January 8, 2009

Coconut and rice polymers

Here are two several interesting developments in the world of natural plastics.

In Texas, researchers from Baylor University have found a way to use coconut husks as a replacement for synthetic polyester fibers in compression molded composites, specifically, to make trunk liners, floorboards and interior door covers on cars out of coconut fibers.

Back when I was a kid living in the Philippines, I remember my older folks burning coconut husks as fuel for outdoor cooking and grilling (instead of the more expensive charcoal) since they are just thrown away after getting the fruit and coconut water out of it. They're also useful in polishing wooden floors.

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