One of the key challenges humanity faces is finding ways to turn ‘waste’ into items that are both functional and attractive to use. A design studio in Italy is utilising the country’s most popular fruit to create eco-friendly homeware.
On the third day, God said: ‘let there be light.’ Not sure when She created oranges, but I’d imagine those came sometime shortly after.
Fast forward to today, and one company is taking discarded peels from those very oranges and turning them into devices for light. Talk about coming full circle.
The team at Krill Design, based in Milan, was searching for ways to transform abundant ‘waste’ material into something new and useful when they landed on citrus fruit, which is widely available in Sicily.
The region is responsible for distributing at least three percent of the world’s oranges. Its abundance of fruit trees makes choosing their peels a logistically sound and practical choice.
After a few steps, Krill Design’s end product is the Ohmie lamp. Each one is made from discarded peels of just two or three oranges sourced from family-owned orchards in the Messina province of Sicily.