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If you're looking for a high-performing, environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic or styrofoam food packaging products, our sugarcane takeaway containers are an excellent choice. As sugarcane is a biodegradable resource that yields new annual harvests, it is a highly renewable material that's much better for the planet.
Our sugarcane containers are made using the plant fibre that remains after sugar producers extract juice from the stalk of the sugarcane plant. We take this fibrous matter, known as 'sugarcane bagasse', and turn it into a paper-like substance used to form strong, attractive compostable and biodegradable food packaging products.
We do not use a PLA liner in our sugarcane tableware - instead, we add a food-grade chemical to create an oil-proof, water-resistant end product that is fit for microwave use and refrigeration. These sturdy containers are non-toxic and degrade naturally in a landfill while also being suitable for commercial composting.
Whether you want to keep food nice and warm on the go, display products packaged for takeaway sizes or avoid unwanted spills, our Recyclable Polyethylene Terephthalate (RPET) lids are a great complement to our sugarcane bases.
Our lids are excellent for clearly presented food storage. They're designed for total compatibility with our sugarcane containers, making them ideal for displaying food such as sweets, salads and other delicacies. If uncontaminated, they're a recyclable plastic.
Unwanted sugarcane stalks are usually simply burnt in the fields, where it contributes to air pollution. Instead of merely burning these stalks or throwing them away, here at GreenChoice, we extend its life cycle by using it to manufacture eco-friendly food packaging products.
Because sugarcane is an entirely natural, plant-based resource, our sugarcane takeaway containers are completely biodegradable. In fact, sugarcane can biodegrade within as little as three months.
In contrast, plastic takes hundreds, if not thousands, of years to break down in landfills, leaving behind toxic chemicals and microplastics. These substances damage the soil, wildlife, and when they inevitably move up the food chain, human beings.
When you consider that plastics take up nearly a quarter of the available space in most landfills, making the switch to rapidly biodegradable products like sugarcane means that you're helping to minimise your business' impact on the environment. That way, you'll help make the planet better for future generations.
Sugarcane bagasse also requires less energy to manufacture compared to plastic, making it a more energy-efficient resource. By making the switch to sugarcane-based products, you're playing your part in reducing production and energy consumption.
It's not just energy that sugarcane saves. Billions of tons of sugarcane are produced each year, meaning that millions of tons of unused fibre are left behind afterwards. Using bagasse to create takeaway containers gives a new purpose to an otherwise wasted natural by-product.
When sugarcane grows, the plant captures atmospheric carbon and turns it into food. That means that by switching to sugarcane takeaway containers, you're using a material that actually helps actively fight climate change!
Sugarcane is better for the environment - and your business. This incredible natural material is strong, durable, microwave and refrigerator safe and can withstand high temperatures, too. Some studies have even suggested that sugarcane's porous nature means that it can absorb more moisture, increasing the shelf life of fruit and vegetables!
You might be wondering why making the switch away from plastic-based products is necessary. Plastics are made from fossil fuels, which means that their production process inherently contributes to climate change.
In addition, while sugarcane fibre naturally and rapidly biodegrades, even in landfills, plastics are non-recyclable and take hundreds, if not thousands of years, to break down. As they break down, they also release toxic chemicals and microplastics. These pollute the soil around them and, when washed into waterways, can damage marine life. Worst of all, as they often end up ingested by animals low in the food chain, they frequently return to us in the form of the food we eat.
Compare this to sugarcane bagasse, which turns into a nutrient-rich fertiliser as it decomposes, enriching the soil with compounds that plants love.
If your business currently uses styrofoam or plastic for its packaging options, sugarcane is the clear environmentally superior option. This eco-friendly, renewable, durable material will show your consumers your commitment to protecting the planet and making the right kind of impact.
Are you interested in learning more about our sugarcane containers or other biodegradable, compostable products? Please get in touch with the GreenChoice NZ team at 0800 864 725. We'll be more than happy to help.