This week’s guest on the The Cardano NFT column is a project characterized by a NFT collection raising awareness and sharing knowledge on sustainable construction using EARTH as a building material: natives of the earth.
Guest of last week was a project developing a NFT-based RPG with competitive game modes.
This initiative is a benchmark for NFT on Cardano and every week or two we’ll invite someone over to answer a few questions and give us an update directly from the Cardano community.
Considering many of our readers are new to the crypto space, we will have a mix of simple and technical questions.
Cardano NFT Project: Earth Natives
Hey, glad to have you here. Please introduce your team, where are you from, what is your background?
Hello, thank you very much for inviting us to speak here and share a bit about who we are.
Our team is therefore made up of 6 core members split between Australia and Brazil who have been friends, family or colleagues for a long time.
Thiago and me, Kristyare married and are co-founders of Earth Natives. I have training in communication and lead the front with all community sides of things for the project, including social media and writing. Thiago is our project manager and also CEO of the Ecoterm Modular Institute.
We have our amazing artist, Montanarowhich is a well-known illustrator in Brazil and has been drawing professionally since a young age. Our artistic director, Raphaëlwho works for one of best advertising agencies in São Paulo and has been Thiago’s best friend since childhood. Our developer Keithwhom we met at Perth Cardano Summit and who is also the bet pool operator for POWER bet pool. And finally, Katywhich is a civil engineer and owner of Metta, one of the ecological brick factories belonging to our Institute. Kati is also a team leader for build the sustainable house we donated.
Why did you choose Cardano for your NFT collection? What advantages does this blockchain bring?
We were looking for sustainable blockchains and narrowed it down to Algorand and gimbalbut ultimately chose Cardano because of its robust technology and dedicated culture to make a positive change in the world. We have always been supporters of Cardano and want play a part in his mission to make the world a better place.
In terms of benefits, blockchain offers us a way to operate internationally with transparency and resilience.
Tell us about the Earth Natives project. How did it start, what have you achieved and where are you going?
Behind the scenes of Earth Natives is the Modular Ecoterm Institutean institution dedicated to teaching others how to build with the earth and raise awareness for a more sustainable future. In order to help scale and start operating internationally, we started looking for technology that we could use to help showcase the interlocking compressed earth bricks this is where Cardano came in and the idea of Earth Natives was born.
Earth Natives is an NFT project that has used funds from our sales to build a sustainable home. We have next donated this house to a needy family in Brazil and filmed the entire trip to share with the community.
The lore behind NFTs is based on climate change and how, with rising temperatures, humans were forced into hiding and transformed into an animal that uses the earth for shelter. This is where we get the three main characters from our collection of 3333 NFTs. The most important aspect of NFT’s artwork is the mineral each wears on their chest. It is through the minerals that we wanted to teach the complexity of the earth which is seen in the metadata. Each collection also comes with its own ayahuasca ceremonial music like a rreminding everyone to take the time of day to focus on yourself, breathe and be in harmony with the earth.
Since 3 weeks, we officially handed over the keys to the completed house and since then I have worked on:
- Our mission-driven participation pool, TERRAwhich recently hit its first block;
- EMP Governance tokens;
- Our illustrated story with audio narration;
- We also have plans for create a 3D Earth Building museum to show the different types of techniques that use earth as a building material in a virtual experience
In the long term, we hope to be able to teach small communities around the world how to produce the bricks themselves so that they can then provide jobs and housing for their inhabitants as well as help us make the future more sustainable.
Can you explain to us the process of building one of your ecological houses? From the materials used to the advantages of interlocking bricks.
When it comes to building one of our eco-friendly homes, the only process that differs from a standard build is how we build the walls and install the utilities. In terms of materials, we use the interlocking in compressed earth and modular bricks, glue and steel rods.
Soil-cement bricks (compressed earth interlocking bricks) represent an alternative that is perfectly in line with the guidelines of sustainable development. They require low power consumption in the extraction of raw materials, they do not generate any type of pollution or waste in their production process, and they dispenses with the need to burn which generates great energy savings and also minimizes deforestation because 6 to 9 trees per thousand bricks are preserved.
The bricks themselves provide superior quality and comfort to the home because they are much stronger than your average brick and thanks to their holes which form thermoacoustic chambers, they are able to control the temperature inside the building and also help insulate noise.
Moreover, in carrying out the work, the need to cut walls for electrical and hydraulic passages is eliminatedwhich generates a substantial reduction in the volume of debris generated and still reduces the consumption of compacting and leveling mortars.
In a more simplistic explanation, compressed earth interlocking bricks are eco-friendly, energy-saving, waste-reducing, super-efficient to build with and reduce construction time by up to 30%, require less material and labor, reducing overall cost of construction, and provide best comfort and style to your home.
Impressive. Closing remarks? Where can people follow you?
Earth Natives is just one of the projects of Modular Ecoterm Institute and we still have so much to do and accomplish in the future. For anyone interested in learn more about us or have questions please go to our website and EcoTerm. You can also find us on Twitter which has the link to our Discord.
Many thanks to Patryk and the Cardano NFT column for giving us a slot to talk about our project and for all the amazing content you share with all of us.
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