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Some use them to polish hobs, cutlery and dishes, others instead to treat their skin with an innovative scrub. Today we discover that we can extract energy from oranges’ skin. The news is released by the Distretto Agrumi di Sicilia (the Sicilian Citrus District) and University of Catania with support by the Cooperativa Empedocle. Together they generated a “bio-digestor”, result of the project Power from Citrus: an opportunity for the entire industry, which allows a biogas and fertilizer production by using leftovers of the industrial production of citrus juices, seeds and skins included. We just should be reminded that every year Italy produces 340 thousand tons of this leftover called “pastazzo” which is drained without use (the equal of 10 milion euros wastage). Again with regards to the regenerated edible goods’ wastage, it is worth to know the work developed by Orange Fiber, a project of sustainable fashion conceived by Adriana Santonocito and Enrica Arena with the Polytechnic University of Milan:
a dough which provides cellulose is obtained through a transformation process of the citrus’ skin (oranges and lemons), the mixture is consequently stringed and used as a fresh and transpiring material, substitute for clothing’s packaging.
At the moment the project is in a prototype phase, but if it will bring positive results, the experimentation could be a great opportunity for the Sicilian agro-industrial sector. An intriguing element is that Orange Fiber is financially supported by Coca-Cola Foundation, philanthropic branch of the multinational corporation that purchases in our beautiful island the 18% of annual orange juice production for industrial use (380 thousand euros funded up to date). The pilot installation is visible in the countryside of Catania, close to the Agricultural faculty’s laboratories (orangefiber.it/en).
A biodynamic life
by Giuliana Zoppis
News, events, products and services for an innovative and conscious lifestyle:
all that can give an ecologic shift to everyday actions with responsibility, curiosity, creativity and the desire of improving us and the world we live in.
This is the section led by Giuliana Zoppis, architect, journalist and expert of ecodesign, biobuilding and socio-environmental sustainability. In 2006, together with Clara Mantica , she founded Best Up the first chain for promoting the sustainable living.