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The coconut tree from its root to the fruits has been proven useful for various purposes. It is being used as a health supplement, as an alternative medicine, an ingredient for many yummy edible products and as a sturdy material for construction. Scientists are also proposing that the oil extracted from the coconut fruit can be used as a fuel to run vehicles. From the recent experiments of scientists and inventors, it is not impossible to assume that soon, coconuts will have a big role in the automobile industry.  


In fact a material scientist from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Dr. Bradley said that the fibers from coconut shells and husks can be used to make car parts. Together with other material scientists and mechanical engineers at Baylor, they have devised ways to make use of other coconut parts and help 11 million coconut farmers. The innovation will eventually help the poor coconut farmers augment their incomes. They can get profit from the coconut husks and shells that are usually just thrown out as garbage.


Dr. Bradley said, "We've got lots of coconuts and nothing to do with them. Coconut farmers make about USD500 a year and grow about 5,000 coconuts, each typically about 10 cents apiece."


Now, aside from the oil that they extract from coconuts, they can also earn from the husks and shells. A research and development engineer at Whole Tree in Waco, Texas, Stan Greer, said, "Instead of focusing on the oil, we're focusing on everything they don't use.


The fibers of the coconut husks can be transformed to car parts such as trunk liners, car ceilings, dashboards, door panels and floorboards.


A mechanical engineer at Baylor University, Ryan Vano said, "This is polyester and this is polypropylene, and traditionally for automotive parts, you can combine these to form felt-like material."


Dr. Greer added, "We're replacing polyester fiber so we mix our milled coconut fiber with recycled polypropylene and we make it into this non-woven fabric composite.

We've got one side with a finishing cloth for a trunk liner.”


Dr. Greer also informed that this material is fire and fungus resistant and is not smelly. Above all, it is far cheaper that other material.


The scientist said, "The price for virgin polyester is 60 cents a pound. Recycled is 47 cents, but coconut fiber delivered to us is 40 cents a pound."


This invention will create more jobs and increase the income of a coconut farmer as much as three times in a year.


Dr. Bradley also said that they plan to market car parts made out of coconut husks as a product that is environment friendly and at the same time durable and of good quality.


He said, "We're not trying to get people to buy this product because it will help the poor coconut farmers. We want them to buy it because it's green, it's sustainable, it's environmentally friendly and it will be a big benefit to American consumers."


Bradley also disclosed that aside from car parts, they also plan to create construction materials such as insulation and roofs out of coconuts.

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