Banana is the second most fruit produced worldwide, but it is also the second most chemically intensive after cotton. We source our organic banana from Ecuador, where supporting the growth of the organic banana plantations is our way to fight against the industry norm of using highly poisonous and carcinogenic pesticides such as Paraquat and Mancozeb.
At a social level Low salaries and poor social security effect the workers. Many of them works for 12 hours per day, without a payslip and paid holiday. Only 65% are covered by half of which has only 50% insurance coverage. Despite Ecuador government has fixed a minimum salary of less than 400 euros, this is not enough for most of the workers. In 2016 the cost of a family shopping amounted to about 598 euros. Women usually work in the packing stations and normally receive a lower salary. In many cases the women get fired because pregnancy has been reported.
LET´S MAKE BANANA 100% FAIR TO THE PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
We want to create a positive social and environmental impact with Banabar and create awareness to people about the problems linked to banana farming. First of all, we have decided to make Banabar 100% organic. Profits in the organic production are usually higher due to higher prices of the outputs and no cost for chemicals, considering also the lower carbon emissions and health costs. We use 1% of our total revenue to support the farmers we work with. We are planning our action, it is a big challenge, but we really believe that consumption of banana should be fair to the people who produce the banana, and to the environment where the banana plants grow.