The Sustainable Use of Amazonian Seeds
Generating certified organic oils from Amazonian seeds
The partnership, consisting of 26 employees, has fostered environmental conservation and social development since 2007 by transferring technologies and by training the local community in the production of oils from Amazonian seeds. They initiated the exploitation of under-utilised natural resources, which were considered to be waste by local public authorities. The products generated by the local community are organic certified oils, extracted from Ucuuba and Andiroba seeds, and handcrafted candles. Beraca, one of the funding partners, buys the oils and sells them to the cosmetic industry, the main client being L’Occitane.
Coopemaflima produces Andiroba and Ucuuba oils and handcrafted candles.
Beraca transfers technology to the cooperatives and increases sales to major customers such as L´Occitane.
L´Occitane Foundation buys andiroba oil which is traceable and of high quality.