Coir geotextiles are currently used in erosion control measures such as growing of vegetation on highway shoulders and embankments and also in protecting the banks of lakes, canals and rivers. Coir geotextiles give maximum protection to the soil until the grass takes root and provides a permanent coverage. After the stabilization of soil, the nettings decompose gradually and provide nourishment to grass growing on the soil medium. The netting gives plenty of room to grow and at the same time provide a large number of “check daks”
The unique properties of coconut fiber and Coir geotextiles to absorb water and degrade with time give it a definite edge over synthetic geotextiles in various applications. The use of geotextiles during the past three decades has increased from 10.2 million Squares. Meter is 1970 to 1400 million square meters in 2000. But the Geotextiles made out of natural fiber account for only 0.001%. The rest is enjoyed by plastic materials!! The major drawback in coir Geotextile industry is non availability of proper specifications/procedure as well as that of well documented scientific field studies.