Modular Composting System Aims to Tackle the Global Organic Waste Problem

Modular Composting System Aims to Tackle the Global Organic Waste Problem
Modular Composting System Aims to Tackle the Global Organic Waste Problem

What do an international fashion brand, a luxury development and an organic cafe have in common? They are all closing the loop by composting food waste with Subpod.

From an inventor’s shed in the Byron Bay Industrial Estate this composting invention is gaining global attention for its innovative approach to processing organic waste.

Subpod is an in-garden composting system that doubles as attractive garden seating and turns food waste into nutrient rich soil to grow food without the hard work, mess and odours of  old school composting.  It is powered only by worms and microbes and can be scaled from a single household to larger commercial applications.

Developed in Byron Bay by Andrew Hayim De Vries, founder of ‘Compost Central’, on the smell of an oily rag,  the patent pending Subpod system is now being used in backyard, eco resort, cafe, community garden and residential development sites in Sri Lanka, Byron Bay, Melbourne and Sydney.  But closer to home, Subpod systems are popping up like mushrooms.

Around the corner from Compost Central at the new Habitat live, work & play precinct, communal Subpod systems are used by residents to compost their food waste. Habitat Architect Fraser Martin says,

“As simple as it is, I see the Subpod systems we have here as a catalyst for engagement between neighbours. To me one of the beauties of the Subpod system is the community focus of getting together and composting.”

And just up the road from Habitat, the international fashion brand Spell have just had their own Subpod garden system installed, after the original prototype at popular local eatery Santos Organics Cafe caught their eye. With the urgent global need for eco-friendly waste solutions, Subpod has captured attention with its ease of use and attractive design with enquiries coming from as far afield as Central Africa, UAE and USA.

To date each Subpod Grow system has been built by hand and the company has not been able to meet the demand.

Image source: Subpod

That all changes on 21 March when the Compost Central Team launch a crowdfunding campaign to fund the commercial production of Subpod.

Compost Central CEO Saadi Allan has been working with the inventor to commercialise Subpod for the last two years after helping Flow Hive inventors Cedar and Stuart Anderson turn their invention into an international success story. He says ‘We’ve got big plans for 2019. We hope to get 20,000 people composting with Subpod turning their food waste into home grown vegetables instead of sending it to landfill. We all know waste is a big problem, and it’s high time we transitioned from our take/make waste mindset. Subpod is designed to help people make this shift.”

The invention has also caught the attention of world renowned Permaculture educator Geoff Lawton who has been testing it at the Permaculture Research Institute inland from Byron Bay.

Geoff says, “When we feed the soil we bring the food vitality and nutrient density right up to the maximum. It’s the soil ecosystem we’re stimulating. And Subpod incubates that into action. It starts that catalyst event right there in your garden. From your waste stream on your kitchen bench, straight to the garden, back to the food – where you are. You can’t do it more efficiently!”

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