Hi, I’m Fred
Welkom to Treetarian, on this “about page” I want to tell you a bit more about myself, how Treetarian started, why we are doing this and what our mission is.
Yes, that is me in the picture, feeling like Indiana Jones going into the rain forest in Brasil. That was the exact moment my fascination for tree products was triggered.
It started with 3D printing Treehouses
Ever since I was a child I got a fascination for treehouses. During my travels around the world I actually got to visit some amazing treehouses and eco-resorts. In 2018 I decided to actually build a treehouse that would be suitable to permanently live in. After doing extensive research and binge watching all the TV series with Treehouse Pete, I came to the conclusion that it would be very expensive and labour intensive to build a treehouse with all modern comforts the way I envisioned it.
Then I had an epiphany, why not use a large 3D printer to 3D print these structures? I was already using a little desktop 3D printer, how hard could it be? Haha, well pretty hard actually, but we are making progress.
This is Rambo, the robot our team uses to 3D print. Happy to work together with an amazingly smart team and several universities to make 3D printed treehouses a reality. If you want to learn more about our project you can go to www.3Dtreehouse.com
Economic value of trees
I was in Brasil looking for potential locations for treehouses. I was lucky to have an amazing guide that told me all kinds of interesting things about the tropical forests. The thing that flabbergasted me was the story of one specific tree. The oil of this tree’s seeds is used in cosmetics.
The seed oil of a single tree delivers 7000 USD per year in retail value, which is more than a lot of Brazilians make a year! Imagine having a treehouse in this kind of tree! Your house could pay your bills!
Enter Treeconomics, economic models around forests.
The story about the tree oil inspired me to think much broader about economic models around treehouses and forests.
What if we could create a beautiful future where people live in modern treehouses and those trees could provide economic value at the same time? Dreamy and unrealistic goal? Maybe it’s not for everyone, but everyone needs oxygen, food and certain care products.
The economics need to work for mass adoption. It is a simple supply and demand thing. The more demand for tree products the more this model will work. Everyone benefits.
When you actually visit the rainforest you understand why people are chopping down the trees. It’s easy for us to judge when you do not have to worry where your next meal is coming from, but they are desperate economically. These people are not evil. For them it is economically more beneficial to sell the wood and grow some cows on the land. If they could benefit from the forest, trees would not be chopped. It’s as simple as this: more demand for tree products = more trees.
Why consume more Tree products?
I meet a lot of vegetarians and vegans that stay in my Airbnb here at the seaside. Most with the best intentions in mind for climate change. But we believe that we can even make a greater impact on the planet if we would make more dishes with tree products instead.
I see a lot of vegans eat a lot of grains, which is often forgotten that forests need to disappear for grain fields. Eating a chestnut pancake instead of regular pancake makes a difference.
The Mission of Treetarian
We hope to inspire people to consume more tree-based products. Although most tree products are very healthy and highly nutritious. We don’t think it is a good idea to only eat tree products, a good variation in food is always advised. Our only goal with this website is to make people aware and maybe choose a Treetarian variation.
Our mission is to make the term “Treetarian” a thing and maybe one day appear in the dictionary (or Wikipedia 😊)