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A Sweet Alternative

Are you looking to take your company more into the green zone? Did you know that sugarcane fibre is also a “double-dip” of sustainability? Sugarcane paper is more eco-friendly to produce than wood-pulp paper. It also biodegrades faster and returns nutrients to the soil. These qualities make it an excellent choice for using to produce compostable packaging and labels.

The label face stock is made from bagasse – a sugarcane fibre waste product created by the sugar refining industry. For every 10 tonnes of sugarcane crushed, a factory will produce nearly 3 tonnes of wet bagasse. That’s not to mention the waste fibre that remains in the field after harvesting. The waste is disposed of by treating it as garbage: dumping or burning it, causing extra pollution to enter the atmosphere. Such a waste of a great renewable resource.

Sugarcane is a renewable eco-friendly source as it reproduces in cycles of less than one year. In comparison, trees for paper production generally take 7 to 10 years to reach maturity. Deforestation accounts for 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. By using sugarcane in place of wood pulp we can lower pollution and preserve forest ecosystems. Your environmentally concerned customers will be happy that your product is greener than many.

Products, packaging, and labels made from bagasse require less energy to produce. The waste product has been harvested and collected as part of the sugar industry processes – it’s already at the factory! Because fewer steps are needed, sugarcane is less polluting and less fuel intensive than its wood-based counterpart.

Bagasse is already available in abundance as an agricultural waste product. Since the waste product already exists, it makes sense to use it. We are using this sustainable material to create beautiful labels with a unique natural, organic appearance. Smart purchasing professionals understand one of the more difficult parts of selecting authentic eco-friendly packaging materials is the ability to determine the difference between a truly sustainable packaging solution and well-marketed seemingly sustainable packaging solution. Brand owners of eco-friendly, natural, organic, and otherwise sustainable businesses understand this. They know it’s important for their own brand and marketing to effectively communicate the difference between their sustainable products and the competition who may only be interested in appearing to be ‘green’ or eco-friendly (aka Greenwashing). A great way for sustainable companies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability is by using authentic eco-friendly packaging and labels (recycled, compostable, recycle-compatible).

At Labelservice we provide a range of biodegradable label solutions. Contact us today for more information.