Could 3D printed orange peels be the next big thing in food waste innovation?

Something fruity in packaging innovation!

Compostable, sturdy and beautifully designed, this compostable lamp from Milan-based Krill Design is not only a stroke of sustainability genius, it’s a work of minimalist art too.

The startup takes inedible food waste, such as orange peels, and uses them in the 3D printing process to create simple, functional, and drop dead GORGEOUS homeware.

Rather than ending up in your rubbish, or if you're well trained, your compost bin, this organic material has been reimagined and repurposed into unique lamps.
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Get ready for some juicy details! The Krill Design lamp is an absolute stunner, and guess what? It only takes a couple of oranges' worth of peel to make it happen. They dry out those peels and grind them into a fine powder. Mix that with some biopolymeric vegetable starch, and voila! You've got yourself some moldable pellets.

Now, here's where the magic comes in. Those pellets are ready to be used for 3D printing. The printer works its magic by layering the material, bringing to life the ingenious designs cooked up by the geniuses at Krill.

But wait, there's more! The lamp rocks a rich orange colour that comes straight from those vibrant peels. However, as time goes by (because we're dealing with organic materials here), it'll gradually darken to a more earthy tone, giving it a sleek and leathery vibe.

And here's an extra something something of this already fabulous lamp. It exudes a delightful citrus aroma, all thanks to the natural origins of the materials used. So not only does it look amazing, but it also smells like a slice of citrusy heaven.

But hold on, there's even more to love about this new material. It's a product of circular economy process. So, not only are you getting an elegant material, but you're also doing your part for sustainability. It's a win-win situation.
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What is a circular economy in design and sustainability?

Well, well, well, would you look at that! We've got ourselves a real gem born out of the marvellous world of circular economy. It's like a beautiful cycle where waste gets a second chance to shine and do some good. I mean, just think about it: a waste product now transformed into a compostable and biodegradable material that can nourish the soil, grow more oranges, and give birth to more of this incredible stuff. Go for it Mother Nature.

Krill have hit the jackpot by utilising food industry byproducts like orange peels. They've taken these supposed scraps and turned them into something truly remarkable and eco-friendly. And hey, don't limit your imagination to just lamps. Oh no, my friend! The possibilities are endless, especially for those of us in the packaging space. Can you feel the excitement in the air?

But hold on, orange peels aren't the only stars of this show. Krill has taken their game to the next level by recycling coffee grounds as well. They've created incense holders and pocket emptiers out of those little coffee remnants, so it will be interesting to see what other waste byproducts they have their eyes on to breathe new life into.

This fusion of design and sustainability is a game-changer. It's a tantalising step towards promoting a lifestyle where waste doesn't stand a chance. We're on the edge of our seats, eagerly waiting to see more of these mind-blowing sustainable solutions sprouting up across various industries. Brace yourself, because a wave of innovation is coming, and it's here to shake things up!
In the world of packaging design, we're all about supporting a sustainable and waste-reducing agenda. The good news is that we have a plethora of fantastic options at our disposal now. We're talking about biodegradable materials crafted entirely from organic sources, no plastic involved!

These materials are an absolute essential. Not only do they steer clear of leaving behind harmful pollutants and taking ages to degrade, but their production processes often involve minimal chemical processing and manufacturing. It's a needed situation for both the environment and our conscience.

Now, if you're a savvy business owner looking to make more environmentally responsible choices, we've got you covered. Sure, adorning your office with those trendy 3D printed orange peel lamps is a great start, but why stop there? Let's dive into the world of packaging and see how we can minimise your ecological footprint.

So here's the deal: if you're itching to take that next step and reduce waste in your business, look no further than Unbound. We're your go-to team for all things design, branding, and waste reduction. Give us a shout, and let's have a chat about how we can work together to make your business shine while leaving a lighter footprint on our beautiful planet.
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