Research and Development of Food Packaging Box Production with Bagasse

To use bagasse as raw material to replace crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (C-PET) plastic with natural and environmentally friendly bagasse takeaway containers to produce ready-to-eat food packaging boxes greatly reduces environmental pollution.

Plastic products are ubiquitous in human society, and they are widely used in the manufacture of polyester clothing, outdoor furniture and food containers. Data show that in 2018 alone, the global production of plastics was about 360 million tons, and consumption is still growing rapidly. At the same time, more than 90% of plastic products end up in garbage dumps or the natural environment. It takes more than 400 years to decompose in the ocean and 1,000 years in landfills.

Israeli entrepreneur Joseph Siani and Lyle jointly developed a new packaging solution to solve the problem of using C-PET plastic in the huge ready-to-eat food packaging industry.

In the process of searching for environmentally friendly materials, they focused their attention on the bagasse from the sugar industry. After 4 years of research and development, they invented the bagasse takeaway containers, the environmentally friendly material based on bagasse that can withstand the environment of -40°C to 250°C. More importantly, it has the liquid repellency necessary for food packaging materials (no oil or water), and the packaging boxes produced with it can be discarded as organic waste after use, or can be recycled together with paper.

Bagasse takeaway containers based on sucrose production by-products have more advantages than existing green packaging materials, because biodegradable materials based on corn starch require raw material production, while other cellulose-based packaging materials usually require a layer of plastic film to prevent moisture absorption.

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