To slow and ultimately reverse climate change, there is a key to focus on tackling the climate culprits that make up the biggest contribution to human produced greenhouse gas emissions.
Roughly one-third of the world’s food is never eaten. This waste makes up about 8 percent of global emissions.
Put in perspective, if food waste were a country, it’s emissions would be 3rd on the list of the top carbon emitters just behind the carbon footprints of China and the US.
At the consumption stage, where 22% of this waste occurs, it accounts for 37% of the total carbon footprint of those emissions.
These facts and graphs are drawn from a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations found here:
What this means for us, is we can play our part in reducing some of this carbon burden by composting our food waste, rather than throwing it into the trash.
A Subpod Classic can compost 15 kg or 30 liters of food waste per week, which will manage the typical amount of food waste generated by a 4 person family per week. In a year, this will offset 0.55 metric tons of CO2 equivalents that would otherwise be produced by that waste were it put into landfill.
A Subpod Mini can compost 10 kg or 20 liters of food waste per week which will more than manage the typical amount of food waste generated by a 2 or 3 person family per week. In a year, this will offset 0.37 metric tons of CO2 equivalents that would otherwise be produced by that waste going into landfill.
For a deeper dive into this subject, an excellent resource is Project Drawdown. The relevant section from their studies can be found at this link: