Our priorities: sustainability of the resource & the community:
Shipwrights of Sarteneja: come visit the village and the wooden boat builders of Sarteneja.
A perfect representation of the idea, from Adbusters Vol 21 No.1; Economics vs Bionomics
An example with the mahogany
The mahogany is not only the symbol of Belize, it is also one of the most valuable hardwoods available for wooden boat construction.
Mahogany thrived throughout Belize and Central America before they were nearly all cut down by the log industries and their colonialist empires beginning in the late 17oo’s. Their plan was simple yet insustainable: cut everything they could, (with the strong backs of slaves as labor, of course), and make big profits exporting this freely available, irreplaceable, incalculable, non-refundable, natural resource to western countries, (Europe-North America) where the demand and profit for
hardwood was high.
The positive cycle: maintain the resource
Some people believe that instead of taking everything possible from nature to make big profits and create destruction, you can take it easy on the environment and look ahead…
Because money generally doesn’t help us to THINK !
It’s a fact: if wooden boats need trees, then trees must be cut. But what else can we do ?
It seems easy to understand that if we want trees with which to create, then we need to replant trees !
And that’s exactly what we are doing. When we cut one tree, we then replant another, sometimes 3 or 4, or even many more!
The excessive amount of time a tree needs to grow is no reason to forget that trees must be replanted !
And in fact, a mahogany grows faster than you think, especially if you plant it on a clear area with a lot of sun.
And so, the formula for sustainability is clear & simple: one tree cut, many more planted.
Introducing copper-free bottom paint
All ePaint products are free of copper, tributyltin, and other biocides that persist in the environment. ePaint coatings combine novel patented photo-active technology with environmentally preferred active ingredients to provide you with a safe, effective alternative to traditional bottom paints.
ePaint antifouling and foul release coatings combine several different mechanisms to keep your boat hull clean:
> The main mechanism found in all ePaint coatings is a patented photo-active technology that is unique only to ePaint’s. Energy from visible light in the water column is used to combine water and dissolved oxygen molecules to form hydrogen peroxide that blankets around the boat hull, creating a surface inhospitable to bio-fouling animal larvae such as barnacles and zebra mussels. Hydrogen peroxide is very effective at deterring bio-fouling from settling yet quickly
decomposes back into water and dissolved oxygen.