02/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Coconut-Based Car Parts Could Reduce Synthetic Polyester

There is clearly not enough news involving coconuts. Fortunately, Baylor University in Texas is remedying that with a way to turn unwanted coconut husks into useful car parts.

While we haven't reached the coconut carburetor point, engineering professor Walter Bradley and his team of researchers envision the renewable fiber replacing the synthetic polyester that is used to make trunk liners, covers for interior doors, and floorboards. The team chose husks because they're inexpensive, nontoxic, and have the potential to work just as well as polyester.

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