The Smart Cara seems to be creating quite a buzz in the Zero Waste community!
In case you missed it, you can read my Smart Cara review here. And if you’re wondering what on earth it is, it’s a “State of the art solution to the food waste problem”.
Sounds like just the thing for every waste warrior’s kitchen!
It’s basically a bit like a home composter which sits on your kitchen worksurface. You end up with a soil enhancer, rather than true compost. You simply fill the bucket up with your food scraps – this includes cooked food waste, fish, meat and even small bones – turn the unit on, and hey presto, in a few hours your food will be dried out, odourless and just 1/10th of the original volume.
As well as using the resulting mix as a soil enhancer in houseplants or containers, you can use it to light a fire with – handy for us because we use a wood burner to heat Zero Waste Towers.
Recently, however, I’ve had several queries from readers who have bought a Smart Cara and have an issue with three flashing green lights.
Natalie wrote “The Smart Cara stopped and all 3 green lights are now flashing. We have turned it off, checked the filters, checked the bucket was in properly and still the lights flash and it omits 5 beeps.”
Raymund wrote ” I seem to be having the same problem as Natalie. Three green lights flashing . I have changed the filters. Any help would be gratefully accepted.”
Aleks wrote “I have the same problem, all three lights flashing with five beeps, tried everything I could think of as others who posted here with same problem any assistance would be appreciated thank you”
Fortunately the solution is simple. It’s usually one of two things – the filters aren’t in properly (this error sometimes occurs after the filters have been replaced), or the Smart Cara needs a clean.
First check the filters are in properly – give them a wiggle and make sure they sit securely in the unit.
If this doesn’t fix things, use the built-in cleaning programme which you can do in two steps:
After an hour your Smart Cara will be as sparkly as new. There should be no more beeping and no more green lights flashing.