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Design and agrifood for new sustainable local development

This paper is about the relationship between design and the prickly pear of Roccapalumba (Sicily), a product of the agrifood chain, considering it as a resource able to start innovative strategies for waste recycling and for a sustainable local economy.

The study examines the entire life cycle of prickly pear and, among the various outputs, considers the cladodes to obtain cellulosic fibres, mucilage for cosmetics and for restoration of cultural heritage, the flowers for infusions and the fruit seeds for an oil with nutraceutical properties to generate a second life of the prickly pear. This will lead to economic and environmental benefits in the territory, creating a network of companies with zero waste.

Authors: C. Anna Catania, Aurora Modica

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  • Topics of presentation: Design for Sustainable Materials and Energy
  • Venue: Italy

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