Citrus

Citrus

Orange Fiber

Orange Fiber is the world’s first and only brand to produce a patented material from citrus juice by-products, repurposing them to create beautiful, sensorial materials that reshape sartorial experience.
The fabrics are formed from a citrus cellulose yarn that can blend with other materials. When used in its purest form, the resulting 100% citrus textile features a soft and silky hand-feel, lightweight, and can be opaque or shiny according to production needs.
Thanks to the low impact process of industrial production that was developed in Italy and patented internationally, Orange Fiber produces a high-quality fabric capable of bringing together two pillars from our Italian heritage – textiles and food – and respond to the demands of both innovation and sustainability in the fashion industry.

Additional information

Our technology is based on the extraction of high quality cellulose from citrus juice industry leftovers, which represent 60% of the weight of processed fruits. We operate the first steps of production (where IP is more relevant) and outsource the secondary steps (fiber making, spinning and weaving) to selected partners and sell the final product to fashion brands, before printing and design. Our solution, to extract a raw material from an industrial by-product, not rival to food, offers the opportunity to satisfy the increasing need of cellulose for textile thus preserving natural resources – either by not disposing an industrial waste and not using natural resources. Compared to existing man-made fibers from cellulose, either from wood or from hemp and bamboo, our fiber does not require dedicated yields alternative to food consumption or dwelling on natural resources, but reuses a waste thus saving land, water, fertilisers and environmental pollution.

Ingredients

Citrus cellulose.

Maker

Orange Fiber S.r.l.

References

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