Previously, Chiquita, the people who bring you such treats as The Banana(TM) and The Pineapple (TM), had fruit materials left over from their harvest that they just laid to waste. These materials had no use, and so were treated as such. But now Chiquita has taken this waste and applied a sustainable solution: the Biodigester (not TM).
Corporate Responsibility Officer, Manuel Rodriguez, issued this statement (and it’s a goodie):
“”This technology enables us to harness the full energy potential of fruit materials that previously could not be captured. It provides a sustainable energy source for our facility, nutrient rich fertilizer for local farmers and filters processing water. It benefits our company, our communities and our planet. The Biodigester is the latest demonstration of Chiquita’s global citizenship and our drive to incorporate sustainability into everything we do.”
Despite the fact that this is good publicity for a company like Chiquita (who is actually doing a good implementation of CSR [corporate social responsibility] all around, including partnering with the Rainforest Alliance), it’s excellent to see such a large company cleaning up and becoming more sustainable, not only for their own good, but for the good of the community and farmers around them.
What makes this especially cool to us Vort Porters is the fact that we’ve introduced this biodigesting tech in Madagascar, to help bridge the energy divide as well as clean up the water supply.