What is Bagasse? - Biodegradable Packaging - Catering24

What is Bagasse? - Biodegradable Packaging - Catering24

What is Bagasse?

Bagasse is a by-product 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 molded into various containers and tableware such as bowls and plates. The top 5 sugarcane producers are Brazil, India, Europe (such as France), China, and Thailand. The conditions within these countries make it perfect for sugarcane to grow. What's so great about the sugarcane plant is its complete versatility, not only does this plant product food containers but it can be used as a fuel source named biofuel which helps battle the environmental impacts of fossil fuels. Sugarcane is used as animal feed, which composts creating emissions such as ethanol, these gases are turned into biofuels which are used in transportation, power generation, heat energy or paper products (food containers).

 

Benefits and Features of Bagasse Products

  • Being both Biodegradeable and Compostable, it's seen as the most environmentally friendly material currently used in the foodservice 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 has 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?

Bagasse plates and other sugarcane bagasse food packaging are 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 sustainable are Bagasse food containers?

Being plant-based, bagasse becomes 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, the right conditions can disintegrate within a week, which makes these food containers even better, they do not require any special processes to recycle.

Our Bagasse Product Range:

Bagasse Enviroware Lunch Boxes 8x8
Bagasse Enviroware Lunch Boxes 8x8
£47.99 £39.99
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BePulp Rectangular Tray 825ml
BePulp Rectangular Tray 825ml
£92.40 £77.00
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Rectangular BePulp Container
Rectangular BePulp Container
£75.82 £63.18
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500cc Bagasse Snack Boxes Compostable
£47.88 £39.90
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17.8cm (7") Bagasse Plates
17.8cm (7") Bagasse Plates
£30.26 £25.22
Out of stock
8oz Chinet Disposable Round Bowls Compostable
22.9cm (9") Bagasse Plate Compostable
22.9cm (9") Bagasse Plate Compostable
£40.78 £33.98
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800cc Flip Cover Lunch Box Compostable
£90.95 £75.79
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 Bagasse Medium Chip Tray Compostable
Bagasse Medium Chip Tray Compostable
£39.13 £32.61
375ml Square Pulp Bowls 13X13X5Cm
375ml Square Pulp Bowls 13X13X5Cm
£58.68 £48.90
Out of stock
BePulp Square 3 Compartment Container
BePulp Square 3 Compartment Container
£92.90 £77.42
Out of stock