Renewable Matter # 16 / May-June

Rethinking the Function of the Fridge

by Freija van Holsteijn

Every year, European households bin 84 million tonnes of food. Better food preservation can help cut waste and reduce at the same time energy consumption and environmental impact. But we need smart fridges able to exchange information with consumers when they stock fresh products and capable to provide directions on the best way to preserve them. 


Over the last decades, the functionality of the home refrigerator has remained pretty much the same: a big cold box with a temperature between 4 and 7 °C, in which you store all food products you can’t keep at room temperature. And although there have been important technical developments in the field of energy efficiency and refrigerants, its core functionality basically...

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