AkzoNobel to plant 12,000 seedlings as part of project to restore Brazilian rainforest to Sao Paolo site

AkzoNobel to plant 12,000 seedlings as part of project to restore Brazilian rainforest to Sao Paolo site

AkzoNobel has announced that it is planting 12,000 seedlings of species native to the region on a stretch of its Brazilian site.

The six-hectare plot at the Tangara Reserve, Sao Paulo, is currently populated with non-native eucalyptus woodland. The move is the latest phase of a long-term project to restore 70 hectares of the reserve to native woodland.

“Around 35 hectares have been reforested since 2007 and it’s a source of great pride to see how we’re contributing to safeguarding the Brazilian rainforest,” explained Elaine Poco, RD&I Director for AkzoNobel Decorative Paints in Latin America. “A 2015 study concluded that the forest is recovering itself, except for a steeper area, and that’s the target of this new phase of the project.”

The company is also investing €3 million in a water treatment plant, which will allow the company to use recycled water to manufacture paints. The Maua plant is expected to reuse 100 percent of its water by 2020.

 

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