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A Bunch of Lovely Coconut

Sure, we’re all acutely aware of the health benefits of the latest trendy tropical oil — coconut. Not only are we frying with it, but we’re also slathering it on our bodies at record speed. I even know someone — swear — who swishes it in her mouth for 20 minutes each morning as a teeth whitener and general dental health regimen. It’s called oil pulling. Benefits aside, I can’t think of a more unappealing name.

Outside of your kitchen and bathroom, coconut, or coir, can easily be found in many areas of your home, including your yard and even your car, but you’d never know just by looking.

Coir is made from the fibers found around the hard coconut shell. These versatile fibers have been used for fishing nets, ropes and upholstery stuffing for centuries.


This heavy duty entrance mat, Courtly Check by MacKenzie-Childs, is made of 100-percent coir. And because it’s biodegradable, when it’s time to toss the mat, simply bury it in the yard. Locally, you can check the mat out at Neiman Marcus.

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Coconut coir bricks provide a sustainable substitute for peat moss in your garden. And because the fibers hold water, the coir bricks work beautifully as a growing medium for container plants and even hydroponics. The bricks are available in most garden shops and mass merchandisers.


Made in the U.S., these custom-fit Coco Mats not only add style to your vehicle’s interior, but they’re also durable and easy to clean. They come in eight colors, and fit just about any car or truck. Coco car floor mats are available through AutoSport.

Are you using coir products in your home? We’d love to know.  Send your photographs to or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #AJCdiy.

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