Counter to Soil

Greener, cleaner, easier, and faster—it’s no wonder this kitchen compost shredder earned thousands of votes from our community and the support of our judges to become the Ready For Market Winner of the Grommet’s 2014 Product Pitch Contest. The Ecotonix Compost Shredder is a self-contained countertop solution that makes composting so simple anybody can do it. Crank the handle and a stainless-steel blade chops up food scraps to reduce decomposition time. A lightweight removable bin makes it a breeze to transport compost-ready materials outdoors. The compost shredder even includes an odor-neutralizing element. It requires no electricity and many of its components are dishwasher safe. Invented by an avid gardener and long time composter, Gail Loos is a fan of composting for its ability to naturally condition your soil, help plants absorb nutrients and minimize plant diseases. But, she was frustrated by the lack of products on the market to help make composting more accessible. With its green eco-friendly mission and mess-free, hassle-free design, this compost shredder was a natural pick to go from Product Pitch straight to Grommet status.

Green Cycler

Compost Shredder

Counter to Soil

Greener, cleaner, easier, and faster—it’s no wonder this kitchen compost shredder earned thousands of votes from our community and the support of our judges to become the Ready For Market Winner of the Grommet’s 2014 Product Pitch Contest. The Ecotonix Compost Shredder is a self-contained countertop solution that makes composting so simple anybody can do it. Crank the handle and a stainless-steel blade chops up food scraps to reduce decomposition time. A lightweight removable bin makes it a breeze to transport compost-ready materials outdoors. The compost shredder even includes an odor-neutralizing element. It requires no electricity and many of its components are dishwasher safe. Invented by an avid gardener and long time composter, Gail Loos is a fan of composting for its ability to naturally condition your soil, help plants absorb nutrients and minimize plant diseases. But, she was frustrated by the lack of products on the market to help make composting more accessible. With its green eco-friendly mission and mess-free, hassle-free design, this compost shredder was a natural pick to go from Product Pitch straight to Grommet status.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Gail
    Gail

    It's Gail of Ecotonix hailing from sunny Denver, Colorado. Thanks for dropping in to check out our super-effective Compost Shredder. Our company designs innovative products that help make green homes and great gardens. Our ambition is to help you make every day Earth Day! As winners of the second annual Pitch Contest at Fenway Park, we are super excited to launch with the amazing Grommet team. If you have any questions feel free to share them. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • JEFF
    JEFF
    4/22/2014 12:15 PM

    This product looks like a great solution for my gardening/composting needs.

    How effective will the shredder grind through all my organic kitchen scraps, and will it improve the quality of my compost material?

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 12:48 PM

    @JEFF

    Hi Jeff! The Compost Shredder will grind through virtually any kitchen scrap except hard seeds and pit. Corn cobs are also challenging but best left whole, anyway, to encourage healthy oxygen flow throughout your pile.

    The shreds produced by this machine are the ideal size for fast, healthy compost. And, faster compost is better compost because more of the nutrients and water soluble elements are preserved!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    4/22/2014 12:32 PM

    Love the concept, and a lower price would have me buying one.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 12:53 PM

    @Jennifer

    Hi Jennifer! The whole appliance is manufactured here in the USA of robust components and stainless steel. We guarantee your Compost Shredder will stand up to everyday use and the amount you'll save in expensive fertilizers and, even water bills, will quickly be recouped.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    4/22/2014 6:33 PM

    @Gail: Thanks!

    I've pinned it as I DO love the concept, but still too expensive for this country girl.

  • Diana
    Diana
    4/22/2014 12:44 PM

    I would love to get this as a gift for my son's family, but the price is a little high. And, you advertise a "Garden Green" shredder for $10 less, but there is not a picture of what that particular color looks like. Could you post a picture of it. Thanks.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 1:34 PM

    @Diana

    Hi Diana--The Garden Green shredder is black with bright green styling. It's posted here:

    http://www.thegrommet.com/green-cylcer-by-ecotonix

  • Guest
    Guest
    4/22/2014 12:47 PM

    Do the different components seal tightly enough that it won't be a mass of fruit flies in the warmer months? We have had bad luck using bins without tight-fitting lids for counter-top compost collection in the past.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 1:39 PM

    @Guest

    The system is cleverly designed to trap fruit flies inside. You can either use the "catch-and-release" method by opening the lid outdoors until any fruit flies are eliminated or put a few drops of dish soap in the bottom to drown them.

    Fruit flies come into your home as passengers on bananas skins and avocados, so rinsing those when you bring them home from the store, will help reduce any problems.

  • Guest
    Guest
    4/22/2014 4:37 PM

    @Gail Thanks for that tip!

