What The Heck Is Upcycling? - Barnana

What The Heck Is Upcycling?

What is upcycling?

Upcycling is so much a part of who we are and what we do that sometimes we forget that it’s not necessarily part of everyone else’s every-day life. With that in mind, here’s a quick primer on what upcycling is all about here at Barnana.


  1. When our founders went searching for the world’s finest bananas, they were shocked to discover that many small indigenous farmers of organic, regeneratively farmed bananas couldn’t get their wonderfully flavorful, tree-ripened bananas to market! Bunches and bunches of tasty, nutritious fruit were going to waste, season after season.
  2. Determined to change that wasteful cycle, a banana-saving, planet-friendly new business was born! Barnana has from the first sourced our bananas (and now our plantains) from small organic farms in the Amazon. We’ve provided remote, family-owned farms with a reliable market for their precious produce. That’s good for them, good for us, good for you – and good for the planet!
  3. Given the choice, the vast majority of consumers want to see food waste reduced. Upcycling is a great way to make our food systems more efficient, more equitable and more sustainable. Turns out it’s also the best possible way to make snacks that are sustainably delicious!