1.4 Million Tons of Apple Peel Waste Are Generated by Juice Industry Annually. We Turn Them into Your Everyday Bags
with great care for you and the planet
“The Crowd Pleaser”
Apples are among the world's most popular fruits and are embraced by both religion and popular culture as symbolic fruit for many deep meanings. On a fresh, whole-fruit basis, apples are the second most-consumed fruit in the U.S.
Massive Production, Massive Waste
World apple production for2019/20 is estimated to be 75.8 million metric tons, with China, EU and the U.S. producing the highest amount, totaling more than 75% of world production. Unlike exotic fruits, apples are mostly consumed locally. For example, 25% of apples produced in the U.S. are exported while only 5% of apples consumed in the U.S. are imported.
When it comes to the food waste crisis, apple is no exception. It is estimated that 3.7 trillion apples are thrown away each year. That’s almost 50 apples per person!
A Special Case in Juice Industry
Apples are processed into a variety of products, but by far the largest volume of processed apple products is in the form of juice. In 2016, 5.8 million tons of apples were processed, generating about 1.4 million tons of waste by-product that needs special treatment before disposal, among which is apple peels that are full of fiber!
From Apple Peels to Your Leather Bag
Apple peels provides more than 50% of fiber in an apple. The discarded peels from juice industry make perfect resources for making elastic and durable materials. Combining them with other bio-contents and water-based PU, a hybrid, innovative, eco-friendly leather-like material is created! The only question is, would you like it crisp or tart?