European apples are among the most popular fruits in the world, and although we usually associate them mainly with their delicious taste, it turns out that they can also be used to create many practical inventions. They are not just used to make pancakes and apple pies, but also wallets, cosmetics and furniture. In recent years, more and more scientists and inventors have started experimenting with apples and looking for new uses for their peels, seeds and pulp. Thanks to their unique properties, apples can be used to create many different products. Science can also make practical use of this popular fruit, creating ecological and innovative solutions. One of the innovators in this field is a Pole who created a prototype of an apple peel wallet. Below are some examples of how you can practically use apple-related scientific achievements.
Apple peel wallets
The idea for a peel wallet is a result of an attempt to find an alternative to traditional leather products. Instead of using animal products, fashion often strives to ensure the ethical origin of materials used. Apple peels turned out to be a great solution - they are not only environmentally friendly, but also available in large quantities resulting from the production of juice and preserves. The wallet prototype was created as a result of long-term research and testing. It turned out that apple peels have properties similar to animal skins - they are durable, flexible and resistant to damage. At the same time, however, they are much more environmentally friendly and easier to produce. The success of the Pole who created the first apple wallet in the world surprised many people and prompted them to look for further uses for apples.
Apples in the furniture industry
Apples can replace traditional leather upholstery of sofas and armchairs. One of the greatest French designers, Philippe Starck, presented an innovative line of furniture called “Cassina croque la Pomme”. The material replacing leather in the collection is based on apples. The designer believes that the need to replace natural leather is increasing, and the use of raw material from apples, is one of the first responses to the growing demand.
Apples in electronics
In recent years, researchers have developed innovative methods of using apple peel in electronics production. Apple peel contains certain substances called polyphenols, which can be used to create a flexible, biodegradable material for the production of screens, batteries and even mobile sensors.
Apples in water filtration
Apple peel is also useful in the production of environmentally friendly water filters. Thanks to its porous structure and ability to absorb pollutants, it can be used as a natural filter that removes small organic particles and some toxins from water.
Apples in biofuel production
Researchers are also experimenting with using apple peel and pulp waste to produce biofuels. Converting this waste into biogas or ethanol can help reduce organic waste while providing renewable energy.
Apples in paper production
Apple peel can also be used as a raw material for paper production. Processing the peel into fibres and then combining them into paper sheets opens the possibility of using this fruit in educational and office activities.
Apples in packaging production
Natural ingredients contained in apples can also be used to produce biodegradable packaging materials. Packaging made of natural materials, unlike traditional plastics, helps reduce the negative impact of the packaging industry on the environment.
Apples in paint production
Apple peels and seeds can be processed into natural dyes that are used in the production of paints. These eco-friendly pigments allow us to achieve a wide range of colours while reducing the negative impact of the paint industry on the environment, compared to traditional chemical-based paints.
Apples in cosmetology
Apple seeds can also be used to produce oils that have moisturizing and anti-wrinkle properties. Many cosmetic companies use the antioxidant and moisturizing properties of apples to produce skin care products. Apple extracts are used in lotions, moisturizing creams and tonics that help keep the skin healthy and radiant. Apple oil can also be used in aromatherapy.
As you can see, European apples are not only a tasty snack, but also fruits full of surprising potential. Thanks to their properties, they have become an inspiration for many inventions that go beyond the culinary use of these fruits. There is no doubt that using the achievements of science and technology can help in sustainable development and environmental protection. Therefore, it is worth looking for new uses for apples and other natural raw materials. Ultimately, we, as consumers, have an influence on how the industry is shaped and what types of products will be produced in the future. Discovering the potential of European apples is a good start to innovations that are likely to await us in the future.