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. PlanTech’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.
PlanTech is made possible by a team of passionate individuals who wanted to reduce and reuse plant waste.
Our production facilities and plant fibers are in Taiwan.
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, PlanTech 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.
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.
Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified
Social Entrepreneurship Award by Global Vision Magazine& Foundation
Biodegradable Composition patented
Taiwan Excellence Award
Taipei Social Enterprise qualified
Sugarcane chair presented in Circular Economy Taiwan Expo
Din Certco Certified
Green Mark Taiwan certified
Concours Lepine International Paris, Gold medal
100% Zhi Trademark registered
Jornal of Polymer Research Award
Ju Tian Cleantech Co., Ltd founded.
Environment-protection dining utensil structure patented
Green Mark Taiwan certifiedCommercial production in sugarcane straw
Concours Lepine Mediterraneen Montpellier, Gold medal & Special Award
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