Coconuts, and especially coconut oil get a bad reputation because of the amount of saturated fat they contain but they aren't as bad as they seem. 'Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently.' (Gunnars, n.d.) Coconut, and mainly coconut milk, is a savour for many vegans as it substitutes the regular cows milk with a similar consistency with an exotic taste. Coconut oil has become a saviour in the cosmetic world with uses spreading from hair, face, nails and skin. A lot of people use 100% coconut oil as a natural beauty alternative instead of heavily perfumed and paraben-filled products.
'A combination of 60% coir (coconut) fibres and 40% natural latex' (Materia, 2016)
Pros - 'This moldable fibrous composite offers easy formability of complex shapes with good dimensional stability...Both coir and natural latex materials are renewable, biodegradable and compostable.' (Materia, 2016)
'The fibers are removed from the coconut shell and formed into a mat of layers, between which latex rubber is injected. The sheets are then heat pressed into specific forms using a heated mold. Standard flat sheets that can be heat formed are offered in 2000 x 2200 mm dimensions' (Materia, 2016)
'The sheets are offered in a black/brown coir as well as a white/crème color. The density and ‘memory speed’ can be customized. The molded parts are used in packaging and as interior parts for upholstery.' (Materia, 2016)
Cons - Alternative non-vegan options 'Alternative fibers can be used including horse hair, sisal, tampico, abaca, PET, and palm.' (Materia, 2016)
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