In 2004, our founders Mike and Ira traveled to the sandy beaches of Brazil to produce the very first batch of Vita Coco with a small collective of local coconut farmers. Things have changed a lot since the early days (we now operate factories in tropical countries all over the world), but one important thing hasn’t: our respect and appreciation for the people and places we rely on each day.
The Vita Coco Project is our way of supporting and thanking our extended family (including Mother Earth). Because without them, there would be no us.
Nuts For Good
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Our mission is simple: we want to make a real and meaningful impact not just on consumers, but on the lives of the people we work with and the communities they live in.
From our educational programs to our partnership with Kiva, we're dedicated to finding and funding projects that better the whole community.
Sustainability goes beyond recycling. Reducing waste and finding ways to make our entire production process more earth-friendly are two of our top priorities.
Rooms for Change
Classrooms all over the world are overcrowded. Some classes are taught in three different shifts in a single day to meet the demand. This program is based on the idea that all children have the right to learn in a safe, nurturing environ-ment. The first Rooms for Change classrooms are in the community of Mindanao (Philippines), and we look forward to building many more.
Each year, we award university scholarships to a group of top-performing students who live in the communities where we source coconuts. Very often, these promising students are family members of local farmers and factory employees. This was one of our first initiatives, and something we plan on continuing well into the future.
Backpack It Up
No classroom is complete without school supplies—so we’re working with our employees to custom-fill backpacks with everything a child might need for a busy school year. We’ll ship a batch every year to students who live in the areas where we source.
Kiva understands how important financial support is for entre-preneurs, especially those living in developing countries. Through our partnership, we help to enrich countless lives and communities. But we can’t do it alone. We count on the Cocommunity to select and grant loans to these entrepreneurs.
Coconut trees can’t produce coconuts forever, which is why it’s important to continually renew the palm groves we source from. One way we can do this? By gifting our farmers coconut palm seedlings. While the seedlings help boost crops now (we’re giving thousands to farmers in Sri Lankaand the Philippines in the next few months), they’ll make an even bigger difference to the next generation.
Chip Chip Hooray!
Compost and mulch—you need both for successful farming, so we’re giving the farmers we work with the tools they need to create their own compost. Additionally, we help them break down the coconut shells into chips that are effective for water retention (which is vital for sustainable, responsible farming).
It’s in the bag
We hire local village craftswomen to weave bags and sleeping mats out of repurposed Tetra Pak cartons. These items are then distributed to typhoon victims so they can start rebuilding their lives. The program does more than help those in need, though. It also gives these women a chance to better support their families by increasing their household incomes.
Every Piece Counts
The great thing about coconuts? You can use every single bit of them! Our factories already make use of all the various pieces, and we’re working hard to refine that process. Vita Coco Coconut Oil, our very first non-beverage product, was a big step in the right direction. Our research and development team is working hard to create even more coco-innovations in the coming years.
Outer Coat & Coir
Used for fiber materials in textiles.
Rich in activated carbon and used for factory fuel.
Used to produce coconut oil.
Meat of Fruit
Used to make other delicious coconut food products.
The pure, nutrient-rich liquid that is Vita Coco.
We love Tetra Pak for many reasons: their recyclable cartons keep our coconut water tasting fresh and delicious, their production process is gentle on the environment, and they take ethical sourcing as seriously as we do.
What’s the Buzz?
Coconuts grow well all by themselves, but they do even better with a little help from bees (increased pollination = more coconuts!). That’s why we are giving bee boxes to the farmers we work with in Sri Lanka. Even sweeter than a bigger crop? Honey. It’s not just delicious, it’s also a great way for our farmers to supplement their income.
Farming is a dynamic industry, and we want to ensure all of the farmers we work with have access to the latest techniques. We’re building two fully-functioning model farms where farmers can learn best practices, incubate seedlings, and test next-generation farming innovations like intercropping.
Ethical sourcing is and always has been a huge part of our process. We are fully committed to only working with suppliers and partners who respect and care for their employees and their land. That goes beyond audits and factory checks—for us, ethical sourcing means taking care of each other and the planet. It’s a partnership, and it needs to be nurtured. To learn more about our practices, please email firstname.lastname@example.org