At present, hangers for clothing tend to be made of steel wire or plastics and all too often they end up in landfills after only one single use. A business example from Brasil will now explain how these items can contribute to reforestation.
Lucio Ventania had learned how to use bamboo to make furniture and garden materials and started to teach his skills to street children in Belo Horizonte. When he was offered some land in Northeastern Brazil he used it to plant a native species of bamboo. The poor soil, exhausted after decades of sugar cane cultivation by agro-industrial means, soon recovered part of its original biodiversity.
The bamboo was cultivated and harvested by the local population: unemployed farm workers, street children and people with special needs. At the same time Lucio set up a manufacture to produce bamboohangers as a finished product. The new jobs and income improved the social situation of the community. Thus Lucio proved that his cooperative could include social, cultural, economic and ecologic welfare based on a locally available material which traditionally has been considered a symbol of poverty.