Life in the Caribbean and specially in the coastlines and shores of these beautiful islands, coconut palms are as abundant as grass. The fruits produced by this plant are an incredible food and water source as it has been for centuries and centuries to come.
Innovation has been exploding these days with marvelous materials addressing sustainable points for LEED Certified Projects or at least doing something for the sake of the environment. For this, many new materials are now coconut by-products with a series of uses and today, I bring you a few of those natural materials that might be of use one day on any sort of project. Take notes on this and click on the links for more information:
Yet another eco-friendly and beautiful material, of course, made out of coconut, can bring out a rustic feel on your walls. This time a custom pattern made out coconut parts, naturally in various colors, offer a natural look and feel for indoor applications. Also LEED Credits for MR Category.
This interesting combination of natural materials (cork and coconuts), provide an innovative and organic solution for acoustical isolation with added sustainability to any project. As stated on Archello’s website:
“The corkboard material is a natural product (vegetal) originating from cork. The cells of the expanded cork contain 50% of air, are waterproof and are expandable. The Corkboard is not only a good thermal but also a phonic and vibratic insulator. The natural Cocos material provides great acoustic damping and has a leveling effect.”
Surprisingly, we can also obtain usable wood from palms, specifically red palms, as specified by the Wood Database. It isn’t the best wood as it is susceptible to insect attacks and working with this type of wood, is dealing with a different kind of fiber, more difficult to cut. Palms are monocots, which strikes it out of the list of softwoods and hardwoods, basically it can be an artisanal wood for custom designs.
Fabricated in South America, this product is a composite material made out of coconut husks, MDF and organic resins to make it durable and resilient. Various pattens from coconut cut shapes can be provided by Architectural Systems, Inc. Found on Materia.nl
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