How LEI™ Is Made

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What is the raw material used to make the lei™ Tray?

The lei™ Tray is made from pure sugarcane fibers.  Sugarcane is a tree-free, renewable resource.

How do you get sugarcane fiber?

Freshly harvested sugarcane is juiced, leaving behind a residual material called pulp.  This byproduct of the sugarcane industry, traditionally regarded as waste and thrown away, is now being recognized as the most environmentally friendly material currently used in the foodservice industry. 

How are the lei™ Trays made?

The sugarcane fibers are heat pressed into our patent pending design using a high-heat, high pressure process.  The high barrier properties are added with our proprietary sealant.  This innovative sealant layer is easily peeled off the tray, leaving the fiber tray 100% compostable/biodegradable/recyclable!

Is sugarcane compostable/biodegradable/recyclable?

By utilizing the residual materials produced by the sugarcane industry, we are helping to reduce the amount of waste after sugarcane is harvested. Pulping sugarcane is also more efficient and eco-friendlier to the planet than creating paper products and is completely renewable.

  • Compostable?  Yes!  Sugarcane is compostable. The lei™ Tray is composed of natural materials that include plant fibers (primarily cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin) which are all biodegradable. When added to a compost pile or bin, it can be broken down by microorganisms and other natural processes into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that can be used to improve soil health and fertility.  (Please check with your local composting facility to confirm if they accept this fiber tray.) 
  • Biodegradable?  Yes! The fiber used to construct the lei™ Tray is a natural byproduct of sugarcane processing and is composed of plant fibers, primarily cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin. As a natural material, sugarcane fiber is biodegradable, meaning it can be broken down by microorganisms and other natural processes over time. This makes it a more environmentally friendly material compared to synthetic materials that do not biodegrade and can persist in the environment for hundreds or even thousands of years. 
  • RecyclableYes! The fibrous residue that remains after sugarcane has been crushed to extract their juice is often used as a raw material for the production of paper, packaging materials, and biofuels, among other products. The lei™ Tray can be recycled through a process of pulping and refining, similar to the way that other paper products are recycled. This process involves breaking down the tray fibers into a pulp, which can then be used to produce new paper or other products. Recycling these trays can help reduce waste and conserve natural resources, making it an environmentally friendly option for meal prep packaging! 

How long does it take to decompose?

Sugarcane fiber can biodegrade in approximately 30-90 days and is an ideal alternative to plastic and other synthetic materials, which can take hundreds or even thousands of years to decompose and can harm the environment. 

Sugarcane-based products will biodegrade at the same rate as garden waste in a home composting system, which, depending on the home composting system, can be approximately 90 days.  In commercial composting facilities, post-consumer sugarcane products can break down even faster. 

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