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Whole Forest’s head carpenter, Henry Avila, is the person that oversees the construction of our products. As a boy and teenage Henry worked on his family’s land near Cristobal Colon, Ecuador clearing the forest for subsistence agriculture. When Henry was a young adult he moved to the capitol city, Quito, aspiring for a better life. He worked several low paying factory and service jobs. As he tells it, he lived in an icy cinderblock room with his wife and young daughter in the far north of the city. The commute to work was often more than two hours one-way and started at 4:00 am in Quito’s 9,000 feet morning chill.  
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At the recent BuildingEnergy Boston conference we had the opportunity to present our collection of architectural surfaces to sustainable architects, builders, consultants, and material suppliers. This is a new business line for Whole Forest, and we learned a great deal from these conversations.

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Ecuador is implementing a new national policy to control deforestation as a part of their commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change, Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment recently entered a five-year alliance with Whole Forest.

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