A dining table full of...worms.

Table composts your dinner for you. Seriously.

Treehugger

This little dining table, which I read about at Treehugger, might either be the grossest or the coolest eco-tech idea I've heard in a while. Or maybe both. The cone-shaped thing under the table is a fabric bag that's home to a functioning ecosystem full of creepy crawlies like worms and sowbugs, which break down your leftover food and turn it into compost that your house plants or garden will find very yummy. The compost then sprinkles out the bottom of the bag when it's ready. Plus, there's an LCD screen that's hooked up to an infrared camera inside, so you can see how the cute li'l worms are doing. Mmmm, good! Just what I wanted to watch during dinner!

No word on how it will make your dining room smell. But I'll admit that it's still kind of a neat idea.

About the author

Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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