The biodegradable food plate is made of sugarcane bagasse as the main raw material and is processed by chemical and physical methods to make innovative biodegradable plates. Nowadays, as a high-quality and environmentally friendly product, food safety disposable biodegradable paper plates are widely used in various industries such as catering and retail. The following is an overview of biodegradable sugarcane plates involving various aspects.
What Is Sugarcane Bagasse?
Sugarcane bagasse is a by-product of the sugarcane juicing process - the dried fibrous material left over after crushing the sugarcane to extract the juice. In the past, bagasse was used as fuel or animal feed, but now it is more often used in tableware packaging. Since bagasse is a plant fiber by nature, it can replace wood, straw, and other fibers as pulp in the manufacturing process of paper products, making it more eco-friendly to the earth.
Why Is Bagasse Great For Biodegradable Eco Friendly Plates?
High moisture content - The bagasse mainly comprises 50% water, 2% sugar and 48% fiber (cellulose and hemicellulose). Sugarcane bagasse was used as a fuel to sustain the sugar mill production process from the beginning. Still, due to the high moisture content, it was found to be actually more suitable for paper production.
Reusable material - Reusing bagasse reduces the amount of waste generated. Using this by-product of the sugar industry repeatedly to make paper products, instead of pulp from new materials. This can help to reduce deforestation and make the biodegradable reusable plate a greener option.
Simple production process - The bagasse pulping process includes preparation, bagasse cooking, bagasse washing, bagasse sieving, and bagasse pulp bleaching - unlike the complex process of wood pulp papermaking, which uses more chemicals and has a greater negative impact on the environment.
The Advantages Of Biodegradable Sugarcane Plates?
* Food safety disposable biodegradable paper plates are strong and durable, offering higher strength and durability than polystyrene and paper products.
* Biodegradable sugarcane plates are made of 100% biomaterial, which is chemical-free and water and oil-resistant up to 120°C.
* With the temperature range from -25°C to 120°C, biodegradable eco friendly plates are oven-safe and freezer-safe. Excellent insulation ensures that food stays warm longer than in traditional plastic plates.
* The biodegradable food plate can be completely degradable and fully compostable within 90 days. And composting takes approximately 45-60 days to degrade under commercial composting conditions.
Some Tips For Choosing The Biodegradable To Go Plates
How to test the quality of the plate in a simple way? Here are several methods to identify:
Look: First, check whether there is a QS logo/number on the plate. Then observe whether the surface of the plate is bright and clean, whether there are impurities or black spots, whether the heat will deform or leakage, whether there are paraffin marks, etc.
Touch: Test the strength of the biodegradable reusable plate. Biodegradable to go plates made of recycled scrap or industrial-grade materials usually come with poor strength. The feel is very soft and easy to break with gently torn.
Smell: Is there any odor on the plate? Qualified biodegradable sugarcane plates are odorless. If there is a pungent smell, you need to be aware that it may be an inferior quality plate that may be hazardous to your health.
As bagasse is getting increasingly popular in the environmental field, more and more people realize the importance of replacing plastic packaging with eco-friendly ones. MIDA offers a wide range of custom biodegradable plates and biodegradable food plates for various catering needs. Contact us today for a better eco-friendly, and more cost-effective buying decision!