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Coir – the hairy fibre that’s totally nuts
Coconut fibre, or coir as it’s also known, is an entirely natural fibre extracted from coconut husk. The chances are your home is filled with products made with coir, including floor mats, brushes, doormats and, of course, mattresses.
Where does coir come from?
Located between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut, this hairy fibre can be broken down into two types. Brown coir, which is made from ripe coconut, is used in upholstery padding, sacking and horticulture, as well as household products. White coir, harvested from unripe coconuts, is used in the manufacturing of finer brushes, string, rope and fishing nets (its lightweight structure makes it ideal for long lengths of net that can be dropped into deep water without adding dangerous amounts of weight which drag down boats).
The word coir derives from kayar, a word used in both Malayalam and Tamil languages that means cord. Coir has been used to make rope and cordage for centuries. The ropes on ships used by Indian navigators who sailed the seas to Malaya, China, the Gulf of Arabia and Java were all made of coir, while Arab writers in the 11th Century refer to its use in rope and rigging aboard vessels.
Coir was industrialised in the second half of the 19th Century by Treloar and Sons, a carpet and floor covering firm established in 1832 in Ludgate Hill, London. The business was founded by Thomas Treloar and two naval officers, Widely and Logan, who imported the coir to use in a variety of applications.
Why we love coconut coir?
It’s naturally breathable, absorbent, supportive and durable, which makes it an integral ingredient in a mattress. Even better, coir boasts natural anti-dust mite qualities, so it’s ideal for allergy sufferers. Given its starring role in our products, we make sure we use the very best coir, sourcing from the world’s only certified organic coconut plantation in Sri Lanka. This is just some of the reasons we love using coconut coir in our natural mattresses for all the family.