Waste for Food is one of the officially recognized and most rooted projects of Casa Pampa which has its origins back in 2014.
The starting point was lying in the evident fact of the rising population in the area, this is: people were consuming more food while producing more waste each year. We believe it is time to take action for a more sustainable way of living.
Luckily there is a way to do so and even better than the ones now applied, a green technology available for everyone which is easy and free to do! The solution is known as composting which describes the process of natural decomposition of organic matter. Taking nothing but time, the natural biological processes breaks down food scraps into fertile soil. After 3-6 months you are left with highly nutritious dirt which is perfectly suited for growing new food.
Would it not be great, if we could find a way to feed people by reusing waste simultaneously?
Casa Pampa takes advantage of the composting procedure to turn garbage to good purpose. At the end of each day, the organic waste of groceries, coffee shops, restaurants and hotels is collected and converted into compost. In this way, Santa Teresa’s impact on the environment has decreased significantly by saving several resources such as natural space, decomposition time, human labour, transport emissions and much more.
Waste for Food facilitates the ancient technologies of composting to the communities interested in take advantage of their organic waste at domestic and commercial level.
To recycle, you must create the habit of separating waste, when you do that, you will realize a lot of food residues can’t be “recycled” in the usual way, it means you’ll put them in the trash basket and the garbage trucks must carry this organic material to the communal waste landfill: spending fuel, releasing methane, investing human resource and shortening the useful life of landfills. All this to move principally “water” from one place to another.
Casa Pampa’s volunteer program identified the necessity for a more intelligent management of these organic material, and created Waste for Food, whose work began in 2014 collecting the residues from green groceries and restaurants at the end of each day, to be managed in a process called “compost” in which during 3 to 6 months this organic material was converted (in a pretty easy way) in organic fertilizer.
Compost is an efective way to treat the food residues because you can obtain an useful product with lots of benefits for your gardens and organic orchards, but most important is the positive impact on the environment as we recreate Nature´s life cycle we broke with our consumption culture and poor waste management.
Think it in this way:
Actually the organic material goes to landfills, if we all compost, we can reduce significantly methane emissions and the damage produced to the ozone, it means less global warming, more water, more life.
Instead of worsen pollution with that organic material, we could be feeding the earth again with what the earth gave us, instead of create chemical fertilizers that at the end pollutes the aquifers and which production and packagingprocess contaminates also.
This composting process can be done in every home, green grocery, restaurant or whenever. Is easy to learn and the process results are tangible, useful and yours. This is towards the new vision of Waste for Food is directed.