Bagasse It is a byproduct of making sugar, when sugarcane stalks are harvested, they are pressed to extract their juices. Which then gets processed into sugar. This leaves behind a dry fibrous substance. Using a high heat and pressure process this material is then moulded into various containers and tableware such as bowls and plates.
Benefits and Features of Bagasse Products
- Being both Biodegradeable and Compostable, it's seen as the most environmentally friendly material currently used in the food service industry. Offering a great alternative to products like Polystyrene Containers.
- Packaging made from it and tableware are stronger and better quality than most alternatives.
- Has no impact on taste or aroma of food, unlike alternative packaging which have a distinct smell of their own which can affect how food tastes when eaten out of.
- From start to finish It requires very little energy to produce so as well as being fully biodegradable its impact on our environment is minimal, making it an all round environmentally friendly material and product.
What is Bagasse Suitable For?
Suitable for hot, wet and oily foods, it holds liquids very well and is naturally grease and cut resistant, It's also heat tolerant up to 95C and can even be put in the microwave or the freezer. (extremely hot food may cause sugarcane to lose some of its strength).
How long does it take for Bagasse products to disintegrate?
Being plant-based, makes it easily compostable. Starting from the time it's exposed to composting conditions (it will not start biodegrading in storage) it can take a few months to break down,. However in the right conditions can disintegrate within a week. It does not require any special processes to recycle.