The word EVOO is an acronym that comes from the abbreviation of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This expression was used only by experts in this sector, but in recent years it has become popular thanks to healthy food movements and its dissemination in social networks.

By derivation, there are other acronyms, perhaps less popular, with which the other categories are called. This is the case of VOO for Virgin Olive Oil, or simply OO for conventional olive oil.

EVOO, the irreproachable olive juice.

Now that we know what EVOO means, we are in a position to ask ourselves, what makes Extra Virgin Olive Oil different from the other categories?

Well, its quality. EVOO is a flawless olive juice, with no defects related to its flavor or aroma and which exceeds the requirements established in a physical-chemical and multi-residual analysis carried out by an accredited laboratory.

As the label states, it is extracted exclusively by mechanical means. Although its degree of acidity cannot exceed 0.8% in the case of EVOO’s protected by the Protected Designation of Origin Estepa (PDO) cannot exceed 0.3%. This parameter is directly related to the amount of free fatty acids in the oil, derived mainly from a less than optimal state of health, as occurs when the olives are chopped, have been frozen or are picked from the ground. In short, the lower the acidity, the higher the quality of the fruit and the EVOO produced.

In addition to acidity, other parameters such as peroxide index, K270 or waxes are also taken into account. What is behind this chemical nomenclature? Let’s simplify. The peroxide value expresses the amount of active oxygen in the oil, providing information on its degree of oxidation or rancidity. Although it should not exceed 20 meq/kg (milliequivalents of oxygen per kilo), the Oleoestepa AOVÉ’s that are covered by the PDO Estepa are restricted to less than 15 meg/kg.

Scientifically, the K270 index is a spectrophotometric test in the ultraviolet wavelength range that can indicate the presence in the oil of secondary oxidation compounds (other than peroxides) that have a maximum absorption at a wavelength of 270 nm. These compounds are the result of the state of conservation of the oil, of modifications suffered as a result of technological processes, contamination or adulteration.

In short, it measures the capacity to become rancid over time, so that an oil will be of higher quality when its K270 index is lower. As with the previous parameters, the PDO Estepa certification establishes a more restrictive limit in order to guarantee higher quality.

And finally, waxes, present in olive oil through leaves or dirt, high extraction temperatures and inadequate preservation, among other reasons.

Virgin olive oil or VOO

VOO is extracted in the same way as EVOO, but its acidity level is usually above 0.8%, with a maximum limit of 2%. In other words, its free fatty acid content is higher, resulting in a fruit in poorer condition.

There are cases in which the physical-chemical analysis seems to be an EVOO because it meets its requirements. However, it will be the sensory analysis that detects a defect, it will no longer be irreproachable and, consequently, it should be marketed under the denomination of virgin olive oil.

Lampante virgin olive oil or LVOO

The LVOO is the juice resulting from the olives of poorer quality. It has an acidity of more than 2% and multiple defects, which make it unfit for human consumption, hence it is sent to industrial refineries to produce other types of oils and by-products.

In the refineries, this defective juice is subjected to chemical or thermal processes that drastically reduce its acidity levels and other physicochemical parameters, but also its organic compounds and natural antioxidants. The resulting vegetable fat is the main base of the following oil that we explain below.

A curiosity: the adjective “lampante” is linked to the word “lamp”, since this oil, which is not suitable for human consumption, has been used to illuminate the rooms of homes since ancient times.

Olive oil (refined + virgin) or OO

This is the most confusing category for consumers, which we will try to clarify. AO is a blend of virgin olive oils with refined oils from the AOVL explained above. On the shelves you can find it under the generic denomination olive oil, and in some cases accompanied with the classification mild and intense, depending on the amount of EVOO contained in the blend.

Olive pomace oil or OPO

Like olive oil, this is also a mixture of OOV and refined oils, but in this case from the solid residue of the olive, called pomace. This dark mass is stored in special tanks during the campaign to extract the olive juice, and then transferred to the factories where it is processed to extract the pomace olive oil, popularly called orujeras.

