Meet Subpod Mini
Compact. Big impact.
Compact. Big impact.
You don’t need a big space to make a big difference. Subpod Mini is the compact composting solution that you’ve been waiting for!
Watch the premier video for our new Subpod Mini compost system
"As the global food waste crisis hits people’s radars, innovators are coming up with all kinds of creative solutions. Joining the movement, a team of people in Australia, has dreamed up a novel solution that makes composting food waste easier, quicker and more appealing – and it’s now been launched globally."
"That's the great thing about Subpod, it can go anywhere. I call myself a compost master. I've mastered composting. I have done my 10,000 hours in many systems. I can speak with authority here. I haven't seen anything better in a simple system that's understandable and easily teachable as a Subpod."
Let's talk trash
Greener than solar power, cleaner than electric cars.
The waste from our plates matters. In 2017, Project Drawdown ranked 100 of the most promising climate change solutions, and reducing food waste came in third place – beating both solar farms and electric cars. We can make a huge difference for the environment, just by getting creative with our waste!
The average couple tosses roughly 300kg of food waste in the bin every year. All that food has the potential to become beautiful, rich organic fertiliser – capable of helping plants grow, re-building our soils and help reversing the effects of climate change. But a lot of people have a negative view of composting. Traditional compost is known to be smelly, a bit of an eye-sore and even attract rodents to your home. On top of that, over half of the world's population lives in densely populated areas, so having a traditional compost pile in their yard just isn't an option. But what if things were different?
There is no planet-B
If our food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest producer of greenhouse gases (behind China and the US), contributing 8% of the overall emissions that are causing climate change.
But if just 1% of the people living in cities around the world started composting – it would have the same environmental impact as planting a 3.5 million acre forest! Why wait for our leaders to make the changes needed for a greener future? We can take action into our own hands by starting to compost today.
Turn your food waste into a planet-saving super solution
Compost has restorative super powers! It’s a natural fertiliser that can revive barren dirt back into fertile soil, teeming with the microorganisms and nutrients that plants need to grow. When we compost our food waste, we shrink its CO2 impact back down to the ground and put carbon back in the soil where it belongs. It’s up to us to reverse the impacts of climate change and breathe life back into the soil.
“Kiss the Ground” in your backyard
There’s never been a better time to fall in love with soil! In 2020, an epic documentary called “Kiss the Ground” shined a spotlight on the soil health crisis. Narrated by Woody Harrelson, it shows how regenerating the world’s soils could rapidly stabilise Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. It’s going to take time for us to end food waste and restore the world's soils, but our backyards, courtyards and patios are the perfect place to start.
Compact. Big impact.
Meet Subpod Mini - the answer to small space composting.
We created Subpod Mini to make composting fun, simple and more accessible than ever. Designed for smaller households and inner-city living, Subpod Mini rests below ground, taking up very little space. The lid is subtly visible above ground, doubling up as the perfect garden seat! Composting with Subpod Mini is stress-free with all the basic instructions you need to get started right there on the lid. Want to dive deeper? Our online platform the Subpod Grow Hub is here to help. Follow along with free courses or get helpful tips and feedback from our active community of over 8000 Subpodders and support superstars.
How Subpod Mini works
Subpod Mini is an in-garden worm farm & compost system. Compost worms and microbes
live underground inside the Mini and turn the materials you feed them (food scraps, paper, cardboard) into rich compost. Going below ground means your worms are happier, and you feed your plants at the root level. Over time, nutrients from the compost will feed your
garden soil and help your plants thrive
No smells, mess or stress – the simple compost system.
Aerobic system = no smells
Our unique 360°ventilation system disperses any odours before they can build up.
5 minute a week maintenance
Maintain your Mini in just 5 minutes a week! Just add your food scraps daily and aerate your compost.
Rest easy with a handy compost guide under the lid to help you every step of the way!
Powered by nature
Uses only naturally occurring systems. Requires no power or energy, and very little water to function!
Improves the fertility of your soil, so you can grow healthy vegetables and herbs in your own space.
Below ground Subpod Mini it is naturally insulated, creating optimal conditions from extreme cold to extreme heat.
