We know: $70 is A LOT of money to spend on something to hold your apple cores. Especially when a plastic bucket works just fine. (For that price, it should also make you dinner … and wash the dishes afterwards.) But the CompoKeeper promises to be the Tesla of compost bins:

  • The thing holds six gallons (!)
  • It’s hands-free — you open it with your foot
  • It sits on the ground, not on your cluttered kitchen counter
  • Its “clamping mechanism” seals in smell and seals out fruit flies
  • Its liners are 100 percent compostable
  • Some reusable thingie promises to help your bag of scraps not break on the way to your compost heap

Plus, this cute father-daughter team designed it:

Van and Kristen Hess
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Van and Kristen Hess

According to the CompoKeeper Kickstarter page:

Van loves to cook and thought it was a good idea but didn’t love the idea of odors and fruit flies swarming around the kitchen. So he went into his workshop to tinker. A few weeks later Van emerged with a better way to get his food scraps from the cutting board to the curbside bin.

With a bunch of hand-built prototypes, Van went to the composting community for feedback. After years of testing–improving–testing–improving–testing–and–improving; he’s now developed a [ community envisioned ] odor-free compost bin that makes kitchen composting odor-free, clean and convenient.

They have three weeks to raise another $74 grand. Still skeptical? This sweetly awkward video just might convince you: