In 2014, Orange Fiber S.R.L., was founded by two university students. In their home of Sicily, there is a very large production of citrus fruit and consequently a massive amount of waste material from the industry, which in 2018 made up 700 tons of waste. Their mission is to promote sustainable fashion and develop a way to reduce food waste as well as pollution.
The students pioneered a new process which transforms the normally discarded rinds and seeds of oranges into sustainable textiles.
The Italian innovators were the world’s first and to produce a patented material from citrus juice byproducts, repurposing them to create wearable material.
The fabrics are formed from a silk-like cellulose yarn that can blend with other materials. When used in its purest form, the resulting 100% citrus textile features a soft and silky feel, lightweight, and can be opaque or shiny according to production needs. The end result is a refined fabric that is ideally suited to luxury fashion brands.
This is. Simplified visual of the journey the the citrus residue embarks on to become a beautiful sustainable fabric.