Coconut Fibers Replace Synthetic Polyester Fibers in Cars.

Via Lindsey Block
on Mar 2, 2009
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Coconut husks

Thanks to my bf who was listening to NPR last night, he told me about this new technology of using coconut husk fibers to replace the synthetic polyester fibers found in cars.  Specifically, Researchers’ goal “is to use the coconut fibers to make trunk liners, floorboards and interior door covers on cars, marking the first time coconut fibers have been used in these applications.”

Coconut husks are a sustainable means.  Coconuts are an abundant, renewable resource in countries near the equation and with an estimated “11 million coconut farmers in the world making an average annual income of $500, the Baylor researchers hope to triple the coconut farmer’s annual income by increasing the market price for each coconut to 30 cents, which could have a substantial effect on the farmer’s quality of life.” Baylor University Researchers hope to create a viable market for the poor coconut farmers.

As the team analyzes the mechanical properties of coconut fibers, they have found that the fibers are “just as good, if not better, than synthetic and polyester fibers when using them in automotive parts.” Another plus, coconut fibers are less expensive than other fibers and better for the environment because the coconut husks would have otherwise been thrown away. Coconut husk fibers also do not burn very well nor do they give off toxic fumes.  Both crucial categories in passing tests required for actual application in commercial car parts.

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About Lindsey Block

Lindsey Block spends her weekdays as part of the Elephant Journal crew and her weekends hiking or picnicking at the park with a book. She's been a vegetarian for most of her adult life and delights in cooking up a new recipe (even though she really just wants to make tacos). She currently lives in Southern California.


3 Responses to “Coconut Fibers Replace Synthetic Polyester Fibers in Cars.”

  1. jeff roth says:

    my 1972 vw bus had coconut fibres in the seat cushioning.

  2. Howlader Md.Yousuf says:

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    Use the fibre our mind and boddy are all time fresh.and no pollution our emviroment .Other hand in our modern
    world every persion to thinking our emviroment then we should use the natural fibre then our coconut Farmersare
    economicaly benifeted.
    Thanks and regards

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