WHAT DOES GREEN APPLE DO?

SO FAR...

Everything we do takes the "four pillars of sustainability" into consideration. 

Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present, without compromising  quality of life for future generations or the planet.

 

In order for development to be truly sustainable, four key aspects, pillars, need always to be considered. 

 

Diverted over 77,000kg of glass and organic waste from landfill

Sent 1,100L (290 gallons) of cooking oil to be converted into biofuel

Compost organic waste from five hotels & restaurants

Constructed 2 sorting centres using 6,441

empty bottles and 1,100 coconuts 

Grew over 100kg of organic produce

Educated teams in 17 businesses in how to sort waste

Created full time jobs for 5 people and a training course and micro-business for 10 more people

Inspired over 20 businesses to contribute to our fund and efforts

CONverting organic waste into nutrient rich compost and growing organic produce

Businesses in Cartagena  can now receive organics collection. At Green Apple, we turn that organic waste into nutrient-rich compost which is used in our gardens to grow produce.  We're working with chefs in local restaurants to test out the best varieties for this climate, so that restaurants and bars can buy fresh, high quality, low-food-miles produce from us.

Our overarching goal is to teach more people to grow produce through a work placement program and then to build a community garden in Bocachica, providing healthy food and an opportunity for those trained through the program to share their knowledge.

If you have a bar or restaurant in Cartagena or Tierra Bomba and want to send your organic waste for composting instead of landfill, contact us.

transforming bottles into sand

In Cartagena there is no consistent recycling facility of glass but for businesses in hospitality, glass makes up a huge percentage of waste.

On Tierra Bomba, local people mine the beaches for sand to make cement to build homes, because of the high cost of transporting quarried or freshwater sand to the island. The result is bad cement, poor quality houses and ruined beaches.

We now have a glass recycling operation at Green Apple, so hotels and restaurants can recycle their glass.  We transform the bottles into building grade sand and are exploring other applications with the final product. We employ local people to run the operation.

Our sand reduces the amount of cement required in building projects and produces  a high quality construction material that takes less of a toll on the environment.

Green Apple's glass sand is available to purchase. Get in touch for pricing.

 

How do we recycle 4 tons of glass a month?

artisanal training for locals

Bocachica as a village prides itself on its artisans, who can be found lining the streets of Cartagena selling their wares.

This year, we ran a course instructing ten local people on how to create beautiful objets d'art from unwanted glass bottles.  
 

They've completed the first levels and we are continuing to provide support, as they start to run their own business. They're working together at least once a week and selling high end glass products in Cartagena. 

 

If you'd like to see their products, they have a shop in Townhouse.  

sustainable construction

Green Apple can assist local projects and businesses who want to create new spaces using reclaimed materials. 

We have built a sorting centre using over 6,000 glass bottles, a garden store using over 1,000 coconuts, floors using our glass sand and bottles that can't be crushed, a roof using palm leaves, and landscaping using glass sand.

Our team have the knowledge and skills to teach your team how to build structures using materials that are readily available and low cost.

If you need glass bottles or glass sand, contact us.  

community re-use centre

Luxury hotels, bars and restaurants often have to retire their inventory before it's useful life is over. A chipped plate, ripped sheet or stained cushion cover might not do for a high end hotel. Many of these items however, still have months or years of useful life.

 

A reuse centre allows the easy and free flow of goods, as well as enabling the sharing of specialist tools which are only needed from time to time.

 

Green Apple will fund a centre in the village and collect donations from mainland businesses (and individuals). 

At least 2 jobs will be created to run the centre, with potential revenue coming from rental fees for tools and specialist equipment