We started with an idea

To transform food waste into valuable, sustainable products. Now, we are the largest insect breeding, fertiliser and protein producer in Australia, and have developed a world-leading vertical farming system that creates up to 20 tonnes of carbon offset per day.

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reshaping the global food system
Food production must double by 2050

When the activities of the whole food system are considered together, they represent 21 to 37% of total human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. (CSIRO).

And today, ⅓ of food is wasted.

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70% of that wastage actually occurs before we see food on our plate. It usually ends up in landfill. And when food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas 30x more potent than carbon dioxide.

Every tonne of food waste Bardee diverts from landfill creates 1.9 tonnes of carbon offset. The vertical farming system we use to transform the waste, uses no additional water and produces two product streams: insect protein & frass fertiliser.

These products can replace things like meat, and soy in the food system that have a big negative impact on the environment, like deforestation and overfishing. Reshaping the global food system to us means that by transforming waste into useful products, we can create a more sustainable, circular food system that will feed generations to come.

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How it works

Our products are helping to make agriculture more sustainable, offsetting carbon by diverting food waste from landfill, and replacing unsustainable feed and fertiliser in our food system.

1. FOOD WASTE IS TIPPED AT BARDEE'S pilot facility, moonbase

We work with growers and producers to collect organic food waste from farms, property managers and factories

3. OUR VERTICAL FARMING SYSTEM FEEDS AND NURTURES THE FLIES THROUGH THEIR NATURAL GROWTH PHASES

In our Grow Labs, larvae grow 3000x in size in just 7 days eating only food waste - no added water!

2. FOOD WASTE IS PROCESSED INTO AN OPTIMAL FEED FOR BLACK SOLDIER FLIES

Every tonne of food waste diverted from landfill, creates 1,900kg of CO2 offset

4.  CARBON POSITIVE PRODUCTS ARE CREATED, NATURAL OUTPUTS OF THE LARVAE LIFE CYCLE

Larvae are processed into a high quality insect protein for pet food and animal feed & the castings become a nutrient-rich organic fertiliser

Driven to make an impact

We’re tackling one of humanities greatest challenges in a brand new way with insects. Food production must double by 2050 to feed the global population, but a third of food produced today ends up in landfills and we’re in a position to change that. We’re a small, rapidly growing team that constantly innovates and creates new ways to operate. Superflies are infinitely resourceful, care deeply about the work that we do and we’re just at the beginning. We have 3 values that we live by day-in, day-out:

Accountability to nature

We're building a sustainable future we'll be proud to hand on to future generations. Every tonne of Bardee's insect protein offsets 50 tonnes of CO2e emissions.

speed with integrity

We're a startup that gets stuff done. And when we decide to do something, we do it well. We love to move quickly to delight our customers.

Live passionately, be formidable

We set ambitious goals and we're infinitely resourceful to achieve them. Sometimes that looks like chopping up food waste for insect food in a uni car park.

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Meet the Superflies

We're a world-leading team of entomologists, technicians, operators, and leaders driven to creating the circular economy the world needs. We're insect-obsessed, solutions-focused, big picture thinkers who thrive on constantly innovating.

Phoebe Gardner
Co-founder & CEO

Phoebe Gardner

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Alex Arnold
Co-founder & CTO

Alex Arnold

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Hannah Neep
Head of Operations

Hannah Neep

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Hannah Johnston
Head of Marketing

Hannah Johnston

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Lauren Hodgson
Head of Digital

Lauren Hodgson

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Kaya Moore
Head of Science

Kaya Moore

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Bianca Bragalenti
General Manager

Bianca Bragalenti

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Louise Goral
Production Leader

Louise Goral

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Billy Alvin
Agri-Sustainability Operator

Billy Alvin

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John Makin
Agri-Sustainability Operator

John Makin

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Lizzie Cooper
Industrial Designer

Lizzie Cooper

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Marianne Coquilleau
Entomologist

Marianne Coquilleau

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Tara Lanzendorfer
Site Manager

Tara Lanzendorfer

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Ziggy Manty
Agri-Sustainability Operator

Ziggy Manty

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Where it started,
where it's going...

Founded in 2019, by Alex, a bug and soil scientist, and Phoebe, an ex-architect, we started in a shipping container. Now we're building the technology that will hopefully one day lead to food waste being considered a value stream, and put an end to the devastating impact it has on our environment when it is sent to landfill to rot. And we're just getting started.

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