Peel Saver – ecological fries packaging

Derrick Lin


Designers: Simone Caronni, Pietro Gaeli, Paolo Stefano Gentile
Location: Milan, Italy
Project Type: Concept design, Student Project
Packaging Contents: Fries
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Potato peels

Fries companies produce a lot of potato peels waste. The idea of this project is to use this waste material in order to create a street food packaging. The potato peel is made up of starches and fibers components, which after maceration and natural drying, acquire the ability to bond with each other and harden. The obtained material is completely made of production waste and is 100% biodegradable. After being used, the packaging can be usefully re-inserted in the biological cycle becoming animal food or fertilizer for plants.

Traditional street packaging has a very short time of use, immediately becoming a hardly recyclable waste. Peel Saver is a sustainable remedy whose aim is to replace plasticized paper packaging.

Fries are thus served inside the same peel that originally contained and protected the potato, returning to the ideal and the natural state in which it was.

In detail the production process consists in a first phase of maceration and natural drying of the peels that are later spread out in a circular mold. Subsequently, the product is rolled around a conical shape, as it happens with the artisanal ice cream waffle cones.

In regards to the drying of the peels, we’ve made several experiments by testing different timings and methods, thus obtaining a proper texture.

With the due investments, this project can be produced on a large scale with all the adaptations that are necessary for an industrial production.

Peel Saver shows a different point of view, a return to simplicity and to what nature already designed for us.

What’s Unique?
It is sustainable, made of natural material, ecological and poetic.