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Microorganisms and Enzymes Make Life Possible

We are making food waste smarter

Microorganisms are microscopic, living, single-celled organisms called bacteria. Most microorganisms in the world are very beneficial, as they are the “housekeepers” of the planet. They remove toxins from water and soil and degrade organic matter from dead plants and animals. Without microorganisms, life would be impossible. Microorganisms perform their work by producing enzymes. Microorganisms are really quite smart – they can detect the organics present in waste and produce only the enzymes that are needed to break down the Organics.

Microorganisms are also very prolific. In a very short amount of time after microorganisms have adapted to their environment, they increase their populations, in some cases doubling their population in as little as 20-40 minutes, to perform optimally for their conditions. As the microorganisms thrive in the food waste and multiples, the production of the enzymes increase in proportion. That is why natural microbial digestion is so effective.

Enzymes are natural proteins that function as highly selective biochemical catalysts that convert one molecule to another. They are essential to life because they speed up metabolic reactions to a great extent, but do not undergo any change in themselves. Unlike microorganisms, enzymes are not self-regenerating and have to have optimal conditions to sustain life.

Microorganisms are 100% natural and non-pathogenic. Microorganisms both degrade complex waste and consume the by-products resulting in fewer contaminants in the greywater. Enzymes by themselves are not very effective. Enzymes do not actually consume waste, they simply break complex compounds (food wastes) into simpler compounds (e.g., sugars and acids).  Microorganisms are still required to finish the job.