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FUNDACIÓN GREEN APPLE

CREATING JOBS THROUGH WASTE

Green Apple is a not-for-profit social enterprise based on the island of Tierra Bomba - 30 minutes from Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

 

We are dedicated to implementing long-lasting change in the way waste and natural resources are managed by the hospitality industry in our city, while creating long-term, dignified employment opportunities for local people. 

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GLASS PROCESSING

CARTAGENA'S ONLY GLASS RECYCLING CENTRE

Glass is heavy, making it expensive to transport to recycling centres. It also has a low value, so is unappealing to recycling businesses. 

 

At Green Apple, we crush glass bottles into sand which can be used for building, landscaping and décor. The small profit margin is sufficient to pay living wages to people collecting the glass and operating the machines. 

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ARTESANAL GLASS PRODUCTS

THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN ACTION

Not all glass is crushed. Since 2018, we have been working with a small group of female artisans from Bocachica village who have learned to craft glassware, lamps and souvenirs from discarded bottles. 

Through our programme, they learn not only the skills of their trade, but about product design, budgeting and marketing. In 2021 we will be able to build them a permanent workshop. 

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WASTE COLLECTION

REDUCE YOUR LANDFILL CONTRIBUTIONS

Sign up for regular collection of your glass, paper, metal, used oil and organic waste from as little as 50,000 pesos (home) or 500,000 pesos (business) a month.

This service is available in the central Cartagena neighbourhoods.

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WASTE CONSULTANCY

HELPING BUSINESSES TO REDUCE THEIR WASTE

We provide managerial and staff training on everything from waste separation and internal waste processing, to implementing company wide zero waste initiatives.

 

We specialise in hospitality businesses (bars, hotels and restaurants) and work with companies at any stage of their development to implement systems that are long-lasting and effective. 

LUZ VERDE

HANDMADE LAMPS FROM WASTE MATERIALS

Luz Verde (Green Light) is a collection of beautiful made-to order-lamps, created from waste materials.

The collection includes desk lamps, standing lamps and chandeliers. Choose from our set designs or contact us for bespoke creations. 

Shipping within Colombia only. 

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ORGANIC WASTE & KITCHEN GARDEN

OUR NEXT BIG STEP

Green Apple has created a composting system at Blue Apple Beach and built a small kitchen garden. The garden is an education tool for staff and sends organic, healthy produce to the hotel's kitchen. 

Our future plans are to expand this side of the business, eventually scaling up organic collections, compost production and creating a regenerative micro-farm. 

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SUPPORTING BUSINESSES

RESPONSIBLE HOSPITALITY OPTIONS IN OUR CITY

Green Apple was founded by Blue Apple Beach, but now serves several local businesses who are choosing to do things the right way.

If you're living in or visiting Cartagena, you can eat and drink in these establishments and enjoy some guilt free hospitality. 

See our friends.

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SMALL BUT MIGHTY

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

Since May 2018, this little foundation has hit some big milestones. 

We've diverted over 100 tons of waste that otherwise would have gone to landfill, created 5 full time jobs, operated the only glass recycling centre in the city, educated hundreds of local people about waste management and even been named the best global eco-travel initiative by Marie Claire. 

See the stats.