For most people, coconut husk is considered a waste of no economic value. However, that assumption is not entirely true. In the hands of UGM students, head coir is processed into a craft of art and high economic value.Yes, in the hands of students UGM coconut husk processed into pots, dolls, and key chains. The creators are Yofrizal Alfi, Fikri Muhammad, Yulisyah Daulay Daughter, Verna Ardhi Hapsari, Putu Sri Ronita Dewi, Icha Ludyawati, Rischa Agustina, Fathurrahman Setiawan, Fajar Sina M, Karina Dita, I Komang Adi W and M. Pradipta Natriasukma.
Yofrizal Alfi said the idea to process the coconut fiber waste started from their concerns about the problems that occurred in Plampang Village 1 Village Kalirejo, Kokap, Kulonprogo. This area has abundant coconut potential, including coconut husk but this coconut waste has not been utilized optimally by the local community.”The potential of coconut husk in this region is very abundant, but not yet well utilized. Most are just thrown away or burned, “said Yofrizal Alfi.
Starting from that fact they also move to provide assistance to the residents in processing coconut fiber waste. They provide guidance and training of coconut coir processing into various crafts in Co-Craft program.”This Co-Craft program is an effort to improve the economy of local people,” said Alfi.The program has three main activities. First, the training process of coco fiber into coconut fiber coarse, smooth and coconut powder. Second, training the handicraft product from coconut fiber and coconut powder.
Third, online marketing training and online fiber formation of Small and Medium Enterprises managed by the community especially mothers PKK Plampang 1. Furthermore, PKK mothers will also be trained how to bookkeeping appropriate and efficient in managing the business of this handicraft product.”There are 3 superior products from this coconut coir waste is coco potty, coco doll, and coco keychain,” said Putu.
Coco potty is coconut fiber based pot with unique design and functioning as educational media of planting. While Coco doll is a spin doll from coconut fibers with animal-themed design as an eco-friendly souvenir. While Coco keychain is a key chain made of fibers and coconut powder with a national and traditional themed design. All these handicraft products are sold with prices ranging from Rp 10.000, – to Rp. 50.000, -.
“For marketing we do through online promotional media such as web sites and social media, and offline marketing through souvenir shops Kulon Progo and Jogja,” he explained.The utilization of this coconut coir waste in addition to reducing environmental waste is also able to increase the economic value of coconut coir. Thus it can encourage the increase in income of citizens.”The products of this program are expected to be a typical product of Dusun Plampang 1 so that it becomes a supporter in the development of nature tourism village and improve the welfare of the village community,” he explained.