Unfortunately, a lot of trees have been cut over the past couple of years, and even though that wood is not that necessary for manufacturing like before, we are already too slow to find some alternatives.
But, a Dutch start-up known as CocoPallet is a campaign that aims to change this for good. It is producing transportation pallets from coconut husks, which is 100 percent organic material, and is being recycled from a waste product.
First it is a lot cheaper than wood, and has a very durable and practical design. Since the shipping pallets are used all around the world, the company saves around 200 million trees from being cut down each year.
The innovation was created by specialists at Wageningen University, however the author of CocoPallet, Michiel Vos, popularized them.
Crafting articles out of coconuts never jumped out at Jan Van Dam, a plant researcher at Wageningen University. However, around two decades prior, he represented considerable authority in creating materials out of plant fiber, yet an Indonesian man entered his office at the school to demonstrate him something.
It resembled a hardboard, yet the man clarified it was totally made out of coconut bark, the external shell of the organic product. Such a recyclable item is required, particularly in spots like Asia where coconut waste is inexhaustible, so he saw the colossal potential.
Huge measures of coconuts are produced, mostly in Asia, which prompts a colossal heap of squandered coconut husk, which is left to decay away by the side of the street or set ablaze.
However, Van Dam says that on the off chance that you figure out how to make crude materials out of the husk, you avoid deforestation, you keep the material from decaying ceaselessly and adding to contamination and environmental change, and you give the ranchers an additional pay.
He took in the strategy and endeavored to dispatch a push to make beds out of coconut shells in the Philippines, however the program flopped as there was no adequate power supply.
However, following quite a while, Michiel Vos approached Van Dam for guidance about options in contrast to wood and left his office with his last report under his arm.
In view of the innovation initially created by Wageningen University scientists, he has extemporized the system by utilizing coconut husk making a world-class item with equivalent artfulness and durability.
The beds offer various advantages, both earth and monetarily, and are accepted to have the option to in a roundabout way avoid the cutting of around 200 million trees for every year in the Netherlands. Their creation completely refutes the utilization of any dangerous and costly pesticide treatment for the trees.
Vos clarifies why it is increasingly effective to make pellets in Asia with neighborhood materials. To be specific, Asia delivers over a billion beds every year. They require softwood, which is imported from Canada, New Zealand or Eastern Europe, and items are then dispatched back to America or Europe.
CocoPallet is now prevalent among Asian exporters, and the organization delivers the beds in Sumatra, Indonesia from neighborhood estates—dispensing with the vehicle cost and making additional pay for nearby ranchers.
Vos also said that the pallets are a lot more sustainable and cheaper, also lighter and stronger than the wooden pallets we’ve been using for many years, they are also fire retardant, and the design of the new pallets makes it easier for stacking, therefore they don’t take a lot of space.
The company that produces them is taking advantage of the 74 billion coconuts that are harvested, by turning the unused husks into these unbelievable export pallets which are water-resistant, pest-repellent, and most importantly biodegradable.
The founder wants to expand the business further to rid the waste from the coconuts in other countries in Asia, in an eco-friendly way!
CocoPallets is saving millions of trees, at the same time recycling a waste product!