Good morning guys! It’s so nice to be back in New York after a whirlwind trip to Salt Lake for the (amazing) Alt Summit. I spent most of my weekend catching up on emails and was bummed that I missed this incredible submission from Stefano at TourDeFork. TourDeFork is a food design lab based in Milan that focuses on objects designed to artfully reuse food waste. I am constantly ashamed of how much food waste AC and I produce, so these clever projects were right up my alley.
TourDeFork‘s first collection (which is still in prototype form), called “Second Chance,” includes devices that help you reuse coffee grounds, apple peels and orange rinds. My personal favorite is the orange rind scent diffuser. Just skewer the bits of rind onto the metal rod, attach to your radiators and voila! The heat will diffuse the fresh citrus scent throughout the room. You can even use the leftover dried-up bits in cakes and homemade jams.
The “Coffee Scent Dissipater” uses a porcelain base to hold your coffee grounds and a steel hanger to hang the grounds inside your fridge as a natural odor neutralizer. I didn’t know until last year (when I discovered what turned out to be an opened coffee pack in an airplane bathroom and freaked out) that coffee was an odor neutralizer, but it really makes for an excellent natural solution to many of life’s less-than-pleasant smells.
TourDeFork’s last piece, the “Apple Peel Grower,” aids in the production of national sour dough or yeast. The apple skins rest on the top of a lid with holes that allow the apple’s natural oxidation to create a “balance mini biosystem” in which yeast can thrive. It’s such a clever way to reuse what most of us already have around the house — something I’d love to start doing more of in earnest. Click here to check out TourDeFork’s debut collection and read more about their work online. Thanks, Stefano! xo, grace