Is the Subpod material recycled waste plastic or new virgin plastic? Have you worked out the carbon footprint to manufacture and transport each Subpod?
Initially, we are using mostly new virgin plastic and gradually adding increasing amounts of recycled plastic while testing to ensure performance is not degraded. We require Subpods to have a minimum of 10-15 year use time, so will determine how much-recycled plastic can be added without shortening lifespan.
Exact carbon footprint values will vary for each Subpod. The footprint will differ for the shipping portion depending on the distance from the factory and if it is air freighted or shipped by sea. Also, the carbon footprint of each batch of plastic used for Subpod manufacturer can vary. We are filling shipping containers with Subpods without using pallets where possible to diminish the footprint per Subpod.
At the end of the lifecycle of the Subpod can be recycled, which is important to us too. You can read more about our circular economy and vision here: https://subpod.com/pages/vision
What is the Subpod made out of? Why 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 we have considered many factors, and one of the main things that are important to us is a circular life economy. We have found ...
What is the ratio of wet waste to dry waste?
It's important to have carbon (dry material) in any composting system. Although Subpod is a little more relaxed with this rule because the worms and microbes can take carbon from the surrounding soil. We still suggest placing a handful of carbon ...
Can I compost waste from Smart Cara in the Subpod?
Yes, you can add waste from Smart Cara to the Subpod. There are however a few things to note when using your Smart Cara to generate waste for your Subpod: If you run the full cycle on Smart Cara, the resulting waste would be added to your Subpod as ...
How much CO2 (carbon dioxide) do I keep out of the air by using the Subpod?
Once your Subpod is fully up and running and you are adding 15 kg of organic waste per week, after 1 year (52 weeks), you have composted 780 kg of food waste! In a landfill, that food would have generated a lot of methane which is at least 25X more ...
What material do you recommend for the worm bedding in the Subpod?
The ideal material for worm bedding is coconut coir as it holds water very well to keep the worms moist and provides both bedding and food supply (carbon source) at the same time. Coconut coir (shredded coconut husk) is best because it allows both ...