Coir mats are appropriately named for the fiber they are made from. “Coir” is a material that is taken from coconut husks, and used in many different commercial applications. This sturdy, all-weather fiber is perfect for practically all environments and situations; doormats are just one of the many different items that can be created with coir. Though most people have probably used a doormat made from coir fiber, many don’t know how the coir itself is harvested. Keep reading to learn more!
The creation of doormats with coir is an eco-friendly and sustainable practice that has been perfected in family owned workshops over the course of generations. The first step in the coir fiber separation process –and thereby the first step in the coir mat creation process- is to, of course, collect coconuts! After sufficient numbers of intact and suitable coconuts are located, they are submerged in water for an extended period of time, loosening them up. This helps softens the fibers without taking away any of their inherent durability (this mix of comfort and resilience is what makes coir mats some of the best doormats in the business). Next, the husks of the coconut are placed into a mechanical drum where centrifugal force separates the fibers. A material known as “coir pith” is sifted out first via this method, and used as fertilizer. This pith doesn’t have the necessary durability that is required by a door mat, which is why it is removed. Next the remaining material is further spun until the coir fibers separate by lengths. The shorter fibers are used in beddings and as stuffing, while the longer fibers become the material used to make our coir mats (the absolute longest fibers are often used in fishing nets and as rope). Rest assured that the creation of any given coir doormat is a process of care, dedication, and environmental sustainability!
Coirmat.com's all natural, sustainably produced doormats are made from thick, durable coconut fibers.