National Coconut Day
Thursday, 30 August 2018 | Joanna
Coconuts are amazing. As well as providing food and drink direct from their insides, you can use coconut oil for cooking, washing your hair and even your clothes.
Most Fairtrade soap, laundry liquid etc uses Fairtrade coconut to create the lovely soft lather we all love.
But when the insides are used up, what happens then? This video (click the picture below to see it) shows you what usually happens - shells are broken into small pieces and burned for fuel, which is important but not particularly environmentally friendly.
Our range of lacquered coconut bowls are made in Vietnam under fair trade conditions. Here's what our supplier, Namaste has to say about their coconut bowls:
Our supplier from Vietnam has a deep commitment to traditional craft producers and they aim to help them to revive their culture and improve their livelihoods through handicraft production. They promote sustainable development of the environment, using only renewable materials. In their own words; "We are proud to support local villagers, to use renewable and plentiful resources and to provide green products to buyers all over the world"
The different designs are created using different techniques. For example mosaics are created with eggshells (making them unsuitable for vegans) and splash effects are created by dropping colour onto the centre of the bowl and blowing through a straw.
Coconuts are amazing so on this National Coconut Day we salute and celebrate them.