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Yves Behar and Fuseproject Offer Yummy Hot Cacao System to Benefit Rainforest Conservation

Posted By Lori Zimmer On May 13, 2011 @ 2:27 pm In carousel showcase,Design,Eco-Inspiration,Green Kitchen,Green Products,Innovation | 1 Comment

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Attention chocolate lovers! The Nature Conservancy [2] and Yves Behar have just come out with a new sustainable hot cacao system to make the traditional drink right in your own home. Following the tradition of the Bribri women of Talamanca in Costa Rica [3], the product  includes a mug, raw pressed cacao [4] and a stirring tool, which hooks nicely onto the mug.  The system not only provides sweets , but also educates on the sustainable history of cacao.

The Nature Conservancy, Costa Rica, Rainforest preservation, cacao, burlap, biodegradable, green design, eco design, sustainable design [5]

The Bribri women of Costa Rica [6] form raw cacao into patties, which are then used with water to make the delicious hot drink. Nothing is added- not even sugar- just the patties and water. The Nature Conservancy’s system captures this tradition, modeling the logo off of the sustainable burlap [7] sacks used to store cacao beans, and simulating the cacao [8] patties with the custom grating tool which shaves yummy flakes of cacao to mix and steep with hot water in the mug [9]. The cacao patties come in smaller burlap sacks which are reusable and biodegradable [10].

The Nature Conservancy hopes this product will help educate on the benefits of cacao production. Cacao is not a synthetically raised crop, growing in a natural ecosystem [11] of the lush rainforest. Since cacao farms are synonymous with the rainforest, [12] their growth benefits the preservation of the rainforest [13] exponentially.

+ The Nature Conservancy [2]

Via Fuse Project [14]

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[2] The Nature Conservancy: http://www.nature.org/

[3] Costa Rica: http://inhabitat.com/costa-rican-hotel-suite-takes-flight/

[4] cacao: http://inhabitat.com/boom-a-political-statement-in-the-form-of-chocolate/

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[6] Costa Rica: http://inhabitat.com/son-builds-mom-a-bamboo-house-with-a-moon-view-in-costa-rica/

[7] sustainable burlap: http://inhabitat.com/looolo-100-sustainable-textiles/

[8] cacao: http://inhabitat.com/packaging-the-future-the-road-to-greener-packaging-at-ben-jerry’s/

[9] mug: http://inhabitat.com/hey-starbucks-inhabitat-has-an-idea-for-you/

[10] biodegradable: http://inhabitat.com/home-made-baked-table-installation-is-good-enough-to-eat/

[11] ecosystem: http://inhabitat.com/mentougou-eriksson-architects-unveils-geodesic-gemstone-eco-valley-for-china/

[12] rainforest,: http://inhabitat.com/eco-ewok-treehouses-finca-bellavista-sustainable-rainforest-community/

[13] rainforest: http://inhabitat.com/finca-bellavista-highflying-treehouses-nestled-in-the-rainforest-canopy/

[14] Fuse Project: http://www.fuseproject.com/products-42

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