The innovative terracotta clay pot: Terracooler designed by Ellie Perry design keeps food cool without using any electricity for refrigeration.
Domestic fridges use 10% of household energy. The UK produces 14 million tonnes of food waste each year.
Why are we wasting electricity on food that we then waste?
Like many designers today, Perry felt compelled to design her Terracooler after learning the disturbing facts about the amount of waste we generate per year. The Terracooler was designed by Perry to make sense of that perplexing ratio.
Tradition meets science
Terracooler is a modern take on the zeer pot an ancient method of cooling that dates back to 3000BC. Using the natural properties of teton to keep your food cool, all you have to do is add water.
How does it work?
The Terracooler is formed from three tapered, douslip-cast slip cast pieces with built-in handles. The handles stem from the individual pots and also work as spouts for water to pour through and provide evaporative cooling for fruit, vegetables and dairy.
With a vertical, modular design, the Terracooler fits comfortably on any kitchen counter and can be disassembled to access the food items inside each pot. The porosity of the terracotta absorbs the water, cooling the food as it evaporates. The Terracooler not only reduces energy consumption for food that should not be stored in a fridge but makes the user more aware of food storage and less likely to let good produce go to waste.
To read more about some of the innovative waste management solutions we’ve explored at Eclectic Trends, make sure to check out our Innovative Materials section to see how many inspiring brands around the globe are getting creative and working towards a greener future, converting the tons of waste we generate into incredibly revolutionary and beautiful materials!
Images courtesy of Ellie Perry Design