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Uroboro: Domestic Vermicomposter

This vermicomposting system by Portugese designer Marco Balsinha is pragmatic and aesthetic.

Uroboro is a domestic vermicompostor that processes household waste inside the home. The project was developed in order to tackle environmental sustainability issues by transforming biodegradable urban waste into useful matter for floriculture.

The project’s design was inspired by the typology of trees and it uses natural plants, thus bringing the system closer to nature and forming a living system within the home. The designer Marco Balsinha used red clay as a mediator of moistness and odor filter to emphasize the project’s earthy concept.

For the system to work, earthworms are used as an accelerating agent in the composting process. The precious humus is thus obtained together with its tea, which can feed the plant at the top of the system. Uroboro is a modular system with 4 different pieces that can be extended by adding further composting bins up without conditioning the earthworms’ mobility. The same part can be separated and replaced still with earthworms inside.

The prototypes were produced in Portugal and tested in several households. The results proved to be surprisingly positive. The project was presented to the public in December 2015 in the final dissertation of the Product Design Master, at ESAD Caldas da Rainha – Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.

Further information: marcobalsinha.com