ECONOMY: Latin America – The Hotspot of Ecological Business

Adams: "Latin America is now one of the hottest areas for sustainable business and ecological investments." Photo (c) The Coffee Quest ColombiaAdams: "Latin America is now one of the hottest areas for sustainable business and ecological investments." Photo (c) The Coffee Quest Colombia

(Guest Article by Carla Adams) – Industry experts note that Latin America is now one of the hottest areas for sustainable business and ecological investments – and opportunities are only expected to grow in the years ahead.

Companies are coming together to create new and innovative solutions to common problems in the area: they’re saving energy, natural resources, and striving to make the world a healthier and happier place for all.

Here are three companies to keep an eye on and who are already making waves.

Eat Limmo

Photo (c) Industry Tap 2016

“Our mission is to feed 10 billion people in 2050 in a healthy, affordable and sustainable way,” González told Forbes author Robin D. Schatz. Photo (c) Industry Tap 2016

This Mexico-based company, led by co-founders Enrique Gonzalez and Flavio Siller, has figured out a way to make the harvesting and usage of foodstuffs more nutritious and efficient. Their innovative solution to reusing the peels and seeds of fruits (mangos to start), by turning it into usable raw materials for the processed food industry, is making use of parts of the fruit that were otherwise wasted.

Eat Limmo has come up with a process that saves money and makes production facilities more efficient. The best part? Their company’s proprietary process improves the quality of finished food products as well.

“Our mission is to feed 10 billion people in 2050 in a healthy, affordable and sustainable way,” González told Forbes author Robin D. Schatz in a May, 2016 video interview from his Monterrey office. “We see a lot of byproducts and residues with a lot of nutrition. They can have a lot of functionality.”

Eco BCG

Photo (c) Agribotix 2015

The company purchases used agricultural farm equipment from North American resellers to reduce farms’ carbon footprints and alleviate high inventories. Photo (c) Agribotix 2015

This Panama-based company is ready to do whatever it takes to keep costs down and save the environment. The company purchases used agricultural farm equipment from North American resellers to reduce farms’ carbon footprints and alleviate high inventories. It also partners with agricultural intelligence companies, like Agribotix, to enable drone technology in agriculture.

In business since 1999, Eco BCG is poised to help increase agricultural production, while identifying potential issues affecting crop yields.

Sustentator

Photo (c) Sustentator 2011

Their core mission is teaching people how to make small changes that can have large impacts over time. Photo (c) Sustentator 2011

This organization has been a key influencer in the green revolution in Latin America. Their core mission is teaching people how to make small changes that can have large impacts over time.

Sustentator Co-founders Rodrigo Herrera Vegas and Daniel Nofal maintain a blog and other online spaces that reach over a million people per year. One aim of the blog is to communicate eco-minded tips and tricks – shared with anyone who has access to the internet.

Not only do they sell solar panels and wind turbine solutions on their platform, but they also offer sustainability experts that can be hired to work on budding projects. Additionally, they have a foundation whose mission is to promote awareness of ecology and sustainable processes.