Celebrate Earth Day with Kelapo Coconut Oil

As we celebrate Earth Day this year, we wanted to take the time to explain how Kelapo practices smart, earth friendly choices year-round. It is important to understand where your coconut oil comes from and the practices being employed to harvest such a product. Unfortunately, we cannot source coconut oil stateside. All coconut oil must be imported from overseas, most commonly from the South Pacific. Kelapo has a great working relationship with organic farmers in Sri Lanka, a small island nation off the southern tip of India.

Organic means that our growers may use only natural methods for improving the fertility of their land and do not apply chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Organic farming will increase coconut yields, improve resistance to diseases and drought and make estates healthier and more profitable. Sustainable practices also include maintenance and improvement of soil fertility, and controlling weeds and pests by natural means. Our growers are provided with custom made compost that meets the nutrient needs of the coconut palms. The compost, or mulch, contains coconut leaves and fronds, which provide high levels of potassium needed by the trees for fruit production. Farmers also “intercrop” their organic farming with organic crops, such as black pepper, spices, tropical fruits, and gliricidia. These help to maintain good soil composition and also help farmers increase their return on investment on their land.

The factory also showcases virtually complete recycling of all process by-products and waste: husks are sold for fiber and coco peat, coconut shells generate steam in our boiler and are sold for charcoal and activated carbon, the seed cake is sold for animal feed, and the wastewater is treated and used for irrigation and groundwater recharge.

Even in transport, we employ practices that are supporting the sustainability of our environment. Our shipments are packaged in special totes that can store as much as two to six steel drums in 20% less space. Plus, the totes contain no metal and are completely recyclable and biodegradable.

To read more about cultivation and sustainability of coconut oil visit our website: kelapo.com/fair-trade-coconut-oil/

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38 Comments Post a comment

  1. Sabrina P
    April 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I love coconut oil and the fact that you use earth friendly packaging is really good to know.

  2. April 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I love that you are earth consensus! Kudos!

  3. Nikki Hilgart
    April 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I’ve recently been learning a lot about the benefits of coconut oil. It’s amazing how many different things it can be used for!! I think it’s great that your factory is so eco-friendly, also.

  4. tramaine
    April 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    great report. i love coconut oil, it’s important for our bodies and so needed!

  5. jenn
    April 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    would love to try your product

  6. maysa
    April 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    i hear such wonderful things about coconut oil. can’t wait to try it myself!

  7. Niki McQueen
    April 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    That is very interesting, I am trying to cook more and cant wait to try this!

  8. phen
    April 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    i want to try it:)

  9. Jim
    April 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Very interesting. I have always thought that coconut based products were very healthy. I have used coconut oil for sunbathing for many years. I love how it makes my skin feel and the smell is wonderful. I am learning much more now thanks to this web site.

    Thanks,

    Jim

  10. Anna Lewis
    April 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    So been wanting to try but was afraid to buy

  11. samantha
    April 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    i cant wait to see the beneifts of coconut oil in my household

  12. Alexandra
    April 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I never tried coconut oil, but I’d love too! I hear it has so many good benefits to your scalp also!

  13. Brittany
    April 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’m excited to try your product! Thanks!

  14. Elizabeth
    April 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    So glad to hear about the ways you are providing a responsible, organic product! We are growing our own organic garden this year and try to buy local as much as possible.

  15. Angie
    April 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Very interested I can’t wait to give it a try I have heard great things about coconut oil.

  16. Sean
    April 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    It’s always nice to read about companies doing their best for the earth. It makes me feel happier when I make purchases.

  17. Elizabeth S
    April 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I can’t wait to try!

  18. Amy
    April 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Thank you for explaining this! I really appreciate that your coconut oil is organic and earth friendly.

  19. Jessica
    April 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I am interested to try out coconut oil

  20. April 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for being so social and environmentally conscious! I can’t wait to try your product!

  21. April 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I absolutely love using coconut oil for just about everything… I’ve been using it since I was a child and my Grandmother would have water bottles full of coconut oil shipped from her native island. Just a few years ago I started cooking with coconut oil and even using it to treat my toddlers skin issues. It’s a miracle worker!

  22. Erika
    April 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Love coconut oil. I like to condition my hair with it c;

  23. Nadine
    April 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I love Coconut Oil! I would love to try this Kelapo Coconut oil!

  24. Melissa
    April 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    love the fact that this is organic! I also really like some of the methods used 🙂

  25. celine
    April 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    It’s funny, I actually use coconut oil for my hair!

  26. Lindsey
    April 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Love that Kelapo is trying to keep responsible and environmentally friendly.

  27. Samima H.
    April 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Coconut oil sounds terrific! I can’t believe I have never heard of coconut oil cooking before!

  28. Kathy S.
    April 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I am a new coconut oil user, and I really appreciate all of the good info on your website! 🙂

  29. Melissa
    April 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Have heard such good things about coconut oil, but have never tried it. Would love to try a sample of it!

  30. Crystal
    April 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I would love to try this!

  31. Jessica
    April 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Coconuts are just amazing!!!

  32. sherry duncan
    April 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Sounds like a great product!

  33. shannon merrell
    April 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Cant wait to try it!Thanks for the offer!

  34. kristi r
    April 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I use coconut oil all the time now!

  35. Bre Begley
    April 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Oh, well this is really cool to know. Now I most definitively want to try this.

  36. cecilia
    April 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I never knew that coconut oil had so many benefits for our health

  37. cindy
    April 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    i hear its good for your hair!(:

  38. Kami
    April 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I love hearing of companies that provide organic sustainable products. I will definitely have to give it a try!

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