Coconuts and Sustainability

Coconuts and Sustainability

Photo of a coconut palm tree
When you think of coconut trees, one of the first images that come to mind is of a balmy beach lined up with tall palms whose green leaves rustle to the tune of the ocean breeze. However, coconut trees go far beyond being just a tropical emblem.

Every part of the coconut palm is put to use in some way or the other, leaving little to no room for waste. No wonder it is called ‘the tree of life’. With a range of benefits and uses, here’s how the coconut tree proves to be a valuable and sustainable resource:

Coconut Water: Refreshing & Hydrating
Copra’s organic coconut water is packed with vitamins and electrolytes that helps you restore and rebalance the body after a workout or night out.
Along side with regulating blood sugar, controlling blood pressure and helping relief menstrual symptoms, consuming coconut water regularly also helps treat common skin infections duo to its anti-fungal properties.

Coconut Meat: The Ultimate Combo of Fats + Fiber
Consuming coconut meat is probably the tastiest way to keep your body healthy and balanced because coconut meat contains selenium, shown to help support the thyroid which in turn helps regulate your metabolism.
Coconut meat contains high levels of MCT’s. The MCTs are rapidly broken down and absorbed into your body where they become an instant energy source instead of being stored as fat. It also satiates hunger and improves digestion. Most of its high fibre content is insoluble, making you feel full and preventing you from overeating. because of this, some studies suggest that they can even help with weight loss.

Coconut Nectar: The Best Natural Sweetener
Copra’s coconut nectar is collected drop by drop from the flower of the coconut palm by worker cooperatives in Ratchaburi province, Thailand harvested by hand.
Copra’s Coconut Nectar is 100% pure, with no fillers or preservatives. With 65 minerals, 17 amino acids, and a low glycemic index of 35, Thai Coconut Nectar is a healthy, unprocessed sweetener.
Another reason why coconut nectar is a brilliant substitute is the amount of minerals like potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Whether you’re trying to eat healthy or combating diabetes, swapping your sugar with coconut nectar is the way to go.


Photo of coconut husk
Coconut Husk & Shell
While all of the above are nutrient-dense ingredients for your consumption, the coconut’s husk and shell make themselves useful in other areas.
Coir, a natural fibre extracted from a coconut’s outer husk, is used to make durable rugs, doormats, sacks and ropes.
The shell, on the other hand, is used to produce activated charcoal. It is also used to make briquettes, a block of compressed coal dust used as fuel.
Researchers estimate that by combining coconut husks with recycled plastics they could cut oil consumption by 2 to 4 million barrels and CO2 emissions by 450,000 tons annually.

Coconuts are incredibly versatile and can be turned into almost anything. From endless vegan alternatives, to freeze dried snacks, building materials and fuel. You will never stop finding good reasons to include coconut goods into your daily life. And that’s why Copra Coconuts is here! To provide you and your loved ones with premium quality, sustainably and ethically sourced coconut products. 

 

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Ivy, the in house chef at Copra Coconuts' kitchen.

Ivy is a recipe developer and media producer based in Bangkok, Thailand. She uses the local cuisine, tropical ingredients and all year around gorgeous weather as inspiration to create the most vibrant, delicious and healthy dishes.

Because Ivy cares deeply about sustainability, she tries her best to keep all recipes plant-based, low waste and seasonal.

Some of Ivy’s favorite activities in the city of Angels are weekend bike riding at Bang Krachao island, visiting speakeasy bars and cafes around Yanwarat Road and watching the sunset by the Chao Praya River.

If you would like to find out more about Ivy’s food and cultural adventures around Thailand go to @copra_coconuts.

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