Natural Tableware is all about using natural resources to create compostable disposables with the goal of phasing out plastic.
One of the most common natural materials which is being used when making compostable tableware is bagasse, also known as sugarcane fiber. Bagasse is the rest product after juice extraction. Historically, this material used to be burnt in the fields and therefor creating pollution. Today, this rest product has found a better purpose and is used when making compostable tableware. By using bagasse disposables you help reducing the pollution and energy consumption.
Bagasse usually needs around 90 days to biodegrade while regular plastic need 400 year and Styrofoam never dissolve, ever! The time of decomposition depends on the decomposing conditions, normally bagasse disposables dissolve much faster when torn up into smaller pieces.
The advantages of bagasse:
- Bagasse is a tree-free, renewable resource
- Biodegradable and compostable
- Can be used for both hot and cold food
- Microwave and refrigerator safe
- Sturdy and strong
- Better alternative then paper, plastic, Styrofoam and porcelain
There is even one more area of use for sugarcane plants, the lactic acid, or lactide is also extracted from the sugarcane plant and used to make PLA. PLA, Poly Lactic Acid, is a natural alternative to transparent plastic and used in the production of drinking cups, food containers and the filming inside of hot beverage cups, to mention a few examples.