Thursday, May 17, 2007

Biodegradable & Compostable Bagasse Plates (Sugar Cane Fiber)

U.S. farmers are forced to burn or otherwise handle approximately 250 million tons of agricultural residues annually. The burning of crop residues releases substantial particulates and emissions, which pollute the air, contribute to global warming and create serious health and safety risks for farmers, their families and surrounding communities. The massive burning of agricultural resources also presents a substantial missed opportunity for sustainable resource management and rural economic development.

After squeezing the sugar from sugarcane, the fibrous residue called bagasse can be used for papermaking, and some tropical countries use bagasse that way. The papermaking economics have to outweigh the use of bagasse as an energy source for the sugar mill.

Disposable, compostable & biodegradable plates made from 100% bagasse - sugarcane fiber remaining after extraction of juice from the sugarcane. Sugarcane is not only a readily renewable resource, but the sugarcane fiber can be turned into products normally made from plastic or paper and avoids the pollution from normal burning of sugarcane pulp after juice extraction. These biodegradable plates are soak proof, have no plastic or wax lining applied to it and can be used for both hot and cold items. Please note, that though these compostable plates are soak proof, hot items will cause the plates to "perspire" and some condensation will form at the bottom of the plates. A far superior alternative to styrofoam & plastic (non-biodegradable, petroleum derived, pollution causing) and as well as paper plates made from cutting down trees.

US Foodservice San Francisco is stocking several green items made from Sugar Cane,or
Corn including to go containers, plates, cutlery, cups, film, and foil.

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