Nuts for Sustainability – How does using 8 billion coconut husks per year sound as a start?

This is a  fascinating story of turning discarded coconut by-products into value added products, that creates jobs for the poor and the creative class.

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is effectively tapping into an unlimited renewable resource that is otherwise discarded and can wreak havoc with the environment, by clogging up rivers and water systems. The Philippines is the second largest producer of coconuts in the world producing about 8 billion per year, most of them underutilized which creates huge opportunity.

Una - car from indigenous materials
Car manufactured using indigenous materials


On a related note, check this out! ‎”Una” first car manufactured using indigenous materials. Only in Cebu City, Philippines


Brief Background
This podcast was taken from a recent two week Local Economic Development LGSP-LED consulting assignment Dan undertook on behalf of The Canadian Urban Instute, CIDA funded project.

Dan pioneered the practice of Creative Rural Economy, Economic Development in Prince Edward County, Ontario for 10 years until 2011. Now he is the President and CEO of the Greater Peterborough Economic Development Commission and the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster where his role has expanded to include both urban and rural creative economy work. Dan also speaks regularly to groups, organizations and conferences in order to help them grow their economies.

Want to Hear More?
Dan enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise to help others on developing Creative Economies – Rural, Small Town & City. To book Dan for speaking engagements, facilitation, workshops and more click here or email here.

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  1. Eimear Serious

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