Bagasse is an increasingly popular and highly renewable source made with surplus natural material from sugar cane and sugar production. Sugarcane itself is a rapid-growing and highly renewable resource. For every ten tons of sugarcane produced worldwide there are up to three tons of bagasse available to be recycled, using only heat and water in production. In simpler terms, bagasse is a “bio-waste”. All of this makes this material a great example of ‘upcycling’ that is fully biodegradable and compostable.
Bagasse is a popular and versatile sustainable material that is widely available in the market. This lends itself to numerous products and here at Carry we offer an extensive range of these options. You can find everything from clamshell boxes to bowls, plates, containers, and dressing cups. Our products are stackable, compostable, biodegradable, and microwavable. You may not be familiar with bagasse, but it can become your friend if you are looking to go green and keep providing guests with dependable and disposable tableware.
Production of Bagasse
Bagasse can be used for many functions, but its production is as simple as you can imagine. When sugarcane plants are harvested and their juice is extracted, what is left as a substance is kept wet and then mixed with water to form a pulp. Our suppliers manufacture Carry products by mixing water with the pulp. Then they press this mixture into the shape of the packaging product under pressure and high temperatures.
Historically, bagasse was considered waste and was burned in the fields, which caused pollution. Now, bagasse is used to manufacture eco-friendly food service products replacing traditional paper, plastics and styrofoam products. Bagasse products require far less energy than those produced by other material.
Environmental Advantages of Bagasse
In today’s market, Bagasse is one of the most eco-friendly materials used by manufacturers in production. Its production is very simple, it is biodegradable and it is compostable. This gives you a clear conscious that when you throw out our products after use, you will not be harming the environment. This material takes 30-90 days to breakdown and become compost.
Also, its production process does not harm any trees and thus decreases deforestation. Trees usually take 7 to 10 years to grow to maturity before they can be harvested. To harvest them, acres of land are cleared, making this a resource-intensive process. On the other hand, sugarcane is harvested annually, making it an easily renewable resource.
How it contributes to a circular economy
A circular economy encourages the concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Everything in the production of Bagasse says circular economy. This material can also be used in harvesting companies to power their mills. Most importantly, after the utilization of Bagasse rich products they are broken down into compost, which can be used to improve the soil quality of sugarcane landfills, closing the loop on bagasse products waste.