Sustainable Material: Coconut Fiber

Sustainable Material: Coconut Fiber

Amber Byfield
Feb 9, 2009

02_09_09_doormats.jpgIn our neck of the woods, spring has begun to peek its head around the corner--so over the weekend we opened all the windows and got a jump start on spring cleaning. While cleaning off the porch, we realized what rough shape our doormats are in. Since we are always tracking in and out with the dog, it's important to have a sturdy one that'll surely capture some of the dirt from our shoes (and the pup's paws), even though we always take our shoes off.

Of course, for us this means finding the most sustainable doormat choice, and turns out that one very common material for doormats is coconut fiber.

Coconut fiber (or coir) is recommended as a substitute for peat moss because it is not only free of spores, but allows for more sustainable harvesting techniques. The byproducts of making coconut fiber are biodegradable pith and sawdust, but now those byproducts are being used as mulch, so the entire process is becoming more and more eco-minded.

Which brings us back to the doormat. We'll be in the market for something like this:

Trampa Doormat (Ikea)

Coir Welcome Doormat - Green (Target)

Coir Coastal Doormat - Multicolor (Target)

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