Materials and Production

Raw Materials

In a time when globally we are reconsidering our energy use and impact on the environment, WASARA has been designed to use all tree-free materials, specifically, bamboo and bagasse. Bamboo grows extremely fast, and is a hardy plant that is readily renewed. Bagasse is the by-product of extracting juice from sugarcane, and approximately one hundred million tons is produced every year. While some is burned for fuel, much of it is simply discarded as waste*. However, with fiber very similar to broadleaf trees, the intrinsic properties of bagasse make it perfect as a paper base. And because it is softer and more pliable than wood pulp, the energy requirement in production is significantly reduced. Based on bamboo and bagasse, environmentally-friendly WASARA products reduce the burden on the natural environment, and can be produced without fear of exhausting our natural resources.

*See Eco Future Fund home page at http://www.eco-future.net/project/bagas/ (Japanese only)

Molded Pulp

WASARA tableware is made using the manufacturing method called Molded Pulp, which primarily produces plain and primitive packing materials . Bamboo and bagasse pulp is poured into molds, and then dehydrated under heat and pressure in a press machine, allowing for dishes of many shapes and sizes to be made without using any starch or glue. Trial and error through this manufacturing process to produce beautiful and appealing WASARA tableware has surely made the industry take a second look at the possibilities for such techniques.

Trimming and Metal Mold Production Techniques

With WASARA tableware, you will not find the rounded edges of typical paper cups. With an emphasis on texture and the touch in one’s hands, WASARA tableware edges are wavy by design. This is one of WASARA’s most distinguishing features. Cutting the edges in this way is technically extremely challenging, and requires a specially designed blade. Aligning the direction of the asymmetric shape is also a highly time-consuming process. The delicately uneven texture of the tableware, like handmade Japanese paper and pottery, is made possible through precision metal molds created by highly skilled Japanese craftsmen. It is the world-class Japanese metal mold production techniques that make WASARA tableware incomparably beautiful and so physically appealing.