It is a product suitable for human consumption and is marketed under the name Olive Pomace Oil.

We hope that this article has served to clarify some terms related to olive oil that can lead to confusion. If you want to know more about the EVOO culture, we invite you to visit other articles of our blog and to subscribe to our newsletter.

In order to respond to the demands of our national and international customers and partners, Oleoestepa has expanded the family of tins with a new format. It is a small version, 1 liter content, of the EVOO OLEOESTEPA SELECTION references, already available in the 2.5 and 5 liter tins. It is a format also adapted to the international market since its content is shown in two languages: Spanish and English.

OLEOESTEPA SELECTION extra virgin olive oil is a coupage (mixture) from the main varieties grown in the region of the Estepa Protected Designation of Origin, early harvested and cold extracted, standing out for its great versatility to drink raw and confectionary.

To celebrate its presentation, a special offer has been launched until May 30, 2022 through the online store, temporarily passing its PVP to €6.99, one euro less than its standard price. Promotion that is added to the free shipping costs when the purchase amount exceeds 50 euros in the Spanish peninsula area.

You can access the store by clicking here.

Oleoestepa is a cooperative project in which no one is useless. All the people who make up the extra virgin olive oil value chain at Oleoestepa are crucial to the success of everyone. The recent incorporation of women in this value chain has been a key factor in achieving Oleoestepa’s recognition as the leading producer of high quality extra virgin olive oil.

We are starting a series, Cooperative Women’s Stories, with which we want to make visible the relevant presence of women in Oleoestepa and value their key contribution to this cooperative project.

Inmaculada García

Farmer member of the associated cooperative San José de Lora de Estepa (Seville)


Inmaculada García Haro is an employee of the associated cooperative Olivarera San Isidro de Gilena (Seville).

For 20 years she has worked in the administration area of the cooperative, incorporating during her career the management of the warehouse, diesel and everything related to the purchase and sale of phytosanitary products.

She recognizes that the traditional role of women in the cooperative was limited to the task of sorting olives and cleaning the facilities, and that for this reason she had to pay the price for being a pioneer in new areas of work that until then had been purely masculine. “I was the first woman to work in the cooperative’s offices, and it wasn’t easy. All the workers and members were men, and they were astonished when they found a woman working in the administration of a cooperative.”

But fortunately she has also been able to see in these years that the situation has changed radically and that, “although there is still a long way to go, the presence of women in this cooperative is already significant”. She also highlights the increase in the number of female farmer members who are taking the step towards management “without depending on their husbands to manage the fields”.

Although the situation is improving, she calls for greater participation of women in the cooperatives’ representative and power bodies, pointing out that “the more women there are on the Governing Council of a cooperative, the better it will be”.


Sophie Girona

Farmer member of the associated cooperative San José de Lora de Estepa (Seville)




Sophie Girona is a farmer member of the associated cooperative San José de Lora de Estepa (Seville).

Seven years ago she decided to make a drastic change in her life, changing her cosmopolitan life in Paris for a quiet life in Lora de Estepa, a small village in the region of Estepa, with her partner who has ancestors in this municipality.  Here she became aware of the value of sustainable agriculture and the protection of the natural environment of the region. He currently manages and cares for an organic olive farm.

Since she took the reins of the olive farm she regularly attends the cooperative’s assemblies, and although there is still not a total balance, she says that “there has been a noticeable increase in the attendance of women at the assembly, the place where important decisions are made, and a greater participation”.

In her day-to-day life, she feels that there is a lack of training opportunities for women farmers, which would provide the necessary security to take the big step towards olive grove management. For her, not having specific training or resources for training and learning has been a handicap in her immersion in the rural environment.

As a “woman of action”, she prefers field work to administrative tasks. The technification of the machinery used in the field makes them lighter and more ergonomic, thus allowing their use by women, so she adds that “these lighter tools are essential to facilitate my daily tasks in the olive grove”.

In this process of immersion in the world of olive growing, the valuable contribution of the cooperative’s technicians stands out. Her ongoing advice on agricultural techniques suitable for organic farming has been key to bring it to fruition, noting that “without the support and information from the experts of the cooperative my organic olive grove project would not have been possible, so I will be eternally grateful”.

Before saying goodbye he wants to send a message of hope to young people, boys and girls, encouraging them to be part of this cooperative project, and urging them to be trained and participate in the various spaces where the production process of extra virgin olive oil takes place. “In short, without their participation, this cooperative project and by extension, this region dedicated mainly to the cultivation of olive trees, has no future,” Sophie concludes.


Lola Nogales

Oil Mill Master of the associeted cooperative Olivarera San Isidro de Gilena (Seville)

Lola Nogales, oil mill master of the associated cooperative Olivarera San Isidro de Gilena (Seville) is an example of the incorporation of women in strategic roles in the production process of extra virgin olive oil.

Despite the short time she has been working in this sector, she has found that technology is her great ally, so she is very clear that the future of the associated olive oil mills necessarily involves a continuous modernization of facilities and machinery.

She feels very grateful for the human team with which she works, and at no time has she been affected by the fact that she is a woman in a mostly male environment. “I always find a enthusiasm to collaborate among my colleagues, and the welcome I have received has been excellent”.

She considers that women are increasingly represented in the world of agriculture and are not only present in the administration or in the classified, but also in the “battlefield”, in the extractive process of extra virgin olive oil.

Lola wants to end this interview by encouraging everyone to “fall in love with extra virgin olive oil”, to delve into its culture, both children and adults. “Regardless of any factor, age, sex or race, all of us who live around this cooperative project must become more interested in the world of the olive grove and, of course, encourage our surroundings to discover it. I’m sure they will love it.


Rosa García Reina

AIP technician at associated cooperative Olivarera Sor Ángela de la Cruz in Estepa (Seville)

Rosa García Reina, AIP technician at associated cooperative Olivarera Sor Ángela de la Cruz in Estepa.

Despite her youth, she has almost 15 years of experience in agricultural consultancy work for the associated olive growers, collaborating in the modernization of the agricultural fabric “to achieve a more sustainable and efficient crop, but always seeking the highest quality,” Rosa points out. She was fortunate to finish her studies in Agricultural Engineering just at the moment when the implementation of the sustainable certificate of Integrated Production began, being necessary for the incorporation of technicians in the associated cooperatives.

Rosa tells us how in these years she has experienced many changes, especially in the way of working, due to technological advances. “When I started my working life there was no digitalization as there is today, we knew what was done in the field and the farmer was advised by the technicians, but today, in the era of digitalization, everything is known more precisely, we have more data on everything”.  In this regard, she highlights the use of satellite images in the cloud as an aid when making predictions and specifying the use of more efficient resources.

She also highlights the help that technology has provided in the document management of the implementation of sustainable agricultural and production techniques required by the Integrated Production seal. “Every action must be recorded in the workbook of each farm, so the new computer tools are our allies, as they help us to reduce the work of monitoring and control,” Rosa points out.

Her responsibility begins with supervising the agricultural activity of the associated olive growers, controlling pests, diseases or any problem that occurs in the olive grove. In her permanent communication with the farmer, she advises him on the optimum moment and the treatment to carry out on the crop, allowed by the rigorous protocol of the Integrated Production seal.

Rosa confesses that the main difficulty in her advisory work is to combine the farmer’s profitability with the environmental sustainability of the field and the consumer’s food safety. “The use of phytosanitary products is very restricted, always guaranteeing environmental sustainability and maximum quality oil without chemical residues,” Rosa acknowledges.

Despite being the only woman in the cooperative since the beginning of her work, she has never felt undervalued. Rosa confesses that “I have always received the support of my colleagues and associated farmers, respecting my advice and decision making”.

