Polytechnic teacher makes boards using coir baby fibre; lauded by minister
Ambalappuzha: A polytechnic teacher has won Coir Kerala’s honour for making boards using baby fibre of coir. Sreeji Sreenivas hailing from Eravukadu successfully completed her experiment. She is a teacher at the mechanical department of Carmel Polytechnic College in Punnapra.
Baby fibre of coir is considered as waste as it does not have enough length to make other products. This is piled up in the mills causing pollution issues. Sreeji used this baby fibre to make boards which can be used to manufacture other equipment.
Sreeji studied about the possibilities of using baby fibre as part of an MTech project in Barton Hill Engineering College. Foam Mattings, a public sector company, is already making similar boards using coconut husk fibre. Baby fibre is often abandoned due to insufficient length.
Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac appreciated Sreeji’s invention during an event at Coir Kerala. He opined that this invention will benefit the Coir industry as its cost of making is very less than the current method. The minister also presented a gift to Sreeji.