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  • Writer's pictureRayki Goh, MSc

One Peel at a Time

Upcycling fruit peels reduces waste, cuts emissions, and offers nutritional benefits, marking a stride towards sustainability. How can we amplify its global impact?

Peeling fresh orange

Dear Food People,


This week, we're diving into a topic that's super relevant and surprisingly interesting: fruit peels. Yeah, you read that right. We're not talking about tossing them in the trash but about turning them into something way more valuable. Upcycling involves taking items typically discarded and repurposing them to be useful again. So, let's get into it and see how these peels are making a big splash in the world of sustainability and health.


First off, think about how many fruit peels end up in landfills. It's a lot, right? That's a whole bunch of potential just sitting there, going to waste. But here's the cool part: By upcycling these peels, we're not just saying goodbye to unnecessary waste; we're also doing our planet a solid. This process helps cut down on the need for new resources and reduces the harmful stuff that comes from waste, such as greenhouse gases. Furthermore, it's a win for our health because fruit peels are packed with nutrients like fibre and vitamins.


But this isn't just about making a smoothie out of banana peels or whatever. It's way bigger. The whole food industry is taking action, aiming to be more transparent and ethical about where their ingredients come from. And yeah, it might sound a bit out there to think about eating upcycled food, but it's actually becoming pretty mainstream. Companies are getting really creative, turning what would've been waste into delicious and sustainable products.


Take Del Monte, for example. They're using leftover pineapple juice to whip up new treats. Then there's Barnana, making snacks out of bananas that aren't quite perfect-looking. And FruitSmart? They focus on turning Concord grapes into juices and other products, while also creating dry ingredients that can be used in various foods. It's all about being versatile and smart with our resources.


For those of you who are really into sustainability, this whole fruit peel thing is a big deal.

It's not just about making new foods; it's about conserving resources and tackling big issues like climate change. By keeping peels out of landfills, we're reducing the emissions that contribute to global warming. Plus, this whole idea fits perfectly with the concept of a circular economy, where nothing goes to waste, and everything is reused in some way.


So, what can we do about it? For starters, by choosing upcycled food products, we're making a statement. We're showing that we care about the planet and encouraging others to think the same way. It's about sparking change and getting everyone, from food producers to waste managers, to work together towards a more sustainable future.


And let's not forget the power of education. Sharing the story of upcycled fruit peels can help spread the word about how our choices impact the environment. It's a great way to get people thinking about the connections between food, waste, and sustainability.


And hey, if you've got any thoughts or ideas on how we can tackle environmental or food sustainability issues, or if there's something specific you want us to cover in our future articles, shoot us a message over at dearfoodpeople.com. We'd love to hear from you!


 

Further Reading:

  1. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (n.d.). Upcycling. Available at: https://www.iff.com/responsibilities/sustainable-solutions/upcycling/

  2. Today, April 2023, Uses for Leftover Fruit Peels. Available at: https://www.today.com/food/recipes/uses-for-leftover-fruit-peels-rcna80625


 

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