Imagine beautifully handcrafted artisanal furniture made from sustainably grown reforested wood – maker Masaya & Co is one of those unique brands making a difference. Based in the lush Central American country of Nicaragua their furniture products are purposely made with wood grown in reforestation projects coordinated through their sister company Maderas Sostenibles, which has been working diligently to convert deforested land into productive plantations for over 9 years. They have planted more than 1 million trees in that time, working with local farmers and growing trees on deforested cattle lands, capturing carbon and replenishing landscapes.
The Future Looks Bright
Masaya & Co is vertically integrated and believes that wood is the best renewable building material from the nursery to the sawmill to the finished product. Precious hardwoods such as teak, mahogany, pochote, rosewood, and Spanish cedar possess shorter growth cycles and higher market prices than northern timbers, making them a more sustainable option for the future. The company is passionate about its work and committed to reversing the effects of unregulated deforestation. Many times, forests are clear-cut without thought or environmental consideration; cost and profit become the driving factors. Masaya & Co is focused on creating beautiful elements for living while preserving the environment for future generations.
Renewable Prefab Homes
Masaya Homes, a subsidiary of their company focuses on prefabricated dwellings. ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units), art studios, guest houses and work-from-home spaces that are beautifully designed. The homes are completely constructed of teak, a renewable resource that can be cultivated and naturally replenished without damaging the forest. Most of the species of wood used by Masaya & Co can be planted and harvested multiple times during a human life span, making it an ideal building material for prefabricated units. There are currently 6 models available, from the 120-square-foot Studio Uno to the expansive 1200-square-foot Sonoma model. The entire structure including floors, wall cladding, doors and millwork is constructed from sustainably grown teak.