Who We Are

Company

About Us

Orange Fiber is the Italian company that has patented and produces sustainable fabrics from citrus fruit by-products. Established in Catania in 2014, we create high quality fabrics for the fashion-luxury sector. We start from the by-products that the citrus processing industry produces annually — the disposal of which has high costs both for the citrus juice industry as well as for the environment. We have established a fully traced and transparent supply chain to transform this by-product into the perfect ingredient for conscious designers.

Company

Technology & IP

Our technology is based on the extraction of high quality cellulose from the citrus juice industry leftovers, which today represents 60% of the original weight of the processed fruits that should be otherwise disposed of, while thanks to our process we can use it to feed cellulose fiber production lines. Our process has been patented in 2014 and extended in the main citrus juice producing countries, aiming at replicating and scaling our solution in promising markets, thus extending our impact.

The Perfect Ingredient

Since our establishment, we have promoted the use of our registered trademark to inform and engage our large community of sustainable fashion enthusiasts and guarantee transparency and accountability for our products and our supply chain. Using tailor made labeling for collaborations and special projects, we are able to make our industry wide effort for sustainability easy to measure and understand by each client. We offer the perfect ingredient for every conscious brand and designer who wants to inspire their clients with high quality products and eco-responsible innovation.

Our Network is Our Superpower

Orange Fiber is internationally recognized as a best practice for the sustainable fashion industry and is involved in several initiatives to push the boundaries of sustainability in the food and textile supply chain. The company has raised financial resources of over 1 million euros thanks to a mix of investments from angel investors, public funds and grants. In 2019 we concluded a successful equity crowdfunding campaign launched on CrowdFundMe platform to significantly increase our production capacity and meet the numerous demands of fashion brands. We are grateful to our network of investors, accelerators, fellow award winning alumni and mentors, industry leaders and partners for enabling our growth and encouraging us to continuously improve. The future is not a place to go, it is a place to create - together.

ORANGE FIBER

Board of Directors

President, Board of Directors & Co-Founder

Enrica Arena

Graduated in International Cooperation for Development and in Communication, she has worked in the communication field for the non-profit sector and as project manager for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and UNDP-Egypt, where her passion in social entrepreneurship as a driving force for growth started. Today she is in charge of marketing, communication, fundraising and research of Orange Fiber.

Chief Technology Officer

Andrea Bonina

Graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies, he gained decades of experience in R&D management for BIONAP and Exentiae companies and as CEO of Boniser. He personally follows the phases of extraction and processing of citrus fruit pulp playing an important role in the development of Orange Fiber's proprietary technology and optimization of industrial production processes.

Chief Financial Officer

Giuseppe Venezia

Financial Advisor and Founder of Good Ventures Advisory with more than 13 years of experience in corporate finance, business modeling, fundraising, M&A. Expert in financial consulting for startups and innovative SMEs. He is currently CFO of the Datrix Group, specialized in offering Augmented Analytics products and solutions.

Sustainability Advisor

LifeGate supports Orange Fiber in the development of its sustainability assessment based on GRI standards and articulated on various strategic areas, accompanying the company in defining a future roadmap that gives value to positive impact created. LifeGate has been a benefit company point of reference for sustainability issues since 2000.

Supported By

Trentino Sviluppo - Granted funding on the Operational Program FERS 2007-2013 of the Autonomous Province of Trento with the contribution of the European Fund for Regional Development.

Smart & Start Invitalia - Admitted for funding Invitalia – Ministero Sviluppo Economico