Technological improvement for the Non-Agricultural Cooperative La Esperanza to improve the quality and economic-environmental sustainability of several productions from Recycled Plastics.

Project description

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the Action Plan for the Implementation towards a Sustainable Development Strategy itself, the circular economy is included as a "policy lever", i.e. as a priority area to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. Our society will have to face challenges such as resource scarcity, pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, etc. While it is true that these problems are global, many of the actions and measures that must be taken and implemented to solve them must be at the local level. Proper environmental management cannot be separated from proper waste management in order to minimize the volumes that reach final disposal sites, causing significant and irreversible impacts on the environment. Plastic waste in Central America is a latent problem; in most of the countries of the LAC region, uncontrollable informal labor in unhealthy conditions and with no guarantee of wages or social security develops around the dumping sites. The furniture produced at CNA La Esperanza is made entirely of plastic and recycled resins, using high and low density polyethylene that by pelletizing and extrusion methods produce elements that in the hands of experienced craftsmen give a durable furniture and recognized comfort, which are certified its quality in LABET laboratories.

Since 2021, CNA has a permanent contract with the companies Proveedoras de la Pesca, belonging to MINAL and is engaged in the manufacture of cages for the capture of lobsters, the so-called "casitas cubanas", a fishing method deeply rooted in the Caribbean area as in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua and other states, recognized and spread its use by FAO directives, because it is very resistant to sea corrosion and external agents, guaranteeing durability and strength.

CNA's plastic furniture currently renews the deteriorated furniture of hotels in the Varadero and North Keys areas of Villa Clara, work centers and hospitals, the Morro Cabaña Historical Park, among other spaces. Donations have been made of furniture for a hospital ward in Fomento, a children's house in the HIDROPLAST Company, 18 complete modules of housing furniture to the victims in Pinar del Río, to children in the psycho-pedagogical centers, to people considered social cases in the municipality, and others.

Market research has reported a growing demand for the full range of products that are manufactured today, but the current productive and technological capacity is limited to satisfy domestic customers and other sectors that could benefit from it. On the other hand, there are still unexploited possibilities of acquiring raw materials that today are wasted and end up in landfills and other final destinations that are NEVER environmentally friendly.

Project technical data sheet

  • Environmental Services
  • Second place in the "German environmental technologies and local engineering for Cuba and the Central American and Caribbean region" project developed by the German Trade and Investment Promotion Office in Cuba.