Currently there is a need to increase the quantities of Amazonian active agents that exist in the products and a need to lower the prices of these products. When buying a soap containing ucuuba (Virola surinamensis), which is a substitute for animal fat, and andiroba, which is a substitute for skin agents, you contribute to a sustainable use of these two Amazonian plant species. Otherwise, the timber of ucuuba would be transformed into broomsticks, and in the case of andiroba, to slats for building roofs. Like any social group, the communities that live in the Amazonian forest must solve the daily problems of survival, such as food, health, clothing, transportation, and education. Without major alternatives, the act of cutting down a 50-year-old tree or killing a 100-year-old turtle is just a detail. If they had alternatives the communities of this region would never sell a 50-year-old andiroba tree, to a timber merchant, for R$ 30.00, especially if someone could make R$ 60.00 per year collecting and selling the seeds of this tree, throughout their lifetime.
The communities of the Amazonian forest are the major allies or enemies of the preservation of this region. To them, everything is a matter of necessity.
Amazon Oil establishes direct contracts, between the forest communities and the company, to reduce dependence on intermediaries, and in most cases, free them from the archaic bartering economy that has been historically common in this region. This bartering economy is a business relationship between the intermediary (buyer) and the forest communities (seller), where payments for oilseeds are made in exchange for daily consumer goods and sold at excessive prices and exorbitant interest rates.
In addition to avoiding this type of bartering system, the direct trading between Amazon Oil and the forest communities tends to improve the quality of oils, ensures the ability to trace the origin of oils and provides a steady income to the forest communities for the raw materials they provide. Technology provided by Amazonian Oil, such as seed dryers, increases the capacity of the forest communities to meet pre-established contracts and to be more competitive.
We are always aiming to cultivate ethical, truthful and transparent business relationships with the forest communities.