Visit the "Save The Forest" Charcoal Factory

Coconut shells used instead of fire wood burn longer, reduce carbon emission and represent a smart way to reduce deforestation

Every month, collecting and processing used coconut shells -- a fruit wildly consumed in Cambodia as a beverage, a cooking ingredient and in the cosmetics industry-- SGFE, a small but tenacious organization, produces 130 tons of eco-friendly charcoal briquettes.

The people at SGFE (for Sustainable Green Fuel Energy) are well aware this is still far from the more than 200 tons of wood charcoal consumed every day in the family and commercial fire pits around Phnom Penh. They also know that the coconut-based fuel burns longer and is much less volatile than the wood charcoal, thus notably reducing carbons emissions...and a rampant deforestation that has been devastating Cambodia for years.

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