Bagasse is a natural by-product of the sugarcane industry.
It is a dry, pulpy fibrous substance that is left behind after the juice of the sugarcane plant is harvested. Previously, it was discarded or left to rot; however, more recently, it is used as a renewable material that can be sourced with very little impact on the environment.
Once the juice has been extracted from the sugarcane plant, the wet substance that is left is blended with water to form a pulp and combined with additives. Using pressure at a high temperature, it is then pressed and shaped into various products.
It’s most popular application is in the food and catering industry where bagasse trays and containers are used as an eco-friendly alternative to polystyrene.