TEL AVIV, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Israel's W-Cycle Company has successfully developed a natural environmentally friendly material using sugar cane slag as raw material to replace crystalline polyethylene glycol phenylphate (C-PET) plastics for the production of ready-to-eat food boxes, greatly reducing environmental pollution.
are everywhere in human society, and are widely used in the manufacture of polyester clothing, outdoor furniture and food containers.
2018 alone, about 360 million tons of plastic will be produced globally, and consumption is still growing rapidly, according to a report.
same time, more than 90 per cent of plastic products end up in dumps or natural environments, which take more than 400 years to decompose in the ocean and 1,000 years in landfills.
Israeli entrepreneurs Joseph Siani and Lyle Itai founded W-Cycle Startups based on their decades of experience in the packaging and high-tech industries.
develop new packaging solutions to address the use of C-PET plastics in the vast ready-to-eat food packaging industry.
looking for environmentally friendly materials, they focused on sugar cane slag after sugar had been removed from the sugar industry.
four years of research and development, they have obtained environmentally friendly materials based on sugar cane slag that can withstand environments from -40 to 250 degrees Celsius.
more importantly, it has the dredging properties necessary for food packaging materials (without oil or water), and the boxes produced with them can be discarded as organic waste after use or recycled with paper.
supraPulp patented product is made from 100% natural materials and does not emit any toxins or contain heavy metals, mr. Yitai said.
He stressed that new packaging materials based on sucrose production by-products have an advantage over existing green packaging materials, as biodegradable materials based on corn starch require raw material production, while other cellulose-based packaging materials often require a plastic film to prevent moisture absorption.
, W-Cycle has announced a partnership with Neto, Israel's leading food group, and is in in-depth discussions with ready-to-eat food producers and major airline catering companies in Europe and the Far East.
other target markets include large institutions that need to distribute large quantities of meals in disposable packaging, such as hospitals, prisons and schools.