The awesome Subpod

Earth. We’ve literally named our planet after the soil beneath us (even though the 75% of the planet’s surface area is water), yet with time, urbanization, pollution, and climate change, the very soil that nourishes us is slowly being killed, robbed of its nourishing properties.

However, with a clever allocation of already existing resources, the guys behind Subpod believe they can reverse this process of soil degradation.

The Subpod is a composting unit that sits within the ground, unlike most compost heaps that exist independent of the soil. It relies on two important, yet easily available resources.

Earthworms, to help break down matter and create the compost, and food waste, something that this planet has an abundance of, but no place to put it. The Subpod’s neat, collapsible design comes flat-packed, and opens out to become a container/crate that sits half inside the soil.

The lid (which also serves as seating) opens up to reveal a spacious interior with perforated walls. All you do is dump food waste along with carbon-matter (dried leaves or shredded newspaper) into the Subpod, introduce the earthworms to the mix, and close the seat-lid. “Feed” the Subpod once every 3-4 days and the earthworms get to action, breaking down the food and dried elements to create a nutrient-rich compost in just 10 days.

Use the compost you create to grow plants around the Subpod and you immediately notice how healthy the soil and the plants that grow on it are. This is thanks to the perforations on the side of the Subpod that allow the earthworms to travel in and out of the compost crate, feeding themselves, creating compost, aerating the soil, and maintaining soil and plant health.

A lot of stuff happens under the Subpod’s hood. Its integration into the ground allows the worms to repair the soil, as well as maintain stable temperatures required for compost creation. The Subpod works without any extra intervention or energy, outwardly looking just like a wonderfully rustic seat that gives you the ability to admire the plants that are growing around you.

Inventor of the Subpod Andrew Hayim De Vries was astonished by how many tonnes of untreated food waste go into landfills, harming the soil by introducing unwanted chemicals into it.

The design of the Subpod prompts you to, instead of throwing your food into the trash, take it and convert it into fertilizer that saves you money, helps you grow great produce (you can even sell your own compost to nearby farmers, helping them ditch synthetic fertilizers), and eventually helps the soil beneath your feet become healthy again… one Subpod at a time!