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.