Europe wastes over five billion kilos of citrus peel every year. Most of this waste goes to incineration, where the chemical components that are inside the peel are lost forever. PeelPioneers turns citrus peel ‘waste’ into essential oils (fragrance), chemicals (pectin, cellulose and flavonoids) or a sustainable animal feed. These resources are sold as commodities or used in products that can go back to the peel suppliers, therefore making their business model circular.
A bio-refinery concept that turns citrus peel waste into valuable resources: dietary fiber, antioxidants, orangeade, orange oil. The ingredients are widely used in food, cosmetics and cleaning products. The pulp that is left over after the production process goes to farmers for use as animal feed.
food industry, cosmetic companies, hotels, farms
Social /environmental/economic impact:
Sustainable production system
Food & Agriculture
Circular business model/strategy:
Reusing citrus peel ‘waste’