What is Bagasse?
Bagasse is the byproduct of harvesting sugarcane that was previously thrown away or burned. Now, this plant fiber has gained several uses as an alternative resource for fuel, paper, and tableware resulting in a reduced impact on pollution and energy consumption. It is a growing trend as environmentally conscious consumers are driving businesses to make the switch to eco-friendly solutions.
One of the many benefits of bagasse products is that they are biodegradable within 90 days, compared to the estimated 400 years it would take for plastic to degrade. Converting from plastic disposable tableware to bagasse disposable tableware is a step in the right direction of lowering our carbon footprint.
Bagasse Texture and Color
Bagasse sugarcane is fibrous which creates a very different texture to plastic alternatives. Bagasse tableware will feel slightly rough and similar to cardboard, although many products are smoothed out such as plates and bowls. The natural color of bagasse products will be a beige or light brown but you may also find them bleached white.
Bagasse containers and tableware are just as strong and durable as plastic. Plates and containers are able to handle both hot and cold food. In fact, bagasse can withstand temperatures up to 200 degree Fahrenheit! They are also microwaveable and refrigerator safe.
Environmentally products can receive one or more of these certifications by 3rd party organizations dedicated to a more Earth conscious environment.
Cedar Grove – This certification is issued by Cedar Grove Compostable. They verify claims of compostable products to ensure quality and legitimacy of foodservice products and packaging.
BPI Compostable – Issued by the Biodegradable Products Institute, they confirm that products meet the ASTM D6400 standard and specifications required to be compostable.
Composter Approved – The Compost Manufacturing Alliance developed the trusted testing process for compostables. This certification is awarded to products that pass their extensive testing.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative – To receive this certification, SFI, Inc. must ensure products meet SFI standards which promote responsible forestry practices to source materials.
Karat Earth is a plant-based line of eco-friendly single use cups, utensils, straws, and take out containers that are made from renewable resources. Karat Earth products have received all aforementioned certifications to show how authentic and dedicated they are to delivering truly environmentally conscious products.
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