At 17.1 million tonnes per year, Indonesia is the world’s largest coconut producer*. Currently, NEXTEVO Indonesia is collaborating with farmer groups and Sambu Group for coconut husk waste collection and we will begin processing with one of these collaborators in Q2 2022.
With a strong inclination towards healthier food preferences today, there is a growing demand for coconut-based food products. This demand, in turn, would generate huge amounts of coconut husk waste.
Through the collection and purchase of coconut husks, farmers get to supplement their income while avoiding unethical waste disposal practices into nearby water bodies or burning.
Apart from cocopeat for soil amendments, coir fiber is another by-product extracted from coconut husks. Incredibly strong and tough, this eco-friendly and sustainable fibre has conventionally been used for ropes, floor mats, upholstery, mattress support and agricultural applications.
Key features of coir fiber include:
- Higher strength than other natural fibres
- High water retention for plant growth
- Good aeration for healthy root development
- Pest resistant
Coir fiber applications:
Cushions & bedding mattresses
For cushions & bedding mattresses, integrating coir fiber for the foam core is a natural alternative to the synthetic ones. The use of this denser fiber would help to evenly disperse body pressures and create a comfortable support when resting on it. This relieves users from back pain, and it also provides other properties such as natural ventilation and dust mite resistance.
Bio-compositesThere are other potential and advanced applications of coir fiber, which includes converting into thermal & acoustic insulation materials (i.e., bio-composites) for building interiors and automobiles.
Others applications include:
Agricultural applications and geo-textiles like erosion control blanket