At Envior we love Bagasse because it is a brilliant recyclable, affordable alternative to polystyrene. Many of you will know what bagasse is but for those of you who don’t, we thought it might be useful to share some facts about where it comes from, how it is made and why we think products made of this material are worth shouting about.
- What is it?
The beauty of Bagasse is that it has many of the properties of polystyrene but is much more environmentally friendly. It is a by-product of making sugar from sugarcane. Food packaging made with bagasse can be used to hold and serve hot, wet and oily food efficiently.
2. Can it be used to hold food and liquids in the Microwave and Freezer?
Bagasse products hold liquids well and are naturally grease and cut resistant. It is heat tolerant up to 95C and can even be put in the microwave or freezer although extremely hot food can cause sugarcane to lose some of its strength.
3. How is it made?
When sugarcane stalks are harvested and processed to create sugar a dry fibrous substance is left behind. This is heated, pressurised and then moulded into containers and tableware such as bowls and plates. Check out some of our food containers made using bagasse here.
4. How is it environmentally friendly?
Bagasse is both biodegradable and compostable and is the most environmentally friendly material currently being used in the food service industry. Its production uses a substance that would otherwise be wasted.
Because it is plant based, bagasse is very easily compostable. Starting immediately from the time it is exposed to composting conditions the material will take only a few months to break down, in some conditions only a few weeks. Products made from this material do not require any special processes to recycle which of course is great news for everyone. Rest assured though it will not start biodegrading in storage!
Not only can it be used to produce perfect food containers, it can also be used as a biofuel – a fuel source which helps battle the environmental impacts of fossil fuels.
The great thing about the sugarcane plant is it is very versatile. Sugarcane itself can be used as animal feed which composts down creating emission such as ethanol, these gasses can also be turned into biofuels which are used in transportation, power generation and for heat energy.
From start to finish Bagasse requires very little energy to produce so not only is it fully biodegradable but it’s impact on our environment is minimal.
5. Why else are food containers made from this product so great?
- Packaging made from this material are stronger and better quality than most alternatives.
- The material has no impact on taste or aroma of food, unlike some alternative packaging which does have a distinctive smell that can affect how food tastes.
At Envior we are truly hear for this all-round environmentally friendly material and product. Hopefully we have convinced you how great it is when compared to some of the more toxic alternatives. Why not join in our campaign by being part of our Ditch the Polystyrene Club to help us show our love for this fantastic material and check out all our bagasse products now on our website here.
We are a Vegware stockist which means we can stock all of your favourite Vegware products, including bagasse, at fantastic prices!
Vegware Bagasse range is an award winning line of products that are perfect for street food, takeaways, cafe’s, bars and so many more takeaway environments!
Make the change now!
Get in touch and see how we can help you be greener with your takeaway food packaging. Request a catalogue or further info on 0121 289 4295 or alternatively email [email protected].
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