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High barrier plant fibre

Combination of sugarcane bagasse and bamboo fibre modified during processing to create extremely high barrier to oxygen and high resistance to moisture, without the use of any coatings or chemical enhancements. Primarily used to manufacture disposable items such as plates, bowls, and packaging. The production process involves converting the fibrous pulp into a biodegradable material. This material is best suited to technical applications in pre-made and re-heatable meals. It is certified for home and industrial composting as well as marine degradation.

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The Good

  • Sugarcane bagasse is a byproduct of sugarcane processing, utilizing the waste material from the sugar industry and reducing overall agricultural waste
  • Bagasse products are biodegradable and compostable, breaking down into natural components in composting conditions and contributing to soil enrichment without leaving harmful residues
  • The production of bagasse-based products typically requires less energy compared to traditional materials like styrofoam or plastics, leading to a lower carbon footprint
  • Bagasse is versatile and can be molded into various shapes, making it suitable for the production of disposable plates, bowls, food containers, and packaging
  • Bagasse products are often produced without the need for additional chemicals, making them a potentially safer option for food packaging compared to some alternatives.

The Bad

  • While bagasse products can withstand some moisture, they may not be as water-resistant as certain plastic or coated paper alternatives
  • Bagasse-based products may be more expensive to produce than conventional plastic or paper products
  • Bagasse products may not be as durable as some traditional materials, particularly in applications requiring prolonged use or exposure to certain conditions
  • Effective disposal requires access to home or industrial composting facilities. In regions lacking such infrastructure or awareness, bagasse products might end up in regular waste streams, diminishing their environmental benefits

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