Currently she is not the only female agricultural technician in charge of the implementation of Integrated Production. One more example of the incorporation of women in the cooperative world, also in the field of agricultural engineering, which comes in addition to other administrative, technical or industrial work, already carried out by women in the various cooperatives that make up Oleoestepa. However, she considers that it is still necessary to continue advancing in the incorporation of women in the rural world to achieve real equality.

Looking to the future, Rosa recommends to all young people who like agriculture and the rural environment to train and make an effort. “There are many people who do not consider a profession linked to the countryside interesting, but I think it is because of ignorance. It is a sacrifice, but it is also very satisfying, since the fruits of the effort are very palpable,” Rosa points out.

Finally, she highlights a very important change that she has also had the opportunity to experience in these years: the progressive professionalization of farmers, closely linked to generational change. And he comments that “nowadays the field is seen as a business, so it has to function, hence the need for professionalization”.


Inmaculada Rangel Fernández

Taster of the Oleoestepa panel and Manager of her family farming business

Inmaculada Rangel Fernández, taster of the Oleoestepa panel and manager of her family farming business.

Her connection with olive growing goes back a long way, to family tradition. Her close ties to the world of olive growing since her childhood have led her to a constant desire to learn more about extra virgin olive oil.

With this in mind, she began her career as a taster on the Oleoestepa tasting panel more than 25 years ago. All these years of experience tasting olive juices have served to prove to her that quality must be above quantity. And as a farmer, she manages the farm with this in mind: “to obtain healthy olives in a sustainable way and to harvest them at the optimum moment,” Inmaculada points out.

Inmaculada explains that when she started, there was a great inequality between the urban and rural worlds. However, Inma affirms that “Although they still exist today, the differences are no longer so noticeable, thanks to the constant revaluation and professionalization of the agricultural world achieved by all of us”.

As for the role of women in this rural environment, she corroborates that their presence has also grown a lot in recent years, and defends that “there are more women both in agricultural tasks and in positions of responsibility such as the board of directors of the cooperative, so that a better representation of women in rural areas is being achieved”. Fortunately, in her professional career as a farmer, she has not encountered any obstacles in carrying out her tasks, but even so, she recognizes that the figure of women was limited in the cooperative to office tasks, “back then the fields were only for men”, recalls Inmaculada.

She encourages all young people, both girls and boys, to develop their lives in the rural world “because there is a future”. Inmaculada is proud to talk about her daughter Irene, who has also decided to dedicate herself to this sector and although she is currently abroad, gaining experience and finishing her studies, she is convinced that she will return to continue with the family business.

Inmaculada confesses that when she signed up for the first tasting course given by Oleoestepa she never thought that “this would come to this point”. And she recalls with irony how in the first introductory tasting courses there were participants who, when faced with atrophied oils, categorically defended that “this is really good”. This is a clear example of how much the olive oil sector has changed in recent years in favor of quality, since “the oil that was recognized as good quality 20 years ago is now undoubtedly an oil with defects”.


Virginia López Rodas

Administrator and Director of the credit section at the Olivarera de Casariche cooperative (Seville).

Virginia López Rodas, administrator and director of the credit section at the Olivarera de Casariche cooperative (Seville).

Virginia began her professional activity in the cooperative in 2006, covering a colleague’s sick leave. What began as a temporary assignment has become a job of more than 15 years. She tells us that her beginnings were hard, as she was very young and had no previous professional experience, “I had recently finished my university studies in Business, so I had no work experience. Although she recognizes that all her colleagues did their best to help her, they also had no knowledge of accounting, “so I had little technical help, but a lot of support”. She made up for this lack of experience with desire and determination to learn, and in a short time she managed to optimally manage the cooperative’s accounting.

As time went by, her responsibilities grew, so that when the need arose for a director of the credit section of the cooperative, the Board of Directors entrusted Virginia with this task.

When she started working in the cooperative’s offices, her two colleagues were men and the cooperative’s governing body, the board of directors, was made up entirely of men. In short, she was the only woman in the management part of the cooperative, a fact that was also true for the assemblies where more than 100 members attended and where she was still the only woman. “At the beginning this situation intimidated me and made me very nervous when I had to present the accounts, but I never received a bad comment for being a woman, I was always recognized for my professionalism” recognizes Virginia.

