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Coco & Coir Plans Expansion

“I am planning to tap into the international market next year,” he said. Coco and Coir is a green business founded on the back of addressing climate issues. Mr Mohammed, a former sales and marketing officer at a local company, lost his job at the onset of COVID-19 last year.
24 Nov 2021 11:45
Coco & Coir Plans Expansion
Coco and Coir business owner, Shafil Mohammed, with part of the production. Photo - Shreya Kumar

Coco and Coir, a biodegradable green goods manufacturer, is planning expansions, just a year after the business was launched.

Owner Shafil Mohammed says they’re diversifying into more environmentally friendly, and biodegradable products.

The Lautoka home-based company plans to recycle cigarette butts for the soft toys production side of business, he said.

 

“I am also looking at making planting bags out of coconut waste,” Mr Mohammed said.

“I am hoping that soon we could also use biodegradable packages, such as leaf packaging for our products.”

Mr Mohammed is optimistic the international border reopening would bring tourists to witness the sustainable operations of the business.

 

“I am planning to tap into the international market next year,” he said.

Coco and Coir is a green business founded on the back of addressing climate issues.

Mr Mohammed, a former sales and marketing officer at a local company, lost his job at the onset of COVID-19 last year.

 

Coconut Waste
Through his business, Coco & Coir, Mr Mohammed uses coconut waste such as husks to process into final products.

“I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to do something regarding climate change,” he said.

“The idea to use coconut husks to make products did not come overnight.”

 

He said he reached the decision to use coconuts after much deliberation.

As such, he established his green business in June, last year.

Mr Mohammed sources his coconut husks from nearby communities in Lautoka.

 

“That also creates some sort of income from the families we get the husks from,” he said.

“We are trying to engage a lot of women and children to help us get the coconut husks.”

“The smile on their face when children receive some income for husks which are abundant in supply at many homes, is one of the reasons I do what I do.”

 

Coco & Coir Products
Samples of coco peat and coco fiber were tested at the Koronivia Research Station to understand its qualities, before it was manufactured into final products.

Currently Coco & Coir has five products:”

– Coco peat for early stage plant care.

– Coco fiber as an organic medium for modern agriculture.

– Coco chips for orchid growth medium.

– Coir sticks to provide support to creeping plants.

– Coir baskets for plants.

 

Support
Mr Mohammed is under mentoring from a regional organisation, to take his green business a notch further.

“Global Green Growth Institute is providing mentoring on the ways we can make our business ‘greener’,” he said.

He said since his business operates on a smaller scale.

 

“As a small business, financial support is really important,” Mr Mohammed said.

“With support from other organisations, we can truly achieve a green economy.”

He said his business delicately integrated pollution issues, green business, agriculture and climate change together.

 

Mr Mohammed is looking forward to having his products available in local cafes, restaurants, hotels and resorts.

Mr Mohammed can be reached on coconcoirfiji@gmail.com and 9267852.

His business can also be accessed on Facebook: www.facebook.com/

 

Feedback: shreya.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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