More eco-friendly packaging at Fitasty
At Fitasty, we care about the wellbeing of our customers and we care about the planet, too. That’s why, from the start, we’ve been supporting the Meat-Free Mondays initiative and creating recipes which are made from seasonable fruit and vegetables wherever possible. We’ve now taken another step towards more sustainable production: as of next week, we’re introducing new eco-friendly packaging!
We’ve received feedback from many of you regarding plastic packaging. We understand your concerns and we’ve been looking for alternatives for a while now. There’s a number of things to consider when choosing eco-friendly packaging for a food delivery business. We finally made a decision to start using bagasse containers.
As of April, we’ll start to replace some of the plastic packaging with new bagasse containers with an aim to reduce 90% of plastic use by the end of the year.
Here’s some more information about what bagasse is, why we chose this option and what it means for you – our wonderful customers.
What is Bagasse?
Bagasse (pronounced /bəˈɡæs/ bə-GAS) is the waste from sugarcane plants left over after the sugar has been extracted. It is a by-product from sugar production. This type of material was originally used as biofuel (wood is also a biofuel) but other possibilities have been discovered since. It is now used to produce packaging for takeaway food such as bowls, plates and containers. It is one of the most eco-friendly options available on the market today (or perhaps the most eco-friendly option!).
Why is bagasse so great?
- It is 100% biodegradable & compostable – not just in commercial composting facilities but also in your standard garden compost pile. It will very quickly decompose naturally (exactly how long a bagasse container takes to break down depends on various factors, such as temperature and the amount of moisture present). Should a bagasse container end up in landfill, it will break down faster than a paper container of the same type. There will be no harmful chemicals left behind.
- Bagasse is made from annually-renewable resources. Sugarcane grows annually: that means that once the crops are cut down, they will replenish the next year. Using fast growing plants – such as sugarcane – instead of trees or non-renewable resources, reduces our footprint on the planet’s ecosystems. Bagasse looks and feels like paper, but bagasse only takes 1 year to grow and harvest where paper can take up to 20 years to grow.
- Sugarcane requires minimal treatment to turn it into durable products: bagasse containers are therefore made with less energy and water than their paper counterparts. They are chlorine-free. They are also actually a by-product (from sugar production) so they have a smaller production environmental footprint.
- Bagasse is suitable for hot and cold foods. It can tolerate heat up to 100 degrees Celsius.
- Bagasse is microwave and freezer-safe.
There is one. Unfortunately, the bagasse containers with lids available on the market right now are not leak-proof. We therefore recommend that if you plan to transport your food away from home, it is best if you transfer it into a re-usable container, such as a leak-proof Tupperware or any type or re-usable food storage tub of your choice.
Anything else I should know?
Bagasse is an interesting looking material. When in contact with liquid for a longer period of time, you may notice that tiny layers peel off of the container. Don’t worry – you are perfectly fine even if you’d eat some of it. Sugarcane fiber is sometimes added to human food and so while we definitely advise against eating the packaging (!) you have nothing to worry about when you see the bagasse container peeling off. It also won’t impact the taste of your meal (well, I mean, unless you really scrape off a huge chunk of the container that is… don’t do that!).
How to dispose of bagasse containers?
There are 3 options here for you: you can put it in your compost pile (if you’ve got one), get it over to your local community composting bin (there’s plenty of these around Bristol) or put it in your usual household bin together with all the other non-recyclable waste.
Well, what do you think? We’d love to hear your views on this very important subject and we’d love to know how you’re finding the new packaging. Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or getting in touch through our social media channels!