Bagasse Paper Products – A Viable Alternative
Since the beginning of the paper production industry, trees have been destroyed in vast quantities in order to make pulp for paper. The treatment of trees, which supply us with oxygen, is downright dreadful. Due to things like flooding, erosion of soil, high levels of pollution, and others, many are working hard to find viable alternatives for paper production in mills.
Bagasse is emerging as a viable substitute for wood. What is bagasse? When sugar cane stalks are crushed in the juice extraction process, a fibrous matter called bagasse remains. Agave bagasse is similar and is made up of the blue agave tissue that remains after the sap is extracted.
The sugar industry produces almost 3 tons of bagasse for every 10 tons of crushed sugar cane. Each country produces a different amount of bagasse based on their sugar cane production. The world’s largest sugar cane industries—in countries like Brazil, China, and India—can benefit from bagasse because the amount of waste products makes it a viable alternative.
In 2010, the worldwide sugar cane harvest—in 90 countries—was 1.69 billion tons, according to FAO this equates to approximately 23.8 million hectares. Because of the amount of sugar cane production, its byproduct is a viable option for earth-friendly paper products. In the past, bagasse was just burned because it was considered to be waste, which can cause harmful air pollution. But today it is used in many industries as a wood alternative.