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Subpod™ is a modular, sub-surface composting system that harnesses the power of worms and microbes to build soil health and dispose of your organic waste. Subpod is designed to offer convenient onsite composting in a wide range of situations, from backyards to population-dense settings like schools, aged-care facilities, resorts, and eco-villages.
Subpod is an efficient, low-maintenance and odour-free composting system powered by worms and microbes.
It is a below-ground system which is easy to use, and continually feeds your plants and vegetables.
Compost to Grow Food
Subpod is designed to be embedded below ground, ideally in a raised vegetable garden to allow easy access for maintenance and harvesting of compost. Being positioned amongst your vegetables means you can compost and grow in the same space.
Recondition Your Soil
Think of it as a worm cafeteria. The design of the Subpod allows worms and microbes to move freely between the module and the surrounding garden bed, aerating the soil and spreading rich nutrients as they move throughout. In little time, the soil is reconditioned and your plants benefit from richer soil 24 hours a day.
Eliminate Pests, Mess & Odour
Below-ground composting naturally keeps the temperature stable all year round, eliminating pests, ugly odours and unsightly mess. This allows for composting in hot and humid environments, where composting would otherwise be difficult and inconsistent.
Scale to Suit Your Space
Need to compost commercial volumes of waste? No problem. The modular design allows units to connect together to expand composting capacity. Subpod systems have been successfully trialed at cafe and resort scale.
Subpod has a modular design, allowing any number of the units to be connected together linearly, to scale and process larger volumes of organic waste in a range of situations – from a small household, to a community garden or school, housing development, retirement village, or a large eco-resort. Each module processes the organic waste of up to six people per week.
Subpod has no mechanical parts, requires no electricity and can be maintained by anyone in less than 10 minutes per week.
By composting in the ground, Subpod uses nature’s waste disposal technology – worms, microbes and fungi – which does the hard work on your behalf, processing organic waste in a temperature-stable environment.
The only part you play is to lift the lid, fill it with scraps and waste and turn the soil a little – then you can take some of the rich humus soil and add it to your potted plants and other parts of your garden.
How It Works
Simple Install. Simple Maintenance.
Step 1: Install
Embed the Subpod system into the soil of your veggie garden, with the top vents above ground. Ideally within a raised garden bed so that the top can be used as a seat.
Step 2: Fill
Fill the Subpod with healthy worms and castings, starter materials and food scraps. Leave worms for 6 days to settle in.
Step 3: Feed & Mix
Feed the Subpod twice a week with food scraps and carbon matter (i.e. leaves, shredded newspaper, dry mulch). Mix the contents with the aerator tool.
Step 4: Spread
Once the Subpod has filled up, leave it for 10 days to be processed. Then it’s time to take out some of the rich compost soil and spread it across your surrounding gardens.
Composting below ground keeps the temperature stable all year round, increasing efficiency and eliminating odours, pests and unsightly mess.
One of the system’s key design features is the series of holes in the walls beneath the soil, which allow worms and microbes to move freely to and from the system and the surrounding garden bed, excreting rich nutrients which greatly boosts the health and fertility of the soil. And as this is all happening at the plant root level, your herbs and vegetables are being fed in a really natural way, 24/7.
Similar to a human lung, the Subpod system breathes – through the holes in the shell below-ground, and through the vents at the top of the unit above-ground – which diffuses the ugly odours normally inherent with composting.
Being embedded in the soil also allows the Subpod to blend seamlessly within the garden environment, and can be clad with a range of materials to suit the exterior design setting, also doubling as practical seating.
An example of 6 Subpods being used as seating in a U-shaped raised garden configuration, suggested for apartment buildings, rooftop restaurants and community spaces.
What Can I Compost?
Organic waste includes much more than just food scraps. Subpod will allow you to compost any organic matter which would usually be discarded in a green bin, including lawn and garden waste, paper, and even natural fibres such as clothing. That means that favourite old cotton shirt doesn’t have to go to landfill when you wear it out!
Even food scraps that are traditionally excluded from other compost systems can be added, including citrus peel, onions, fish, and meat on the bone (in small quantities). Just remember, it is worms and microbes doing the work, so the smaller each piece of waste is, the faster they will break it down.
Why Composting Matters
Every year humans produce over two billion tonnes of rubbish and over 46% of this is organic waste that ends up in landfill. When in landfill, this organic waste then rots anaerobically, emitting large amounts of methane gas, a greenhouse gas 24 times more damaging than carbon dioxide.
At the same time the health of our soil is degrading at an alarming rate, with an estimated half of the world’s topsoil lost in the last 150 years.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Composting provides a simple and natural solution, diverting organic waste from landfill and turning it into nutrient-rich food for growing healthy plants, just as nature intended.
Composting with worms (vermicomposting) is an aerobic process, meaning the compost is exposed to air as it breaks down, avoiding climate unfriendly methane gas.
If we feed the soil we can feed the world.
Keeping It Recycled
It’s no secret, the use of plastics is a major global issue, and the introduction of new consumer products using virgin plastics is inflating the issue on a mass scale. And to add to the that, we’re producing far more than we’re even consuming.
Part of the design brief for the Subpod was to make use of a material which is light-weight, durable and long-lasting – so that it provides long-term benefit and can withstand being buried in soil, in a wide range of conditions.
Whilst plastic was an obvious option, it was highly important to our team to make use of a 100% recycled plastic composite – repurposing a material which would otherwise be discarded in landfill.
We’re committed to the ongoing development of our products, and the materials and processes which are used.
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