What is Biocane?
Sugarcane Fibre – What is it?
Sugarcane Fibre (or Bagasse) is an awesome alternative to single use plastic takeaway ware. It is abundant and rapidly renewable making it an ideal material to produce in the way of sustainability. It is a by-product of the sugar refining industry, which means the pulp used to make our catering ware is a waste resource that has been taken and transformed into usable material. Our products are made by pressing the pulp at high pressure and temperatures into a molded form.
You may also see them term ‘BioCane’ – This is a brand name for most of our sugarcane fibre products.
Why is it good?
- More output – 5 tons of wood are needed to produce 1 ton of pulp for paper, only 1.5 tons of sugarcane pulp are needed to produce the same amount.
- Less toxic chemicals – Agricultural crops are easier to turn into pulp than wood is, and consequently, they require smaller quantities of toxic solvents to turn them into pulp for paper-making.
- Forest Friendly – This is a rapidly renewable resource and sustainable – unlike paper or card from virgin forests, which are endangered by human harvesting.
- Waste resource – Agricultural waste will be readily available as long as humanity engages in agriculture. Agricultural waste like sugarcane pulp can make a side-trip from the cycle of life to serve as paper, then re-enter the cycle as compost to nourish new crops.
- Versatility – In addition to the environmental benefits, we use sugarcane pulp for our packaging because it functions so well for food service – our products are sturdy and strong, microwave and freezer safe, can handle hot liquids up to 120 Degrees Celsius and they are non-allergenic and gluten-free.
- Oven safe up to 220 degrees Celsius
- Freezer and microwave safe
- Extremely durable, lightweight, inexpensive and quick to compost (Will break down in just 30-90 days in composting environment)
- Carbon Neutral (Offset by our partners Biopak)
- Rapidly renewable
- Recyclable if not too soiled with food, commercially compostable AND home compostable.
- 5% of profits donated
- Perfect for cold and hot foods
- Grease and water resistant
- B Corporation Certified
- Indefinite shelf-life if kept cool and dry
Things to Note:
We LOVE our sugarcane fibre products and think they are extremely versatile. In saying that, we encourage our customers to order samples first if they are unsure whether it will suit their needs. Ability to hold liquid will depend on things such as the amount of time the food has been left, the amount of time spent in fridge/freezer and the type of food. Contact us, and one of our lovely staff will organise some samples to be sent.
Is Sugarcane Fibre Compostable?
Absolutely. In correct composting conditions, sugarcane fibre products will break down in just 30-90 days.
Is Sugarcane Fibre Recyclable?
If the container is not too soiled with food, then it is recyclable along with paper and cardboard in mainstream systems. IF too soiled with food, pop it in the compost instead!