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Natural alternatives to plastic – trays made from sugarcane pulp

Baggase trays, a natural alternative to plastic trays are made from sugarcane pulp, also known as bagasse. These trays are certified home compostable to Australian and European standards. The tray can take shrink wrap and flow wrap and it can also be heat-sealed which means using much less plastic for sealing. Biopak, the company behind this innovative product, developed them in close consultation with fresh produce growers and packers. There are a lot of market forces in play for the development of these trays which includes sustainability targets and legislative changes but the biggest one is consumer attitude, now more than ever, consumers are looking for more sustainable choices.

Sugarcane pulp, the raw material for manufacturing of baggage trays, is derived from sugarcane. It is a by-product of sugar manufacturing, so it’s primarily a use of waste product to make something new and sustainable from it. The sugarcane pulp is pressed under high pressure with steam so it gets a very tight surface making it moisture repellent and it can be used in both chill and ambient environments, it can be frozen, oven-heated and microwaved.

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