Subpod, the Australian Composting Technology Tackling Food and Organic Waste Launches Globally
Press Release – [Byron Bay, Australia, 5 November, 2019] – Subpod, the company behind the modular composting system that treats high volumes of food waste and other organic matter, today announces the global launch of their composting system and garden bed on Kickstarter, with the purpose of taking the hard work out of composting, and making it accessible to the biggest food wasters across the globe, from families to restaurants.
The Subpod is an in-garden composting system that is powered solely by worms and microbes. The system doubles as modern garden seating and turns food waste into nutrient-rich soil, without the hard work, mess and odours of traditional composting methods.
Each unit has a disguised lid at the surface that doubles as a seat, and is simple to tuck into a new or existing raised garden bed, or simply dig into a ground level garden. This composting system does not discriminate- it was designed deliberately to ensure it can be scaled from a single household to larger commercial grounds.
The Subpod’s unique design embeds the composting unit directly into the soil, allowing worms and microbes to move freely below ground, transferring key nutrients between the compost in the Subpod and the surrounding soil. Being completely odorless means it doesn’t attract rats and flies, while removing 80% of the workload of traditional composting.
Composting prevents food waste from being disposed of in landfill, where it rots and becomes a significant contributor to methane emissions- a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
10 Subpods in use prevents 23 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions per year– this is the same level of CO2 emissions from 5 cars per year. Instead the same quantity of food waste cultivates the highest quality soil we need for food production.
Food waste is inevitable, but Subpod provides a solution that takes our waste full-circle by diverting it from landfill and instead replenishing our soils, and enabling us to grow nutrient-rich foods. Contrary to other composting methods that are smaller and require plenty of manual labor, Subpod is compact yet has the capacity to compost half a tonne of food waste (that of an average family home) annually, as well as being scalable for large community and commercial applications.
With success in Sri Lanka, Byron Bay, Melbourne and Sydney, the team at Subpod are now on a mission to maximize their global impact by shipping units globally. Their case studies of success include units in backyards, eco-resorts, restaurants/cafes, community gardens, indigenous communities and residential development sites, targeting the places in which we generally find the biggest food wasters in our communities.
They have worked hard to ensure that units can be flat packed for delivery, so they are easily shipped worldwide and assembled without tools in under 3 minutes.
Subpod will be crowdfunding on Kickstarter from November 5 for 30 days, with special pre-order pricing for those who support the campaign. There will also be a program available to pre-order a Subpod to donate to community garden projects around the world. In the spirit of truly globalizing their mission and impact by any means necessary, for every 10 units pre-sold during the campaign, they will donate one Subpod unit to a school, or community in need of composting solutions.
Their kickstarter campaign will go live on the 5th November 2019 at 2PM PST (San Francisco)/10PM UTC (London).
See the Kickstarter campaign here:
“Subpod makes it easy to take a tiny step that can make a huge difference,” said Saadi Allan, CEO of Subpod. “By simply taking the hard work out of composting and providing education and support to beginners, we are building a global community of waste warriors who are turning waste into a key resource and having fun while doing it.”
The subpod is a sub-surface, high-density, modular composting system that treats food waste and other organic matter, and builds healthy soil. The subpod is installed directly into the soil for high-volume processing of organic waste, diverting food waste from landfill and instead fuelling the production of nutrient-rich foods.
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