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Turf for Rooftop Garden from Coconut Husk

by Hiroki Yanagisawa on December 27, 2010 6:19 PM

Another Invention by Sri Lanka's Innovative Crusader


Previously, EDGY JAPAN has reported an uprising trend of creating a rooftop garden in Tokyo's skyscrapers. As this so-called rooftop garden industry grows, many gardening companies began developing turfs for this particular need.

Michi Corporation, a producer of Zousan Paper (Elephant Dung Paper) is one of them. The company is known to produce products in Sri Lanka in a sustainable way, and their products are always meant to provide some sort of solution to the country's on-going issues. (See Zousan Paper article for the detail.)

This time, Mr. Hisashi Ueda, the CEO of the company, focused on the waste issue of a coconut husk.

Sri Lanka is known for a producer of coconut milk, but its husk is frequently left behind at the scene after extracting its milk, creating massive waste issue.


Turf for Rooftop Garden from Coconut Husk and Elephant Dung


After acknowledging this fact, Mr. Ueda decided to exploit husk's characteristic --very fibrous-- to produce a turf for a rooftop garden.

The turf is made from the husk, mixed with elephant dung. This combination provides optimum ingredient for the turf. Later, the turfs are exported to Japan for further cultivation.


Turf for Rooftop Garden from Coconut Husk and Elephant Dung
Coconut husk, being processed.


Turf for Rooftop Garden from Coconut Husk and Elephant Dung
Fiber from coconut husk.


Turf for Rooftop Garden from Coconut Husk and Elephant Dung
Being cultivated.


Turf for Rooftop Garden from Coconut Husk and Elephant Dung
Installation in Tokyo.


"From 2011, we'll be vigorously promoting the product."

Mr. Ueda said.

If you're interested in this product, go to its official website (in Japanese) or contact EDGY JAPAN.

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