Compost your way
Subpod Mini is flexible, continuous and able to adapt!
Continuous composting system – suitable for households of 1 - 4
Subpod Mini is compact but incredibly efficient. Unlike a traditional tumbler, where compost needs sit for 3 months at a time, Mini keeps composting all year round!
Easy to move. Dig up Mini and take it to your new home
Not ready to settle down? Subpod Mini is easy to move, perfect for renters. Just dig it up, move and replant into a new garden!
World-first modular design – link multiple Minis in one bed
Link one Mini to another to increase your compost capacity. Side by side, back to back, you decide. It’s the waste saving system that grows with your household!
Become a food waste warrior – order your Subpod Mini
Pick the right Subpod Mini for you
$10 Flat rate shipping
The perfect option if you want to install your Mini in an existing garden bed and already own a compost aerator (a speciality compost mixing tool).
Subpod Mini Essentials
$10 Flat rate shipping
We recommend this bundle for all first time composters installing their Mini in an existing garden bed. Ideal for gardeners ready to boost their compost game.
Subpod Mini Grow Bundle
$10 Flat rate shipping
The "everything–you–need–bundle" to start fighting food waste and grow healthy food in your backyard. Perfect for anyone missing a raised garden bed.
We're here for you.
We want to make your composting experience easy, simple and enjoyable as possible.
60 Day Satisfaction Guarantee
We know you'll love Subpod Mini – that's why it comes with a 60 day satisfaction period. Use your Subpod Mini in your backyard and return it if you're not happy to us within 60 days for a full refund.
$10 Flat Rate Shipping from our Sydney warehouse.
Delivered to your door from our local warehouse with world class courier services. You'll be provided with a tracking number once your Subpod Mini is dispatched, knowing exactly when you'll receive it.
Our returns process is easy
In the unlikely event that you'll need to return your Subpod Mini within 60 days, the process is incredibly easy. Our customer service team will provide you with a return shipping label and guide you through the process.
Fall in love with compost when you choose Subpod.
Over 20,000 people from schools, households, businesses, restaurants, families, cafes and non-profits around the world have fallen in love with compost after choosing Subpod.
"Composting just got a bit more efficient! I highly recommend this... I'm looking forward to some really good harvest"
"The Subpod was the perfect solution for us—it made worm bin composting way less scary and easily achievable."
What can be composted in Subpod Mini?
You can compost a much bigger variety of materials in Subpod than in other worm farm systems! See the full list below:
FOOD WASTE ✅
Most food waste can be composted in Subpod without worry. Fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells (crush them first), coffee grounds, used tea leaves, spoiled plant-based milks, grains, pastas, breads, nuts (and their shells), seeds, pits, husks and so on. Small amounts of meat, seafood, dairy foods, citrus, onion and garlic may also be added. Subpod can also process spicy herbs, peppers and oils but it’s best to introduce these slowly in small amounts at first, and only once your worms are fully established (after around three months).
PAPER & CARD ✅
Most scrap paper and cardboard can be added to Subpod, as long as it’s not laminated or super glossy. Again, the smaller the pieces, the better. Junk mail, office paper, bills, envelopes (no plastic windows), post-it notes. Paper plates, tissues, egg cartons, paper cupcake liners, baking paper, even card and paper packaging is fine.
NATURAL FIBRES ✅
Cotton wool balls and pads, tampons, toilet paper cores and even natural latex condoms and gloves can go into Subpod. Old clothing, face washers, napkins, tablecloths and very old towels can be used as long as they are made from natural fibres like cotton, tencel, linen, hemp or wool (no polyester, nylon, acrylic or blends) – just shred them into small pieces first. Washer and dryer lint is okay too, as long as it comes only from clothing made from natural fibres.
WOOD AND BAMBOO ✅
Sawdust (no paint) is great. Toothpicks, disposable wood, bamboo and bioplastic cutlery and crockery can be composted, along with dead matches, bamboo skewers, garden prunings (cut 'em up small), and charcoal from the fireplace – as long as you wash off the ash which is too alkaline for Subpod.
