> MORE COMPOSTING
In Argentina we generate, on average, 1 kg. of waste per inhabitant per day: 50% organic waste, 30% recyclable waste and the remaining 20% non-recyclable waste. Of all the municipalities in our country, 87% dispose of their household waste in open-air landfills. Only 300 municipalities use sanitary landfills, thus minimizing the environmental and social impact of waste disposal.
More Composting is an initiative that collaborates in the reduction of organic waste that is sent to final disposal (landfill or open dumps) on a daily basis, through the promotion of home composting.
What is composting? Composting is the biological process (involving bacteria, fungi and microorganisms) that allows the transformation of organic waste (yerba mate, fruit waste, pruning, among others) into natural fertilizer and nutrients for the soil.
With More Composting, we work together with governments, institutions and citizens to promote home composting throughout the country by fostering the use of biodegradable bags, promoting changes in regulatory frameworks, conducting training workshops and communication campaigns, among other initiatives.
> BEST IN MY TUPPERWARE
Every year, our oceans receive more than 13 million tons of plastic waste. This is equivalent to emptying the contents of a garbage truck into the ocean every minute. Nearly 40% of plastic waste is single-use packaging and wrapping.
With this challenge in mind, we launched the Best in my Tupperware initiative, together with institutions and restaurants in the City of Buenos Aires, to promote the use of reusable material to replace single-use plastic packaging.
Find out more about the initiative at mejorenmitapper.org
In partnership with Escuelas Verdes (Green Schools) of the City of Buenos Aires, in 2019 we promoted the "Germina" (Germinate) Contest, whose objective was to promote a more environmentally responsible citizenship through a contest that awarded innovative environmental education projects with a positive impact on the environment.
Six environmental education projects were selected to be implemented, providing each project with the necessary inputs for its development. Furthermore, two projects were selected for special mention for having a positive impact on the environment: "Aislante térmica ultraliviana a partir de reciclado de Pet", from the Escuela técnica Raggio, whose objective was to develop a clothing product that covers in a technological way the need to improve clothing for use in extremely cold and/or hot environments, reusing PET containers, and "Lupita Verde", from the Escuela Cristiana Evangélica Argentina A-474, which worked on the importance of a balanced diet and its relationship with health issues, carrying out work in the school vegetable garden and articulating activities with the reading project.
The contest included training, mentoring and follow-ups for each of the selected and awarded projects.