Bio-packaging from sugar cane waste

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In Brazil they are looking to utilize bagasse, or sugar cane waste for biodegradable packaging. Bagasse is currently burned by farmers but soon this practice will be banned.

Three firms (Viveiro Flora Brasil, Lótus Soluções Ambientais, Floema Nutrição Vegetal and the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) are involved with this research. They hope testing will be completed in 2009 and the project can then move into commercial production, starting with planting containers (which would be buried with the plants, and naturally decompose in the soil), supermarket carry bags and disposable cups.

Of course these products are already available elsewhere so no need to wait. Buy these sugarcane bio-packaging products here.

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5 Responses to Bio-packaging from sugar cane waste

  1. ClareSnow says:

    Bagasse is used to make the paper of the magazine of the Australian Conservation Foundation. I think they’ve been using this paper for a number of years.

  2. matt says:

    That’s good to hear and it will be even better if this material is used more widely with packaging.

  3. anton says:

    China is has a big market for sugar cane bagasse packaging…They have the technology to make the sugar cane pulp which is then used in the production of containers for food. Here is one company that manufacture and supplies biodegradable bagasse packaging: http://www.greener.com.hk/products/list/food

  4. matt says:

    Thanks Anton, that’s useful.

  5. How to avoid using plastic is a big concern of mine, and I am always on the lookout for environmentally sound packaging. Thanks!

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