ELLE Impact2 Award in Milan: Orange Fiber

ELLE Italy and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation announce Orange Fiber, as the winner of the ELLE Impact2 Award* in Italy.

Italy Winner and Danda

Most of us wouldn’t look twice at a piece of orange peel left to waste. Enlarge the scale and think of all the industrial waste from citrus fruits in the world and you might reconsider what happens to that piece of peel. 700,000 tons of citrus products, go to waste each year in Italy alone. Orange Fiber wants to transform this waste into a wearable, sustainable and biodegradeable textile, which also endorses the Italian tradition of high quality materials in fashion.

The idea behind Orange Fiber was first proposed by Adriana Santanocito as the subject of her thesis in 2012. The theory was then put into motion with the help of co-founder, Enrica Arena and after patenting the company together in 2013, the first protypes of the fabric were made. Thanks to extenstive research and entrepenerial support, the optimized samples were released in 2015 and this year sees the official launch of Orange Fiber fabric ; a silk like material which can be coloured and printed just like traditional fabrics. The material will be showcased in collaboration with a high-end fashion brand who puts the same emphasis on sustainable products, made in Italy.

It may be just the beginning for Orange Fiber but the brand certainly has a strong vision for the future, thanks to it’s replicable production method. By 2020, Orange Fiber predicts to produce 400,000 metres of fabric from citrus fruits, by using an environmentally friendly process, which could be used the world over. Meaning that the cost of the product could eventually be lowered, putting the material in competition with more polluting fabrics, such as polyester or cotton. The Orange Fiber brand will above all, be recognised for being based on sustainibility and well-being.

As winners of the Award, Adriana and Enrica will attend the ELLE Impact2 Award’s, final in Paris on the 7th April 2016.

Find out pictures of the event on ELLE Italy’s website: http://www.elle.it/Magazine/Elle-Impact2-for-Women-foto-premiazione

* An award for Female Social Entrepreneurship

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