Trash to cash: Jake's million-dollar coconut bowl business [Video]

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Jake McKeon was on a surf holiday to Bali when he came across some carved coconut shells with paintings on them at a local market.Jake McKeon came up with the idea for Coconut Bowls on a surf trip to Bali. Photo: Justin McManus"At the time I had a health food business and I thought "wow, if we...

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Jake McKeon was on a surf holiday to Bali when he came across some carved coconut shells with paintings on them at a local market.

Jake McKeon came up with the idea for Coconut Bowls on a surf trip to Bali.

Jake McKeon came up with the idea for Coconut Bowls on a surf trip to Bali.

Photo: Justin McManus

“At the time I had a health food business and I thought ‘wow, if we …

Starting from that first $500 investment in 2016, the 28-year-old Melburnian has sold has more than 100,000 recycled bowls, which are priced from $12.95 each.

“We cut the shells and sand them and polish them so people can eat from them,” McKeon says.