HUMAN AND ANIMAL WASTE ✅
Human hair and nail trimmings, used facial tissue, used cotton bandages and sanitary items can all be composted in Subpod, as long as they are made from 100% natural fibres. Pet hair of all kinds is fine, along with soiled newspaper and hay cage liners and faeces from vegetarian pets and livestock (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, cows and horses). Dog and cat faeces are NOT suitable for Subpod if you’re eating the plants growing around it. But fine if you want to have a separate one for this purpose.
NOT COMPOSTABLE 🛑
You cannot compost non-organics such as plastic, tin cans, cigarettes, building waste, toxic waste, glass, or any other similar materials in Subpod.
Does Subpod Mini need to be underground?
Yes – 30cm underground! Being underground is what makes Subpod different from other compost systems. The soil provides insulation and a way for worms and microbes to explore your garden and feed your plants. Above ground compost systems struggle to keep worms and microbes comfortable, and even alive, in summer and winter – but underground they're safe and happy (which is the secret to good compost).
Does Subpod Mini use worms?
Yes! Subpod Mini is a vermi-composting system, which means it relies on compost worms to break down your food waste. Without compost worms, Subpod can't do its job.
We recommend buying worms for your Subpod locally if possible, but you can also find them online. If you need more information on how to buy worms, read this blog!
Do worms come included?
Unfortunately, no. But we do have a few tips though!
- Try to purchase worms locally. Worms always seem to be happier if they don’t have to be shipped for miles across the country.
- Get a diversity of worms. There are 3 main types: Red Wigglers, Night Crawlers and Tigers. Each is better suited to different environments and temperatures, so it’s helpful to get all 3.
- Jump on to our growhub community and see if there’s a local Subpodder that will give you some worms. Make a friend and score some worms at the same time!
How many worms will I need for Subpod Mini?
We recommend starting out with a minimum of 500. If you would like to speed up the process, start with a 1,000.
How is Subpod Mini different from other compost systems?
Subpod Mini is an in-ground worm farm, the first ever of its kind! Above ground compost systems are often difficult to maintain and attract pests. Worm farms that are above ground also fail when they get too hot or cold – but not Subpod Mini. Subpod Mini sits 90% below the soil level in your garden, so the compost worms that live inside can come and go freely (nourishing the soil directly). The soil insulates your compost and protects your worms from harsh weather, so you can keep composting no matter the season!
We designed Subpod Mini to deal with all the common issues associated with traditional compost systems:
- It’s aerobic, using odourless microbes to speed up the composting process
- The ventilation panels keep it smell-free with fresh air
- It’s rodent proof and lockable to keep unwanted hands out
- It doubles as a garden seat, subtly hidden amongst your plants
Is Subpod Mini made from plastic?
It’s great to be concerned about the use of plastic, and we have put a lot of energy into this. When designing the Subpod Mini we have considered many factors, and one of the main things that are important to us is a circular life economy.
We have found that the best material we can use now to manufacture our Subpod Mini's is polypropylene which is naturally BPA free. This is one of the safest plastics available from a health perspective with no endocrine disruptor chemicals and with undetectable leaching. Because we have designed the Subpod Mini for durability and long life use, as a priority we are initially making Subpods from virgin polypropylene and will field test blends of up to 50% recycled polypropylene to verify these blends have sufficient strength and longevity to permit the use of a percentage of recycled polypropylene in Subpod manufacturing.
Polypropylene is water and food safe and has been used in the food industry for many years, able to withstand high temperatures of about 110 degrees Celsius/230 Fahrenheit. Using polypropylene, Subpod Mini's are expected to have a minimum usable lifespan of 10-15 years in the soil without any leaching or degradation which is important since the Subpod Mini will contain and be surrounded by a microbe-dense soil in a wide range of conditions, including damp and high humidity areas.
Doubling as bench seating requires that the materials chosen support body weight. Polypropylene based Subpod Mini's can bear up to 200 kilograms/440.93 pounds.
Finally, the Subpod can be recycled when it reaches the end of its life in your garden, completing its life cycle. There are exciting plastic substitutes being developed which we are looking into, but most of these are designed to be composted after use and we need the Subpod to hold up strong for many years while it is efficiently composting all of your kitchen waste ;-)
It’s number for recycling is 5.