Is the Smart Cara the answer to food waste?

smart cara home composter first review - zero waste weekOne of the most frequent topics I’m asked about is composting food waste; in particular cooked food.

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t waste any food. But the truth is, many of us do.

I’m fortunate that we have food waste collections and I have room to compost, but neither are without their problems.

To be honest, I’ve fallen out of love with the food waste collections. I remember last summer walking up the road on collection day and seeing people’s food waste caddies heaving with maggots. It kinda put me off. Plus we live in a rural area, so it’s not uncommon for food waste to be sniffed out by four legged critters.

I love to compost but the bottom 10 feet of my garden (where the compost area is) is frequently under water in the winter months.

Smart Cara – a revolutionary kitchen composting system

So I’m super excited to tell you about the Smart Cara – a revolutionary home composting system.

It sits on your work surface, you feed it your food waste (including cooked foods, fish, meat and even small bones), and when the basket is full you turn it on to work its magic. During the processing cycle, it appears the Smart Cara works like a cross between a dehydrator and powerful blender.

In around 4 HOURS, yes, you read that right, you end up with a fertiliser to use in your garden, containers or house plants. Lab testing has confirmed that the resulting contents make a nutrient rich soil enhancer.

What’s not to love?

Apparently the Smart Cara is quiet to run, odourless and economical. And while no product is right for everybody, I can see it providing a solution for many people. Here are a few off the top of my head:

  • For people with limited mobility to attend a compost heap, this system is easy to manage.
  • For those living in hot countries where food waste starts to rot before being collected, imagine storing a dry material until food waste collection day! This puts an end to the misery of stinky food waste caddies, flies, wasps and vermin.
  • For people living in areas where food waste is banned from landfill the Smart Cara diverts food away from landfill and creates a beneficial by-product.
  • For those who have to pay by the amount of food waste they generate, this system reduces waste by around 90%.
  • For people living in spaces without a garden, the Smart Cara gives you a way to create fertiliser which you can then offer to friends with gardens. Or maybe you could sell it at a local fayre and make some money!
  • You can even get creative with the Smart Cara – imagine drying lemon, lime and orange peels and using as pot pourri around the home? Or dry your Halloween pumpkin scraps – peel, seeds and all to make pumpkin tea! It brings a whole new meaning to a zero waste Halloween!

All in all, this sounds like a fantastic solution. Yes, I’ve seen some serious greenwashing in my time of living a sustainable lifestyle. But sometimes a product comes along that really makes you sit up and take notice – for me, the Smart Cara has definitely got my attention. I’m going to put it through its paces over the coming weeks and let you know how I get on!

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  1. Carol on February 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    How much energy does it use to do this?

    • Rachelle Strauss on February 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Hi Carol, I’m going to put an energy meter on the Smart Cara and let you know! Give me a couple of weeks for a definitive answer 🙂

  2. Suella Postles on March 10, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I just love the way this Snart Cara is marketed. Definitely for the squeamish/fastidious/etc.

    At £425 plus delivery I reckon this is a massive con, Unless you have a duckhouse in your moat of course.

    Will you be using yours on a regular basis?

    Well done with your Prima article. That is iimperssive! I hope you get lots of followers

    • Terry on July 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Amazon sell it for £380 plus free delivery. Can’t complain about that price!

  3. Terry Verney on July 11, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I’m using mine now. It seems to ‘Do what it says on the tin’ and I’m sure that the price is a lot more agreeable than waiting around for the dustcart to come around once a week, or more….
    I enjoy mine, it does everything it says it should do and then more. No smell, no noise (well, not much), and a fine product that the detritus would have otherwise have been dumped onto the council…

    • Rachelle Strauss on July 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Glad things are working out between you and your Smart Cara, Terry. To answer your question about teabags, I’m pretty certain you can, although some teabags contain a bit of glue or plastic in them I think; so best to check with the manufacture of the ones you buy. Would switching to loose leaf tea be an option?

  4. Terry on July 14, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I already use loose leaf (Yorkshire Gold) but use occasional teabags for convenience.

  5. Elif on September 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Greetings from Dubai. I just got my Smart Cara and I am thrilled to bits!!! Living in the desert climate, we do not have nutrient rich soil so so much compost is needed throughout the gardening season. And the hot climate only allows kitchen gardeners a short period.
    So turning my kitchen waste into compost this short is truly AMAZING.

    Thank you


  6. Hussain on December 6, 2018 at 4:15 am


    Rachelle, do you still recommend to use Cara or you have changed your opinion?
    I need your suggestions as I am thinking to have one very soon.


    • Rachelle Strauss on December 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      Hello Hussain, I haven’t tried anything else apart from the Smart Cara, so can’t offer suggestions for alternatives. However, mine is still working well and I’m just as happy with it now as I was when I started using it. It’s pretty much fuss free and works really well 🙂

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