By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | June 5, 2008
Note: I recently reviewed the new NatureMill Pro XE model (April 2010)– click here to read the latest scoop!
I’ve talked before about my love of, and current inability to, compost. I live in an yardless apartment and so backyard composters are out. I also have an uncanny ability to kill things (well, plants; my cat seems to be hanging in there) and thus I shy away from vermicomposting on the principle of Ahimsa, or non-violence. (Also: is it unethical to make worms spend their whole lives caged up and working for our benefit? Or is that just kind of what they’d be doing anyway? I’ve been wondering about this…)
So for now I’m still bringing my accumulated and frozen food scraps to the Union Square Greenmarket so that the LESEC can compost for me. And then I get to buy back (at least some of) my scraps as New York City Paydirt Potting Soil, thus neatly and wonderfully closing a little loop.
Anyhoo, I’ve been having Naturemill Indoor Composter lust since the unit was in pre-production three years ago, and planning to eventually buy one because it does get a little old carrying thawing food scraps on the subway. But I recently read a Treehugger review of this baby and you know what? It seems that the Naturemill isn’t perfect. I know! Shocking! I’ve thought that it would be the final and everlasting solution to my indoor composting dilemma, but, maybe, not so much.
Let me begin by saying that I still think the Naturemill is an amazing product, bringing composting to a group of folks who otherwise couldn’t and/or wouldn’t bother (urban dwellers, folks in cold climates, the elderly/infirm, etc). But for the first time I’ve learned about some drawbacks: regular feeding with sawdust pellets and baking soda (additional costs and space hogs); it’s not odor-free; it’s louder than a white-noise machine, and I’ve already got one of those rumbling in my home; and the resulting compost needs additional drying-out time (which is the only thing which turned me off the Bokashi composting method).
So, I don’t know if the Naturemill is worth it, for me. The benefits of it would be that I could stop schlepping those scraps. The drawbacks are a bit of a longer list, plus $399. So for now I’m just gonna keep on keepin’ on… but I’m wondering:
Do any of ya’ll have personal experience with the Naturemill? What’re your thoughts?
Update, 10/13/08: I’ve decided to close comments on this post, as it seems to have become the go-to spot for dissing on Naturemill. I deeply value the honest input commenters have left here, and think they most likely are a good indicator of the current quality of the composter. However, I also think Naturemill is a company trying to do right in the world. So, no more hatin’.
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