  • WILLIAM
    WILLIAM
    4/22/2014 1:32 PM

    I have been cutting up my fruit and vegetable food scraps to help them decompose quicker in the compost pile. Will this Compost Shredder do this for me? I think it might save me a lot of time and make it easier?

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 1:49 PM

    @WILLIAM

    William--we invented the compost shredder for that exact purpose! It chews your scraps into the ideal size and weakens the cellulose structure for fast decomposition. Before this, I tried using blenders and food processors to chop the scraps but only created a mushy mess that actually smothered my compost pile.

  • Mindy
    Mindy
    4/22/2014 1:32 PM

    Are the blades tough enough for flower stems?

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 1:52 PM

    @Mindy

    Hi Mindy--the blades ARE tough enough for flower stems, however, the blade spacing is designed for larger width scraps.

  • Susan
    Susan
    4/22/2014 2:06 PM

    I like this product, but would want to keep it outside Can it be outside in the rain? I fear I would need something more substantial

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    4/22/2014 4:23 PM

    Hi Susan,

    This compost shredder is meant to be kept on your countertop and we wouldn't recommend it left outside as the rain may not be good for the exterior of the machine. Gail will be along shortly to verify.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 5:23 PM

    @Amy

    Hi Susan--The Compost Shredder is built to withstand the dishwasher, so the rain is no problem! I keep one right by my vegetable garden to shred anything that doesn't make it into the kitchen.

  • Brian
    Brian
    4/22/2014 2:10 PM

    I like the look of this shredder!!! I tend to throw everything I possibly can in my compost pile, So I feel like this would get a ton of use!

    How easy is it to take apart for cleaning and does it come with a warranty?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    4/22/2014 4:22 PM

    Hi Brian,

    Gail will be here shortly to further answer any questions you have about warranty, but we've tested it here in the office and it's very easy to take apart, wash and put back together - that's one of its main advantages.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 4:26 PM

    @Brian

    Great question, Brian. The entire machine is designed to snap apart for easy clean up. All the working parts can go right into the dishwasher! I'm especially proud of the self-contained shredder cartridge. It's an engineering marvel, IMHO.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 5:24 PM

    @Gail

    I forgot to mention the warranty! We guarantee that your shredder will be trouble free for one-year from purchase. Details are inside the box.

  • Jackie
    Jackie
    4/22/2014 2:23 PM

    What a great idea! I'm super excited about this. Our city is starting to pick up food and garden waste since it's such a huge problem in our dumps. But, the scrap keepers that they gave out are terrible! They stink and are completely moldy after a few days.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 4:39 PM

    @Jackie

    Jackie--Good feedback! Almost 97% of our nation's food waste goes directly to landfills where it creates dangerous methane gas. City composting is a great approach but using your scraps in your garden is better! There's a rechargeable zeolite filter inside the Compost Shredder that keeps is from smelling by absorbing odor-causing moisture.

  • Karen
    Karen
    4/22/2014 3:38 PM

    Good idea however it is one more appliance on the countertop. I emulsify everything with my food processor. Much smaller bits and pieces than shredding. Faster decomposition. I have been doing this for 20+ years. This past weekend's organic Easter scraps are already in the compost bin. I do not care to keep these in the kitchen so add them to the compost bin daily. Do not need the added cost of filters.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 4:41 PM

    @Karen

    Thanks for your feedback, Karen. Great to hear that you are putting your food waste back to work. If only your approach were adopted by the rest of the folks who produce 36 million tons of food waste each year! For my family, it's good to have a reminder right on the counter top. ( :

  • Julie
    Julie
    4/22/2014 8:06 PM

    It seems a big black PLASTIC ITEM THAT may end up in the landfill. Well, this IS not my idea of green. A knife is a much better deal. I am a huge composter never saw the need for such a device.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 9:59 PM

    @Julie

    Hi Julie--we appreciate your sentiments. Thankfully, we are making a rugged product that stands up to the hard daily work of shredding household leftovers. We also offer to take back any product that has exceeded its useful life--most likely many years down the road--so we can put it back to work in a school. Knives aren't always practical--especially for families with children. Moreover, in independent testing, the compost shredder's results are far superior to other methods of chopping and blending. Happy Earth Day!

  • Madison
    Madison
    4/22/2014 10:06 PM

    Awesome idea! I'm excited to try this for myself. I saw in your pitch that you can put the food waste right into the garden. Can you share some more information about that? How does that work?

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 11:07 PM

    @Madison

    Hello Madison--great question. Putting your scraps right into the garden is the EASIEST and most sweat-free method. Simply dig a trench (I'm using the word “trench” loosely here; it doesn't matter what shape your hole is) about 10 inches deep. Add your shredded compostable materials such as kitchen scraps and plant trimmings. Fill your trench with the soil you dug out originally.

