Coconut Lab is a project that explores innovative ideas to up cycle and reuse coconut waste - with the aim of creating a culture of sustainable making and consumption.

The Culture of Coconuts

Coconut (Cocos nucifera), a member of the palm tree family, has been used by humans for thousands of years. Today, every part of the coconut tree – ranging from the husk to the water contained in the coconut fruit – is used in some way or the other. One of the most popular uses of coconuts is to drink the water contained in the fruit, served as a healthy and refreshing drink. Additionally, the inner flesh, along with the coconut milk and oil that is extracted from it, is an integral part of the local culture in many parts of the world.

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<aside> 👉 Over 50 billion coconuts are produced worldwide each year

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<aside> 👉 Coconut production in 2017 equalled 60.7 million metric tonnes

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<aside> 👉 ~96% of all these coconuts are produced by 10 million+ poor farmers around the world

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<aside> 👉 Coconuts are produced in 92 countries on over 10 million hectares

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<aside> 👉 3 countries (Indonesia, Philippines, India) combined produce 74% of the total

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The Coconut Problem

While coconuts and products created from them are extremely useful, there is a part of the coconut that is often ignored and thrown away. This is the coconut husk. For centuries, people have consumed the inner flesh and water of coconuts and left the husk to pile up as garbage, or be burned up.

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<aside> 👉 ~85% of coconut husks are treated like waste and create pollution

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<aside> 👉 Coconut waste piles become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and disease

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<aside> 👉 Open burning of coconut waste contributes significantly to CO2 and methane emissions

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