Responsible land use in Brazil
We wanted to make sure that our sugarcane production wasn’t doing any harm to important biomes by stripping or replacing native vegetation. Also ensuring that appropriate governing bodies were overseeing the policies that are in place:
Brazil’s sugarcane cultivation is concentrated in the center-south region – over 1200km away from the Amazon rainforest. The expansion of the sugarcane area is regulated by the Sugarcane Agroecological Zoning Policy, which prohibits expansion into high-biodiversity areas, such as the Amazon Rainforest and the Pantanal Wetlands.
We knew we could make our plastic from other plants like corn and soy, but we chose sugarcane because it grows very densely. Its area is small compared to the others, requiring less energy and other resources to farm.
(Source: IBGE – lnstituto Brasileiro de Engenharia e Estatfstica)