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Feel the Peel

Can you drink your orange juice from a cup made from the fruit’s peels? If you’re at the Circular Juice Bar, you can! Brainchild of international design firm Carlo Ratti Associati and global energy company Eni, the experimental juice bar serves your orange juice in a cup that’s been 3-D printed on the spot from a bioplastic created from the orange peels.

 

The “Feel the Peel” prototype is a 3.10-meter-tall (about 10 feet) orange squeezer machine, topped by a dome filled with 1,500 oranges. When someone orders a juice, oranges slide down into the squeezer, where they are cut in half and juiced. The leftover peels are accumulated, dried and milled to make a “dust” that’s mixed with polylactic acid (PLA). PLA is a popular bioplastic derived from such renewable resources as corn starch, tapioca roots and sugarcane. Once the mixture is heated and melted, the polymer becomes a filament that is fed through a 3D printer incorporated into the machine to create the recyclable cup.

It’s among a wave of new ideas based on a circular economy, where waste is used rather than disposed of.

What Is a Circular Economy?

In contrast to the “take–make–waste” linear model, a circular economy is designed to turn all the waste that companies and individuals process into a valuable, productive resource to be used again. It does this by reintroducing waste into the production cycle instead of disposing of products at the end of their useful life. A circular economy is based on three key principles:

  • Design out waste and pollution.
  • Keep products and materials in use.
  • Regenerate natural systems.
comment_2Let us hear from you, Movement members. Would you choose a cup made from orange peels, given the option? Would you have any concerns? Please share your thoughts with our other readers in the comments below.

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Cups made from orange peels? I’d give them a try!

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Danielle
Danielle
4 months ago

Wow! This is very exciting… I would love to be part of this in someway

Lucy Arnett
Lucy Arnett
4 months ago

Very exciting. Initial investment a concern, but shouldn’t be totally burdened by the consumers.

Cathy Pilgrim
Cathy Pilgrim
4 months ago

WOW!

Bill Patzer
Bill Patzer
4 months ago

This engineer was impressed!!!

Lori
Lori
4 months ago

Great idea….. a must try!

Ann
Ann
4 months ago

The fact that the kid touched the orange was a big turnoff to me. Lol! The idea is cool though!

K Mayall
K Mayall
2 months ago
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You just got to be kidding! This is ridiculous! Do you really think that is what really happens?

Karen Codrington
Karen Codrington
4 months ago

So cool!

Victoria Nickels
Victoria Nickels
4 months ago

Yes!! We need more innovation just like this!