“I had to convince women members with whom I had permanent contact in the cooperative, in charge of the daily work of their olive farms, that it was necessary for them to also attend the maximum government of the cooperative, the assembly, because their opinion is as respectable as that of any other member” she recalls with joy, since with the passage of time she has been achieving a greater participation of women, “in the last assembly that was held between 15 and 20% of the attendees were women”.

On the administration side, Virginia considers that women have always been well represented, although this has not been the case in all areas of the cooperative. Although, as with everything, over the years, fortunately this has been changing, with women being more present in all areas of the cooperative.

Despite having started working surrounded by men, she recognizes that she has always felt supported and helped by all her colleagues, convinced that working with men has never been difficult for her, but rather the opposite, they have always tried to help her, especially in matters such as family reconciliation.

As for the future, she is very clear that the development of the cooperative is linked to the recruitment of highly trained personnel, specialists in each of the areas of work. Hence he recommends to young people to be properly trained, to have enthusiasm and desire to grow the cooperative, because “it will contribute positively to the economy of all who live in Casariche”.


Miriam Pradas Luque

Oil Master Miller at the Cooperative Agrícola de El Rubio (Seville).

Miriam Pradas Luque, oil master miller at the cooperative Agrícola de El Rubio.

Prior to joining the cooperative, she spent the first years of her professional career in the fields harvesting olives. “This experience helped me to see how hard the field is and to appreciate the efforts needed to obtain olive oil,” says Miriam.

Her beginnings in the cooperative were in the sorting area in the dressing section, but after two years she was offered the opportunity to join the team of mill masters and she didn’t accept the challenge and has kept it until today.

Although she confesses that “the way you learn is by working”, she is aware of the importance of theoretical training to be up to date with the latest technical advances, which is why she is attentive to the offer of face-to-face and online seminars and workshops, valuing very positively the training courses that Oleoestepa periodically organizes. However, she also recognizes that she learns a lot by asking her colleagues. Miriam acknowledges that “Listening attentively to colleagues from our team or from other olive oil mills has been very useful to me over the years”.

She tells us that her beginnings were very hard. She remembers always carrying a notebook with her, taking notes and looking for all the doubts that arose on the Internet to learn and be able to do her job correctly. “But little by little I learned and each time the stress and tension is less and less, and the desire to return the next day is greater,” says Miriam optimistically. She also acknowledges and is grateful for the invaluable support of her partner Jesús throughout this time, and that at no time has she felt undervalued for being a woman. In fact, at all times they have taken into account her family situation, allowing her to easily reconcile work and personal life.

Finally, she recommends to all boys and girls, to the new generations, that they should dedicate themselves to agriculture, because although “sometimes it seems that to dedicate oneself to agriculture is for losers, to work in the fields you also have to be good and you never stop learning”.


María del Mar Matas García

Head of the Reception Area of the associated cooperative Agrícola in El Rubio (Seville).

María del Mar Matas García, head of the reception area of the associated cooperative Agrícola in El Rubio, Seville.

Although she has been professionally linked to the associated cooperative in El Rubio for 13 years, her connection with the olive grove goes back much further, carrying out olive harvesting tasks simultaneously with her studies.

Her experience in the reception area of this associated cooperative began with olive sampling in the unloading and cleaning tasks. “At first I was shocked by the great importance given to cleaning, but I soon realized that it is essential so as not to negatively affect the oil obtained” recalls María del Mar.

Although she recognizes that, at that time, she still didn’t know much about everything related to olive oil, these years have served her to acquire knowledge through experience and, of course, by attending courses organized by her own cooperative and by Oleoestepa.

When asked about the main changes he has experienced during this period, she highlights the constant renewal of machinery. “There are people who are nostalgic about the ways of doing things in the past, in the olive sector it is quite the opposite, technology is our best ally, it makes our work easier by making it faster and with less effort, obtaining the best possible quality” recognizes María del Mar.

