Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs drives us all. Our basic needs are Food, Water and Shelter. MZ3 has been involved in the Shelter or building industry since 2005 using wood and lightweight steel. In 2015 MZ3 became involved in the Food and agriculture industry to assist in transitioning to sustainable, permanent and regenerative agriculture. In 2016 MZ3 started work on a high speed tree planting machine to assist in regenerative agriculture reclaiming degenerated farm and rangelands into productive agro forests.
MZ3's mission since 2001 has been “to help build a society based on wood”. We believe we need to live more sustainably by using renewable energy and renewable materials such as timber and to reduce our use of finite resources which are drilled or mined. Therefore when we can, we help to develop timber planting, milling and processing machines. We believe agroforestry or food forests, combining the growing of wood and food is the sustainable path to take.
Since 2001 we have designed and supplied machinery for the timber fabrication industry to help timber compete more effectively with non sustainable materials.
In 2008 we developed a fastener free, resorcinol glued timber floor panel and a prefabricated stair system for industrial mezzanine floor kits.
In 2009 we acquired a Resorcinol glue manufacturing plant with formulas originally developed by the CSIRO for Australian timbers. The plant was originally owned by Norm Town in NSW, then in WA by Bunnings and Prochemsol before us. We now manufacture Resorcinol resin adhesive for in-house use. This is a long proven, high strength, waterproof, structural timber adhesive used for marine timbers (rudders, oars, yachts), high strength exposed structural timber glu-lam beams (pedestrian bridges), laminated posts, finger-jointed timber, rollercoaster framework and even aircraft propellors.
In 2010 we started helping a customer test and develop new lightweight metal building products. In 2011 we invented and built three machines to make these products which we operate for the customer, on a piece rate contract.
Amongst a wide range of wood machines we have developed linear multi cut wood saws, picker placers, pack stackers and destackers, nail plate presses and timber strength testing machines.
In 2015 we made a seed sorting and a precision air seeder for Kimseed and in 2016 we began working on vegetable processing equipment.
In 2016 MZ3 started work on a high speed tree planting machine to assist in regenerative agriculture to reclaim marginal farm, rangelands and man-made deserts into productive agro forests.
Some comments on sustainability:
The prophecy of the Rainbow Warriors
... a Cree woman told her.
There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the World who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it...they will be known as the "Warriors of the Rainbow."
... Chief Seattle, who lived from 1780 to 1866:
"When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear. When that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them."
According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest or boasts of successes. Leaders will be those whose actions speak for them and that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and proven that they work for the benefit of all.
Leaders in sustainability in our time;
- Bill Mollison, David Holmgren and Geoff Lawton - Australia - Permaculture
- Australia's Renew Magazine going since 1980 stories of people and their renewables. Including Alan Pears excellent articles on Australia's energy sector.
- www.foodforest.com.au - Gawler, South Australia - long running commercial organic farm
- Cuba the country - forced to go organic from 1989 onwards when the wall came down and Russia suddenly withdrew all support
- Paul Gilding - Australian who wrote "The Great Disruption" about how we would react when global warming can no longer be ignored.
- Ernst Gotsch - Swiss man who emigrated to Brazil and now farms a rainforest he created from scratch. We believe Ernst found the solution to our current problems.
- Allan Savory, Zimbabwe - cell grazing, holistically - maybe beef is not so bad
- Bhaskar Save - India - tried and gave up Western Farming and prospered using natural farming methods
- Justin Rhodes - USA - grows his family's food using chickens as tractors
- Carbon Neutral - Western Australia - rehabilitating parts of the NorthEastern wheatbelt in Western Australia
- Loyd Alter - the excellent and always interesting and wide ranging website http://www.treehugger.com/
- Bill Gammage - author of The Biggest Estate on Earth - which has become the recipe for MZ3
- The tireless Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy
- Making, recycling amazing DIY - Instructables.com