March 23, 2016
The sustainable textile industry is getting a whole lot fruitier and what better way to recycle food waste than by repurposing it into fabric? Two projects in two different parts of the world have developed 'who'd have thought' yarn and are bringing it to the world: Orange Fiber has transformed citrus waste into orange 'silk' and Ananas Anam has created 'leather' from pineapple leaf fibres.
Incredibly, every year in Italy one million tonnes of orange peel is discarded. Orange Fiber is working to change all that with their sustainable and biodegradable silk-like fabric made by extracting cellulose from the fibers that are discarded during the pressing and processing of oranges. What's more, the fabric is enriched with citrus fruit essential oils using nanotechnology techniques. The creators, Adriana Santanocito and Enrica Arena, now have their sites set on the world of haute couture.
Meanwhile in the Philippines, not-for-profit organisation Ananas Anam, under the guidance of London-based Spaniard Dr Carmen Hijosa has created a unique textile from unwanted pineapple leaves. As the leaves are the by-product of the pineapple harvest, no extra land, water, fertilisers or chemicals are used in its production. The result: Pinatex leather which has been made into shoes, clothing, fashion accessories and furniture upholstery.
They get a green thumbs up from us!
You can read more about Orange Fiber here and Ananas Anam here.
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