Coconet–Amazing Anti-Soil Erosion Net Made of Coconut Husk

This is actually part 3 of the series on the 1,000 uses of the coconut tree. Part 1 talks about the uses of the coconut leaves, stalk and fruits. You can read Part 1 here. Part 2 delves into the uses of the coconut husk. This third part of the series will zoom in on the details about the many processed products that can be derived from the coconut husk: various tools and implements, anti-erosion coco net and coco peat.

coconut husk
Coconut husk is also called coco coir, a natural fiber which is made into ropes used in ship rigging, carpets, doormats and rugs, upholstery, car seats, pillows, mattress, insulators, brush and charcoal briquettes. Coco coir is also used extensively in making air and water filters as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
floor polisher made of coconut husk
(photo from flickr.com)

Filipinos would readily recognize this. But to you foreigners out there, what do you think this is? It is the Filipino version of your floor polisher. We use it by stepping on it and scrubbing it on the floor. Aside from giving your finished cement or wooden floor an ultra-shine finish, it will also give your thighs and legs an intensive workout.

anti-erosion netting made of coconut husk fibers
(picture of coconet from agripinoy.net)

In the Philippines, an inventor has found an ingenious way of putting discarded coconut husk fibers to good use. He invented the coconet, an innovative netting which can be laid on the ground and acts to prevent soil erosion in steeply sloped areas and in flood-prone areas such as riverbanks. The wonder of this product is that it promotes plant growth and is of course biodegradable. Coco coir fibers are spun into thick ropes and woven into a large netting which, when laid down on the ground, holds the soil fast and prevents erosion during heavy rains. By virtue of its excellent moisture-retention and nutrient-releasing property, it also acts as an excellent bedding for the growth of vegetation. The netting is also very tough and can last for many years.

sloped land supported by coconet
(Photo Credit: cocogreen.net)
This multi-purpose geologic netting has already been used in many parts of Southeast Asia as well as in China and Sri Lanka. The Filipino inventor is Justino Arboleda, dean of an agriculture college in the Philippines. Dean Arboleda has won $20,000 from BBC World Challenge for innovative grassroots project and has been recognized by Newsweek. Plans are already underway to use the coconet on a massive scale in the construction projects of the Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways. 

For a more comprehensive read on this subject, I refer you to cocogreen.net— no, I am not an affiliate of this site, yet I freely promote this Filipino company.
Here is the profile of Dean Arboleda. It is an inspiring read.

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