A bit of our history
While working with an event in Belem 2009 to raise awareness around the amazon and its challenges, we were made aware of how much work they have there that involves cutting down rainforest, and we felt like we wanted to do something about it. Together with local people in the state of Pará we started the project that is now Amazonkey, which was supposed to be the key to the amazon.
What is an acai?
Acai is a berry from the amazon region, full of antioxidants and omega 3, that has been eaten as a basic food of the native population, long before the Portuguese colonisation. The berry looks similar to blueberry, but it's just possible to eat the outside of it because there is just a kernel inside of it instead of the fruit flesh. We work primarily in Pará which is the bigger producer of acai in Brazil.
Around 10,000 places just in Belem sells acai daily and create around 200 kg each of acai kernel, then adding the factories working with the national and international markets its ten times higher in high season. We started to ask around while producing our own product how the locals deal with the rest product. So far we haven't heard any good solutions, and we've seen the kernels everywhere - in the streets, in the forest, in the water, people burning them. This brings a problem for the nature as well. We want to find a sustainable way to use the rest product and creating a business around it that can create work in the region while helping the nature.