I love fruits. But what makes me not always eat them is the fact that you need to peel most of them. I like fruits that I can eat immediately, not ones that I have to put extra effort into. But what happens to those skins once we’re done peeling them? Some are used as air fresheners while some are finding ways to re-use or recycle them. There are also those who find inspiration in these discarded parts of the fruits to create new products.
Designer: Hyunbin Yang
The Peel-Pal takes inspiration from several fruit peels that often take an arch shape once removed from its fruit. It basically serves as a button stand for your cutlery and utensils. There are five “flavors” of the utensil stands that you can choose from: orange, watermelon, kiwifruit, lemon, and grapefruit. The variants follow the colors of the fruits as well, specifically the colors orange, red, green, yellow, and orange.
This fruit-peel stand also has some support underneath to make it more stable. They look like an on/off button although it doesn’t necessarily do anything except to make your Peel-Pal more stable when you place your chopsticks or cutlery on it. It comes in a box that goes with the color of the stand itself. Design-wise and function-wise, it’s as simple as it gets. It adds a cute touch to your dining table especially if you have either colorful or monochromatic plates and utensils.
It’s unclear from the product page and description if the material they use for the Peel-Pal is actually made from materials from fruit peels. It would be great if that was so and if the peels are not just inspiration for the design. It would be hard though to make it from actual peels but at least in concept, it might just work. The important thing though for an actual product to be recycled from things like these to make sure nothing really goes to waste.