The coconut shell is the strongest part of the coconut fruit. It is sandwiched between the flesh or meat of the coconut and coconut husk. The coconut meat inside will get easily damaged when the shell is broken. This is because the shell is the protective layer of the coconut.
It is considered as a God’s gift because you can use all its parts. There is absolutely no waste. While the tender coconut water is a health drink that is truly refreshing, the coconut meat is nutritious and tasty and can be used to make delicious curries. The coconut husk is used to make ropes, carpets, doormats, brushes, car seat covers, and bristles.
While the coconut meat is smooth and milky white, the husk is a fibrous material. It is rough and won’t get damaged easily if it gets into contact with water.
Similarly, the shell also has several amazing uses. We list out some of them.
Coconut shell handicrafts
It is used to make a number of handicraft items, which are in demand all over the world. Coconut shell creations have many takers since the shell is quite sturdy and eco-friendly. It’s handicraft industry is minting money in tropical countries, where tourism industry is thriving. It is ideal for handicrafts as they last long.
It’s used as a fuel
Apart from its decorative use, the charcoal we get when we burn shells is used as fuel. When compared to other charcoals the charcoal we obtain from coconut shell is considered far superior.
The charcoal is extensively used to make active carbon. Active carbon is charcoal that is treated with oxygen, and it is mostly used to get rid of dirt, and several industries use it for purification work. It is also used to brush and whiten teeth after mixing it with water. That is the reason why you see many leading toothpaste brands advertising their products as “charcoal-based”.
When compared to charcoals produced from other sources charcoal created from coconut shell is clean and is of high quality. As coconut trees grow abundantly in India as well as Sri Lanka various plants in these countries produce active carbon.
Activated carbon produced using coconut shell charcoal has many industrial and beauty applications. Matured one’s are used to get high quality coconut charcoal.
The charcoal is used for barbecuing and grilling as it has a pleasant smell. The cosmetic industry mixes charcoal with thickening agents to produce various gels and creams for the skin.
Musical instruments & sound effects
Half coconut shells were used to make sound effects of a horse’s hoof beats in Hollywood films like the Holy Grail and Monty Python. The base of certain Chinese musical instruments like yea-hu and ban-hu is made using coconut shells.
The coconut shell can also be carved out to make fashion accessories like earrings, bangles, necklaces, pendants, and so on. These are also used to make buttons in Hawaii.