Oxymoronic Invention: the Electric Composter

Do you know of any self-contradictory or "oxymoronic" inventions? You know ... inventions that defeat its own purpose?

Our guest blogger, Phil Jones aka "bottleslingguy", is the inventor of his own brand of nursing bottle slings (you can check them out at http://www.bottleslingguy.com/ ). Phil is an avid fan of AmericanInventorSpot.com (he's been with us since the beginning), he loves to pick on Doug Hall and plans on changing the way people bottlefeed their children. Auditioning right after Robert Amore and Francisco Patino of ABC's American Inventor, his two minutes of fame never made it past the cutting room floor. Now he likes to hang around here and remind people to check out his invention. He also wanted to let us know about an invention that just doesn't seem to make sense.

Here's his article:

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NatureMill's ComposterNatureMill's Composter"A NatureMill automatic composter recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over two tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills."

Is it me or does anyone else think this composter defeats it's own purpose? It says it uses ten watts of electricity. That's like having a ten watt light bulb on 24 hours a day. Doesn't that contribute to greenhouse gases? Isn't there a contradiction here?

How about this, buy a solar powered house so you'll be guilt-free when plugging in your composter? Besides, what's he got against the worms? Worms are a composer's friend. I say, WORMS RULE!

For every NatureMill composter plugged into "the grid" (a great emitter of greenhouse gases mind you), there will probably be a dozen or so worms put out of business. So say, ten worms every ten days and that's thirty a month. Let's assume the Green Product market eventually catches on... that could be the end of worms.

All right, forget about the worms. I say package the composter with a solar panel. How big would it have to be to accommodate ten watts for 24 hours a day for however long it's lifespan? Probably no bigger than a satellite TV dish. That'd be ok. Tough luck, worms.

Phil Jones
Guest Blogger - Bottle Sling Guy

Sep 24, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)


Can it be adapted to recycle baby bottles?

Sep 24, 2006
by Anonymous Dewy Cycle (not verified)


Bottlesling Guy: How could you let yourself get involved with such a filthy topic? I prefer the original clean Phil.

Sep 24, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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It's not about me.

It's all about the worms. Remember the worms!!!

Oh and don't forget to check out my invention at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Jul 2, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Hello, If you composted at


If you composted at your home, you'd know that unless you want to attract wonderful guests such as rats, that you can only compost things that don't contain fats or protiens from meat.  This items purpose is to allow those that live in tight city areas where composting is not allowed or extremely difficult to do thier part.  Also, as someone who lives in a  smaller town with a huge yard and garden and an overflowing compost site, this item allows me to compost other organic items such as egg shells, meats, cheeses and other dairy items as well as paper items that would take forever to compost  in the back yard.  It lets me keep more trash out of the landfill, while keeping the undesirable pests away and NOT depriving your precious worms.  BTW~Are your bottle slings eco - friendly?  If not, maybe you should stick to commenting on things you know more about.

Nov 11, 2007
by Ruth (not verified)

There are no worms in Solid Clay!

We live in an area where I never see worms. It's hard to hire them to compost when they aren't here! Our yard is solid clay...worms want nothing to do with us!

Dec 17, 2008
by Anonymous

A beginners lesson in Composting

Basic composting law: Degradation of organic materials requires Heat and Oxygen. Landfills penetrated with water do not allow for any oxygen to break down food that is thrown away. An outdoor compost pile requires heat that is not available in most climates for half the year. Ten watts of electricity vs. requiring more landfill space + gas powered vehicles to transport and facilitate landfill needs = yes, the ends DO justify the means.

Feb 10, 2009
by Anonymous


I just bought one and I love it. I live in Central Canada where composting only occurs over a 4 month time frame. We have a small yard and can only store so much waste over the winter. This solves our problem. By the way, all our electricity in Manitoba is produced by hydroelectric and wind power and it's 5 cents per KWH. At 10 watts, that translates into about 35 - 40 cents per month. It's worth it