The eco-entrepreneur makes composting cool

Not wanting to be limited to just the classic sustainability folks, Allan said Subpod aims to reach customers in all walks of life, whether it’s an apartment, house or farm.

The way a subpod unit works is that food waste is placed in the compost unit where worms and microbes break it down. Ventilation on the side of the system is designed to keep it odor free while the food breaks down, and the shredded compost can then be used as organic fertilizer for plants.

The subpod unit is an underground compost system and worm farm.

The subpod unit is an underground compost system and worm farm. Credit:subpod

“We’re trying to create something that works with the natural processes that already exist. Nature has spent 3.8 billion years of research and development to turn organic matter and waste into a resource,” Allan said.

Since launch, Subpod has released a range of products of various sizes that can be installed in various settings, be it a garden bed, plant bag or planter.

“We launched a balcony model earlier this year called the ‘Modbed’ that stands on wheels with one of our subpod mini systems in the middle, so you can compost up to 10 kilograms of food waste per week when it’s ready to walk and one grow some plants outside.”

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Although there are no current models for people who don’t have a balcony or outdoor space, Allan said the team is working on the next generation of products and hopes to launch something for indoor use in the next 24 months.

With ambitious plans to expand the business into Europe and the wheels in motion to set up a warehouse in the Netherlands, Allan said global demand for green waste solutions is driving Subpod’s expansion.

“For example, California has introduced a composting mandate that requires food waste to be separated and composted instead of going to landfill,” said Allan, who hopes such initiatives will find their way to Australia.

Australia’s National Waste Policy Action Plan aims to halve the amount of organic waste going to landfill by 2030, but that process needs to be accelerated, Allan said.

“The intentions around the FOGO regulation (organic for food and organic in the garden) are great… but we cannot wait until 2030 for that to happen. By composting your own food waste on-site, you can get a lot closer to that goal.”

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