What is sugarcane bagasse?
Sugarcane bagasse is basically what gets left over when you harvest sugarcane for sugar production. Once sugarcane stalks are harvested, they’re pressed to release their juices and discarded. Then, rather than burning or throwing away the used stalks, we save the fibrous stalks and make it into a paper-like substance called bagasse. This can be shaped into plates, platters, containers, and bowls.
Are your products microwavable?
Sugarcane is heat tolerant like paper and can be put in the microwave or the freezer. As with paper, extremely hot food might cause sugarcane to lose some of its strength, but it is one of the best compostable food service materials that can handle hot temperatures. It’s a good idea to avoid microwaving any hot cups, cold cups or cutlery – or plastic of any kind. This is true for all paper cups, not just ours.
Can sugarcane (bagasse) products handle liquids and grease?
Are your products bleached with chlorine?
No, our sugarcane products are not bleached and are chlorine free.
Are your products BPA free?
What makes your products sustainable?
First, we start with renewable materials. Sugarcane, bamboo, corn, and paper all can be grown again and again. So instead of using oil-derived plastics, which are unsustainable and not renewable, we choose smarter materials that can be replenished. Then, our manufacturing facilities are built to be very efficient, socially responsible, and also use less intensive processes to mold and shape our products compared to plastic. Best of all, when you are done using one of our items, they can be disposed of in commercial compost – which is a great way to avoid landfill. So our entire product life cycle offers environmental and social benefits.
Are your products compostable in my backyard compost?
Home composting varies a lot – not only how you build and maintain your compost, but depending on where in the country you live, the environmental conditions in your area determine how fast your compost cycles. Your home compost may not create the consistent composting conditions for some of our products to break down for the time it takes. Because of this, our products are not certified to break down in home compost and may not do so. This is why we recommend disposal in a commercial compost facility only.
How do you certify your products for compostability?
Our compostable items meet the strict ASTM standards for compostability. They are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) which uses scientifically based standards to determine if an item is compostable in a commercial facility.
If I can't compost, what should I do?
If commercial composting isn’t in your area yet, please dispose of all single use items responsibly with your other waste. Food service items are not recyclable most places, especially if there is food or beverage residue on them (but check with your home recycling facility just in case). We encourage everyone to get all your waste safely into the right bin, each time.
Are your products recyclable?
Recycling is a little different in every city. Not all of our materials can be recycled most places in the US and generally, most recycling facilities do not want items with food and beverage left overs on them in their recycling stream. This is changing, so please check with your local recycler to see what you can recycle.