What does the coir market look like?
Coir is a natural fibre that is 100% biodegradable. It is extracted from the husk of the coconut, and is the fibrous material that is found between the hard-inner shell of the coconut and the outer coating of it. Coir is native to the Asia Pacific region, especially India and Sri Lanka, where coconut is produced in large quantities for exporting globally. Currently, the global annual production of coir is approximated at 650,000 tonnes.
India produces around 60% of the world’s supply of coir fibre, while Sri Lanka produces 36%. In the recent past, countries such as Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Caribbean Islands have also started producing coir to the global market on a large scale.
What are the uses of coir?
Coir is used in producing many household, agricultural and industrial items around the world. The uses of coir are soon becoming innumerable. The more popular uses and products of coir include the below:
- Coco peat, also known as coir fibre pith, coir dust, or coir, is used for horticultural and agricultural purposes and is also an industrial absorbent.
- Geotextiles are used as mesh, netting and blanket sheets for slope stabilisation and erosion control.
- Coir can be used in household products such as rope, matting, floor and door mats and upholstery.
- Coir pots, nursery bags, coir chips (or coco chips or husk chips), coir poles, and growbags are used for growing purposes. Coir yarn is used today in innumerable industries due to its natural quality and strength.