ABOUT

• Due to rapid industrialization, the waste generated in the Philippines is growing at an alarming rate. There are materials, such as the by-products of coconuts, like its husk, shell and coir that may be used as a resource, instead of it being discarded. Utilizing local indigenous materials instead of throwing it away will aid in the reduction of waste, and create sustainable alternatives to conventional materials...

THE PHILIPPINES

• The Philippines has a land area of 30 million hectares. 47% of the land area is agricultural land. 13 million hectares is dedicated to agricultural crops.

PHILIPPINE COCONUT INDUSTRY

• The Philippines is the second largest coconut exporter in the world. 26% of its agricultural land is dedicated to 30% of the world’s coconut production. There are around 15,353,200 metric tons of coconuts produced in the Philippines per year. 68 out of 81 provinces are coconut areas. The Philippines produces an average of 14.902 billion nuts per year, and 45 nuts per tree.

THE COCONUT

• Scientific Name: Cocos Nucifera
• The coconut is a drupe, which is a fruit with a hard stony covering enclosing the seed.

• The coconut has 3 layers:
       1. Exocarp - Outer Layer
       2. Mesocarp - Fibrous Husk
       3. Endocarp - Inner Hard Coat

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PHILIPPINE WASTE MANAGEMENT

• The Philippines generates around 10 million tonnes of solid waste per year. Only 12% of the waste is recycled and reused. There is about 6 million tonnes of abandoned agricultural biomass in the Philippines.8,400 to 8,600 tonnes of waste is generated daily in Metro Manila. The average waste produced per person in Metro Manila is 0.5 Kilograms. A third of the waste is turned into compost.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT




“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
- United Nations: Brundtland Commission

WHY USE COCONUT WASTE?

COCONUT HUSK

• Durable
• Dense
• Sustainable
• High Strength
• High Lignin
(Weather Resistance)

COCONUT SHELL

• Durable
• Dense
• Sustainable
• High Strength
• High Modulus
• High Lignin
(Weather Resistance)
• Low Cellulose Content
(Absorbs Less Moisture)

COCONUT COIR

• Sustainable 
• High Strength
• High Lignin
(Weather Resistance)

ON USING COCONUTS:

“There’s an abundance of coconuts in our country. It grows easily, it thrives easily, and it is something that is very sustainable. You can use the entire coconut tree in different ways and needs – we use a lot of coconut because of its beauty and diversity. It can come out all differently in finishes and products – which makes it unique and you can’t find it elsewhere.”

Bambi Mañosa, Director of Interior Design at Mañosa & Company

MEDIA

A gallery showcasing coconut waste being utilized in Filipino design.

Watch infographic videos about the Philippines, sustainability & the coconut industry.

IDEAS

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Submit an idea on how coconut waste could be utilized.

ECO-FRIENDLY COMPANIES

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MAÑOSA & CO.

Mañosa & Company, inc. is an Architectural firm in the Philippines specializing in contemporary environmental and tropical design, interior design, urban planning and landscaping.

PILIPINAS ECOFIBER

Pilipinas Ecofiber is a leading manufacturer of processed coco and abaca fiber, as well as an established fabricator of decorticating and baling machines used in the processing of fiber.

TIMBERMATE - HMT Industries Corp

Timbermate HMT Industries Corporation has established itself in the industry as a leading source of both local and imported products and a pioneer in manufacturing natural laminated bamboo panels.