One of the world’s largest unwanted resources.

For more than a century, coconut trees have grown in mass plantations around the tropics. They’re farmed for the fruit used in popular products like coconut milk, water, soaps and copra.

But once these trees stop bearing fruit, they’re deemed unusable and they’re chopped down. The trunks can’t be worked like conventional wood, so they’re a wasted by-product of the process.

Once the land is cleared, the farmer plants new coconut new trees and the cycle begins again.

Each year, an estimated 70 million tonnes of plantation coconut palms are felled and dumped in landfill.

The Pacific Green team saw that this wasted material could be the solution to the destruction of our planet’s rainforests.

Choose earth-friendly Palmwood for your next project

Palmwood is the result of 25 years research and development.

In the early 1990s, Pacific Green established the world’s first factory dedicated to the coconut palm tree. Our vision was to provide an earth-friendly substitute for old growth hardwoods.

After years of research and development, we introduced Palmwood®. Palmwood is sustainable, durable and beautiful.

And it’s solving a major environmental challenge. Where the coconut tree trunks were once wasted, we now reclaim them. The wood is then given a second life.

It’s transformed into a range of beautiful architectural products, furniture and homewares.

Palmwood can be laminated, shaped, drilled, or screwed. It also has the tremendous advantage of being free from knots and other blemishes.

And it is visually striking with a rich brown tone highlighted by golden flecks in the grain.




Production is a low-tech, environmentally-responsible process. The density of the coconut tree stem governs whether it is cut into planks and sticks or machined into gunbarrel-straight columns. These are then stacked to air-dry and baked in a self-powered kiln. At the end of this cycle, the material is ready to shape and sand.

We treat the coconut wood with a non-toxic oil-borne preservative and finish the it with natural oils to add stability and longevity. This makes Palmwood suitable for both interior and exterior environments, in wet and dry climates.

Palmwood® is a registered mark to signify material produced by Pacific Green.

Coconut Facts

  • The coconut palm (cocos nucifera) is an agricultural crop.
  • Mass Plantations of coconut trees were established in the early 1900’s to extract copra, an early component in global manufacturing. Today, coconuts are more commonly planted for their flesh and milk.
  • The plant produces coconuts from the age of five until 50.
  • Mature trees can produce coconuts until the age of 70, at which point that are considered unusable and felled to make way for future crops
  • Trees can grow to between 15m – 30m
  • Coconuts are produced in 90+ countries worldwide.
  • Worldwide, there are almost 1 billion plantation coconut trees at varying stages of the life cycle.
  • Each year, an estimated 70 million palms are felled, typically ending up in landfill.

If you are visiting Fiji, please drop in and see sustainability at work. In our Ecopark, we have planted many coconut, sandalwood and mahogany trees. You may wish to plant a tree as a reminder of your links with Fiji.

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