Brazil Shopping Mall Recycles Their Food Waste into Thriving Rooftop Garden for Employees

Written by on December 17, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 53 Comments


By Justin Gardner | The Free Thought Project

San Paulo, Brazil — A shopping mall in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is showing how these hubs of consumerism can be turned into a force for sustainability.

They are taking all of the organic waste generated from the mall’s food court and turning it into compost for growing vegetables and herbs on the rooftop. Almost 900 pounds of food waste is generated there every day, and it’s all being turned into new food on location.

Employees at the mall are the main beneficiaries of this novel program. They pitch in by tending to the garden, and in return they can harvest the pesticide-free produce to take home.

That’s 900 pounds of waste not being trucked off to a dump site, instead being used to create food for employees while reducing the environmental impact.

“We notice that people waste a huge amount of food. So beyond our objective of creating organic compost, we use this to create new food. It is a cycle in which we make food out of food. This is what it means to be sustainable,” said Cicero Evangelista, in charge of recycling at the shopping mall.

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  1.' Swarna Swarna says:

    Wonderful idea

  2.' Ayr Hjon de Frannz says:

    Awesome one…Want to try it at my own backyard…?

  3.' Angel Strobel says:


  4.' Aga Szarzec says:

    Super cool!

  5.' Valerie Anne Corbyn says:

    Would be better to give it to the homeless and poor or not buy so much, or grow so much.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Are there hungry people? Nice idea though

  7.' Jaya Vattyam says:


  8.' Lisa Brown says:

    Kylie Benson

  9.' Rae Norris says:

    Bravo! !

  10.' Eva F. Schoenfeld says:


  11.' David Samuelsdorff says:

    Hey Westfield, AMP and the other Australian shopping complexes here’s a way of growing organic veegetables AND contributing to lessening green house gas emissions due to less garbage dumping. While making the compost you could generate electricity from the methane too!

    •' The 'Fresh Green Love Tribe' says:

      Like Like Like! We have the resources to be able to do this. Hopefully in time they will follow 🙂

  12.' Loraine Hill says:

    Penomenal. So great that they are putting it to use instead of tossing it.

  13.' Edwin Place says:

    I saw a documentary about how much food is wasted world wide. Some time ago it was $262 billion. They showed how they took the wasted food from the Buffet of ONE Las Vegas Casino and fed 3000 hogs with it. They took you from filet minion to the hog slop and back to bacon and eggs. Very efficient; but I think the Brazilian plan will feed more people.

  14.' Sonia Bonner says:
  15.' Usona Asher says:

    To bad about the monsanto deal part..

  16.' Candy Sugar Cali says:


  17.' Mel Lina says:

    Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,
    None but ourselves can free our minds.
    Have no fear for atomic energy,
    ‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
    How long shall they kill our prophets,
    While we stand aside and look?
    Some say it’s just a part of it,
    We’ve got to fulfill the book.

  18.' Bonnie Meisner says:


  19.' Barb Osberg says:

    Love it!

  20.' Elizabeth Brettig says:

    Wonderful work being done.

  21.' Brian Sampson says:

    Awesome idea

  22.' Renee Dwarkadas says:

    uber cool….. way to live…:)

  23. Anonymous says:

    Cristiane Ribeiro Correa S

  24.' Linda Hand says:


  25.' Patricia Warren says:


  26.' Mohamed Idrish M says:

    Awesome come on nature

  27.' Smitten Sam says:

    Rebel Rock

  28.' Bob Gehrig says:

    Great idea.

  29.' Denise Wheeler says:

    What a good idea

  30.' Curt Hannagan says:

    Ticia Arruda this is sweet!

  31.' Prashant Singh says:

    thats d real way to live,that living style will help in reducing green house effect

  32.' Prashant Singh says:

    simple living

  33.' Michelle Maguire says:


  34.' Lori Williamson says:

    What a Great idea!

  35.' Dailyn Malicdem says:

    Good idea

  36.' The 'Fresh Green Love Tribe' says:

    This IS awsome! Sending some fresh green lurve their way! xx

  37.' Raga Miankshi says:

    This is my Sons dream farm !!

  38.' Anantharaman Natarajan says:

    Execelant, we also should start in hotels &restaurant

  39.' Kevin Collins says:

    Romulo De Souza

  40.' Jayne Gorman says:

    Great news!

  41.' Elizabeth Adame Weaver says:

    Wonderful! I recycle all my organics.

  42.' Priscovia Chali Charles says:

    Great minds great idea

  43.' Ella Noir says:

    Laurie Fader

  44.' Carisa Authier says:

    Love this! What a great way to recycle.

  45. This is a fantastic idea, and just the sort of thing we should all be doing to help the planet

  46.' Victoria Doria says:


  47.' Paulina Peace says:

    Wow, so awesome.

  48.' Janet Pearl says:

    i better other countries never see the stuff we do, or invent in the uk,,,,WHY…cos we do nothing…….other countries seem to be so more advanced than us

  49.' Arivin Aimer says:

    I expect it can be done in my country indonesia,we have so many mall here.

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