Australia’s Subpod is on a mission to make home composting easier

Karen Pham

Karen Pham


Subpod wants to make composting, growing fresh food, and connecting with nature at home a part of everyone’s daily lives.

The company believes it can help people all over the world convert their sustainability aspirations into tangible action by providing products that support composting and growing, as well as a platform ecosystem.

Back in 2019, Subpod introduced the world’s first three-in one compost system, worm farm and garden bed. Within 24 months, the startup has created a profitable business with a total revenue of  15.7 million and a global community of 19,000 members on its online platform Growhub.

Food waste is a contributor to climate change because it produces methane, a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than CO2 when the food decomposes in landfill. Compared to traditional composting, a single Subpod can compost up to 150kg of food waste per week while working with nature, using worms and microbes. It also supports the ‘growth hub’ for gardens: the movement of worms and microbes between the Subpod and garden bed builds soil fertility and plant health, allowing people to easily grow nutrient-dense food at home. 

Australia's Subpod is on a mission to make home composting easier
Source: Subpod

The company says Subpod can convert up to 20kg of food waste a week in Subpod – which is buried in the ground – with no mess or smell and with a maintenance time of just five minutes a week

According to Subpod co-founder and CEO Saadi Allan, the solution to the global food waste and food insecurity crisis is to build an impactful community that includes all shareholders who are also customers. On August 2, he launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Birchal to raise funds for expansion.

Karen Pham

Karen Pham

Karen Pham is a marketing and branding enthusiast with a major in legal English. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, she is a contributor to Viable.Earth.