Although the beginnings were hard, with sexist comments that underestimated her ability to handle heavy machinery, she did not shrink back and was soon able to prove that a woman is just as valid as a man. “Fortunately, there are more and more women in the cooperatives and little by little these types of perceptions are diminishing,” defends María del Mar.

She wants to send a message of optimism to future generations. “I know that the world of agriculture and its industry are hard and sacrificing, but it is very comforting to work in a cooperative project, we all add up”.


Lidia Patricia Castillo Prados

Lidia Patricia Castillo Prados in El Rubio, Seville.

Lidia Patricia Castillo Prados, Administrator of the Agricultural Cooperative in El Rubio, Seville.

After finishing her studies in Finance and Accounting, she was lucky enough to do an internship in the cooperative of her town, Agrícola El Rubio. Her enthusiasm and commitment from the beginning earned her the trust of the management in the form of a temporary contract of 6 months, but which has lasted until today, that is, 6 years later.

In this period of time he confesses to us that his situation in the cooperative has changed a lot since he arrived. “In my beginnings it was very rare to find women in the cooperative and even less so young, and the farmers did not dare to trust the advice of a young woman” recalls Lidia, and adds that “those who dared to consult me also consulted a colleague to make sure”. There is no rancor in her words and a lot of understanding, because “I understand that at that time a farmer would give total credibility to the information of a newcomer”. This obstacle was smoothed out with time and the daily relationship with the partners, “I already feel that my advice and recommendations are well valued, and in addition to trust I receive gratitude and affection,” says Lidia, satisfied.

Although she is not trained as an API expert or technician, she likes to keep abreast of all the latest developments in order to be able to give correct advice to farmers who need it. To do so, she admits that “here you never stop learning, you have to be up to date in everything related to the agricultural and cooperative world, to be able to respond to our associates”.

She recalls the years when she was the only woman in the cooperative’s offices and how she missed being able to count on the support of another woman. Although she has always felt very supported by her colleagues, she admits that “sometimes it was hard to live in a man’s world. Fortunately that is in the past and the current reality is different, more egalitarian.

However, she considers that the cooperative’s main handicap today is the advanced age of its members. “It is necessary for young people to be incorporated into the life of the cooperative, to take the initiative and participate in the cooperative’s governing bodies. It would be perfect to find a formula in which the dynamism of youth is combined with the wisdom of the elders,” admits Lidia.

Finally, when asked what aspect of her job she likes the most, she answers emphatically that it is the way she deals with people. “I feel very fulfilled as a professional and as a person when I help to solve the problems of the associates and promote new projects, and of course, when they transmit me the experiences of all the people who pass through the office every day,” Lidia says gratefully.


Loli Pozo

Administrative of the associated cooperative Olivarera de Pedrera, Seville.

Loli Pozo, Administrative of the associated cooperative Olivarera de Pedrera (Seville).

Her professional relationship began more than 12 years ago, through a temporary contract to support the management of the reception of olives during the campaign in the associated mill.

At that time, her task consisted of validating the weight of the different loads of olives from the partners, handing hers a certificate upon completion. From the very beginning, she was struck by the complexity of the yard manager’s job, who was responsible for directing each trailer to the corresponding olive press, depending on the type of olive and its condition. “I quickly understood the importance of this work in achieving a high quality extra virgin olive oil,” says Loli.

Later, after the departure of a colleague in the administration area, the opportunity arose to fill this position. Loli gratefully confesses that “although it was clear to me that the job was more complicated and involved more responsibility, I didn’t think twice when I received the offer”.

However, the beginnings were not at all easy. “Looking back, I admit that the lack of credibility that I transmitted to the members affected me a lot, probably due to the fact that I was a young woman outside the world of the cooperative” recalls Loli, “but fortunately I did not have any really difficult situation, so that with tenacity and patience I soon won their trust, and even their affection!”.

