The inspiration came from the identification of a by-product of an existing manufacturing process, and leveraging on its inherent properties to design a process that transforms the material into a fitting product. Therefore, this project examines different organic materials and study their inherent qualities. In the beverage industry, orange peels are disposed at a massive rate. This by-product generated from the process of fruit juice extraction is innately pliable and durable, thus presenting itself as a great leather alternative for handbag making.
Orchard is defined as the garden of fruit plantation. Hence orange peels were collected from the beverage stores at Orchard Road, in Singapore. However , Orchard road comprises a large number of premium handbags shops, such as Hermes and Chanel. Cultiver was developed as a concept to question if the by product such as organic wastes can be turned into a premium product.
The unique property of orange is that it produced a fresh and pleasant aroma. Hence the challenge is to find ways to preserve the material. This project looks into the ways of preserving food and make use of the technique of drying food. Sun drying of food is extensively practised in many tropical countries where there is sunshine during the dry season. Thus, different tests such as Sun drying, mechanical drying and soaking in salt water were conducted to find the best solution to conserve the properties of orange. It was concluded that mechanical dehydration delivers a promising result. It ensures that all the moisture is removed, and eliminated the process of decomposition. The industrial oven was set at 150 degree ceisus for 45minutes. The orange peels required two days to cool and became pliable at room temperature. The production process was separated in four main stages – dehydration, cutting, assembling and stitching.
These pieces are trimmed to exact dimensions and connected strategically (herringbone pattern joint against vertical patterns) to ensure strength and durability. The lighter shades of orange are positioned on the outer surface while the darker shades are positioned on the inner surface. This gives a contrast to the treatment of the orange sheet. Finally, these resulting sheets of orange material are stitched together with traditional leather sewing techniques to form a handbag.
The business model focuses on recycling oranges in an industrial scale and empowering the PWDS (persons with disabilities ) to hone their job skills. In the fruits exporting company, there is a huge amount of rejected oranges and used skin for juice extraction. Hence, adding a filtration and collection point of the used orange peels and rejected oranges will turn the waste into usable consumer products. This will lessen the amount of organic wastes which will be transported to the waste plant to incinerate.
After the collection process, all the orange peels are dehydrated and handed over to social enterprises to begin the next phase. Their mission is to provide jobs to the PWDS and increase their employability. With the basic orange manual,PWDS will be able to hone their craft making skills. Lastly, jobs will be created for the orange goods.