We introduce ourselves
Orange Fiber is a startup aiming at the creation of sustainable textiles from citrus juice byproducts. We want to transform citrus byproducts – currently valuing 700.000 tons just in Italy – in a sustainable textile that would represent a brand new opportunity for Italian tradition in high quality textiles and fashion.
Take a minute to imagine all the industrial waste of citrus transformation in the world turned into a sustainable and innovative textile to wear. This is our dream and we want to realize it starting from our country, Italy.
01 / THE IDEA
Adriana invented a sustainable textile from citrus byproducts for her thesis in fashion design. She shared the idea with Enrica and – with creativity and will to dare, they start Orange Fiber.
02 / THE PATENT
The idea underwent a study developed with Politecnico di Milano that led to an Italian patent of the innovation in august 2013, extended it in international PCT in august 2014.
03 / THE COMPANY
In February 2014 Orange Fiber is established as Italian Innovative startup and opens two headquarters: Catania and Rovereto. Two Business Angel, Trentino Sviluppo and a lawyer finance the project.
04 / THE PROTOTYPE
In September 2014 the first prototypes of our textile are presented in Milan, two exclusive sample of Orange Fiber blended with silk and two Orange Fiber yarns.
05 / THE INDUSTRIAL PLANT
In December 2015, thanks to the fundings of Smart&Start by Invitalia, the first pilot plant for the extraction of citrus pulp is opened.
06 / THE PRODUCTION
We entered the operational phase of the project. The first textile production is completed and some interesting top fashion brand proposals are evaluated in view of entering the market.
Two different personal and professional experiences combined to realize an idea born from the love for Italian excellence: that’s Orange Fiber’s strenght!
Who we are
- ADRIANA SANTANOCITOCEO & Cofounder
Orange Fiber Fashion side: passion for fashion, specializes in design and innovative textiles, she had the idea and started the project thanks to creativity and desire to experiment. She has seen a vitaminic textile where others only see an orange.
- ENRICA ARENACMO & Cofounder
Orange Fiber voice: she has joined the project narrating the idea and then contributing to make it real. She started disseminating the idea to journalist and and pitching in startup contest and now she is in charge of communication and marketing and is actively involved project management with Adriana.
Admitted for funding Seed Money Bando FESR 1/2013
Admitted for funding Invitalia – Ministero Sviluppo Economico
Winner of the competition2013 Parco Tecnologico Padano and Comune di Milano