ENKEV’s Cocolok is made purely from natural coconut fibres and natural latex. The fibre is collected from the coconut husk, a resource that is widely available, with coconut palms growing on 10 million of hectares of land throughout the tropics. Only a fraction of the huge quantities of nuts are collected for industrial use. The food industry is the main consumer of this raw material, and it focuses on the coconut meat, discarding the fibres as a waste product. However, ENKEV gives these valuable raw materials a new purpose in life.
Coconut fibre has a very high lignin content, so it is very tough and hardly deteriorates over time. Despite this toughness, it is also elastic. To make the fibre resilient and make it possible to create very open and ventilating structures, we spin the fibres into ropes. These ropes are transformed into sheets and then sprayed with natural latex, juice from the rubber tree, to provide structure and elasticity. The latex that we spray on the coir sheet is inherently hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust-mite-resistant, making it perfect for allergy sufferers. Natural latex is a fully renewable material. Coir is a product that is naturally adapted to the human body. We feel comfortable in coir, just like we feel comfortable in wool, cotton and horsehair.
The structure also absorbs sound and certain waves, making the material excellent as a thermal and acoustic insulation product. Cocolok can be treated with natural additives to meet a range of international fire retardancy standards.