Pacific Green: A Sustainable Revolution in Coconut Palm Timber

Welcome to the world of Pacific Green, where innovation meets sustainability in the heart of the South Pacific. Dating back to 1986, an extraordinary discovery was made in the South Pacific – vast abandoned plantations of coconut palm trees, commercially planted in the early 1900s, had reached the end of their productive fruiting. What followed was the birth of a remarkable journey that not only harnessed the exceptional qualities of coconut timber but also set a new standard for modern, sustainable business practices in the Pacific.

In pursuit of a vision to unlock the hidden potential of coconut palms, Pacific Green established the world’s first factory dedicated to this versatile resource. Nestled in the South Pacific, this groundbreaking facility marked the beginning of a revolution.

One of the key aspects that set Pacific Green apart was its commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Instead of purchasing land outright, the company chose to lease it, respecting indigenous ownership and fostering a harmonious relationship with the local communities. The factory itself was built in close consultation with the surrounding villages, offering employment opportunities to local residents. This holistic approach was not just about business; it was about building a sustainable ecosystem.

Over the years, Pacific Green has expanded its horizons and transformed into an international company, providing high-end coconut furniture to customers around the world. The journey from abandoned coconut plantations to a global brand is a testament to their dedication and commitment to excellence.

Coconut timber possesses unique qualities that set it apart from common timbers. It is exceptionally hard and durable, with its strength concentrated in the outer perimeter of the trunk. This high-density wood is also infused with silica, giving it elasticity. While these qualities make coconut timber highly desirable, it presents challenges during the sawing process. The wood can splinter easily and exhibits cross-fibers that tend to drag sawblades due to friction.

Pacific Green, however, has found a solution. They use a Peterson WPF 10″ Portable Sawmill with blades designed specifically for sawing these types of timbers. Peterson’s arsenal includes exceptional strobe knives for other “furry” timber varieties too. This commitment to innovation and problem-solving ensures that Pacific Green consistently delivers top-quality products.

Central to Pacific Green’s operation is the 10” Winch Production Frame by Peterson Portable Sawmills. This cutting-edge swing blade sawmill is equipped with an electric 3-phase motor, electric winch, and Hi/Lo tracks, making it an integral part of the company’s success.

Victor Chene of Dyna Lectric, Tahiti

Pictured in the above gallery is another successful customer who runs an agricultural equipment supply company in Tahiti. You can see they are demonstrating an 8” cut WPF 27hp Kohler Peterson mill with manual winch, Lo/Lo tracks and alloy bunks for holding the coconut logs. Pictured is also a close up photo of the different grades of coconut timber.

Victor Chene, Dyna Lectric, Tahiti & their WPF Sawmill.

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