Taylor Guitars Partners with Clean Water Nonprofit

by Acoustic Nation
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at 6:34pm

Taylor Guitars is providing a new life for trees rescued in mine remediation efforts and creating a limited edition line of guitars.

A percentage of the proceeds from the Limited Edition Holden Village Taylor GS Mini Guitars will benefit Colorado-based nonprofit El Porvenir.

The nonprofit helps communities in rural areas of Nicaragua improve their living standards through sustainable development in clean water, sanitation, reforestation and health education.

To clean up the water supply near an old mine in Washington, century-old Engelmann spruce – which happens to be a prized tonewood for guitar-makers –  were slated for destruction. Instead, trees harvested as part of a mine remediation project are gaining new life as limited edition guitars, and in turn, improving the water supply for thousands of rural families in Nicaragua.

A closeup of the Holden Village Taylor GS Mini Guitar.

This full circle benefit to the environment took a necessary byproduct of remediation and created the opportunity to generate funding for life-saving projects and rebuilding forests in Nicaragua.

Over one-third of the world’s population, some 2.5 billion people, do not have access to sanitation. Water-borne diseases are a major cause of illness and mortality in these areas, most of which are in the developing world. Last year El Porvenir involved 11,000 Nicaraguans in building their own wells, latrines and stoves as well as reforesting watersheds.

Learn more about the guitar building process here.