Paper has long been a staple in the food industry. We use it for everything from plates to bowls to napkins and even cups. Paper has been a guest at every house party and take-out order, so it’s no wonder why many get confused when they see bagasse. Bagasse is the eco-friendlier cousin of paper -- they look alike, have similar textures, and are used in similar products. However, bagasse and paper have big differences, and we want you to be able to tell them apart.
The basic difference between bagasse and paper is the materials in which they are made from. Restaurantware bagasse is made from organic sugarcane fibers that are collected after the sugar is harvested from the cane. Once all the juice is extracted, then the left over fibers are used to make many products, including disposable tableware. On the other hand, paper is made from pulping wood from trees. Deforestation is a huge issue for our global environment, so we are always trying to find other materials for our tableware. Bagasse is a more sustainable and eco-friendly option because of sugarcane’s nature.
Bagasse and paper products are commonly confused because the materials are very similar in their looks and function. Especially in the restaurant industry, companies create similar products with both materials. However, bagasse and paper have different characteristics such as texture. Bagasse has a rough and unique feel, while paper is smoother. Each is very resilient, so either are perfect in a culinary setting. However, bagasse offers different selections over our paper collection. We offer many bagasse products, such as plates, bowls, takeout boxes, cups, and lids.