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The Pur Projet: How we Offset our Maritime Carbon Emissions

At Quinola, the environment is at the heart of everything we do. To offset the carbon footprint of the maritime transport of all quinoa from Peru to Europe, we have teamed up with the Pur projet.

We offset every gram of CO2 emitted by the transport of quinoa from Lima, Peru to le Havre in France. Our grains are then packed by a facility who employs over 20 people with learning difficulties. Maritime transport is a very carbon-efficient way of transporting goods in the first place. With a ton of quinoa transported 1 kilometre by boat having less than 10% of the carbon footprint of that same ton of quinoa transported one kilometre by truck. Nonetheless, we felt it is important to offset this extra distance that our organic and fair trade quinoa must travel.

Thanks to Pur projet, we were able to estimate the carbon footprint of our quinoa’s maritime transport and decided to finance a certified reforestation project guaranteeing the offset of this CO2.

The project we have chosen is located in the San Martin region of Peru. And since its creation, 3,432,028 trees have been planted.

Did you know? It is estimated that for 1000 trees planted, 360 tonnes of CO2 are sequestered. And per year this represents 17.1 tonnes of CO2.
FYI, carbon takes 20 years to be sequestered.

But this reforestation project is not only beneficial for CO2 sequestration. It also helps to combat soil erosion, the reduction of available water, natural disasters, the degradation of landscapes and the loss of biodiversity.

In addition, this project represents a significant source of income for the 5,334 farmers who have been involved in the project since its launch.

Want to know more? Check out the Pur Projet video here.

Click here to download the full annual project report.

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