Sugarcane straws are made from the byproduct of sugar processing. Sugar cane processing involves crushing the plant to extract the juice to produce sugar. After the juice is extracted, the remaining plant fibers from the sugarcane, called bagasse, remain and need to be dealt with. The bagasse is really just a crushed sugarcane, 100% plant fibers. Renouvo’s technology takes the bagasse and turns it into a 100% plant-based, zero plastic cutlery.
For many years, sugar processors had to find ways to deal with the large amounts of bagasse coming out of its sugar plants as a byproduct. Being able to create 100% plant-based cutlery from bagasse was truly a win-win for both the environment and the people.
JuTian Cleantech Co., Ltd. established the renouvo brand（formerly 100%ZHI）in 2022, with “reuse of waste” as the core value of the brand, recycling and applying natural agricultural waste, Specializing in environmentally friendly technologies and developing compostable products to ensure that the earth’s limited resources can be used in a recycled and sustainable manner, forming a friendly economic and industrial system and implementing the SDGs sustainable development goals.
And through the technical research and development of environmental protection materials, continue to create, develop and accumulate new knowledge, new technology and new products, and actively develop green carbon reduction products to reduce environmental impacts and make cities stable, safe, and sustainable.
Lots of Plant Based By-Products Available
Due to fertile soil and favourable growing conditions, Taiwan is a large agricultural producer, and exporter of food products. In particular, large amounts of sugar cane is grown and processed in Taiwan, mainly to produce cane sugar – the common type of white sugar we use everyday in our kitchens, cafes, and restaurants. Other plant-based waste products (such as coffee grounds and rice husk), also need to be disposed of or dealt with. With the abundance of sugarcane bagasse and other plant byproducts available locally, Taiwan naturally became the place to produce plant-based cutlery.
Leader in Environmental Protection Spurs Innovation
Taiwan passed numerous environmental protection laws to discourage single use plastic, such as straws and utensils. Anti-plastic regulations rolled out for the general public in 2018 and by 2020 Taiwan has banned plastic straws in dining outlets completely. New regulations continue to come into effect on plastic bags, food containers, and utensils. By 2030, Taiwan will flat-out ban on single-use bags, utensils, straws, and containers.
The regulations spurred local innovation to find non-plastic alternatives early a decade ago. By 2018, Renouvo was successful in developing a process to manufacture highly durable cutlery from plant material.
Today, our technology is compatible with rice husks (non-edible byproduct from rice processing), coffee grounds, bamboo and other plant wastes.
Rethinking and redesigning products
Rethink & Design: We engage Life Cycle Thinking in designing products, they are made from recycled waste and will recover to natural resources again after disposal, creating an ever-lasting loop of renewable resources.
Sustainability & Society: We engage clean technology as a guideline in every step of our manufacturing operation,meaning that less pollution is made, less energy and resource is used and zero harmful chemicals are used.
Countries around the world are committed to the transformation of green economy and ecology, and circular economy is aimed at the reduction and prohibition of plastic products.We make food containers from plant-based materials. After use, they can be decomposed and returned to nature through the biological recycling system.
We rethink the way we make things and design compostable material to replace plastic one. We come up working from the vision “waste equals food”, keeping all waste in continuis cycles.In addition to the use of renewable resources for materials, clean technologies are also introduced in the manufacturing process to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. Finally, at the end of the product’s life, it can be decomposed through biological cycles and return to nature.
We are a social innovation organization recognized by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs for using innovative methods to solve social problems Internationally, we help companies reduce the use of 400 million disposable plastic products, and in Taiwan, we provide sustainable cups to enable supermarket chains to reduce the use of 10 million disposable plastic cups a year.
Besides, we also provide experience and technology to assist Zhongxing New Village to develop regional revitalization.
We provides core technologies to connect Taiwan’s traditional plastic industry supply chain, and assists them in transforming innovative materials to achieve the goal of net zero carbon emissions.Through technological innovation and cooperation, Taiwan’s sustainable supply chain can be integrated with the international market and create higher value in the global industrial chain to practice Taiwan’s green and sustainable development.
Petrochemical waste pollution has caused global warming and extreme climate change. Therefore, reducing the use of petrochemical raw materials needs to be the first step to slowing these alarming trends. We are rethinking the life cycle of products and using agricultural waste (renewable resource) to replace petrochemical plastics. Countries around the world are committed to the transformation of green economy and ecology, and circular economy is aimed at the reduction and prohibition of plastic products.
In response to the needs of the international market, we make food containers from plant-based materials. After use, they can be decomposed and returned to nature through the biological recycling system. At present, it has been sold to 25 countries on five continents, of which Europe is our main market. In addition to producing food containers, we also assist new markets in developing low carbon materials for the electronics, footwear and construction industries.
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