Thursday, November 17, 2011

Recycled Coir (Coconut husk) into Vegan Friendly Outwear!

I came across this article on ecouterre website and I was so thrilled to read about it. http://www.ecouterre.com/category/fabrictionary
Nau (pronounce Now) a sustainable company located in Portland, is using the coconut husk (Coir) material in their jacket. Great!!!!
 Here it is one of their alpine jacket, insulated with a recycled polyester/COCONA blend that's derived from coconut husks.


Not only the Coconut husk (Coir) have being recycled and using for making finer brushes, string, rope, fishing nets, packaging and also to design Floor but now they are Upcycling it into fine materials as well. VERY COOL.

Being from the Caribbean, we have plenty of coconut trees, (love to eat the coconut flesh inside and drink the coconut water, it was so good and refreshing).

Memories, great times I do much miss quite a lot. Also, things I do remember seeing people do with the coconut palm, the fiber, the hard shell growing up in Haiti was unbelievable. I would have never guess that one day it will be used inside of a  jacket. So little did I know then.
 
A little info about Coir/ Coconut fiber:




Coconut fiber or coir is natural fiber taken from by product of coconut husk  (pictures above) then cleaned and compressed into bales. (pictures below)
 

Coconut fiber belongs to the category fibers/fibrous materials, Coconut fiber is obtained from the fibrous husk (mesocarp) of the coconut (Cocos nucifera) from the coconut palm, which belongs to the palm family (Palmae). Coconut fibers have high lining content and thus low cellulose content, as a result of which it is resilient, strong and highly durable. The remarkable lightness of the fibers is due to the cavities arising from the dried out sieve cells. Coconut fiber is the only fruit fiber usable in the textile industry. Coir is obtained by ratting for up to 10 months in water followed by sun-drying.



Some links:
http://www.nau.com/mens/categories/jackets/insular-jacket-033M01.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut#Coir
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