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Sustainability

Plantus Farms

The entire Plantus production process is planned from the moment it is planted and it all begins in our Farms

At the Plantus Farm located in Touros RN Brasil, we have our plantations in the Atlantic Forest and Caatinga biomes, thus supplying our own demand for raw materials, reducing costs in the long term and guaranteeing the quality of our products. The farm is located in the rural area of Santa Luzia de Touros and has 30 ha.

The Farm in the region of Pará, Brazil, is capable of reproducing the Amazon biome, being our point of cultivation of plants such as açaí, cupuaçu, copaíba, andiroba, buriti, among others.

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At the Farm in Serra de São Bento, it is possible to reproduce a milder climate for growing flowers such as lavender, but adapted to the Northeastern soil and environment, thus creating the adaptation of these plants and thus originating a unique line of products from the local terroir.

Plantus Farm USA supports direct sales in the USA, expanding the business and facilitating the logistics and distribution of our products in the American territory. Located in Becket, Massachussts, is possible to cultivate in the the primary biome of inland Massachusetts temperate deciduous forest, producing plant products from the native and adapted planting unit located on the farm. After production, according to demand, fractionation and distribution are carried out.

 
 
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Organic production on our Plantus Farm

Plantus products are 100% free of pesticides, tested and validated free of pesticides and non-GMO (no genetic modification). The entire manufacturing chain does not harm the environment.

 
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Fitovida NGO
 

Plantus' social responsibility is related to its initial organization, the NGO Fitovida. The NGO's objective was to train and support Brazilian communities to produce and commercialize, in a sustainable way, natural products for companies that work with these materials, contributing to the environmental and social areas. However, large industries had many obstacles to purchase from communities due to the need to meet the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices and hygiene of production processes. Therefore, Plantus was founded to continue this production chain in partnership with communities, to produce and trade natural products for industries in the cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical markets.

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Árvores na floresta

Agroforestry System

Agroforestry is a production system that imitates what nature normally does, with the soil always covered by vegetation, many types of plants together, one helping each other, without problems with “pests” or “diseases”, dispensing with the use of pesticides. In Agroforestry Systems, we find a mixture of annual crops, perennial and fruit trees and legumes, in addition to animal husbandry and the family of farmers, in the same area.

Plantus production areas are implemented with this system, which brings economic and ecological benefits due to helping farmers increase productivity, profitability and sustainability on our lands.

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Biodynamic practices

Plantus' biodynamic practices are in the process of being implemented, constituting an ecologically based production system that integrates together with other types of existing production systems the science of Agroecology.

 
 
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Plantus Harvest Techniques

Harvesting techniques related to SAF systems is a planned manner and follow a production year plan. The initial harvest is made of species of annual and semi-perennial production. As soon as the woody species develop the shading of the area increases making the cultivation of the species that started production impossible, from now on the production will come majorly from woody species. The soil and climate conditions of each species are also taken into account, meaning that depending on the specific growing conditions of each plant, they work in synergy with the growing conditions of other plants. This control allows for the development of an efficient and multicultural cropping system.

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Harvest times play an important role in the cultivation of plants from which secondary metabolites will be extracted, as an example we have aloe, which must be harvested around 4 am in the period when the plant has more contact with dew, and speaking of dew this can be an important factor for choosing the harvest time, the morning period could be problematic because of the high moisture in the raw material which hinders the next drying phase.

Drying should be done in an open environment with controlled contact with sunlight and with control of the air currents that pass through the raw material, these precautions are taken to improve the quality of the raw material in preparation for the extraction process.

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Solid waste, organics and biocomposites

Plantus has a well-defined waste management policy. Solid waste recycling such as glass and plastics is done in conjunction with the local community and selective separation is carried out within the company itself. All organic solid waste produced in the company is reused as organic fertilizer, which is used on the company's premises in demonstration plants as well as transported to the farms. This organic solid waste is stored and undergoes an improvement process with the action of microorganisms for use in our plants.

Another way of reusing the company's waste is the oils that will no longer be used as products that are used in the saponification process for the production of soaps. The video below exemplifies the use of oils in these formulations

 
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Water quality

Plantus has artesian wells for mineral water in all areas in which it operates. Both on farms and in our industrial plant, water must meet certain quality standards in order to be used by the company. Therefore, in the phase of prospecting for new productive areas, the internal policy has as an evaluative parameter the existence of natural water sources that can be used for the production process. The implementation of this study can be observed in all Plantus areas, whether on our farms in the USA or in all other productive areas. The use of these natural sources is done in a balanced way to allow the process of regeneration of artesian wells. Our care for our water sources does not stop there, all residual water from the production processes as well as reused rainwater are properly stored and used for irrigation of our gardens and plantations, completing a cycle of reuse of water, which is so precious to our planet.

Plantus water undergoes periodic quality improvement processes. Because it is used in production processes, the water must meet a high quality standard. In our company's premises we have two artesian wells and as soon as the water is extracted from both wells it goes through an alkalization process that is done with the addition of magnesium and sodium bicarbonate, the entire water improvement process is monitored daily. The monitoring complies with all the company's internal quality standards as well as the standards established internationally by the current water quality control systems.

 

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