Speaker 1: Do you want a compost, but are too worried about all the work, the smell, or don't have an outdoor space or access to a green bin, same in here. And that's why the Loney kitchen compost are caught my eye. You can throw almost all organic waste approved compostable goods or bioplastics into its bucket up and have nutrient rich soil ready for planting in a pot or non odor dirt to save room in your trash bin all while cutting down [00:00:30] on your carbon footprint,
Speaker 1: Composting reduces the amount of methane gases released at the landfill. So whether you're using Lomi soil for your garden or throwing away the condensed scraps, it will have a positive impact on the environment. Composting as become even more relevant lately with new laws like that in California, which require residents and businesses to sort through their trash and use green [00:01:00] bins. So I, I wanted to find out who would benefit from a countertop composer. How does it work? And does it live up to its hype? Now I'm gonna take you on a journey using lonely for two weeks, show you how it works, everything I've been throwing inside it and try out all of the modes. I'll get into upkeep, smell how loud it is, pricing and help you figure out if it's a device that would work well for your lifestyle. So let's get composting.
Speaker 1: [00:01:30] Before we get into the scraps, it would be a waste. If I didn't show you what came in the box first there's loing, it's 22 pounds, 16 inches, why and 12 inches high. So I had no trouble storing it on my countertop. The lid twists off to reveal its metal bucket, where you throw all the scraps at the base is a grinder which helps the compost process move along. The bucket is dishwasher safe, but it's also super easy to clean [00:02:00] in the sink. I will note though, after I put it in the dishwasher for the first time, some of the plated material came off, also included are a couple bags of activated carbon. When I opened the box, I found that one of the bags had exploded and went everywhere as I cleaned it up and it rubbed off my hands and turned them black.
Speaker 1: This is totally fine and harmless, but it was very inconvenient. The activated carbon goes into two filters on loing the filters trap [00:02:30] odors to keep the compost smelling fresh while filling the filters. My hands got super dirty. And so did Lomi. It took some time to buffer out the black marks on the white matte finish. And some are still there. Both filters need to be replaced every three to six months, depending on use, you can throw the used carbon in your plant or garden soil at about one parts, carbon to six parts soil. There's also a bag of 45 Lomi pods. These are a proprietary [00:03:00] blend of probiotics that improve the speed of degradation, reduce, smell, and create the most healthy soil output to add to plants. Lomi offers an optional two year subscription for Lomi pods and carbon, which costs $39 every three months, all the packaging in the box compostable the bioplastic wrapping can go inside cardboard packaging.
Speaker 1: Like the one in the box is considered a brown compostable. Now there are many benefits to composting in [00:03:30] your home and specifically with Lomi, but they won't come cheap. Loie costs 4 99. I'll get into all the benefits today. But now for the most important question, what can go in it? Well between its three cycles Lomi can take care of about 50% of what you're already throwing out. Lomi accepts scraps and leftovers from all of these categories, as well as yard trimmings, it's recommended that rigid fibrous veggies like asparagus or rock stamps [00:04:00] are chopped up. Lomi doesn't accept bones, fruit pits, or cooking oils and grease. Besides food. You can throw in cardboard paper goods, or Lomi approved bioplastic and compostable goods. Now it's time to start using it.
Speaker 1: Lomi has three different settings for composting all with their own uses and time requirements. The first one I want to check out is grow mode, grow mode creates a soil that can be used for your outdoor [00:04:30] garden or your potted plants. It uses low heat to preserve the microorganisms and bacteria most important for soil that takes about six to, to 20 hours. I've thrown in a bunch of old groceries that were going bad, eggshells. Some coffee grinds from the French press, weak old brussel sprouts that were super smelly and had to go. And I've also got some old ham I want to throw in right now. Also, by the way, this has been sitting out for a few days, with all the smelly food in [00:05:00] it. And I smell nothing while the lid is close. It does a really good job of keeping the smell isolated in there, which is very important.
Speaker 1: Next I'm gonna throw in one of the lonely tablets inside and pour some water. All right. And we are good to start composting. I'm so excited. Put the lid back on. Here we go. Or here we grow now, I'm gonna let that run for the 16 to 20 hours. We'll see how long it takes and [00:05:30] I'm gonna check it out in the morning. So I'll see you then as Lomi runs through its cycles, lights illuminate on the front to update where it is in the process. It emits a consistent hum that resembles a dishwasher, but it's quieter.
