Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Michiel Vos, Ebel Kemeling, Kiel Flores, Marc Sprakel, Risha Vithlani, Jurriaan Strootman
CocoPallets are sustainable export pallets made from coconut husk waste. Manufacturers in Asia use about 1.7 billion export pallets per year, most of which (94%) are made of wood, meant for single-use in intercontinental export. Annually over 200 million trees are logged to create these export pallets. Meanwhile, over 40 billion coconut husks are thrown away and burned, creating a large burden on the environment.
CocoPallet has developed a bio-based, bio-degradable export pallet from coconut waste to replace non-sustainable pallets. They have developed a technique to activate the particles between the coconut fibers as a glue so there is no need for synthetic resins to bind the material. CocoPallets are fully circular, strong, cost-competitive with wooden pallets, and can be milled and used for agricultural purposes after they are no longer able to be used as pallets.Their design was inspired by the curvature of plant leaf ribs, which give the product more rigidity and strength.