Coir matting is one of the most effective methods to fight against land erosion. Whether small or large-scale land projects, soil erosion can be costly and damaging. So, having a natural solution is essential, but where does coir matting come from and how is it made?
What is coir?
Coir is coconut fibre. It is a natural substance extracted from the husk of coconuts. Between the hard covering and the internal structure of the shell is this fibrous material that when harvested, can be used for all sorts of products.
Depending on the age and ripeness of the coconut, different styles of coir form. Brown coir, which we use for our matting, is harvested from ripe coconuts while white coir comes from unripe coconuts.
Since ancient times, coir has been used to make ropes and cords. Their waterproof nature allowed them to be used for ships, especially since it is one of the few fibres resistant to saltwater. As time progressed, coir was shaped and adapted to be used for flooring, brushes, upholstery padding and sacks.
How is coir matting made?
Firstly, coconuts need to be harvested by either picking them from trees or simply finding them on the ground.
Coconut has an outer and inner part. To remove the husk, a spike is typically used to impale the coconut which separates the outer shell with the husk. Skilled huskers can get through about 200 per day, which matches most modern machines.
The husks are then left in wet environments that encourage microbial growth. This stage is called retting. The microbes allow some decomposition to occur which helps the fibres separate. It can take months for the process to fully finish.
Next, the retted pulp is beaten to separate the fibres from any outer skin. After rinsing, the fibres are left out to dry. Once dry, they are ready to be rolled and shaped into various products such as matting, nets, ropes, etc.
Our coir matting is made from strands of fibres weaved with interlocking patterns. This style is suitable for land care as it allows moisture and air to circulate while still promoting plant growth. It is also super strong and durable.
Why coir matting?
This biodegradable option is designed to be a permanent solution to preventing land erosion. It can withstand high wind and extreme temperatures. It is also water-resistant and the natural fungi in the fibres help fight against rot and bacteria regeneration.
Coir matting is a versatile solution for fighting land erosion. Because of its properties, it is suitable for all areas such as wetlands, mining areas or general landscaping locations. Slopes and flatlands are both apt locations as the coir mating is flexible in installation and application.
If you would like more information regarding product details or discount options, then call our friendly staff at 1300 130 123 or visit our coir matting product page. This environmentally safe, erosion control method is a strong and long-lasting solution for your needs.