The idea to use sugar cane as a raw material for producing single-use dinnerware belongs to American scientists. And this is not in the least surprising – plastic wastes amount to about 80% of all wastes produced by humankind, and disposable plates and cups represent their significant portion. Considering that plastic wastes take hundreds of years to degrade, the USA, being a country of fast food, is especially concerned about this problem.
In one of the previous posts we have already discussed the eco-dinnerware produced from fallen leaves. As you remember, the raw materials for its production have to be brought to the USA from India, since the right types of wood grow solely in South Asia. Fortunately, there is no lack of sugar cane in the US: it adjoins Mexico – the native land of this plant. Wastes from sugar cane production – bagasse – may not be used for human consumption. But they are absolutely suitable for manufacturing eco-friendly, sturdy and beautiful single-use dinnerware.
So, how is such sugar cane dinnerware produced? Sugar cane is beforehand shredded and compressed to extract sap. The resulting product of squeezing is used to get cellulose. The producer removes loose core fibers, short soft fibers and remainders of sugar from it. Further the product is boiled in a special tank with a number of natural additives and other components. Then the material is mechanically mixed until it forms a liquid paste. After it is shaped on special molding lines, stamped, and dried out. Further the manufacturer removes burrs and shapes the final product. On the final stage the tableware is disinfected by UV and packed.
Sugar cane dinnerware has classical white color. The material is very firm and doesn’t deform in use. You can safely serve hot soups in such plates. Besides, they are microwave safe and freezer friendly.
Sugar cane dinnerware is 100% eco-friendly, and doesn’t contain any plastic or wax additives. It completely degrades in soil within 2-3 months without producing any toxins, i.e. it’s absolutely safe for the environment.