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Waste Not, Want Not: An Investigation of Repurposing Argan Fruit Waste in the Development of Commercial Products in Kibbutz Ketura Public

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Argan oil is a major agricultural product with several cosmetic and medicinal applications. The process of extracting oil from the fruit produces waste, such as the shells, that have the potential to produce additional streams of revenue for the industry. Our project focused on identifying and exploring creative ways to repurpose argan fruit waste into commercial products to eventually be sold by a local community in Ketura, Israel that is just beginning to develop this resource. We designed and conducted exploratory experiments with different agricultural waste products from the argan oil pressing process. The outcomes of our preliminary experimentation indicate that pellets made from the shells for fuel, pet bedding, and cosmetic exfoliants warrant further research and development.

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  • E-project-022822-052017
  • 48331
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  • 2022
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UN Sustainable Development Goals
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  • 2022-02-28
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