    The next step is.....well, there is no next step. Worms and other compost helpers will do the work for you!

  • Pat
    Pat
    4/22/2014 10:16 PM

    This looks like a wonderful product!! I grow many vegetables and flowers in my garden.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 11:08 PM

    @Pat

    Thanks Pat. Compost is the best soil builder for your garden. ( :

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

 

Green Cycler

Compost Shredder

Counter to Soil

Greener, cleaner, easier, and faster—it’s no wonder this kitchen compost shredder earned thousands of votes from our community and the support of our judges to become the Ready For Market Winner of the Grommet’s 2014 Product Pitch Contest.

The Ecotonix Compost Shredder is a self-contained countertop solution that makes
composting so simple anybody can do it. Crank the handle and a stainless-steel blade chops up food scraps to reduce decomposition time. A lightweight removable bin makes it a breeze to transport compost-ready materials outdoors. The compost shredder even includes an odor-neutralizing element. It requires no electricity and many of its components are dishwasher safe.

Invented by an avid gardener and long time composter, Gail Loos is a fan of composting for its ability to naturally condition your soil, help plants absorb nutrients and minimize plant diseases. But, she was frustrated by the lack of products on the market to help make composting more accessible.

With its green eco-friendly mission and mess-free, hassle-free design, this compost shredder was a natural pick to go from Product Pitch straight to Grommet status.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Gail
    Gail

    It's Gail of Ecotonix hailing from sunny Denver, Colorado. Thanks for dropping in to check out our super-effective Compost Shredder. Our company designs innovative products that help make green homes and great gardens. Our ambition is to help you make every day Earth Day! As winners of the second annual Pitch Contest at Fenway Park, we are super excited to launch with the amazing Grommet team. If you have any questions feel free to share them. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • JEFF
    JEFF
    4/22/2014 12:15 PM

    This product looks like a great solution for my gardening/composting needs.

    How effective will the shredder grind through all my organic kitchen scraps, and will it improve the quality of my compost material?

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 12:48 PM

    @JEFF

    Hi Jeff! The Compost Shredder will grind through virtually any kitchen scrap except hard seeds and pit. Corn cobs are also challenging but best left whole, anyway, to encourage healthy oxygen flow throughout your pile.

    The shreds produced by this machine are the ideal size for fast, healthy compost. And, faster compost is better compost because more of the nutrients and water soluble elements are preserved!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    4/22/2014 12:32 PM

    Love the concept, and a lower price would have me buying one.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 12:53 PM

    @Jennifer

    Hi Jennifer! The whole appliance is manufactured here in the USA of robust components and stainless steel. We guarantee your Compost Shredder will stand up to everyday use and the amount you'll save in expensive fertilizers and, even water bills, will quickly be recouped.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    4/22/2014 6:33 PM

    @Gail: Thanks!

    I've pinned it as I DO love the concept, but still too expensive for this country girl.

  • Diana
    Diana
    4/22/2014 12:44 PM

    I would love to get this as a gift for my son's family, but the price is a little high. And, you advertise a "Garden Green" shredder for $10 less, but there is not a picture of what that particular color looks like. Could you post a picture of it. Thanks.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 1:34 PM

    @Diana

    Hi Diana--The Garden Green shredder is black with bright green styling. It's posted here:

    http://www.thegrommet.com/green-cylcer-by-ecotonix

  • Guest
    Guest
    4/22/2014 12:47 PM

    Do the different components seal tightly enough that it won't be a mass of fruit flies in the warmer months? We have had bad luck using bins without tight-fitting lids for counter-top compost collection in the past.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 1:39 PM

    @Guest

    The system is cleverly designed to trap fruit flies inside. You can either use the "catch-and-release" method by opening the lid outdoors until any fruit flies are eliminated or put a few drops of dish soap in the bottom to drown them.

    Fruit flies come into your home as passengers on bananas skins and avocados, so rinsing those when you bring them home from the store, will help reduce any problems.

  • Guest
    Guest
    4/22/2014 4:37 PM

    @Gail Thanks for that tip!

  • WILLIAM
    WILLIAM
    4/22/2014 1:32 PM

    I have been cutting up my fruit and vegetable food scraps to help them decompose quicker in the compost pile. Will this Compost Shredder do this for me? I think it might save me a lot of time and make it easier?

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 1:49 PM

    @WILLIAM

    William--we invented the compost shredder for that exact purpose! It chews your scraps into the ideal size and weakens the cellulose structure for fast decomposition. Before this, I tried using blenders and food processors to chop the scraps but only created a mushy mess that actually smothered my compost pile.

