The international design brand Carlo Ratti Associates developed the prototype of a small experimental bar.
The kiosk, called 'Feel the peel' dispenses orange presses with a peculiarity: it uses the remaining peels as a material to 3D print the recyclable glasses in which the juice is served.
The prototype is made in collaboration with Eni.
How Feel the Peel is made
A cheerful and elegant kiosk, with a large prize-winner surmounted by a dome that acts as an orange holder: it can contain up to 1500. A 3D printer dominates at its base.
How does it work?
Once the order is placed, the machine begins to show its fabulous mechanisms: the oranges glide gently towards the press, give their juice and end up through a tube accumulating their skins on the bottom of the structure.
In this container all the orange peels are dried, chopped and then mixed with polylactic acid to become a bioplastic. A short passage at high temperature and the material, reduced in the form of a filament, is ready to create in 3D the glasses to be filled with the delicious freshly pressed juice.
A rather clear study on how even the smallest habits of our life can enter a virtuous circle: that of aeconomy without waste, which recycles and reuses.
The principle of the circular economy is increasingly at the center of the debate. "We tried to show circularity in a tangible way," says Carlo Ratti, “Developing a machine that helps us understand how oranges can be reused. The next models of 'Feel the Peel' Could include new functions, including textile printing. "
Feel the Peel made its debut this summer in Rimini, but will also be installed at the summit of the Singularity University Summit in Milan on 8 and 9 October.