100% natural coconut shell bowls.
Eco-friendly bowls for Eco-friendly souls.
Made by nature, crafted by hand.
Of the billions of coconuts harvested each year for the coconut meat, water & oil industries. 99.9% of coconut shells are discarded & burned as waste.
Polished Coconut Shell Bowl
Natural Coconut Shell Bowl
Wooden Sono Spoon
In late 2015 I was in Indonesia on a surf trip and discovered the concept of coconut shell handicrafts at a local market. After seeing how beautiful the shells looked after all the husk had been sanded away, I instantly saw potential in crafting coconut shells into bowls. Half coconuts are naturally shaped like half a bowl, so it just seemed like such a perfect concept – using a natural material to eat from.
Local craftspeople were carving and painting these coconut shells, and selling them to tourists as souvenirs. I questioned whether these beautiful shells could be used to eat food from, and wondered where I could source them. The thought of what happened to coconut shells after the flesh has been taken out had never entered my mind until then.
Through research, I discovered that billions of these shells were going to waste every year. As a bi-product of the thriving coconut industry, coconut shells have traditionally been burned or discarded as landfill.
A local craftsman taught me that coconut shells have been used as bowls in his, and many other villages for hundreds of years. I had never seen this at home in Australia and thought that maybe people would like them.
I asked my new friend if he could make some for me and then packed as many as I could into my luggage and returned to Australia. The thought of quarantine and customs hadn’t entered my mind until I was stopped with a surfboard cover and suitcase full of these weird, yet wonderful looking bowls. Fortunately, there weren’t any issues. After a couple of posts on Instagram, people from all over the world began asking if they could buy them.
After selling our first bowl in January 2016, we now reclaim over 10,000 discarded coconut shells every month. We purchase them from coconut farmers who had previously spent precious money and resources on the waste process. We take the coconut shells to one of our ethical workshops in Vietnam and Indonesia, where we employ local craftspeople at well above fair trade standards. Our team cuts, sands and polishes these coconut shells into beautiful coconut bowls that are food safe, reusable and can last a lifetime. We think they’re the perfect eco-friendly addition to any kitchen.
Every coconut bowl is unique, with its own shape, size, markings and imperfections. They’re one in a billion, just like you. This means that nobody else in the world will have a coconut bowl just like yours. Now that’s pretty cool, isn’t it?
After making regular donations through 2018 and 2019 to Environmental non-for-profit organization the Rainforest Alliance, Humanitarian charity The World Food Programme and the World Animal Protection
Animal Welfare charity – we’ve decided to take our commitment one step further.
As of July 01, 2019 – Coconut Bowls are now a verified member of 1% for the planet, where 1% of our annual revenue will be directly invested into verified environmental initiatives certified by 1% for the planet.
Through this partnership with 1% for the planet, our coco charity initiative will allow us to tackle the biggest environmental challenges. We are committed to continuing our role as a business leader in environmental sustainability, and we hope our work inspires individuals and other businesses to take more transparent responsibility to make their footprint an eco-friendly one.
100% CARBON NEUTRAL
In addition to making regular donations to environmental charities, we are committed to offsetting the carbon footprint from all of our shipments and deliveries.
From farm-to-workshop, workshop-to-warehouse, and from our warehouses to people like you, wherever you are around the world, all carbon created from the travel of our products is offset through the purchase of carbon credits – which are then used to combat carbon, and restore balance in our atmosphere by planting trees and funding reforestation, solar and clean energy projects.
As a business, we believe that we have a social responsibility to ensure that we operate as eco-friendly as possible – as our business grows, our philanthropic impact grows.