Apple Waste Could be New Resource for Packaging

Compostable molded pulp packaging products are becoming increasingly popular, but the recycled newspaper that has traditionally been used to make them is becoming less available. Oregon State University researchers explored whether apple pomace, the waste left when juice is extracted, could be used as the basis of a packaging material. The research also explored using other fruit and vegetable processing byproducts. The researchers concluded that fruit pomace could be a feasible source of fiber for packaging, and they also explored additives that would make the packaging more water-resistant while still being compostable.