Asst. Prof. Dr. Warinthorn Poonsri, researcher and teacher from faculty of Agricultural Technology, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi have created Ethylene absorbent paper from the remaining pineapple peel in industrials to extend the life of export orchids.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Warinthorn Poonsri revealed that in food industry has a lot of pineapple peel as wastes which causes air pollution. While the orchid flower is the highest export economic crops in the world, but have a short shelf life when delivered to the destination. These encourage him to research and created Ethylene absorbent paper from the remaining pineapple peel from food industrial. Pineapple fiber is very porous which is good for paper making. When used with chemicals to absorb ethylene, it has light weight, so there is no increasing transportation cost. And the making process cost lower than traditional way now. For procedure of pineapple paper, firstly filtering fiber of pineapple to shape as a sheet of paper. Then mixed with chemical and dry it. When packing orchids with the paper for export, they found that it could extend shelf life around 18 days. If they could push the Ethylene absorbent paper in the export box. It will keep the product fresher then normal transportation. This research has added value to the waste and it could apply with other economic export product such as mango, durian. Because most of economic food produce high ethylene which made, they have short shelf life time. Therefore, usage of Ethylene absorbent paper from pineapple peel will benefit a lot. These research won the reword in the 8th Innovation Awards 2018 which arranged by Research and Development Institute of Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi. For more information contact Faculty of Agricultural technology Tel. 0-2592-1955 #2029