Materials

Sugarcane Bagasse

 

What is Bagasse?

 

Bagasse is sugarcane fiber waste left after juice extraction.

Why use Bagasse Sugarcane Products?

 

Sugarcane is a tree-free renewable resource. Historically, bagasse waste has

been burned in the fields, and thereby creating pollution. Now, bagasse is

used to manufacturer ecofriendly food service products replacing traditional

paper, plastics and Styrofoam products. Products manufactured from

bagasse require less energy than plastics products. By adopting bagasse

products, you indirectly help in reducing the pollution and energy

consumption. Bagasse sugarcane plates, bowl, compartment trays, to go containers, clamshells are much better alternative for the food service industry.

                                                                                                                              How long bagasse products take to biodegrade?

 

                                                                                                            Bagasse Sugarcane products normally biodegrade within 90 days;                                                                                                                    while plastic can take up to 400 years to degrade and Styrofoam never                                                                                                  degrades! So, bagasse products are environmentally sustainable                                                                                                                        solution for food service and packaging disposables industries. The                                                                                                                  rate of decomposition depends on the composting conditions – the                                                                                                                temperature, turnover rate, moisture, etc. Generally, they will                                                                                                                             biodegrade much faster, if they are broken into smaller pieces.

 

                                                                                                           What are the benefits of bagasse food service products?

 

                                                                                                           Bagasse is a tree-free, renewable resource made from sugarcane fiber                                                                                                             left after juice is extracted

 

  •                                                                                                     Biodegradable and compostable

  •                                                                                                     Use it with hot and cold foods

  •                                                                                                     Microwave and refrigerator safe

  •                                                                                                     Sturdy and strong; can take hot food up to 200 degrees F

  •                                                                                                     Better alternative to traditional plastic, paper and Styrofoam products

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How bagasse products are manufactured?

 

Rather than throwing away or burning sugarcane stalks, the pulp is made into paper-like substance called Bagasse. Bagasse can be

Molded into different shapes and products that are perfect for food service packaging.

 

WHAT IS PLA?

 

PLA stands for Polylactic acid and is made from corn starch. Lactic acid is made from Dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from corn starch, and corn starch is made from carbon dioxide and water. PLA can be formed into a variety of products.

Corn plastic products look and feel like traditional petroleum-based plastic, but they are biodegradable and compostable.

 

What is the difference between regular plastic and PLA plastic?

Regular plastic is made from petroleum that is pollutant and has toxins; while PLA is from derived from corn based resin, which is non-toxic and renewable resource

Regular plastic takes approximately 400 years to degrade, leaving toxicity in the environment. PLA plastic biodegrades in less than 60 days. Regular plastic can be recycled or thrown away; PLA plastic can’t be recycled -- will biodegrade in less than 60 days in a commercial composting facility. It will take longer at a home composting facility.

 

What are the products made from PLA?

Products include CPLA Cutlery - Forks Spoons Knives, PLA Cups, PLA Clamshells, etc. Basically, one day all petroleum based plastic will have PLA counterpart!

 

What is the environmental impact of using bio plastic?

The production and use of PLA, Bio plastics is generally considered as a more sustainable activity compared to petroleum based plastic production, because it relies less on fossil fuel as a carbon source, and also introduces less greenhouse gas emission when it biodegrades. They significantly reduce hazardous waste.

 

While the production of most of Bio plastics results in reduced carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional petroleum based plastics, there are some concerns that the production of a bio economy could contribute to an accelerated rate of deforestation if not managed effectively.

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