IPB Students Developed Sociopreneur Design: BANCO (Aromatherapy Neck Pillow Made of Coconut Fiber)

A group of students of Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Izzar Aarisyad Faatih of the Department of Mathematics,  and Ridho Aaraasy of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, utilized coconut waste as aromatherapy neck pillow.

The neck pillow they called it  Banco is made of coco fiber as a substitute for kapok (Ceiba pentandra) or cotton and was added with essential oil of patchouli as aromatherapy. The addition of specific essential oils used as aromatherapy can help relieve stress, relax the body, and promote better sleep.

"Indonesia is the world’s largest coconut producer with exports in coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut shell and copra meal for carbon production. Indonesia produces 3.3 million tons of coconut waste per year, but only about 15% of coconut husk are processed by the community. Unprocessed coconut waste is burned and causes air pollution to the surrounding environment, "said Izzar.

According to him, the husk of a coconut comprises 30 per cent coconut fibres and 70 per cent flesh. Those are separated from one another, after which traditional products, such as mats and brushes, are made from the fibres. The flesh contains a significant amount of lignin, a substance that is found in ligneous cell walls. Coconut husk is superior and more durable compared with kapok, cotton, or dacron. In addition, aromatherapy produced from this patchouli essential oil added into the coconut husks will last for one year. In addition to superior materials and inexpensive, it is sustainable and environmentally friendly. It can form an extra source of income women group and farmers in s their additional income.

Banco is expected to provide new business opportunities and markets to companies that processes it. With market segmentation is quite supportive, namely the four-wheelers and people who travel far enough. The residual material of the coconut is used in its entirety. It is a good alternative to wood and helps to prevent deforestation. During production, glue and chemical agents do not need to be added.

"They planned to sell this around 50 thousand - 80 thousand rupiah per piece with a profit of 15-85% per unit and includes social funds of 2.5%," he explained.

Izzar and Ridho's hope in developing this sociopreneur design it will increase the  awareness of the communities to utilize the worthless coconut wastes into high-value products, as well as being able to use potentiality  of natural resources.  Running an environmentally friendly business helps you reduce your impact on the environment and preserves natural resources, and also implementing local wisdom. It encourage the communities in appreciating the domestic products.  

Creativity Izzar and Ridho won the 3rd national essay in the event of Student Cooperative (Kopma) Fair at Hasanudin University, Makassar, on December 2017. The competition was participated by prominent universities in Indonesia, including Gajah Mada University, Brawijaya University, Airlangga University, Semarang, and others. Both are planning to realize Banco into a social business. But it will take time, as they are focusing on the development of the design. (Wied)

Published Date : 12-Jan-2018

Resource Person : Izzar Aarisyad Faatih dan Ridho Aaraasy

Keyword : IPB Students Developed Sociopreneur Design: BANCO (Aromatherapy Neck Pillow Made of Coconut Fiber)