The growing public awareness of the use of environmentally friendly products in all walks of life has led to the popularity of bagasse disposable food containers. Bagasse containers have also become a consumer favorite due to their unique thermal and waterproof properties.
Bagasse is the pulpy residue left after extracting juice from sugarcane. It has a rough texture and accounts for about 24%~27% of sugarcane (including about 50% water content). For every ton of sugarcane produced, 2 ~3 tons of bagasse. Bagasse used to be considered waste and burned in the fields causing pollution. However, scientific advances have helped to identify multiple uses for this material. Bagasse is rich in cellulose and less in lignin, so bagasse has great advantages as a fiber raw material.
Making Bagasse Containers: The fibrous residue remaining after the juice is first extracted from the sugarcane stems is humidified and stored, and the short fibers with the bagasse are eliminated. The bagasse is mixed with water until a pulpy texture is obtained. Eco-friendly bleach or additives can be added to fortify the bagasse mix, but this step is optional. The pulp mixture is poured into moulds of the desired shape and processed under high pressure and heat to produce bagasse trays, bowls and clamshell lunch boxes.
The environmentally conscious public and the food service industry are increasingly turning to bagasse containers, which have properties that make them ideal for food packaging.
Bagasse is heat resistant and the bagasse container can hold hot food up to 95 degrees Celsius. Bagasse containers can be used to reheat food in the microwave. Bagasse containers are more durable and stronger than polystyrene containers due to their fibrous texture and are used by several of the UK's leading online grocery shopping centres. Bagasse containers can be used in the refrigerator to store food until consumption. Compared to paper and plastic containers, bagasse containers have thermal properties that last longer.
Bagasse containers are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic containers because they are fully compostable. Decomposition rates may vary with temperature, turnover and humidity. Faster decomposition can be achieved if the bagasse container is divided into small pieces. Bagasse containers can also be used to store cold food. Bagasse containers are water and grease resistant and are therefore increasingly used by wholesale soft drink suppliers. Due to the eco-friendly properties of bagasse containers, usage has surged in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The robustness and superior thermal properties of bagasse containers also make them preferred by consumers over other disposable food containers and cutlery.