Monday, November 24, 2014


From coconut skin, the mesocarp or we call it 'sabut' or 'tepes' is a part that have a lot of benefit.
Long years ago, this stuff was only a waste, just used for fire stove.

Here, there are so many small industries or home industries that using this part as base material for their products.
Sabut is well known as media on growing ephipyth.
Sabut will cut into cubical form, then get in to the liquid of nutrient for about one or two days, then strained and dried.
The soaking process sometime done twice, first using plain water and the second using liquid nutrient.
Now we get good media for growing orchids, ferns, bromelias, tillandsia and other ephipyth.

For the common home industries that processing this stuff, the first step is sun drying process to reduce the water content.
Then sabut will be combed using a machine until it has hairy form that we call it as 'coconut fiber'.

Coconut fiber is an intermediate product, and will processed later become so many end products, such as rug, rope, sandals, mattress, pillow, cushion, bolster, bag, chair, brush, broom and many more.
You can see the coconut fiber creation on my old post here.

During the combed process, we get dusty form that we usually call it as 'coco dust'.
Coco dust is the smallest material from that produced from these processes.

Coco dust is usually used on potting mix to make the media porous and keep the humidity well.
Do you use potting mix for your garden?
Please check the ingredient, do you find the coco dust there?

Now, we will talk about the next process.
Coconut fiber is usually used as base material for mattress, pillow, bolster, sandals, cushion, rope and others.
The rope is usually used directly or processed later into other products.

Look... this man is arranging the coconut fiber and coconut rope on a frame to make a rug.

It needs patience to get a good product.

The arrangement process is finish, ready to be cut.

The 'waste' from cutting process, is used as growing media or be processed later.

Finishing touch,.. cutting the "hairy parts'.

Ready to be packed...

This is a coconut mattress, that usually used for sport mattress.
But the thick mattress is so comfort for bed cause keep the temperature ideal for us when we sleep, and it's recommended for people with asthma, cause non toxic and not irritating.
The process is almost similar to making rug.
This mattress have not covering yet.

These just a few processes to get more benefit from the coconut waste.
Actually, I have a lot of things to talk about.
Next, we will talk about making coconut sugar.
Please enjoy this series, I wish it will be useful.


  1. Saya suka melihat gambar-gambar yang Endah paparkan disepanjang siri tentang kelapa ini. Cukup lengkap seiring infonya. Sangat interesting.

  2. It's good that all the parts of the coconut can be used without waste.

  3. That is so interesting that they use the fiber to make so many things, they use everything with very little wasted.

    1. I think there's no waste, cause the dust is still used as potting mix, a great media for container gardening.

  4. This is all very interesting. Nice pictures, too!

  5. Very little wasted..that is great. This has been so interesting. Have a wonderful day.

  6. I loved seeing how it was made as we use coco mat in France a lot!

    1. Thank you, Magali. I have never known that you can find a lot of coco mat on your country.

  7. O que nos faz amigos é essa capacidade de sermos muitos, mesmo quando somos dois.
    Pe. Fábio de Melo
    Obrigada querida pela amizade carinhosa!
    Um doce abraço, Marie.