Coconut Fibre

Designed to keep the mud and rain out of your home after a walk in the outdoors, our brand new range of high quality boot brushes are handwoven from durable and sustainable coconut bristle fibre. Whilst the manufacture of natural fibre products has recently been under threat from synthetic alternatives, the rising concern over the damaging effect of plastics on our environment has brought about a resurgence in the use of natural, eco-friendly and biodegradable materials. One such material is coconut fibre, also known as coco fibre or coir.

Often, it is thought that synthetic fibres are more durable and hard-wearing than their natural counterparts, but this is not necessarily the case. Coir is not only strong and versatile, it is fully fresh water, salt water and weather resistant. During the thirteenth century, Marco Polo observed that Arab seamen would sew their ships together using nothing but coconut fibre. In some parts of Polynesia, this remained standard practise until the eighteenth century, when European explorers first introduced iron nails to the region.

Coconut fibre is a hard-wearing, eco-friendly material used in the manufacture of brushes, mats, ropes and mattresses. The fibre is extracted from the husk of a coconut, a by-product of the food industry which would normally be wasted.

Before arriving in shops and supermarkets in the form that we are familiar with, coconuts are first stripped of a leathery outer skin and a thick fibrous layer. These two layers form the husk of the coconut. Whilst this husk is usually discarded as waste, it can instead be used in the production of coir fibre.

Here at Dibor, coconut bristle fibre forms the basis for our range of outdoor boot brushes. Handwoven into a cast iron base, each boot brush is highly durable and fully weather resistant. All of the coir fibre used in our products is 100% natural, sustainably sourced and resilient enough to be used year after year.

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