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 90 tons of glass and food waste
from landfill

Set up the first glass recycling operation on the coast of Colombia

Collected over 250,000 bottles for reuse and recycling

Created full time jobs
for 5 people 

Grown over 100kg of organic produce

Educated teams in 18 businesses in how to
recycle and reduce
their waste

Converted food waste
into more than 2 tons of  nutrient-rich compost

Delivered a glass art course to 10 people

Supporting 6 women to
run a business making products from recycled glass

Inspired over 20 businesses and 70 individuals to contribute to our fund and efforts

Sent 1,700L (450 gallons) of cooking oil to be converted into biofuel

Constructed our recycling centres using 6,823

empty bottles and 1,100 coconuts 

glass and food waste collection service 

Businesses in Cartagena  join our network of responsible bars, hotels, restaurants and clubs who receive a collection service for their glass bottles and food waste. 

On average, we are collecting 6.5 tons of glass and food waste per month.  All of this waste is transported to our site in Bocachica, where it is processed, re-used and recycled. 

Not only is this waste converted into useful new products, it also enables the foundation to create jobs and opportunities for people on the island of Tierra Bomba.

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.

The glass recycling operation at Green Apple transforms bottles into building grade sand.

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 tons of glass a month?

artisanal glass 

Bocachica as a village prides itself on its artisans.  Last year, we ran a course instructing 10 local people on how to create beautiful objets d'art from unwanted glass bottles.  
 

What started as a course has developed into a small business opportunity for 6 of the women who attended the course.

 

They work together at Green Apple at least once a week to make and sell high end glass products in Cartagena. 

If you'd like to see their products, they have a shop in Townhouse or you can visit the studio at Green Apple or find out more below.  

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.  

CONverting food waste into nutrient rich compost and growing organic produce

At Green Apple, we turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost which is used in our gardens to grow produce.  We're working with chefs in local restaurants who want 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 want to get involved as a volunteer mentoring local growers, get in touch.