Where does the oil come from?
The coconuts for Himapan’s coconut oil are grown in certified organic forests in Thailand that are located near the beach and therefore, are provided with extra minerals that is absorbed through the roots. These coastal areas are the native habitat of the coconut tree .
Important to us is the sustainable management of the forests, life quality with collegiality, independence and sufficient wages for all.
Founded in 2015, Himapan is a small company with small infrastructure and most connected farmers are not big enough and not consistingly organised to allow that production level required for export-quality oil in whole pallets for Europe. Coconut oil allows only minimal water content to have sufficient storage life for oversea shipping.
Nevertheless, our goal is not to feature a sophisticated production facility at any price in shortest time, but to lay ground for local lifes healthy and solid development, self-determined by local small farming families and other businesses, towards social fairness, diversity, stability and sutainability. Of course, it is our idea that the motivations for development in those directions are increased by the example of Himapans trade with western markets.
Luckily, we have also partners in team with similar goals and adequate production capacities as well, that can make long-life premium coconut oil with western standards.
The short duration between harvest and ready-made coconut oil is a keystone to our coconut oil’s quality. The fruits are picked by hand and brought directly to the production-facility.
No monkeys forced to work
Monkeys do not work at our farm, because several cases of mistreatment have occured in our region. But we try to establish better conditions for these monkeys and therefore support a monkey-training college in Thailand, which brings this traditionally old and close human-monkey relationship to a new level. This schools works without physical violence and additionally respects the animals free will. Harvesting is learned and done only by putting into use play instinct and curiosity.
There are many harvest-monkeys that are respected and well treated members of the farmer families. And we have rarely seen such close bonds between humans and animals where both ends really profit: The monkey learns and gets protection from the life-threatening dangers of forest, for example from snakes and the farmer gets help when picking coconuts.
The peeled coconuts are handsorted, so that not a single coconut is used that is not optimally suited. The husk and discard are brought back to the fields or processed in other ways so that nothing is thrown away and everything runs in cycles. From cracking the nut until the ready-made oil, not more than 8 hours pass and that makes the coconut oil so great.
The nuts are cracked, the pulp peeled, cleaned and sorted. Then the pulp is grinded, cold pressed, filtered, centrifuged, filtered again and finally bottled. The whole process is done carefully and without heat or chemicals under sanitation quality controls and takes not more than 8 hours.
The coconut oil is packed in certified food safe gallons and shipped to Europe. Although shipping would be easily done with help of solar power and wind, none of the regular transporters do offer this. But we are working to find a solution.
The bottling of the oil is done by Himapan in Vienna. There, no heat above 30° Celsius is applied to liquify the oil and strict hygienic conditions are kept. Our organic certificate for the facility in Vienna is AT-BIO-401. All labels are attached with vegan glue and made of 100% recycled paper.
The jars for the oil are produced in Bavaria and meet our high expectation of sustainability, social responsibility and food-safety. No plastic is contained, instead glas and natural rubber from regrowable ressources. The jar has two small outer metal clips to keep the glas lid tight place, that is all.
We are big friends of the zero-waste idea, so our transport units for shipping are never thrown away. Connected upcyclers get them for free.
Also we made a zero-waste product line, that is sold only on weekly markets. Customers bring their own jar and fill it from tap.
History of the coconut tree
Read more about the history of the coconut tree (further)