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Innovative ways to use the citrus peel

Producer:

AIMPLAS

Description:

Since the 1980s, orange production has continued to increase across the world, and in 2014, orange production clocked in at 68,925,200 tonnes, with much of the fruit being used to make products like jams, marmalades and juices – all of which result in waste orange peels on a massive scale (around 3.8 million tonnes of waste a year). In Italy alone, about 700,000 tonnes of waste materials and by-products from citrus production are produced every year. To make the most of this local resource, science, fashion, manufacturing, government, education and innovators have all identified a potential valuable feedstock from both orange peel and orange pulp. Spain is the leading grower of oranges in the European Union, producing 3,800,000 tonnes per year. AIMPLAS, a Spanish plastics-technology institute, is exploring the use of orange peel as a potential bioplastic. In partnership with the Spanish government and a wine and juice specialist, AIMPLAS is exploring innovative ways to use the citrus peel bioplastic, including in plastic bottles and replacing of aluminium railway applications.

Application sectors:

Other

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BIOVOICES project

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Natural ‘leather’ from scraps of apple processing

Producer:

Chimica Verde Bionet

Description:

The skin of an apple is generally discarded during the production of jams and juices. Apple skin is characterised by several properties because it is rich in sugars, cellulose and waxes. In Italy, the Trentino Alto Adige region is the main producer of apples, contributing to 65% of the national production. 10 tonnes of apple waste are produced in one year. It is recognised here that the re-use of apple skin from waste can significantly decrease agro-industrial waste and can be used as a second-generation bioeconomy feedstock. By recycling industrial waste from apple processing it is possible to create a material which is a 75% natural ‘leather’. The main advantages of apple leather are its porosity and the fact that it cuts down waste disposal costs in apple processing. In addition to apple leather having increased material breathability, without modifying its thermosensitivity, the high percentage of organic and natural material in it makes the product eco-friendly, non-toxic and bio-compatible. Apple skin is used to produce leather-like fashion accessories, clothes, furniture (sofas and armchairs) and many other everyday products. This material can be used by vegans as a substitute to animal leather.

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Application sectors:

Textile products, clothing, sports and toys

Author:

BIOVOICES Project

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