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From our entrepreneurial founding in 2002, PlantBest, Inc. has been at the forefront of coconut coir development based on 3 fundamental principles.
- Helping the planet.
- Helping developing countries.
- Helping create a sustainable rural life.
Our products are made at our two plants in Vietnam where we process millions of spent coconut husks a year using 100% of the coconut to make a wide range of natural living products.
We support our employees and rural communities by:
- Paying well above average wage rates for the area.
- Building schools and roads.
- Supporting over 200 individual farmers with our daily purchases.
- Providing excellent working conditions including well-lit and well-ventilated workspaces.
â€¦ and thatâ€™s before the incredible story of the coconut husk itself that grows abundantly and naturally on coconut trees renewing itself every 75 days, rain or shine. Thatâ€™s sustainability!
WHY COCONUT COIR?
Coconut Coir (pronounced â€śkoiâ€™erâ€ť) is the 1-2â€ť/3-5cm thick fibrous layer between the green skin and the hard brown shell of a coconut. This is ground up to produce coir dust and fibre. By turning the discarded husks into soil replacement and other growing container, we are helping to both eliminate environmental waste and make the coconut completely sustainable.
Performance Benefits of Coconut Coir:
- Visibly better, faster plant growth
- Coconut Coir containers maintain form when wet
- Growing mix/pellets will not compact; they maintain proper air-to-water ratio
- From inland source- naturally reduced salt
- Higher resistance to mold
Environmental Benefits of Coconut Coir:
- Coconut trees grow new coconuts on a monthly basis, allowing us to harvest without decimating the environment
- Compressed Coconut Coir growing mix and pellets use five times less freight than traditionally packaged peat
- Coconut Coir is a biodegradable, organic material
- Coir pellets easily rehydrate and require 30% less water than peat (based on independent testing)
Peat moss is a commonly used medium among growers and gardeners. However, this comes at an environmental cost. A yearly harvest of peat takes approximately 220 years to renew itself. And, the destruction of peat lands release 3 billion tons of C02 annually- the equivalent of 10% of the global emissions from fossil fuels.
Coconuts are abundant and grown in over 90 countries. Additionally, they are hyper-renewable, since each plant produces approximately 75 to 150 coconuts per year. This, combined with the fact that coir fibers can be processed in many ways to create various compositions and attributes, makes coconut usage an attractive and eco-friendly choice!