Whole Forest produces carbon negative wood products. Our customers are motivated to take action towards reducing climate change, so we offer them a large reduction in their carbon footprint through a carbon offset based on the carbon emissions prevented by bringing additional forests under long-term conservation. Each purchase allows the business to expand its area of conservation based on the financial return to the forest generated by the product sale. Whole Forest not only transfers the carbon benefit to our clients, but we can quantify the number of tons of carbon a purchase has helped us achieve.
In 2016, Whole Forest raised investment funds to build a new hardwood facility. We spent the majority of 2017 constructing a new factory in Cristóbal Colón. Working with our strategic partner, Cider Press Woodworks, we purchased a full line of production machinery to be able to make high-quality architectural surfaces. The long-awaited machinery was delivered to the shop in early November, and it’s estimated that the facility will be set up and running by mid-December.
The coastal rainforest where Whole Forest operates is one of the most endangered forest ecosystems in South America. Over the last 20 years, these forests have been reduced to less than 5% of their former range, largely due to the clearing of forests for the rapid expansion of agriculture. Because of their exceptional diversity of plants, birds, and amphibians, high levels of endemism, and the essential habitat provided for the survival of many threatened and endangered species, Ecuador’s coastal rainforests are one of the top hotspots for global biodiversity.