10 million tonnes of Mandarin Peel is wasted annually by the global food industry...
The Mandarin Peel
Over 90% of the world’s mandarins are grown in China and it is estimated the mandarin canning industry generates 10 million tonnes of waste peels every year, which are incinerated as they don't biodegrade very easily
The Dr. Craft team work with local partners to recover the peels, which are first dried and then transported by slow-boat to the UK to keep carbon footprint to a minimum. On arrival in the UK, the peels are processed into small particles for subsequent extraction at the Dr. Craft Laboratory.
The Sustainable Extraction Process
Definition: a solvent is a liquid that helps dissolve an ingredient e.g. water is a solvent that dissolves sugar.
To extract the rich and highly beneficial active ingredients from mandarin peels, Dr. Craft soak the peels in a solvent least likely to generate waste or by-products. This solvent is then recycled, and used for further extraction.
Through recycling the solvents we ensure our extraction adheres to the highest sustainable standards by:
• Safely reducing liquid waste production
• Reducing disposal of waste and emissions to the environment
• Reducing the need for production of solvent
A Biodegradable By-Product
Producing a sustainable range with a green economy was at the heart of the Mandarin Range. With the ambition to reduce peel waste being focus, the Dr. Craft team were curious to understand the impact of the extraction process on the peels.
A one-year study to evaluate the biodegradability of the leftover peel after extraction demonstrated that the processed peels leftover are highly biodegradable, in contrast to the fresh peels after they have been removed from the fruit.
Reusable & Refillable
Dr. Craft encourage sustainable lifestyles, and our packaging has been designed with recyclability and reusability in mind. The outer packaging, along with the glass bottle and label can be disposed of in your domestic recycling.
Our pumps and sprays can be reused in our refill range, reducing plastic consumption and extending the lifetime of our packaging.