(Coco) Nuts for Sustainability
This is a fascinating story of turning discarded coconut by-products into value added products, a process that creates jobs for the poor and the creative class.
The Philippines is the second largest producer of coconuts in the world, growing some 8 billion per year. Most of these are not harvested. Of those that are, farmers typically only harvest the "meat". Herein lies an incredible renewable resource that can be repurposed into many things from building blocks (think lego style) to peat like pellets to burn for energy, to erosion protection and possibly even as car parts!
Cocogreen is effectively tapping into an unlimited renewable resource that is otherwise discarded and can wreak havoc with the environment. Coconuts often clog up rivers and water systems creating floods that could otherrwise be avoided. The Philippines is the second largest producer of coconuts in the world, but since most of them are underutilized this creates huge opportunity.
On a related note, check this ou:! "Una" is the first car manufactured using indigenous materials. Only in Cebu City, Philippines
This post originally appeared on my blog, Growing Communities by Developing Creative Rural Economies