  • Mindy
    Mindy
    4/22/2014 1:32 PM

    Are the blades tough enough for flower stems?

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 1:52 PM

    @Mindy

    Hi Mindy--the blades ARE tough enough for flower stems, however, the blade spacing is designed for larger width scraps.

  • Susan
    Susan
    4/22/2014 2:06 PM

    I like this product, but would want to keep it outside Can it be outside in the rain? I fear I would need something more substantial

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    4/22/2014 4:23 PM

    Hi Susan,

    This compost shredder is meant to be kept on your countertop and we wouldn't recommend it left outside as the rain may not be good for the exterior of the machine. Gail will be along shortly to verify.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 5:23 PM

    @Amy

    Hi Susan--The Compost Shredder is built to withstand the dishwasher, so the rain is no problem! I keep one right by my vegetable garden to shred anything that doesn't make it into the kitchen.

  • Brian
    Brian
    4/22/2014 2:10 PM

    I like the look of this shredder!!! I tend to throw everything I possibly can in my compost pile, So I feel like this would get a ton of use!

    How easy is it to take apart for cleaning and does it come with a warranty?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    4/22/2014 4:22 PM

    Hi Brian,

    Gail will be here shortly to further answer any questions you have about warranty, but we've tested it here in the office and it's very easy to take apart, wash and put back together - that's one of its main advantages.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 4:26 PM

    @Brian

    Great question, Brian. The entire machine is designed to snap apart for easy clean up. All the working parts can go right into the dishwasher! I'm especially proud of the self-contained shredder cartridge. It's an engineering marvel, IMHO.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 5:24 PM

    @Gail

    I forgot to mention the warranty! We guarantee that your shredder will be trouble free for one-year from purchase. Details are inside the box.

  • Jackie
    Jackie
    4/22/2014 2:23 PM

    What a great idea! I'm super excited about this. Our city is starting to pick up food and garden waste since it's such a huge problem in our dumps. But, the scrap keepers that they gave out are terrible! They stink and are completely moldy after a few days.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 4:39 PM

    @Jackie

    Jackie--Good feedback! Almost 97% of our nation's food waste goes directly to landfills where it creates dangerous methane gas. City composting is a great approach but using your scraps in your garden is better! There's a rechargeable zeolite filter inside the Compost Shredder that keeps is from smelling by absorbing odor-causing moisture.

  • Karen
    Karen
    4/22/2014 3:38 PM

    Good idea however it is one more appliance on the countertop. I emulsify everything with my food processor. Much smaller bits and pieces than shredding. Faster decomposition. I have been doing this for 20+ years. This past weekend's organic Easter scraps are already in the compost bin. I do not care to keep these in the kitchen so add them to the compost bin daily. Do not need the added cost of filters.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 4:41 PM

    @Karen

    Thanks for your feedback, Karen. Great to hear that you are putting your food waste back to work. If only your approach were adopted by the rest of the folks who produce 36 million tons of food waste each year! For my family, it's good to have a reminder right on the counter top. ( :

  • Julie
    Julie
    4/22/2014 8:06 PM

    It seems a big black PLASTIC ITEM THAT may end up in the landfill. Well, this IS not my idea of green. A knife is a much better deal. I am a huge composter never saw the need for such a device.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 9:59 PM

    @Julie

    Hi Julie--we appreciate your sentiments. Thankfully, we are making a rugged product that stands up to the hard daily work of shredding household leftovers. We also offer to take back any product that has exceeded its useful life--most likely many years down the road--so we can put it back to work in a school. Knives aren't always practical--especially for families with children. Moreover, in independent testing, the compost shredder's results are far superior to other methods of chopping and blending. Happy Earth Day!

  • Madison
    Madison
    4/22/2014 10:06 PM

    Awesome idea! I'm excited to try this for myself. I saw in your pitch that you can put the food waste right into the garden. Can you share some more information about that? How does that work?

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 11:07 PM

    @Madison

    Hello Madison--great question. Putting your scraps right into the garden is the EASIEST and most sweat-free method. Simply dig a trench (I'm using the word “trench” loosely here; it doesn't matter what shape your hole is) about 10 inches deep. Add your shredded compostable materials such as kitchen scraps and plant trimmings. Fill your trench with the soil you dug out originally.

    The next step is.....well, there is no next step. Worms and other compost helpers will do the work for you!

  • Pat
    Pat
    4/22/2014 10:16 PM

    This looks like a wonderful product!! I grow many vegetables and flowers in my garden.

  • Gail
    Gail – Special Guest
    4/22/2014 11:08 PM

    @Pat

    Thanks Pat. Compost is the best soil builder for your garden. ( :

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