Co&Coal is a project initiated under ENACTUS Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), which aspires to improve the standard of living and quality of life of the coconut milk sellers in northern region of Malaysia by using entrepreneurial action. This project aims to reduce pollution caused by improper ways of disposing coconut shell waste. Coconut is the main ingredient in this project and it has high utilization value, however most coconut shell waste are thrown away due the lack of awareness and knowledge of disposal. As the discarded coconut shell waste are either left to rot or burnt, causing much environmental pollution, we saw an opportunity through this problem. In this project, Enactus UUM has successfully recycled these coconut shells by turning this waste into a useful product, which is the coconut charcoal. As the project utilises the discarded coconut shells, we are able to tackle various environmental issues while fostering entrepreneurs with this sustainable “Go-green” concept. Currently, we have two target audiences who are coconut milk sellers, and we are empowering them with the necessary skill and knowledge on how to transform the coconut shells into high quality charcoal.
THE BENEFITS OF COCONUT CHARCOAL
1. Environmentally friendly
2. Lower volatile contents
3. Releases less smoke, sparks and ashes
4. Easier to burn
5. Less fragile
6. A longer burning time, up to 7 hours!