Handicraft products from natural materials are now made using a variety of materials taken from nature. Some of them are handicrafts from bamboo, handicrafts from woven water hyacinth, handicrafts from woven banana fronds and others. Not only that, there are also crafts made from coconut fiber.

Coconut is a plant that grows in the tropics. Indonesia as one of the largest tropical regions has a good opportunity to utilize coconut fiber as raw material for various handicraft products that have economic value.

Part of coconut fruit

Coconut is a monocot plant with non-concentric and woody vessels. Tree heads grow well on sandy plains such as beaches and tropical regions. The roots are fibrous, thick and woody and have bulbous roots. The leaf is a single leaf with pinnate reinforcement, the leaf is very deep with leaves so that it looks like a compound leaf.

Coconut tree flowers are compounded in a series protected by bractea. There are male and female flowers, married with one. Female flowers are located at the base of the bouquets, while male flowers are at a distance far from the base. While the part contained coir is the fruit.

Coconut fruit itself also has a fairly complex part. The fruit is large, 10 cm to 20 cm in diameter or even more. The color is yellow, green or brown. Coconut fruit is composed of mesocarp in the form of lignin fibers called coir. This part protects the hard endocarp (called shell) and is waterproof.

Endocarp protects seeds that are only protected by a membrane attached to the inside endocarp. Endospermum is a liquid or coconut water that contains a lot of enzymes, and the solid phase settles on the endocarp wall as the fruit ages.

Coconut Tree, source : Medscape
Coconut Tree, source : Medscape

Benefits of coconut fiber

In Indonesia, there are many coconut residues which are not used or only used as fuel. But according to research, coconut fiber actually has many benefits seen from various substances contained in it.

1. Contains high potassium

Coconut coir in the form of fibers, 10% of them are potassium content. Meanwhile, if in the form of ash, the amount of potassium can be higher at around 20% to 30%. The amount of potassium is considered very much.

This potassium content is organic which is often used as one of the substances that is an organic fertilizer content containing K. So potassium is very useful as a substance that helps fertilize the soil. Plants need potassium to grow.

2. Can be used as a planting medium and materials that support plant growth

For anyone who often plants orchids, then surely recognize the benefits of coconut fiber. Orchids are grown on media that are not pots and not on the ground, but on media such as coconut fiber. So the other benefits of coconut fiber are as a growing medium for plants.

Coconut Fiber, source : PRO-MIX par Premier Tech Horticulture
Coconut Fiber, source : PRO-MIX par Premier Tech Horticulture

Then also known as cocopeat. Cocopeat is not ashes that come from burning coconut coir. Cocopeat is a powder that is processed by coconut fiber juice without burning. The addition of cocopeat derived from coconut coir turned out to have benefits for plants.

Cocopeat is usually added to the soil in potted plants whose function is to further compact the soil. This dense soil with cocopeat content makes the diffusion of watering water on the soil well so that the absorption of substances for plants, especially oxygen will be more efficient or more than in the soil that is not solid.

3. Contains beneficial microorganisms

In several writings that contain research on coconut coir found for example, the bacterium Bacillus subtilis of the genus bacillus. This bacterium can be used to overcome bacterial wilt attack on chili. Apart from this there are still other bacterial contents which are still being examined whether the impact is positive or negative.

4. Can be used as a variety of products

Coconut coir which is usually only thrown away as leftover, or dried in the sun to dry and used as fuel turns out to have more benefits than that. Coconut coir can be used as products that have uses and economic value. Call it one of them is the coconut husk mat that we often see at the entrances of buildings or houses.

Product creation from coconut fiber

To be creative, of course, requires ideas. So if we continue to research coconut fiber, it may be that many ideas will emerge about what products will be made from coconut fiber. Well, it turns out there are already some people who do it. Here are some products that can be made from coconut fiber.

Coconut Fiber Material in Matress, source : www.soundariyamattresses.com
Coconut Fiber Material in Matress, source : www.soundariyamattresses.com

1. Coconut Fiber Mattress

Coconut coir can be used as a coating material for spring beds. Not only that, coconut fiber can be a raw material for making mattresses. Mattress made from coconut fiber is believed to be an alternative for people who have back pain.

In addition, the mattress made from coconut fiber is more absorbing odors. So that it can be used as a baby mat for example, which is often exposed to wet or liquid spills.

2. Seat of the Car and Airplane

It turns out that some well-known car manufacturers in Europe make coconut fiber as a filling material for car seats. No half-hearted, coconut coir is also used as filler material for aircraft seat seats.

Coconut coir is used as a filling material for this seat because it is believed to have good flexibility and provide comfort. In addition, coconut fiber also has a low level of pollution compared to artificial raw materials.

3. Mine Ropes

Using coconut fiber as raw material for rope mining is well known. Rope as one type of rope to bear a large burden turns out part of it is produced using coconut fiber as raw material.

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