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  • More Coconut Recycling / Mais Reciclagem de Coco

    Thursday, March 1st, 2007

    In “Recycling Coconuts” Parts I and II, I mentioned that a number of Brazilian municipalities and states were looking at the experiences of Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Ceará) in recycling green coconut husks — most of them collected after people sipped agua de coco from the coconuts — to make useful products (plant pots, […]

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    Recycling Coconuts II: Need Anything Be Wasted?

    Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

    In Part I I looked at how some projects have sprung up in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to convert those “empty” coconut husks discarded after agua de coco is served or bottled/packaged into useful products, such as flower pots, plant basket liners or “growing walls.” But the market potential for such products […]

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    Recycling Coconuts I: More Than Just a Vessel for Agua de Coco

    Saturday, October 28th, 2006

    The Next Time You Have a Cool Agua de Coco…

    Photos Courtesy of Coco Verde

    Have you ever stopped at a street vendor’s stand, a kiosk along the Malecon or at a shopping mall to have a coconut hacked open by machete so you can sip a cool agua de coco? And perhaps after you draw […]

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    Trash Photos VI: Husk Mountains

    Thursday, October 26th, 2006

    I took the above picture in July 2003 while traveling by car on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic with my family. When I saw this fenced lot stacked high with this waste and realized what they were, I pulled over, got out and walked up to the chain-link fence. The lot’s […]

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