With Coconut Husks to Pallets. Can Coconut Husks Replace Wood?

Deforestation is becoming a global environmental problem. Trees are one of the most important natural resources in the country, and have environmental, socio-cultural and economic functions, and at the same time play a key role in maintaining carbon balance, biodiversity and mitigating climate change. Forests are endangered by a number of destructive agents. The biggest and most complex of these threats are the challenges posed by climate change. The growing needs of man, which are met primarily by processing trees, and the declining planting of trees in the future can be a serious problem.


Based on this fact, the company CocoPallet made an innovation in the market by making transportation pallets from coconut hasks.


What are the benefits of this market innovation?


First, the whole process is cheaper than wood processing and is much more durable and practical.


Reduces costs and CO2 in the supply chain when used as an alternative for wooden one-way export pallets from Asia. In Asia, coconut shells often end up as waste, due to their excessive number and low consumption.


Nestable design saves 70% shipping and storing space. Compared to pallets made of wood bulky design leads to inefficient, pollutive shipping and storage.


Coco pellets are 100% natural and biodegradable, free of any synthetic resins. Compared to pallets made of wood their use of nails and chemical fumigation landfill leads to burning at end of life.


Coconut pallets are fully circulair. Their use is valuable as soil improver at end the supply chain. Compared to pallets made of wood, the cost is additional for their transport to the soil or their burning.


Most importantly coconut pallets saves millions of trees, turns coconut husk waste into value, reduces poverty of farmers. Compared to pallets made of wood unsustainable one-time use of wood pollutive and better suited for long-term applications (furniture, building, etc.)


CocoPallet is sustainability solution that tackles:


  • Environmental pollution: 85% of 73 billion coconut husks are landfilled or burned every year;


  • Deforestation: 170 million trees are cut down annually to produce 1.7 billion one – time use wooden pallets;


  • Farmer poverty: the majority of smallholder coconut farmers currently live below the poverty line due to shrinking annual income.