12 Sambazon Sustainability Practices - 04.04.2014

For more than a decade now, we have been on a mission to positively change the world through positive nutrition, sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship and social justice. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we rounded up 12 Sambazon sustainable practices. Here’re our humble contributions:

As part of its Fair Trade business model, Sambazon has helped build schools in Brazil to give back to the Amazon community

First acai (ah-sigh-ee), the king of the superfruit jungle that started it all.

1)    Sambazon worked with Ecocert to create the first Fair Trade guidelines for Acai. There are now rigorous certification standards plus a percentage of acai purchases are now used for local Brazil improvement projects such as building 2 schools (in Breves and Mazagao) and donating equipment to day care centers, women’s shelters and homes for underprivileged children in Amapa.

Sambazon worked directly with EcoCert to create the original fair trade acai market

Acai is about 90% seed and only 10% fruit so, when the fruit is removed, the seeds were once considered waste. Now:

2)    Sambazon reengineered the boilers in our factory in Brazil to burn acai seeds for fuel instead of burning virgin wood; This helps contribute to preserving about 2 million acres of the Amazon Rainforest!

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home"

3)    We also helped two local brick factories convert their furnaces to burn acai seeds instead of wood and we donate seeds to help fuel their businesses.

Sambazon donates acai seeds to fuel local businesses to preserve the Amazon Rainforest and reduce the consumption of virgin wood

4)    We’ve donated seeds, drilling, polishing and staining equipment to local women’s charities that make and sell acai seed necklaces and bracelets creating income and independence for local families.

Sambazon has dontated acai seeds and equipment to local women's charities

Outside of the acai berry, but still in the Amazon Rainforest:

5)    Sambazon thoroughly filters water from the Amazon River to use for washing acai. The water is then recaptured and returned to the Amazon River cleaner than it started. Bonus: We even use the sediment removed from the water as fertilizer to grow different types of seedlings. We then donate the seedlings to local acai harvesters to promote biodiversity.

Sambazon filters water from the Amazon River to wash acai then they return it to the river cleaner than its original state

6)    When it’s not harvest season, we host education seminars for local acai farmers learn agro-forestry management techniques like organic and sustainable harvesting and maintaining and promoting biodiversity.

Sambazon helps teach local acai harvesters to maintain a biodiverse region and keep the Amazon Rainforest thriving

In the United States,

7)     Approximately 25% of our cross-country transport of Sambazon Freshies and Frozen treats is done by train, as opposed to individual trucks, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

8)    The boxes we use to hold our 10.5oz Freshies are made of 86% post-consumer recycled content and we use only environmentally safe soy based inks to print on them.

9)    All the Amazon Energy and Low-Calorie Amazon Energy cans are made from a minimum of 50% recycled aluminum content.

10) Sambazon 33.8 oz Freshies are packaged in Tetra Pack that is made from 70% renewable resources, are 100% recyclable, and, because they use 22% less packaging than our previous bottles, we are able to ship nearly 25% more product at a time resulting in lower greenhouse gas outputs.

Sambazon's Tetra Pack is made from 70 percent renewable resources and are 100 percent recyclable

11)    The producer that freeze dries Sambazon’s Organic Freeze Dried Acai Powder uses an onsite solar field that provides approximately 65% of it’s energy in peak hours + they use a heat recovery system reducing their natural gas demand by 15%.

12)    The adhesive label for our Organic Freeze Dried Acai Powder is made of FSC certified paper with 30% recycled content, agri based inks + water based adhesives.

Much purple love to you for being a part of the passion, purpose and creativity of Sambazon.


4 thoughts on “12 Sambazon Sustainability Practices

  1. We love your juice , but are the tetra pak recyclable? We live in N.CA. were there is nothing that is recyclable.

  2. I just started getting into Acai Bowls and was obsessed after my first one. The Sambazon site is so easy to use and a wealth of info and recipes. I found this article and appreciate all of your hard work and creativity in developing better practices. It’s truly amazing and will keep me purchasing Sambazon only. Thank you so much!

    • Oh my goodness, Jen! You just made my entire month! Thank you so much for your kind words and I am so glad you were able to find your way around the site easily to discover some new recipes and fun things about Sambazon. Glad to have you as part of our Tribe! -Much love- Michelle

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