The coconut tree, known as the "tree of life", yields numerous useful materials for health, beauty, and wellness. The coconut tree does not need to be cut down to reap its benefits from the coconuts, making this plant an inherently sustainable option for high volume oil production. This plant is often grown in mixed use settings which supports a healthy, thriving ecosystem in the tropical locations where it originates.

Sustainability Benefits

Coconut produces about 2200 kg of oil per hectare per year
Coconut is available globally as a non-GMO crop
Coconut promotes biodiversity as it is often grown in mixed use settings
Coconut trees can produce up to 75 fruits per year
The coconut tree produces many byproducts - milk, cream, activated charcoal, and oil

Featured Products Derived from Coconut

SustOleo™ TL

Natural Powder-to-Liquid Texturizer
  • Dual melting points for unique sensory
  • Improve sensory in powder dry shampoo
  • Creates transformational experience
  • 100% coconut-derived
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LexFeel™ N350 MB

Dimethicone Alternative & Hair Color Protectant
  • 350 cSt dimethicone alternative
  • Hair color protection benefits
  • Improved skin-feel and wet / dry comb performance
  • 100% natural, vegan, and readily biodegradable
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SustOleo™ MCT

Medium Chain Triglyceride
  • 100% natural from non-palm sources
  • Medium chain triglyceride emollient
  • Comparable sensory to caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • Nourishing after feel with low residue
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Spectrastat™ G2 Natural MB

100% Natural Broad Spectrum Preservation System
  • Plant-based preservation system
  • NATRUE approved & 100% biobased content
  • Broad spectrum performance
  • Pass industry-standard challenge test
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Zeastat™

100% Natural Water-Soluble Preservation Component
  • 100% certified biobased content
  • Strong protection against yeast and mold
  • Water soluble & cold processable
  • Effective at wide pH range
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FAQs

A mixed-species setting is one in which a variety of diverse plants are grown alongside each other so flora and fauna can thrive in interconnected symbiosis. As opposed to monoculture plantations, mixed-species settings are known to improve productivity of the plants, carbon sequestration and general biodiversity.

Coconut is often referred to as the "tree of life" in the local regions where it is growth. This is because every part of tree has purposes, many are for health, beauty, and wellness benefits.

  • From the meat: coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut oil
  • From the water: vinegar, coconut water, wine
  • From the husk: ropes, nets, walling, flooring
  • From the shell: activated charcoal
  • From the leaves: paper, brooms
  • From the roots: traditional medicines, beverages, dyes
  • Even if a tree is cut down, the trunk is used for wood, furniture, and paper

Using the entirety of the plant is the most resourceful way to use plant feedstocks and one of the reasons coconut is a desirable and sustainable feedstock.

Coconuts are grown in the Pacific Islands. Our sources for coconut include Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Coconut trees are often managed by smallholders in the Pacific Islands. while this plant is inherently very sustainable and the labor practices are generally non-problematic, there is always room for improvement. There is certainly room for improvement in the traceability of the coconut supply chain. Since smallholders often sell to commodity traders who sell to different industries, there is a loss of traceability in the current model.

INOLEX is committed to being at the table to support the sustainable development of the coconut industry and improve the traceability of sourcing. Some of the organizations we look to are Sustainable Coconut & Coconut Oil Roundtable, Rainforest Alliance, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

There are currently no certification models that support the scale in which the chemical industry uses coconut oil. We are in support of the development of this alongside our stakeholders.