Speaker 1: Good morning. Lomi has finished its full cycle. I don't know exactly how long it took. I started at 12:00 PM yesterday and it just was ready for me in the morning, but uh, I'm ready to open this up and I want you to get my true [00:06:00] reaction. I have not looked inside yet. All right. Oh, what are you kidding me? What? Oh my goodness. Look at this. It literally is like dirt and it smells not like bad at all. It smells like dirt. Like it definitely has like a unique smell to it, but it's not like a bad smell by any means. This is [00:06:30] so cool. And it feels, I mean, it feels like luscious soil in me, lonely soil is a fertilizer. You can combine it with dirt at a one part Loy to 10 parts, traditional soil. I threw some of it into the potted plants around my house and threw the rest in the garbage. If you have a garden, you'll probably be able to spread it all out. Next up is eco express mode. This setting takes just three to five hours and is the fast to setting on Lomi [00:07:00] the end product from this mode, shouldn't be used for plants or a garden, and should only go in the trash or a green bin.
Speaker 1: I've been throwing stuff in here for the last five or six days. I've thrown in breakfast, scraps, old asparagus, some fruits and vegetables that were going bad. And some of that board from the packaging of Lomi, what I can tell you right now is I smell absolutely nothing. And it's been five to six days. It does not smell good in there. In fact, let, [00:07:30] let it smells terrible. Actually, we're gonna close that out. This mode, doesn't get a tablet and I'm not gonna be putting any water in there. So we'll see how this runs. We'll be back in a few hours and I can't wait to see how it looks so powered on during this cycle. I noticed a weird squeal coming from the device during its last half hour running,
Speaker 1: It was a bit concerning. I thought I may have broken it, but soon after I heard a beep and it was finished, [00:08:00] it took five and a half hours, which is a little longer than I expected. They say it takes three to five hours. But my guess is that it took a little bit longer because of the three full lines I threw in here. I don't think you're really supposed to do that, but it says it finished. So let's check out to see what it looks like. Ooh, it, yep. It works. Wow. That is definitely all broken down. It doesn't smell bad. It just smells like dried [00:08:30] leaves basically, which essentially is what it looks like and feels like if you have access to a green bin, what you'll do is you'll just empty this in there. You're done. I'm gonna go throw this out now. And then we're gonna try out the next mode, which is Lomi approved.
Speaker 1: Lomi approved, takes about five to eight hours to run. This mode works for all the food waste products, as well as bioplastics and compostable commercial goods that are Lomi approved. Now, this is where things get a little iffy for me. The only bioplastics that [00:09:00] are approved is the bioplastic that comes in the box. That's wrapped around the Lomi and for compostable consumer goods. Well, that's not gonna include the straws or the compostable cutlery that you get at restaurants Lomi says that because none of these and tested, they can't guarantee that it will work in here. I have thrown in the bioplastic and it should only account for about 10% of what's inside. Now, if you want me to be testing out some of that compostable cutlery, I could do that in another video or on social media. So [00:09:30] let me know down in the comments, if you'd like to see that, but for now let's run this cycle. The LOMIA proof cycle takes a Lomi tablet. So I'll throw it in there. And then I'll use this compostable cup, which cannot be accepted in here to pour some water, let that fizz close it up
Speaker 1: And then to switch to the lo approved, just hold that down on Loie approved and Okay. The cycle [00:10:00] has ended. It took about seven hours and it finished on Friday. Today's Monday kind of just let it sit in there over the weekend, which is a good test to see how it smells. So let's take a look. All right, it's looking good. Look at that. It smells like dried leaves. It has like a, a fresh and like sweet smell to it almost. And that's probably from some of the fruit I put in there and I don't see any remnants of the bioplastics at all. Yeah. This just looks like [00:10:30] mulch or something, which you can't use it for that. I'm just gonna throw this into my trash or a green bin would throw it in there. So this is now not only Lomi approved, but Justin approved
Speaker 1: Lomi works and it's a lot of fun to play with. It also made me feel proud for doing my part composting. Now you may be wondering, composting is great, but what about all the electricity being used to power the machine? Well in the three modes Lomi uses anywhere from [00:11:00] 0.6 to one kilowat hour, this would cost the average us household about 14 cents per load, for those with green bin access or gardens, or if you're already composting Lomi could be a great option because it prevents smelliness and pests by your sorted bins. And, and when it goes out to the green bin, it shouldn't attract unwanted critters. And for someone like me, who just throws the dirt out in the trash, Lomi says that even this waste will reduce the amount of [00:11:30] methane and fossil fuels omitted. Plus it also is condensing the trash in my trash bin and it's not gonna smell.
Speaker 1: So I'm not gonna take it out as often currently in the us and Canada, you can order a Lomi for delivery as soon as March, but for those living internationally, you're gonna need to wait until September of this year. And of course, if you wanna compost and don't wanna fork out all the money for Lomi, there are a lot of other alternative bins for composting outside and inside, but they're [00:12:00] probably gonna be much smellier options for more countertop tech. You should go meet Bob, the countertop dishwasher that Lexi reviewed and for more innovative tech like this explainers and how out tos be sure to keep it here on scene it by subscribing. And if you like today's video, be sure to give it a like I'm Justin and I'll you later.