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Design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati

Juice bar makes bioplastic cups from orange peel

International design and innovation office, Carlo Ratti Associati, has developed an experimental orange squeezer that 3D-prints bioplastic cups from orange peels.

This project, called “Feel the Peel” was completed in partnership with global energy company Eni. The aim was to bring circularity to everyday life. The juice bar turns squeezed oranges into a filament that is dried, milled, and converted into a bioplastic by combining the substance with polylactic acid. The plastic is then printed into recyclable cups that can be used to drink fresh orange juice.

The 3.1-metre-tall prototype, topped with a dome filled with 1,500 oranges, will start touring public spaces around Italy over the coming months.

 “The principle of circularity is a must for today’s objects,” said CRA founding partner and MIT director of city lab Carlo Ratti which designed the system which makes bioplastic cups from orange peel.


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