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All of CoirMat.com’s sustainable coir doormats are made from 100% natural coconut husk fiber.
Made and sold by small producers, these natural fiber mats are made through sustainable traditional
processes that result in little to no pollution.
The traditional production of coconut husk fiber is a time-consuming process. First,
coconuts are harvested from trees and sorted by ripeness by skilled workers.
Once the coconuts are harvested and sorted, workers remove the husks from the coconut
fruit. In most cottage industry facilities, the de-husking process is done by hand using
a machete. In larger facilities, some mechanical methods are used to de-fiber the coconuts.
Coconut husks are then processed through a method called “retting.” The fully ripe
husks are soaked in saltwater and the green husks are soaked in freshwater.
They are soaked for 3 to 6 months to encourage fermentation. During this time, naturally
occurring microbes decompose the husk’s pulp, allowing it to be separated into coir
fibers and coir pith.
After retting, the husks are decorticated and removed. The coir fiber used in coir mats
is then removed and “hackled,” or combed, by hand.
After the fiber is washed, workers lay the fiber out in the sun to dry.
Then, when the fibers are ready, they are separated by length: Long fibers for weaving
and short fibers for products such as CoirMat.com’s eco-friendly doormats.
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