From Sugarcane to Sustainable Plates and Bowls


Sugarcane

 

        Transitions2earth recently released biodegradable and compostable bowls and plates. The newest product line offers products that are durable, microwave-safe, break down into nutrient-rich soil, and do not use trees in their production process. These features are made possible from using Bagasse to make the plates and bowls.

        What is Bagasse? How is it used to make plates and bowls?

        Bagasse is the fibrous material that remains after the juices are removed from sugarcane stalk. The fibrous portion generally becomes a waste product after the juices are separated.  This is where Transitions2earth comes in. Transitions2Earth upcycles or makes use of the Bagasse that normally ends up in a landfill in order to make usable and sustainable goods.

Sugarcane Farm

Harvesting Sugarcane on a Sugarcane farm.

        Transitions2earth takes the Bagasse and transforms the material into useful products. Because of Transitions2earth, large quantities of Bagasse are saved from landfills.

        To make the compostable Bagasse plates and bowls, the process starts with the repurposed Bagasse material. The material arrives at the manufacturing facility as wet pulp. The wet pulp is then converted to dry pulp board after being pressed in a beating tank. Bagasse can be made into tableware using either wet pulp or dry pulp board; while wet pulp requires fewer steps in the production process than using dry pulp board, wet pulp retains impurities in its mixture. Transitions2earth takes the extra step to remove the impurities and convert the wet pulp to dry pulp board in order to make higher quality products.

        After the wet pulp has been converted to dry pulp board, the substance is mixed with an anti-oil and anti-water agent in a Pulper to make the substance sturdier. Once blended, the mixture is piped into a Preparation Tank and then the molding machines. The molding machines instantaneously press the mixture into the shape of a bowl or plate, creating up to six plates and nine bowls at a time.

Bagasse Production Flow Chart

The process of converting Bagasse into plates and bowls.

        The finished bowls and plates are then tested for oil and water resistance. Only after the bowls and plates pass those tests can they be packaged and ready for consumers. The completed packages are filled with plates and bowls to be used for picnics, cafeterias, or any time there is a need for disposable tableware. Tableware that provides peace of mind for the eco-conscious.

        The plates and bowls are 100% biodegradable and can completely break down in 90 days in a compost facility. Transitions2earth takes a waste-product that would end up in a landfill and creates a useful, consumer-ready product with little environmental impact. We are very proud to be one step closer to eliminating waste from landfills. Try our Bagasse plates and bowls today! For more information and to view the newest line of products, click to view our 6 in. Plates, 12 oz. Bowls, and 9 in. Plates.

 

Bagasse 6 in. PlateBagasse 12 oz. BowlBagasse 9 in. Plate


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