“Kelapa- an indonesian name for coconut, the fruit of Cocos Nucifera palm tree.”

Material and context driven investigation into possible use of coconut agriculture byproduct and thereby reduction of plastic waste overflow.

Indonesia stands out as country that grows most of worlds coconuts with plantations sustaining whole regions. As the industry focuses only on processing food products from the fruit, its fibrous outer shell is burned or dumped into the rivers. The same water is also an endpoint of all everyday plastic waste- food packaging, bags, straws and other almost invisible life assistants.

Kelapack disposable tableware is based on bioplastic from cassava and seaweed abundant in Indonesia. The polymer is reinforced by coir fibers and peat found in the discarded husk. It’s an easily biodegradable packaging alternative that won’t accumulate in the environment when disposed. Plasticity of material enables different colors and shapes of containers making them more prone to compete with its fossil based counterparts.

Project info
Pola Salicka
Ruhan Chen