.