Where do you plant mangroves?
MANG was founded on the east coast of South Florida and thus most of our planting projects have taken place in that region. We work closely with the Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management group to ensure proper facilitation of all planting projects. Beyond our local planting projects here in Florida, MANG also does mangrove planting projects on the island of Madagascar off the southeast coast of Africa and the bay island of Guanaja off the coast of Honduras. These regions were carefully selected due to environmental needs as well for the economic and social impact mangrove planting provides for the local communities in these areas.
How long does it take to get my order?
All orders ship out from our distribution center in Florida within 24-72 hours.
Why are you planting mangroves?
MANG is dedicated to seeing our coastal ecosystems flourish. We plant mangroves because they are a keystone species to the health of all coastal ecosystems in Florida and around the world. Mangroves provide habitat for wildlife, but also aid in protecting our coastal shorelines by holding substrate back during times of tidal events. Mangrove habitats provide a multitude of resources for a variety of bird, fish, and crustacean species. 75% of all coastal species start life in the estuary. Mangrove forests serve as barriers by protecting our shorelines from storm surges and the everyday elements of Mother Nature.
How do I become involved?
The most tangible way to become involved with MANG is to participate in our Buy One. Plant One. Initiative. Through this initiative, we plant one mangrove for every product you purchase, whether that be a hat, shirt, buff, or sticker. Every product plants a mangrove. Through this initiative, you can have a very direct impact on coastal ecosystems and coastal communities. Another form of involvement is to educate. With the influence you have, may it be big or small, educate those around you about the importance of mangrove ecosystems and the risk that mangrove forests are at. You can also get involved by signing up for our volunteer list. MANG periodically holds volunteer events at our mangrove nursery or planting days at one of our planting sites. To be contacted for one of our future volunteer opportunities, you can sign up to be added to our volunteer list here.
Why don’t you just plant mangroves and not sell apparel?
Our first passion is for environmental restoration. We love the idea of planting mangroves without selling apparel. However, this model isn’t sustainable for our business. It costs money for every mangrove we plant and every person we hire through our global planting projects. As this environmental and social aspect is the main purpose for MANG, we need a means to cover these expenses. As well as it not being sustainable, we also enjoy creating the apparel we put out! It's important to wear gear that protects our bodies from the harmful UV rays put out by the sun. Besides looking cool, MANG apparel serves as a means of conversation for environmental restoration.
Why should I care about planting mangroves?
Mangroves are more than just a tree. They are a life source for a variety of bird, fish, and crustacean species. As well, the leaves that fall from mangroves, called detritus, provide nutrients to the offshore reefs. Our oceans wouldn’t be the same without healthy mangrove ecosystems. Mangroves also act as a natural barrier from storm surges. They hold our coastlines together, preventing soil and sediment erosion. This is increasingly important as sea levels continue to rise. Mangroves also have a large impact on economic well-being. Without healthy mangrove ecosystems, there is large possibility of major economic decline causing devastation of businesses and individual welfare.
What is your process for planting mangroves?
The first step in our planting process begins with mother nature. In order for us to plant the mangroves we first need the trees to drop their seeds otherwise known as propagules. This only happens during certain parts of the year. Once the propagules have dropped from the tree we are then able to collect the mangroves. The collection process is done through the help of MANG volunteers. Our volunteers collect thousands of propagules from the water throughout the year that can then be taken to the troughs for our next step. The next step is to propagate the mangroves. This is the procedure of putting the propagules into pots, putting them into our trough system, and waiting for the roots to sprout. In doing this we have to be sure to carefully acclimate the mangroves to the optimal salinity levels. After propagation is complete and the mangrove has reached a height between 18 and 36 inches, it's finally time to plant in the wild! Our process is thoroughly considered to ensure the survivability and productivity of the mangroves once we put them in the ground. Any lack of attention to our process could lead to death of the mangroves once planted.
Can I pick where my mangrove is planted?
Currently, we do not have the capability of allowing customers to pick where their mangroves are planted. This is due to varying factors of where we plant such as 1) County regulations and needs 2) Areas available to plant in, 3) Time of the year, and 4) Weather.
When will I receive the latitude and longitude of where my mangrove was planted?
You will receive an email with the latitude and longitude of where your mangrove was planted at between 2 and 3 months from the date of purchase. This is due to the length of our planting process and seasonal restraints from mother nature.