Our goal is to transform ONE Million kilograms of food waste into fertile soil.
One ZEA product at a time.
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Each item sold directly transforms 10 kilograms of food waste into fertile soil by funding food composting systems in schools, community gardens, low-income households or small businesses.
That is enough to grow over 100 kilograms of fresh food!
ZEA is the first social impact brand that exists for the sole purpose of funding urban agriculture and food security programs worldwide.
We all enjoy a good meal.
We like sharing it, preparing it, and sometimes even growing the food that goes into it.
Food connects us. It connects our societies, our cultures and us to our environment.
But today it is also the source of some of the biggest challenges the world has ever faced.
- Every year over 1.3 billion tonnes of food goes to landfill around the world
- This would be enough to feed over 3 billion people (half the world) or fertilise millions of hectares of land to feed even more people
- Instead 800 million people are hungry and half of the world's topsoil has been eroded
- And, if food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after the US and China
Food is meant to feed bellies or the soil, not landfills!
Hunger, soil erosion and climate change are all interconnected, so transforming food waste into fertile soil is an important step towards solving these challenges.
The solution is right under our feet, its the soil.
We believe that in order to transform our society we must first restore the composition of our soils.
This is why we exist!
HOW IT WORKS
It's very simple.
ZEA supports communities that are reclaiming urban spaces to grow fresh food right where they live. To do this they have to restore the soil and find efficient solutions to reduce and manage their food waste.
ZEA provides them with food composting systems such as worm farms, aerobic bins, fermentation systems (bokashi) or plug-and-play composting units depending on the needs of each user.
We don't sell the systems, we fund the systems and deliver them to schools, community gardens, small businesses or low income households with the help of leading urban agriculture projects around the world.
All through the sales of our high quality and responsibly manufactured apparel and durable goods.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
This campaign is about making a real impact.
We want to transform of ONE MIllion Kilograms of food waste into fertile soil and we need your help to do that.
The soil restored with this amount of food waste has the potential to grow TEN Million Kilograms of fresh food, right in our cities.
And this is just a start.
Your contribution will provide enormous momentum and support to one of the most exciting movements of our time: urban agriculture and local food production. Urban agriculture is crucial in our time because it helps to:
- Restore the social fabric of communities and empower its individuals with life and technical skills
- Reduce the environmental footprint (transportation and waste) of our food
- Improve the health conditions of people living in so-called "food deserts"
With each of your pledges you will receive a variety of some of our high quality responsibly manufactured products while at the same time your support is directly funding food composting systems for schools, community gardens, low income households and small businesses that transform food waste into fertile soil.
All you Rewards have shipping included around the world.
Shipping of all Rewards will commence one month after the campaign has finalised.
Once you select you Reward you will receive an email to choose the size and colour of your selected product.
We have started working with urban agriculture projects across Mexico and Australia as well as having conversations with other projects around the world including food deserts in the United States and food security projects in East Timor.
With this campaign we are aiming to consolidate the support to our existing projects and expand our support to at least 2-4 countries where urban agriculture is taking strong roots.
ZEA has funded the improvement of its on-site composting system (aerobic composting) as well as worm-farms for local community and garden volunteers. In a city with over 20 Million people, every kilogram of food waste transformed into soil for local food production makes an enormous difference for the environment and the community.
ZEA PROJECT IMPACT: 1,500 kilograms of food waste transformed into fertile soil each year.
A 240L flow-through worm farm has been delivered to the Pop Up Patch in order to help them manage the food wast from the cafe and green waste from the garden. The worm farm can host 20,000 worms and transform over 700 kilograms of food waste a year with all the vermicompost returning back to the garden beds for local food production in the heart of Melbourne.
ZEA PROJECT IMPACT: 700 kilograms of food waste transformed into fertile soil each year.
YOUR TURN NOW!
- Select your reward and help to restore the fertility of our soils and grow fresh food directly in our cities.
- Share this campaign with your friends, communities and every urban gardener you know (herbs in pots also count!!)
- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @zeahungrygood
Thank you for helping us to SOW THE CHANGE we want to see in the world.
ABOUT THE TEAM
The ZEA team has been working together in environmental and social projects for over 15 years including some of the largest climate change programs across Africa, Latin America and Australia. We could give you a description of our professional credentials but lets leave that to LinkedIn.
We are passionate about this project because we deeply believe in the importance of reconnecting with and appreciating the origin of our food and that we can all contribute with every day actions to create a better world.
Rodrigo Castellanos. Rodrigo basically loves compost. He can spend days and nights turning it and ensuring that his compost pile has the right temperature, humidity, diversity of elements and so on. He is often found in his urban garden with a black nose and pitch fork in his hand which can be slightly intimidating for some people but in general he just loves his garden and what it produces through out the seasons.
Phil Cohn. He is our Head Sourdough-Bread Officer. Phil is passionate about yeast and the textures and consistency of well rested sourdough. Patience and timing are his trademarks that become evident in his incredible bread creations and the smell of freshly baked boule and battard loaves at his home. We should have put his secret recipe of pork shoulder buns in the campaign as a reward but it was way too special to give it a fair price.
Manuel Rosemberg. If you had to chose a person with whom to get lost in the middle of the rainforest or in an inhospitable island Manuel is definitely your best and only choice. His love for the wilderness has taken him to the most incredible corners of the Earth under the harshest of conditions. Still he comes back every time unscratched (almost). He has seen what fertile and undisturbed soil truly looks like and the magic of that encounter has left its mark. Manuel has created the ultimate eco-trekking experience - The Copalita Trail.
For more information visit www.zeahungrygoods.com