Thursday, May 12, 2011
A positive outcome of the coconut water invasion is the excess of full grown coconut palms which are no longer nut producing. Palms produce nuts for about 80 years. Coconut palm plantations are in abundance throughout much of the world and are often focused around areas with endangered rainforests. (Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia) Durapalm hopes to make palmwood a standard building material and deflect harvesting from other rainforest woods.
Palmwood can vary in color from dark to medium-red mahogany with an exotic grain that is reminiscent of bamboo. Durapalm palmwood comes in flooring, plywood, paneling and veneer that is durable and formaldehyde free. We’ve seen palms used before, Kirei makes a series of Coco tiles that feature the unique qualities of palm as does Pacific Green in their palmwood furniture collection.
Coconuts have invaded our lives lately with the onslaught of the coconut water fad. The city is mobbed with coconut water trucks and the grocery stores have replaced their varieties of enhanced water with a naturally “enhanced water.