orange fiber, Next-gen silk, alternative silk, alternative textile.
Orange Fiber
Material Name: 

n/a

Biomimicry: 

Silk

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Founded: 

2014

HQ: 

Italy

TRL: 

4/5

Founder(s): 

Enrica Arena & Adriana Santanocito

Website: 
About the Company

After conducting a feasibility study at The Polytechnic University of Milan, Santanocito and Arena patented the technology and co-founded Orange Fiber in 2014. They presented the first prototypes of fabric from their process that same year. Since their founding, the company has received funding and awards from a number of European brands, NGOs, and government programs. In 2017, Salvatore Ferragamo presented the first fashion collection made with Orange Fiber fabric. Orange Fiber then partnered with H&M for their Conscious Exclusive collection in 2019.

Material

Acetylated cellulose fibers are blended with silk, cotton, or elastane to create various fabric types.

Technology

With the company’s patented method, cellulose is extracted from citrus waste and chemically processed into polymers that are spun into fibers.

Applications

Fashion and accessories

Selected Brand Partnerships

H&M

Salvatore Ferragamo collection made with Orange Fiber.

Salvatore Ferragamo collection made with Orange Fiber.

H&M blouse made with Orange Fiber.

H&M blouse made with Orange Fiber.

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