The innovation in a nutshell
Creating new textile out of by-products from citrus juice production.
More in detail
In Italy alone, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of citrus peel and by-products from juice production are thrown away every year, which has both financial and environmental costs. Adriana Santanocito dared to think outside the box and saw gold where others saw waste. She contacted a lab at the Polytechnico di Milano, where she demonstrated that her idea was feasible – extracting cellulose from citrus waste and then spin it into an innovative silk-like, biodegradable fibre.
In 2013 the idea was patented and in 2015 Adriana and co-founder Enrica Arena, applied and won the Global Change Award. “With the Global Change Award we saw an amazing opportunity to develop our project, increasing its potential and positive impact,” says Enrica.
Team members: Adriana Santanocito, Enrica Arena, Francesco Virlinzi, Antonio Perdichizzi, Corrado Blandini, Andrea Bonina, Giovanni De Caro, Moreno Petrulli