We’re committed to reducing waste
Florida Crystals has long been dedicated to getting every possible bit of flavor out of the acres of sugarcane we grow on our family farms. What you might not know is that we’re just as dedicated to using every possible bit of that crop for other purposes as well, creating a process that results in no sugarcane waste, and all kinds of additional benefits.
Not a drop, stalk or crystal is wasted.
Turning our sugarcane into delicious raw cane sugar is a process that requires water, energy and the sweet juices of the sugarcane plant. All of these components are found in the sugarcane itself. At Florida Crystals, we’ve pioneered a process that lets us efficiently extract, reclaim and repurpose these valuable resources…with nothing going to waste.
As a tall, woody grass, sugarcane grows in fibrous stalks, sporting lush green leaves in our Florida farms. Once harvested, the sugarcane is brought to our onsite mills, where we put every part of it to use. As sugar and molasses (which make up just 10% and 5% of a sugarcane stalk’s mass, respectively) are extracted, the water within (which makes up 75% of the stalk) is captured and used in the extraction process. That water is reused multiple times before being returned to nature by evaporation or percolation on our own land.
Meanwhile, the fibrous material called “bagasse” (which makes up the last 10% of the stalk) is repurposed two ways. First, our renewable energy facility (one of the largest of its kind in North America) uses it to generate the energy required to transform our sugarcane into the various Florida Crystals® products you love. Then, any remaining bagasse is used to create the Tellus® line of eco-friendly plates, bowls and containers. These compostable products compost in just 84 days in a commercial composting facility, unlike conventional plasticware that can linger in the environment for centuries.