Coconut husk

Bio-Materials
Coconut husk

Can you see a forest in the palm?

What happens when material production and identity is directly linked to the ways we grow plants?

The ingredients of this composite are based directly on the structure of coconut plantation. Local plants that could be grown between the palms are bound with reused coconut husks in form of starch, dye or fiber. Drawing from traditional practices and natural systems the composition of material is expressing the ecosystem formed by neighbouring plant species.

Material could be produced locally in quite similar way as different food products are prepared. Parts of plants such as Cassava, Pandan, Citrus fruits, Inigo or Madder together with grinned coconut fiber are treated with heat and then pressed into a mould.

This process provides a way for transformation of monoculture plantation byproducts (coconut husks with fiber) into an added value material/ product as well as renewal of monoculture style of growing by changing plantation into a „forest”.

Maker

Pola Salicka

References

Rethinking Plastic (Article)

Can you see a forest in the palm? (Video)

Credits

Farmers from Riau Province, Indonesia ; Lund University School of Industrial Design