Orange is the new food packaging!

Posted on 14 January 2020.

In June 2019, a British student unveiled new biodegradable food packaging made from the organic waste produced by the orange juice industry.

Ultra-resistant and biodegradable, it will support weights over 500 kg!

What if the solution to protecting dry foods were to wrap them in orange peel? The surprising idea comes from Denny Handley, a design student at Brunel University London, who is keen to fight plastic pollution. In 2014, for the United Kingdom alone, the production of plastic waste amounted to 4.9 million metric tons - two thirds of which was packaging.

In June 2019, our student unveiled his plant based packaging at the University’s "Made in Brunel" exhibition. Called Bio-Peel, the material consists of dehydrated orange peel sourced from the fruit juice industry, mixed with a natural binder made of plant glycerine, corn starch, potato starch and water.

The mixture is then hardened during the molding, baking and drying process. The result is an ultra-resistant and biodegradable material that will support weights over 500 kg! A new record.

“Initially I had the idea that you could use all the waste produced making one litre of orange juice to create the carton, says Denny Handley. “But the material itself steadily degrades in water, so I looked for other applications for it.” 

Delicatessens, farmers' markets, crates ... Bio-Peel material is suitable for packaging and transporting dry goods. With the advantage that it can be composted at the end of life. Useful for growing more fruit!