“A brand new project launched in northern Peru illustrates the ecological and sustainable commitment of Fairtrade. Growing bananas is hard work. Bananas fall prey to insects, birds and other pests. To protect bunches of bananas, growers pack them in plastic bags. However, these plastic bags useful for production are anything but environmentally friendly or sustainable. For the banana sector in northern Peru, some 25 million of these plastic bags are used per year, which equals 500,000 kgs! What then to do with this enormous mass of polluting material?”
WASTE adviser Sophie van den Berg has been a contributor to this project working on the production of corner boards out of plastic waste generated at banana plantations in Peru. The project is a great example of a local circular economy solution with a short value chain, recently featured in the Luxembourger Wort, one of Luxembourg’s most prominent newspapers.
The article “Cactus s’associe aux producteurs de bananes pour la construction d’un centre de recyclage au Nord du Pérou” is available in French here.