The Jora Composter
In the harsh winters of Sweden there are up to 6 months of freezing cold temperatures which make it nearly impossible to compost using traditional methods. In 1989 a Swedish engineer named Jonathan Ramious developed the Jora Composter to fill a need for composting through these harsh winter months. Homeowners wanted to have compost they could use in the springtime. The months of spring and summer were simply not long enough to accumulate enough compost to use all year round.
Jonathan invented a rolling tumbler that could easily mix old waste with new. Like today’s Jora Composter, this one had two separate chambers, however early Jora composters were assembled onto a wall with hooks . The Composter was made from galvanized steel and built sturdy enough to withstand the harsh winter months.
Insulation inside the ante provided the big advantage. This high density food grade insulation proved to be very effective in maintaining temperatures high enough to compost kitchen scraps, even if the weather outside was extremely cold. When you see it working you can’t help but be amazed that it can be sitting in one foot of snow and when it is opened – steam comes out.
Year round composting had become accessible to everyone.
People could now able to compost their kitchen waste during the winter months. The composter was so efficient that you could even compost protein like meat, chicken and fish etc. This was certainly a new and exciting invention, one that could make a huge difference to our fragile environment – a lot less waste could be going to landfills, and our gardening soil could become rich with nutrients again.