Throughout this process of training and adaptation to the job, she considers her relationship with her colleagues to be very positive and enriching. “Although I was a woman in a man’s world, I never felt different among my colleagues, everything was supportive from day one,” she says gratefully.

Loli recommends all young women to work in the cooperative world, especially if they like it, because, although the beginnings are hard, it is worth it.

On the level of experiences, she remembers the nightmares of the first days of each start of the campaign in which the olives would come out of the belts and torvas, and the oil would spill all over the mill. “I have now been able to achieve my fears, and there are no olives on the ground or in my dreams!” Loli points out happily.

The new campaign’s Oleoestepa extra virgin olive oils comes with a very practical and sustainable gift: a reusable RPET shopping bag.

World plastic production has gone from 1.5 million tons in 1950 to 359 million in 2018. The progression continues to rise, because only three years earlier, in 2015, the quantity was 322 million tons. At this rate, it is expected that it will reach 400 million very soon, if it has not already been reached. Production suffered a big drop during the first half of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but recovered in the second half of the year. This unstoppable growth in production means an increase in waste. Anyway, plastic bags are one of the main problems in terms of waste management worldwide.

Most are used for a very short period of time and although they are recycled without problem if we deposit them in the plastic container, it is important to raise awareness to try to reduce their use by looking for an alternative: the reusable shopping bag.

These reusable bags are the most sustainable way to transport products, whether to go to the supermarket or any other function, helping all of us to reduce tons of plastic waste.

In our commitment to sustainability and the circular economy, and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14 and 15, Oleoestepa has already launched the first extra virgin olive oil in a 100% recycled plastic bottle. Now we are responding once again to the requirements established in our Corporate Social Responsibility program, proposing a solution to the need to transport products in a sustainable way. With the Oleoestepa recycled plastic bag, we are helping to eradicate the use of single-use plastic bags, while giving a second life to recovered plastics (water bottles, soft drinks and other containers), promoting the circular economy.

The Oleoestepa RPET shopping bag is made from recycled plastic, in order to promote the reuse of plastic waste and to contribute the sustainability of the planet. In 140 g material, it allows a content of 12-15 kg in weight, its short and long handles and reinforced base allow for a versatile grip.

Incorporate this bag into your everyday shopping to make it more environmentally friendly. It is durable, breathable, easy to wash and store.

Besides, they are not only bags to buy groceries, fruits and vegetables, but also have other functionalities in various situations.

You can get this sustainable gift for the purchase of a case of 5 or 3 liter bottles of Oleoestepa extra virgin olive oil.

The promotion is valid while stocks last.

You can get more information about our sustainable innovation by clicking here.

All the efforts and care dedicated to the forest of more than 7 million olive trees come to an end, with the cooperative Oleoestepa SCA beginning the period of early harvesting of olives for later cold extraction of olive oil in the associated oil mills.

Like last season, Oleoestepa celebrates it by launching an unfiltered, extra virgin olive oil in a limited edition, mostly of the hojiblanca variety, grown in the region of the Estepa Denomination of Origin, with a fruity olive aroma. green with light touches of ripe olives, with hints of leaf and grass, highlighting the intensity of its fruity, as well as its balanced bitterness and spiciness.

This unfiltered extra virgin olive oil is characterized by the rustic appearance provided by pieces of olive pulp, which give it a more natural appearance, recommending its consumption raw with a slice of bread or in salads.

This limited edition is available in a 1-liter glass bottle and soon also in a 5-liter plastic bottle. Its high quality is guaranteed by the Protected Designation of Origin Estepa, which gives it a high content of vitamin E. Its environmental sustainability certified with the Integrated Production seal.

You can buy now by clicking here.

Since its beginnings, the Oleoestepa cooperative has implemented integrated and organic production systems, a set of agricultural and production techniques that are environmentally friendly in order to obtain the highest quality oil, with all the guarantees of food safety and without sacrificing the productivity of the farm. This rational use of natural resources, especially water, prevents soil erosion, guaranteeing sustainable agriculture and a more livable planet.

