Following the launch of its sustainable textile products made from pineapple leaf waste, NEXTEVO announces its development towards the transformation of coconut shell waste into sustainable materials by the second quarter of 2022. NEXTEVO has formed a partnership exclusive with Sambu Group, a manufacturer of coconut products, to process coconut shell waste. in coconut peat, crushed pods and coconut fibers.
Importance of using coconut waste as a sustainable alternative to peat moss
Coco peat moss and crushed husks are 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable soil substrates that improve soil texture and moisture retention, thus increasing the productivity of horticultural and greenhouse yields. Coconut fibers can be incorporated into bedding mattresses as part of the foam core, which provides better comfort, support and ventilation. Among other applications, they are also used for geotextile products to protect against erosion of the land surface while aiding in the absorption and retention of moisture, which in turn promotes plant vegetation.
The use of coconut peat is also emerging as a sustainable alternative to peat moss, a commonly used soil amendment for plant growth that is extracted from peatlands. Peatlands play a vital role in the fight against climate change, sequestering almost twice as much carbon as forests, while covering only a very small percentage of the land mass in the world. Calls have been made to ban peat extraction for use as a growing medium and to switch to sustainable alternatives like coconut peat as part of efforts to conserve peatlands on a global scale.
Establish a sustainable economic and environmental ecosystem with Indonesian farmers
Indonesia is the world’s largest coconut producer with 17.1 million tonnes produced in 2019, and large volumes of coconut shell waste generated are commonly burned or discharged into water bodies. nearby by small farmers, resulting in the release of greenhouse gases and contributing to climate change. . Together with its network of coconut processors, plantations and farmer groups, NEXTEVO plans to set up a centralized system to collect this waste coconut shell. This would not only minimize existing environmental problems, but also supplement farmers’ incomes. NEXTEVO also plans to do so in other coconut-producing countries in Southeast Asia, such as the Philippines and Thailand.
NEXTEVO founder Harold Koh, who spent nine years as chairman and CEO and CEO of Great Giant Pineapple (the world’s largest pineapple farmer based in Indonesia), has built an extensive network in the agricultural sector. Not limited to pineapple leaves and coconut shells, Harold plans to expand to other types of agricultural waste in Southeast Asia to provide sustainable, value-added solutions at scale.
“Over the next three years, we aim to make an impact on the lives of over 5,000 or more pineapple and coconut farmers in Southeast Asia. We want to make an impact on the world by turning agricultural waste into sustainable materials and products with scalability that makes sense both for the environment and for farmers. Our main differentiation is our ability to work directly with collective smallholder farmers, plantations and major coconut processors in Southeast Asia, and to source various types of raw materials in abundance. Our recent meetings with several global brands and manufacturers show that there is a trend towards sourcing materials that contribute to sustainability efforts, ”said Harold.