( Courtesy JX Nippon ANCI )

A company that makes mesh using resins from sugarcane is promoting its use as a sustainable option for produce packaging.

JX Nippon ANCI Inc., which has a U.S. headquarters in Kennesaw, Ga., makes the mesh, known as CLAF Bio Fabric from 96% plant-based materials instead of petroleum, according to a news release. The company says the material is strong, breathable and has a variety of applications.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved the material through its BioPreferred Program, created by the 2002 farm bill to increase the use of bio-based products.

“Biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change,” according to the news release.

Products must be at least 25% bio-based to be accepted into the BioPreferred program.

The non-woven CLAF Bio Fabric mesh has balanced tear resistance and thin profile, and can be printed on. It can be heat sealed or sewn and is recyclable, according to the release.

For more information, see clafbio.com.