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What's Upcycling?

What's Upcycling?

Who said good things don’t come in small packages?

Everyone loves our delicious Made in Nature dried fruits, but have you ever stopped and wondered what happened to all the fruits that didn’t make the cut? Well, that's where upcycled fruit comes in! We take less than perfect- but very delicious- fruits and give them a second chance to shine. This is called upcycling, a sustainable way to reduce food waste with some pretty impressive benefits.

According to a recent poll, 60% of consumers want to buy upcycled food products because they feel good about doing their part to reduce food waste. And who can blame them? It's estimated that a whopping 30% of our food goes to waste yearly, equivalent to an astounding one trillion dollars annually! That's a lot of perfectly good food ending up in landfills.

But it's not just about reducing waste. Did you know that food waste is a contributing factor to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming? According to the authority, waste reduction is one of the most significant actions we can take to slow down global warming. By choosing upcycled fruit products, we're not only reducing waste, but we're also helping to lower our carbon footprint. Data shows that the majority of natural shoppers are happy to spend a little extra on upcycled products, knowing they're contributing to a better world and making a positive impact with every purchase they make.

Beyond conscious consumers, upcycling is a hot trend for food manufacturers focused on sustainability. Companies are getting smarter and more thoughtful about how to process food efficiently and effectively. It takes some patience and creativity to design a functional upcycling system, but the investment is worthwhile for companies that want to impact the world positively. In some cases, as a bonus, the end product ends up being even more nutritious than the original food.


Made in Nature’s Popular Upcycled Options

Made in Nature’s Second Chances dried fruit packs make on-the-go goodness both convenient and easy. The handy single serving size is perfect for traveling, hikes, and kids’ lunch boxes. Our certified organic dried fruit bits are incredibly tasty and a great way to get your daily dose of nutrients while also doing something good for the planet. Don’t let their size fool you - these individual snack packs are sure to make a big impact on your hunger and taste buds!

Check out our new Second Chances Mediterranean upcycled fruit with a unique flavor combination we can't get enough of. Tasty organic cinnamon-dusted Calimyrna figs, organic dried apricots, organic dates, and organic dried mulberries mingle together for a taste sensation.  

Mango purists will love our Second Chances Mangoes- offering the same fantastic flavor, just in smaller bite-sized pieces than our regular Dried Mangoes. And the Second Chances Bananas are the perfect choice for kids for a naturally sweet snack on the go.

 Or take a mini tropical snack vacation when you try our Second Chances Tropical. The dreamy organic dried pineapple, organic cacao nibs, organic coconut, organic dried banana, and organic dried mango will transport you to palm trees on a warm sandy beach.  

All of our Second Chances offerings meet our super strict quality control measures and the same standards as our other dried fruit offerings:

  • Certified Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Energy From Real Food
  • Certified Gluten Free

So, go ahead and give upcycled fruit a try. You’ll get the same delicious dried fruit flavors you crave, plus you'll be doing your part to reduce food waste, and lower your carbon footprint while still enjoying all the benefits of delicious, healthy fruit. What's not to love?