Coconut Shells as flooring – a great use of a waste stream!

October 6, 2008 at 6:13 am 1 comment

Kirei USA who already manufacturers products from other waste streams into usable wood substitutes such as reclaimed sorghum straw and and MDF substitute from wheat straw, has come out with a tile product made from coconut shells.

An article at ( tells the story.


“By making the shell into tile, they divert them from their usual fate, being burnt or thrown away, adding to air pollution or to already overburdened landfills. Coconut flesh, milk, and juice are consumed in even higher quantities outside the US, so you can imagine the amount of waste being created as well, and the potential impact that an increasing market for coconut based decor could have.

FSC certified wood is in the mix here as well, providing a smooth backing for the naturally textured coconut to meet more linear surfaces. The glue that brings this all together is either low or zero VOC. Together, they create a visually unique, environmentally considerate product.

Coco Tiles also qualify for LEED points, as they are even more renewable then the venerable bamboo, which takes years to grow back, while coconuts come back annually. And the shell counts as post consumer recycled material. Soon, with complete FSC certification for their whole supply chain, that aspect will count as well.”

The company website can be found here:

This is all pretty exciting stuff, especially since the organization I work for is in the process of putting together a rehabilitation of 4 site under various green critieria and we need all of the ideas and options we can get.

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