Better Globe Trees
Better Globe trees are a natural part of the local environment.
Eastern Africa has a favourable environment for the trees to grow. The sun shines all year around and the warmth is pleasant. The only thing that's missing is water. In these areas forests has grown naturally but during the colonization big parts of the forests was cut down. Mahogany is a highly demanded timber which the westerners stole along with many other resourses the continent had.
Better Globe grow tree species that used to grow wildly in eastern Africa. The trees has long roots which reaches the groundwater in just a few years, because of this the plants only needs to be watered the first years.
For every sold tree, Better Globe plants two trees that can be divided in two different groups.
Trees for timber, that are planted and cut down after about 20 years and sold to the factory that makes furniture, roofing and other products.
The second type of tree are crops like mango or gum arabicum. These trees gives an annual income and makes it possible to grow the business until the big harvest of the mahogany type of timber comes after 20 years.
Sandra with a newly planted tree
23 year old Mukau tree.
Mukau – African mahogany
Mukau is the Swahili name of Better Globes most important tree species. It’s called Melia Volkensi in latin and has grown wildly in eastern Africa. The tree reproduces naturally through the roots but since the trees were almost extinct it’s merely impossible for it to reproduce on a higher scale in this way.
However, Better Globes tree expert Jan has developed a way to reproduce the tree by crushing the fruit and it’s surrounding shell to access the seed to produce new tree plants.
The mukau tree gives timber of mahogany like quality. It grows very fast and can be felled after only 20 years.
Better Globe started to grow mukau trees 2 years before they started their crowdfounding and the first trees will be fully grown in 4-6 years. They will then be felled and Better Globe will open a factory that will process the timber and make more work opportunity for the locals. Better Globe has already been given land for this and will start the production of furniture and parquet flooring. It is even possible to order a watch, from Better Globes homepage, made from mukau tree.
Parquet floor from mukau-tree
Watch made of mukau-tree
Acacia senegal generates natural gummi arabicum
Acasia Senegal is a tree grown for the economic value of the gum arabicum it produces. It’s extremely resistant to drought and can survive without water for 18 months.
Therefore it’s grown in the driest areas and is a very good crop for female farmers. Working with this tree species is not as physically heavy as the mukau trees that needs pruning and a lot of water the first years.
Acasia Senegal produces Gum arabicum which is used as a food additive, in pharmaceuticals and as cosmetics. The gum is drained from cuts in the bark and an individual tree will yield for 20-25 years.
Apple mango tree
Apple mango is also grow for the economic value of the fruit. The mango tree produces between 100-400 kg of mango yearly. During the time of harvest the markets are filled with mango and the price drops. Better Globe has succeeded to push ahead the harvest so that the tree gives fruit a few months earlier.
This makes it possible to take a higher price per kilo. There are also plans to start a factory that produces mango juice. Other trees Better Globe plant Casuarinatree for wind protection for the other plants and trees. Neem for it’s oil, which can be used in biological pesticides, and has medical abilities.
The baobab tree has nuts that are collected to produce oil which has great abilities for hair and skin. It’s also full of antioxidants!