Coconut shells converted into pallets. Unusual idea for the use of waste.
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Pest-resistant, waterproof and biodegradable – this is what distinguishes the pallets made of coconut shells. This unusual solution, created by the Dutch company CocoPallet, successfully replaces traditional wooden pallets.
The company uses the outer shell of the coconut to produce its eco-friendly pallets. The best thing in the coconut is inside, which is why during processing in as many as 85% of cases this external part is either burned or thrown into the ocean, which causes environmental pollution. The company decided to use unwanted shells to create eco-friendly palettes. In this way, the company not only cares about the environment, but also limits the felling of trees needed for the production of traditional pallets.
Coconut pallets do not contain any synthetic binding agents. The binder is coconut fibres. During production, the company does not use nails, thanks to which the pallets can be shredded, recycled or composted immediately after use.
The company points out that, depending on the type, pallets can easily withstand up to 2,000 kg static load and 1,000 kg dynamic load. CocoPallet is currently working on pallets that are even more sturdy. In addition, unlike wooden pallets, pallets made of coconut shells require about 70 per cent less storage space. According to the company, a stack of 20 coconut pallets is approx. 0.75 m high. The same number of wooden pallets is 2.70 m high. This means that a 40 feet long container (i.e. 12.192 m) can hold about 1,200 standard coconut pallets.