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Green Initiatives

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Our Green Inititatives

 

We work with traditional farmers who live in a dry savannah on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Climate change, deforestation and erosion are direct threats to their livelihood. For us, its not enough to simply use recycled paper products and low energy consumption lighting in our office, and call ourselves a green company. We are committed to working on the ground with our producers in Ghana and trying to come up with green, sustainable solutions together.

 

Click on the links below to read about our current Green Initiatives:

 

ORGANIC FARMING AND PERMACULTURE TRAINING

 

ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES: SOLAR AND BIOFUEL

 

TREE PLANTING 

 

Our Green Practices
Sell only sustainably produced, safe, laboratory  tested, and 100% natural plant derived products to our customers
Strive for Zero Waste through Re-using, Recycling, and Composting wherever possible
Use only Green & Recyclable product packaging
Use Green & Recycled printing & office supplies and pack orders with Re-used and Surplus Packing Materials
Use Sustainable and Green technologies for product production in Ghana
Offer Permaculture and Organic Farming workshops in Ghana
Never test on any animals and are 100% cruel free

 

 

 

ORGANIC FARMING AND PERMACULTURE TRAINING

We have held workshops with local agricultural extension personnel on proper organic farming practices for our cooperative members. As they are all subsistence farmers, we concentrated on high yield and and proper organic farming technique for the courses. Composting skills were a highlight and our cooperative members have become the Composting Queens of Ghana!

With the support of our corporate partner, we have implemented permaculture training from the Ghana Permaculture Institute at our cooperative facility and we have also sent six members to a 10 day Permaculture Design Course.  Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems (Wikipedia). The members who attended the course offered the knowledge to the rest of our 400 member cooperative, and other members of their community.

With the new-found knowledge of permaculture principles, we acquired a 15 hectare piece of land and began a permaculture farm to grow shea trees, moringa, cashew and acacia trees. (back to list)

 

 

ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES: SOLAR AND BIOFUEL

Firewood is the main traditional fuel source in the savannah of northeastern Ghana, where we work. Deforestation has become a major problem in the region, and many women have to walk miles each day in search of firewood just to cook food.

Firewood is also traditionally used to roast shea nuts and boil the oil in traditional shea butter production. To date, we have reduced our use of firewood in shea production by 50%, and are striving for 100%. We have implemented solar technologies in the design and use of solar cookers for roasting kernels, use rocket stoves for boiling in the production process and are using shea butter residue, a by-product of production, as an alternative bio-fuel.

Our goal is to be a fully operational solar and biofuel using shea manufacturing facility in five years. We are also motivate to help the local communities find viable alternatives to firewood consumption for their domestic use. (back to list)

 

 

TREE PLANTING

To combat deforestation in the Upper Eastern Region of Ghana, we have implemented tree planting campaigns. We have supported cooperative member meetings for the community on the effects of deforestation and with firewood being a cooking source, educated the wider community on not cutting live trees. Many of the cooperative members have been supplied with various indigenous tree seedlings to plant around their huts, and it has recently become illegal to cut down a shea tree in the region. 

More recently, and in cooperation with our one of our corporate partners, Lush Handmade Cosmetics, we have planted 3000 seedlings and provided wire cages to protect them from animals in the community and will make this a larger part of our green initiatives in the coming years. (back to list)

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