Yet Another Reason to Drink Piña Coladas

Building with coconut fiber

January 03, 2017

Photo: courtesy Paul Esson

A team of students and professors at a Mexican university has created a new roofing material from an unlikely source: the coconut. 

Researchers mixed fiber from the fruit’s husk with a polyester resin to create “uniquely-shaped sheets of roofing,” according to a story in Mexico News Daily

“Our product will provide a shelter from the elements from the get-go, but we plan in future design stages to add a thermal resistance element,” said Dr. José Ricardo Moreno Peña, the professor at the Institute of Technology of Colima who is in charge of the project. 

The coconut fiber is readily available in the region and usually thrown away. 

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