Coffee and nature are connected, it provides CarmoCoffees’ livelihood, and dreams. Now it’s time to return to nature what “she” has always given to us.
Unfortunately, waste management is not valued in most of the global south countries, and Brazil is one of them. You will usually find people just leaving the trash outside, without any division of recyclable or organic materials. But we are trying to change this way of life.
At least 400 thousand Brazilian families survive by waste management and picking. At São Lourenço – a small town beside Carmo de Minas – around 15 families depends directly on recycling, with a very low income.
In a partnership with the cooperative “Amigos do Meio Ambiente “ – Friends of the Environment, which is a waste management organization in São Lourenço, all the recyclable material from our offices will be directed towards their work. Also, as we export most of our recyclable material (such as boxes, sample packaging, and others) we will compensate them for every Kg of waste exported. As an example: If we’ve used 100kg of recyclable material in a month, we will compensate them for all of this, impacting directly on these families’ lives with an extra income.
And what about organic waste?
That’s also an important matter. The bigger part of our waste is during the cupping, the coffee ground leftovers are were thrown away. Now, in a partnership with BioCicle, a company situated at São Lourenço, we built two composters at the backside of our office. All the residue from the cupping will become a rich organic fertilizer, which will be used on coffee planting – transforming the coffee ground into life.
In 2017, we started a reforestation project in the permanent preservation areas (APP) of our processing center in Pedra Branca.
In the area, all sections of the APP were degraded due to the cattle-raising activity carried out previously on the farm.
The recovery is being made with the planting of native trees. Overall, more than 2000 seedlings have already been planted. Soon, another stage of planting will be carried out.