No more plastic knives and forks, and no more paper plates. The future of disposable food packaging is here and it is made of sugar cane fibre!

sorghum-273623_960_720Bagasse is a by-product of the sugar cane industry. This is the fibre left over after sugar cane has been pressed. It is a waste material, so by using Bagasse, food packaging manufacturers are using something that would be thrown away anyway and now is being given a useful purpose before it ends up on the compost heap.

What Are the Benefits of Bagasse?

  • It is sustainable and renewable – sugar cane takes just one year to regrow.
  • It is a waste material (so a ‘new’ material does not have to be manufactured) and has minimal environmental impact.
  • It is strong (good for holding food).
  • It holds its shape well (also good for holding food!).
  • It can be used as paper – saving the trees, too.
  • Bagasse is certified GM Free.
  • Packaging made from Bagasse is non-toxic, even when heated up.
  • It is compostable. It can be used in a home or commercial compost heap. It will compost and feed the soil. Bagasse breaks down faster than any other biodegradable packaging.

What Type of Products Can Be Made of Bagasse?

  • Takeaway food containers – perfect for restaurants, food trucks, and festivals.
  • Disposable cups – perfect for a café!
  • Disposable plates, bowls and ice cream cups – perfect for picnics, parties, and large gatherings of people in general.

Features of Bagasse Products

  • Similar in price to paper and foil products (so eco-friendly doesn’t have to be more expensive!).
  • Microwave safe (great for leftovers at home or the office).
  • Freezer friendly (won’t get soggy like paper).
  • Oil proof.
  • Water resistant (won’t leak, unlike it happens with thin paper-based containers).
  • Heat resistant up to 100 degrees.
  • Breathable (your food won’t sweat like with plastic).