February 1, 2021
Photo courtesy of MANG
MANG, an environmental apparel company based in West Palm Beach, FL, has become a BTT Gold Sponsor.
MANG’s mission is to restore coastal ecosystems across the globe by focusing on mangrove restoration. Through its Buy One. Plant One.® initiative, MANG plants a mangrove for every product sold. Since the co-founders and twin brothers Kyle and Keith created MANG, the company has planted over 310,000 mangroves and has consequently sequestered nearly 900,000 pounds of blue carbon. The company also strives to foster education, partnering with school systems in Florida to help illustrate the importance of mangroves by leading planting trips for students (“Mini MANGs”) to witness first-hand the incredible impact the trees can have on the environment.
“An ocean without mangroves is like a world without air,” said Kyle Rossin, co-founder and CEO of MANG. “Mangroves are the number one carbon sequestration tree in the world, and provide habitat for up to 70 percent of marine life. As an apparel brand dedicated to planting mangroves for every product we sell, we are donating over 100,000 mangroves propagules, seeds, and mature plants over the next five years to BTT’s Bahamas Restoration Project to help restore these critical island lands. Our goal is to not only protect the islands and their ecosystem through community-led planting events, but also to preserve the guide fishing economy and teach other organizations how to grow and maintain a mangrove nursery for long-term sustainability.”
BTT and MANG worked closely together in 2020 to spearhead the Bahamas Mangrove Restoration Project, a five-year project that seeks to restore vital mangrove habitat impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the northern Bahamas. MANG launched a statewide propagule collection campaign in October of 2020, collecting approximately 70,000propagules and seeds to be grown into mature trees and planted on Grand Bahama Island and The Abacos. As a Gold Sponsor, MANG will continue to support the Restoration Project in the Bahamas.
“We greatly appreciate MANG’s support of our conservation mission and our important work to restore mangroves impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” said Jim McDuffie, BTT’s President and CEO. “We look forward to what we will accomplish together to ensure that the Bahamas flats fishery fully recovers.”
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