Organic fair trade ethanol
Most Ethanol is derived unsustainably from fossil fuel feedstock by the petrochemical industry. Earthoil has responded to increased global demand for sustainably-sourced ingredients with the launch of an organic, fair trade (Fair for Life), sugar cane-derived alternative to petro-ethanol. The latest addition to Earthoil’s portfolio is produced sustainably from organic sugar cane at a family-owned facility in the San Antonio region of Brazil. Using technology designed to maintain the ecological and social harmony of the surrounding environment, the ethanol is grown, harvested and processed according to a tightly controlled, holistic system.
How is the Ethanol produced?
The sugar cane is harvested and the sugar recovered. The sugar is then fermented into ethanol, triple distilled and filtered. This family owned business was a pioneer in the development of sustainable ethanol and take a holistic view of production and are now running the world’s largest organic project. Exports raise important foreign exchange for Brazil.
The farmers utilise innovative soil preparation. They use no pesticides and don’t burn the crop prior to harvest traditionally performed to aid processing. Instead they use biological pest controls, soil rotation and conservation techniques which have resulted in higher yields (104 tonnes of sugar per hectare compared with the local non-organic average of 84 tonnes). Eliminating burning has had a huge beneficial effect on vertebrate biodiversity in the region.
Supporting the rural workers
For every ethanol-containing consumer product sold there is a real, measurable benefit for workers and farmers in a remote Brazilian region. The Ethanol we source is derived sustainably from Brazilian organic sugar cane which gives vital employment to thousands of farmers in the San Antonio region.
The mechanised harvest of the sugar cane has promoted substantial environmental gains now that the burnt areas have been drastically reduced. In contrast to the environmental gain, there is the social challenge to employ the rural work force that is no longer needed for manual harvest. The project entitled “Rural Workers Qualification” has been developed so that these workers can take new job positions at the company.
A local weaving project was set up to provide conditions for children and teenagers to build their citizenship, ensuring with absolute priority, the effective implementation of their fundamental rights through social and educational activities and professionalizing programs. “This project is part of my life, in this project I know different people, a new world that makes me believe how important is to study, how important is to know, how important is to learn a little bit of everything” says Elisabete Almeida dos Santos, who joined as a student at the beginning of the project when she was just 15 years old and today she is The Weaving Teacher.
Earthoil’s Organic Fair Trade Ethanol is denatured and exported to Europe where the quality is checked and packed into 800kg IBCs.
Uses and benefits of Organic Fair Trade Ethanol
Ethanol is used as a solvent carrier for a large range of fragrance based products. Its clean, neutral odour doesn’t interfere with the fragrance profile.