Foreign Countries Have Developed Food Packaging Boxes with Bagasse

Tel Aviv, Science and Technology Daily, February 18: Israel's W-Cycle has successfully developed bagasse packaging with natural environmental protection materials using bagasse as raw materials to replace crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (C- PET) plastic to produce ready-to-eat food packaging boxes, which 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. Statistics show that in 2018 alone, about 360 million tons of plastics were produced globally, and consumption is still growing rapidly. At the same time, more than 90% of plastic products end up in landfills or the natural environment, where it takes more than 400 years to decompose in the ocean and 1,000 years in landfills.

Israeli entrepreneurs Joseph Siani and Lyle Itay founded W-Cycle Startup, based on their decades of experience in the packaging and high-tech industries. Together, they developed a new bagasse packaging solution to address the use of C-PET plastic in the vast ready-to-eat food packaging industry.

In the process of looking for environmentally friendly materials, they focused their attention on bagasse after sugar extraction in the cane sugar industry. After 4 years of research and development, the bagasse-based eco-friendly material they obtained can withstand environments ranging from -40°C to 250°C. More importantly, it has the necessary lyophobicity (not sticking to oil or water) for bagasse food packaging materials, and the bagasse packaging boxes produced with it can be thrown away as organic waste after use or can be recycled together with paper.

Yitai said that the SupraPulp patented product developed by the company is made of 100% natural materials and does not emit any toxins or contain heavy metals. He emphasized that new packaging materials based on by-products of sucrose production have advantages over existing green packaging materials because cornstarch-based biodegradable food packing materials require raw material production, while other cellulose-based packaging materials usually require a layer of plastic film to prevent moisture absorption.

Currently, W-Cycle has announced a partnership with Neto, a major Israeli food group, and is also in advanced discussions with ready-to-eat food producers and major airline catering companies in Europe and the Far East. Other target markets include large institutions such as hospitals, prisons, and schools that need to distribute large quantities of meals in single-use packaging.