December 18, 2007
Coconuts Washing Cars
CNET News has a story
about "The waterless car wash", a liquid you spray on your car to attract
dirt, then wipe off later.
Lucky Earth Products has come up with a liquid, called Green Earth Waterless Car Wash, that lets you wash your car without buckets, hoses, brushes, or gallons of water. The compound--made out of water, coconut extracts, silicone, and a bit of salt--gets misted onto your car. Once there, it attracts dirt via electrostatic principles and encapsulates it. The owner then wipes their car with a soft cloth.
May 07, 2007
CocoFuel in the Solomon Islands
Another cocofuel story...
"HONIARA (Reuters Life!) - Who needs crude oil when you've got cheap coconuts?
An Australian entrepreneur based in the Solomons Islands is producing fuel and profits from the fruit he sells locally for 70 U.S. cents a liter, slightly less than the price of regular fuel."
Full story here.
January 17, 2007
Salon on Coco-Fuels
Salon.com has a story up on coconut-based fuel energy:
Exhibiting a severe case of Brazil-envy, Philippines President Gloria Arroyo signed the Biofuel Act of 2006 into law last week, mandating that all diesel fuel and gasoline used in the country include set percentages of biodiesel and ethanol. The goal: energy security. Just like Brazil.
With one key difference. In Brazil, ethanol is manufactured from a sugar cane, and biodiesel is made mostly from soybeans. In the Philippines, the magic feedstock is coconut.
There are a lot of coconuts in the Philippines. But 2006 was a rough year for coconut farmers. The Philippine islands were ravaged by a string of super-typhoons, devastating production. Now, reports Biopact, legislator Juan Miguel Zubiri, the author of the Biofuel Act, is suggesting that profits from the biofuel program be allocated toward the replanting of coconut plantations in the affected areas.
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See full story here (Salon Premium account required).
November 26, 2005
It had to happen. Coconets
November 24, 2005
More Coconut Biofuel Stories Appearing
Here's another one
Tony Deamer of Vanuatu has the last word: “Give coconut oil a go. It is here now, it will run in your big 4x4 macho machine too and your present generator sets, so no big capital investment is needed. Just start making more good quality oil. Education is the key, not capital – we have all we require now in most places. Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati all have oil mills and small ones are popping up in the Solomons too. So give it a go!”
November 06, 2005
Vehicles: Powered by Coconuts?
Stories around the globe about Coconut used as a fuel for transportation:
Here's one AP newswire story: "WELLINGTON, New Zealand - It might sound nuts, but two engineering students in New Zealand are claiming coconut oil can be used as an alternative to diesel, providing a possible answer to rising fuel cost woes...."
Here's a story from Stuff.co.nz. Quote: ""What we have shown is that without any modification to either the pure oil or the engine you can use it as an alternative fuel."
Bahalina: Booze made from coconuts
From the Sun-Star
in the Phillippines comes this story
'Bahalina' producers eye slice of liquor industry
GLAN, Sarangani -- The art of coconut wine making is not lost at all after all those decades of being bombarded with commercially-branded intoxicating beverages.
In fact, a group of backyard producers here, with the support of the local government and concerned agencies, have recently banded in a bid to at least earn a pie of the liquor industry's cheap-end category.
They hope to vie for a market slice through "bahalina," an alcoholic beverage produced from coconut, the "Tree of Life."
Mayor Enrique Yap, Jr. said several residents have formed a group called Bahalina Producers Association in an effort to consolidate to finally penetrate the local beverage industry.
"This is a positive step in the town's quest to make bahalina known not just in nearby areas but across the nation as well. Hopefully, bahalina from Glan will also become popular in the international market," he said.
Records from the municipal planning and development office showed that the land planted with coconuts reached 33,192 hectares. Copra production, coconut's main product depended on by the residents, in the town yields at least 52,532 tons a year, it added.
May 19, 2005
Copra, coconut oil prices slip on supply surge
Coconut prices dropping. So says the news here
April 11, 2004
A story on debates about coconut's nutritional value
, plus some some recipes (suggesting that the verdict is OK).
March 12, 2004
Low-Carb Coconut Diet
Now I've heard everything: The Coconut Diet
September 14, 2003
Coconut Oil Salesmen
It sure looks like somebody fooled Google News
. That site is supposed to catalog current and recent news headlines in some 4,500 news media outlets worldwide.
So how is it that a Coconut Oil salesman named "Dr. Joseph Mercola" has a page on wonders of coconut oil referenced in Google News?
Not only that, it's referenced as being from Mercola, Illinois, as if it's a local newspaper (what, does the good Dr. have a town named after him?). Pretty clever if this is a case of hacking Google News. Actually, if you do a Google search for "Mercola, Illinois" (including the quotes), you discover that Google News is not the only site that thinks Dr. Mercola is a town...
September 04, 2003
World Coconut Day
Well, another World Coconut Day
has come and passed. Now comes the cleanup after the parties, parades, fireworks, barbecues, luaus, and other festivities . . . oh. Wait. I didn't even know it was World Coconut Day (Sept 2nd) until today. Oh well. I have my calendar marked for next year.
I also missed the fact that the Philippines just got done celebrating National Coconut Week.
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