Coconut water is witnessing a big trend lately. Refreshing and healthy, it is a good beverage that can even make your mind travel to a hot sunny day at the beach, sipping your beverage under the coconut trees.
There are 3 forms of coconut water packaging we have encountered and they are very different from each other:
1. The coconut water found in your local supermarket
Drink your water from the traditional brick. On this packaging, you will find all the information you could think of: where do the coconuts come from, where was the beverage made, what is the nutritional content, what is the production and expiration date etc. …
Advantages compared to the 2 other packaging possibilities: it has all the information available, and it is the most convenient way to get this drink
Disadvantages: it is the less sustainable packaging out of the 3
2.The coconut water straight from the coconut
Coconut water at its rawest. Drink your water straight from the coconut. Cut the top off, put a straw into it and drink it up, as the picture seen above. Life just got a bit more relaxed.
Advantages: the most sustainable choice: no packaging is needed at all, as nature provides already a great container. Plus, once you are done drinking it up, you can eat the coconut meat inside. A drink and a snack, all in one.
Disadvantages: it is inconvenient and heavy to carry around. It takes a lot of space (thus incurring big transportation costs).
3. The coconut water drunk from the most basic packaging out there
In Cambodia and other countries, you can find an incredibly basic – but smart – packaging to enjoy your coconut water. Poured into a small plastic bag from a dispenser, only a straw is added; the bag is closed with a simple elastic band, fixating the straw at the same time. You can even use the plastic bag’s handle to help you carry around your drink: a coconut water takeaway.
Advantages: it takes very little space, thus savings on storage and transportation costs. It saves more materials than the traditional carton packaging and it is less heavy than the coconut, as well as easy and convenient to carry around.
Disadvantages: it doesn’t look appealing and you have to finish your drink at once – it is not possible to put it down or it into your bag.There might be sanitary issues as well.