Where do the orange peels end once we eat or drink the fruit? Orange Fiber could answer: on clothes.
The italian company established in 2014 by Adriana Santanocito ed Enrica Arena has invented and patented a very innovative fiber, made from the industrial scrap from oranges to produce sustainable garments.
This exclusive Made in Italy innovation offers the opportunity to satisfy the growing demand for cellulose for textile use (due to the volatility of cotton and oil prices) by preserving natural resources, without producing industrial waste. Compared to existing artificial cellulosic fibers, both those derived from wood and those from hemp and bamboo.
Orange Fiber does not exploit natural resources, but uses a by-product intended for disposal, thus reducing the use of land and water, the use of polluting pesticides and the impact of textile production on the planet. Politecnico di Milano lab collaborated too on the developing of the process.
in 2016 the startup was awarded with the Global Change Award, the international award organized by the H&M Foundation (non-profit foundation of the H&M brand), to accelerate innovations with the highest potential for converting the fashion production into a sustainable circle.
Capturing the essence and the expressive potential of the innovative citrus fabric, the famous fashion Brand Salvatore Ferragamo started a collaboration with Orange Fiber that led to the creation of the Ferragamo Orange Fiber Collection, the first fashion collection made with the sustainable Orange fabric Fiber presented on 22 April 2017.
The fabrics made with this material are comfortable, light, organic, easily dry and hardly produce creases, lending themselves very well to the production of "no-iron" garments, which save time and effort.
Orange Fiber garments can be washed easily by hand or in the washing machine at 30° . The golden rule of observing the label also applies to Orange Fiber, as it is the most effective way to check whether the garments need separate washing or special treatments.