1000 Flowers for the Planet - #160 Buy Coconut Shell Buttons & Buckles
Apart from the fact that there are probably enough buttons already in the world, enough to last our needs well into the future, if you have to buy new buttons or buckles, consider buying ones made from coconut shell. This is a renewable resource, as well as being a product with several uses, such as: coconut milk; desiccated coconut; livestock feed; the coir is used to make ropes, mats, brushes and potting compost; coconut oil; and of course buttons. The rest of the tree is able to be used in many ways as well, but for now I’ll concentrate on the coconut shell. It is made into buttons fairly easily, with no chemicals being used in the process, which consists of boiling, scraping to clean, cutting and drying. The varnishes may not be entirely environmentally friendly, but at least when you’ve finished using a coconut button or it gets lost somehow, it will eventually biodegrade.