Frequently Asked Questions


 

What is Greencane Paper?

 

All Greencane products are made from an 80% mix of recycled sugarcane and bamboo fibre (bagasse), a by-product of the sugar refining process. We use timber in conjunction with this mix to ensure good strength, with our aim to minimise this fibre so avoiding the unnecessary cutting down of 25-year-old trees to make low value products like toilet paper. 

 

How sustainable is Greencane raw material?

 

Both sugarcane and bamboo are fast growing tropical crops that are farm harvested on an annual basis. In ideal growing regions no fertilisers are required and both these plants have strong pest resilience.  During the harvesting only the growth part of the plant is removed meaning no replanting is required. This harvesting and replanting process has a low environmental impact particularly in comparison to forestry where harvesting results in erosion, extensive land scaring and soil deprivation plus the traffic road wear with heavy logging trucks.

  

How environmentally sound is Greencane manufacturing?

 

We believe we have covered all the bases. Due to our product being tropical it is extremely biodegradable and therefore needs to be manufactured close to where it is grown. The ideal location is in Asia where over 60% of the world’s sugarcane crop grows. Our factory is in Southern China, it is quality accredited with the International Environmental Standard ISO14001 which requires it to be subject to annual external audits. Additionally, we have visited the factory many times and as a company we have strong ideals and take very seriously the trust of our customers, so are constantly monitoring for any human or environmental non-complying practices.

 

How do you ship Greencane and manage your carbon footprint?

 

We ship our product with ocean container shipping and believe that maritime shipping offers the most carbon efficient form of volume transportation. Shipping goods across ocean can result in fewer carbon emissions than say trucking smaller quantities significant distances. We are aware of our role and responsibility in this area and will continue to explore the best environmental options available.

 

How sustainable is Greencane packaging?

 

We are strongly committed to the removal of all plastic from our packaging. So all our products have been developed without plastic and are 100% biodegradable. Our most recent focus has been on compostable solutions and how we can achieve faster break-down of our packing which is influencing our future packaging choices.

 

What type of bleaching is used with Greencane Paper?

 

The plant-based composition of sugarcane and bamboo fibres require less bleaching than 100% timber-based paper, with all white paper having being bleached at some stage in its production. The key issue with the beaching method is that it does not use chlorine-based bleaches which have been linked with dioxins and furan in the waterways. We believe that the assurance of having ISO14001 Environmental Certification ensures correct and safe bleaching and environmental Sugarcane

 

Sugarcane

 

The Facts:

  • Sugarcane is a tropical grass which takes one year to grow to harvesting.
  • In the Middle Ages the “Indian Honey Bearing Reed” (Sugarcane) was introduced from Asia to Africa, Europe, then South America.
  • In Japan a well known Denim Jean brand is called “Sugarcane”
  • It can be grown year on year with little wear & tear on soil quality, just rainwater and lots of sun.
  • Brazil is the largest grower with 33% of the worlds crop, India is next with 17%.
  • Closer to home Australia is 8th with 4% of the worlds sugar.
  • In total 200 countries commercially grow sugarcane.
  • One tonne of recycled pulp saves 17 trees.

 

Forests

 

The Facts:

  • Around ¼ of all the trees cut down go into producing paper.
  • With 95% of all paper solely made from wood.
  • 30% of the globe is covered with forest. This corresponds to around a football field for every person on the planet.
  • Currently with world deforestation an area of forest equivalent to the size of New Zealand is lost every 4 years.