04

November

2008

Coir / Cocopeat

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Better for you, your plants and the environment

Fertile Fibre is a great peat-free alternative for horticulture. Its base is coir, otherwise known as coconut fibre or cocopeat. Coir is used throughout the world in the production of many products, including rope, string and coconut matting.

The different parts of a coconut

Coconuts when picked are around four times larger than the ones seen for sale in the shops, thanks to a large outer casing. The familiar coconut is sent for sale or to be processed into desiccated coconut, or coconut oil, and its shell ground up for use as fertiliser.

The outer covering is soaked in water to soften, and then put into a carding machine which removes the fibre used for rope.

During this process dust and small fibres fall beneath the machines, and for us this is the interesting part. This dust and fibres use to be dumped as waste, but now it is collected, dried and compressed into blocks.

Not all coirs are organically equal

If coir has been produced by a factory near the sea, chances are salt water will have been used to soak it. This makes it unsuitable for any Fertile Fibre product.

Also some coir is sterilized with methyl bromide. This powerful chemical is used as a soil fumigant and to control pests. But it also depletes the ozone layer, so is unacceptable as an organic product.

Quality assured, organically certified cocopeat

Our stringent quality control procedures on the cocopeat we import ensure that it contains no contaminants.

Fertile Fibre coir comes only from organically grown coconut trees. The certification of the organic produce is done by international agencies accredited to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

Fertile Fibre products are certified by The Soil Association, the UK’s leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming.

How to buy

You can buy our ready-made composts online or select from our coir products. You can also place an order by contacting us at info@fertilefibre.com or 01432 853111

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