A bio-degradable material from the production waste of orange juice.
Oranges are an important fruit in the global fruit market. The production of orange juice carries a huge amount of waste, approximately 44% of every orange.
A part of this waste is used in the production of animal food, as well ingredients are extracted from the peel, such as pectin, limonene or essential oils, for the use of other products. However, a large amount of this waste is still being dumped. I discovered a new material for which I use the whole peel. By transforming it into a sort of clay which I press into a mold and let dry, it turns into a strong orange colored material. Because an orange peel consists for a great part of cellulose it turns into a wood-like material in which you can saw, drill, laser cut, etc. It is not waterproof because like paper it exist of small particles in stead of long fibers like wood. Orange-wood can be used for making indoor furniture. Because the material has a state wherein it is malleable, it is also possible to 3D print with it or it could be pressed directly into a three-dimensional mold and form a product.
Brazil is one of the main producers of orange juice, with as well the problem of an enormous amount of orange peel waste.
As a solution for this problem and to give the waste mass an economic value, I believe we could enlarge this idea by creating a factory near an orange plantation. The factory will transform the oranges directly into orange juice and boards of Orange-wood.