The Groundfridge: Sustainable food storage for off-grid living

Have you heard of a Groundfridge? For many people living with everyday modern amenities powered by electricity, it might be difficult to comprehend how to refrigerate foods and beverages without depending on the ever-expanding, and costly (residential) electrical grid.

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Netherlands-based designer and entrepreneur Floris Schoonderbeek has done just that with his Groundfridge design.

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He is marketing the underground storage unit under his brand, Weltevree, which sells other products designed for outdoor living including ovens, hot tubs, and furniture.

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As an article published on The Contemporist website describes the spherically-shaped cooling unit that was inspired by the root cellar, drawing upon the insulation from beneath the ground, combined with the cooling of groundwater.

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It is insulated with a 3.5 foot layer of excavated soil, which helps to create a constant annual temperature between 10 and 12° C. This makes a perfect environment for storage of typical foods and beverages, such as dairy products, fruits, and vegetables, complete with wooden shelves.

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Another perk is its volume, which is equal to twenty regular fridges. The Groundfridge has also been nominated for the 2015 Dutch Design Award.

Schoonderbeek has uploaded a video presentation on the Groundfridge you can watch below:

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