Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Fernanda is 27, environmental engineer and a nature-connected woman, she has a really hard routine, working in a big company and studying at night, some of her hobbies are surfing, and practising yoga. But there was one thing annoying her, every time she through a food scrap in the trash, she knows that this is not trash, and it should not go to the landfill. After she started composting with us, her problems were over, in 4 months she and her family already composted, locally, more than 200 lbs of organic waste, an equivalent of more than 120 lbs of “black gold”, also received spice plants, one compost bag and supported an organic farmer. Now she is proud to say that her waste goes back in the food cycle.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Now we are composting, weekly, the organics from more than 30 families it’s about 1000 lbs of food scraps per month and our next goal is to achieve 100 families until the end of the year, it’s going to be 3 tons/month of waste being composted. Next year we are planning to expand to two other composting sites, providing the service for more than 400 families (9 tons/month). Our future plans are to upscale the service to condos, offices and commercial locations and our dream is to replicate this model of organic waste management to other cities, spreading the composting revolution and co-creating zero waste cities. We also plan to develop energy recovery from composting and use other biotechnologies, like anaerobic digestion. By the way, we are also generating healthy job opportunities, avoiding environmental impacts and promoting organic local food and clean energy production.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In the short term our plans are to spread drop-off sites and to provide the service to condos and apartment complexes. It’s also important to highlight some strategic partnerships, with ngo’s, gardening companies and organic food markets. For the next two years, our plan is to attend more families and keep testing new possibilities always measuring the results and impacts, so we can systematize this model and replicate to other cities and states. Together with educational and recycling programs and governmental policies we expect to reconnect society with nature, through zero waste cities.