From the consumers’ point of view, food produced and processed with these environmentally sustainable techniques is an excellent guarantee of food safety, quality and environmental sustainability, criteria that are becoming increasingly influential in their daily diet.

This environmental commitment on the inside is now also being extended to the outside, to its packaging. The new Oleoestepa 1 L R- 100% PET comes from used bottles. It has done so with its 1 litre format aimed at the mass market, with the aim of responding to the demands of an increasingly environmentally aware consumer. In addition, this new bottle includes the message “100% recycled plastic” to raise awareness of the importance of recycling.
Oleoestepa is working to increase the use of recycled plastic in its mass consumption range, so the new bottle will soon be accompanied by other formats such as 3 and 5 litres, as well as the 20 ml single-dose bottle.

This important innovation in the olive oil sector is part of the Oleoestepa cooperative’s commitment to use recycled materials in all its bottles, in a bid to give a second life to used plastics as part of a long-term circular economy.


The plastic waste problem: why we need action

While plastic has brought many benefits to modern society through its wide range of useful applications, it has also become a headache because of its harmful effects on the environment in general. Therefore, recycling and reusing plastic products should, by now, not only be an obligation, but a responsibility for all of us.

In this regard, in January 2018, the European Commission put forward a European strategy for plastics in a circular economy. While recognising that plastic is an important material which is ubiquitous in our daily lives and serves numerous functions, it also admits that it is often produced, used and discarded in huge quantities, and this does not benefit the environment.

Hence the need to abandon the traditional linear economic model of “use and throw away” and replace it with a more “circular” approach to this material to avoid the waste of millions of tonnes of used plastics.

In 2018, Oleoestepa set an ambitious target to help solve the problem of plastic packaging waste. The cooperative pledged to make all its packaging fully recyclable and to support the social movement in favour of plastic recycling.

This innovation meets the objectives set out in the sustainability variable of our Corporate Social Responsibility, being the first company in the olive sector to have AENOR IQNetSR-10 certification for our management of this issue.


Giving plastics a new life

Given that well-managed PET packaging can once again become a resource, it is more necessary than ever to create a secondary market for recycled PET (R-PET) capable of meeting the demand of the food sector in terms of quantity and quality. Oleoestepa is therefore launching a parallel awareness campaign to give plastics a new life.

To make a new bottle of 1 litre R-PET Oleoestepa extra virgin olive oil, 3 plastic bottles need to be recycled. Hence the need to support the circular economy and the culture of recycling in the domestic environment. This is a task that, day by day, allows us to take care of the environment through sustainable projects such as the new Oleoestepa R-PET bottle.

This daily task of recycling in our homes is a basic part of the new circular economy, which advocates the optimisation of materials and waste, extending their useful life. This is a move away from the current linear ‘use and throw away’ system and towards an environmentally friendly system based on prevention, reuse, repair and recycling. This model makes it possible to extend the useful life of products and give them a second life.

In order to achieve the sustainable and inclusive development advocated by the 2030 Agenda, recycling is configured as a great lever to promote sustainable production, consumption and lifestyles. Companies and cooperatives such as Oleoestepa are examples of the application of relevant innovations especially related to the circular economy.

But recycling is also an opportunity to establish alliances with other entities, both with organisations specialised in waste and with researchers, local communities or environmental organisations, which are essential to give meaning to the life cycle of products. Along these lines, the Oleoestepa cooperative has several projects underway to promote the culture of recycling and the circular economy. We invite you to follow our social media profiles and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the progress of these projects.

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“We all count, you, the first.” With this video we want to make a simple tribute to all the anonymous people who with their daily effort achieve important advances for all. Like all those who are part of the cooperative Oleoestepa: farmers, technicians, etc., and of course, all people who enjoy our extra virgin olive oils. We wish you an happy Holidays and a magnficient New Year! Seguir leyendo “Oleoestepa wishes happy holidays and a magnificient New Year!”