Kate Cronin and Liz Fingleton, Obeo

Obeo releases food recycling bag

Obeo founders Kate Cronin and Liz Fingleton

28 July 2014

National College of Art and Design (NCAD) spin-out Obeo, co-founded by Kate Cronin and Elizabeth Fingleton, has launched a compostable food waste box as a way to remove refuse mess and odour from the kitchen.

Obeo completed the 2013 UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme, a three-month accelerator programme is delivered annually at NovaUCD. The co-founders also received commercialisation funding from Enterprise Ireland to develop their product to a market ready stage, facilitated by Origin8, the design innovation and commercialisation gateway at NCAD.

The Obeo compostable food waste box sits on a kitchen counter top and is filled with daily food waste such as plate scrapings, vegetable peelings and tea bags. Once full, after a 2-3 day period, the box can be placed into the brown bin and a new one opened. This means no cleaning in the kitchen and a fresher brown bin.

Kate Cronin, co-founder, Obeo, said: “Through our research we realised that current solutions for handling food waste did not solve the issues that customers have with their brown bins. We discovered that there was a gap in the market for a product like Obeo that removes the ‘yuck factors’ from food waste recycling such as smells, flies and bin juice.”

The key to Obeo’s convenience is its design and materials used in its manufacture. Its strengthened paper stays together when faced with moist food waste and its breathable fibres help to prevent smells.

Obeo is made from certified compostable materials so it breaks down naturally along with the food waste in the composting facility without damaging the environment.

Obeo retails at €3.75 for a pack of five and is now available in Dunnes Stores outlets nationwide.

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