Common questions answered!
Are BioPak products reusable?
Our reusable BYO cups are; however, nothing else that we sell is designed to be reused.
What is compostable packaging?
When you dispose of compostable packaging in composting bins, the nutrients in the packaging and all the resources required to make that packaging do not go to waste. Instead, they are returned to the ground to fertilise new plants. Read more about compostable packaging here.
All of our products can be composted.
What is bioplastic?
Bioplastic is made from plants, not oil like conventional plastic. It is a renewable resource and will decompose fully in a commercial composting facility.
Read more about bioplastic here.
Where do you get your paper?
Our paper is FSC-certified, meaning it is from sustainably managed plantations, and sourced from suppliers Stora Enso, WestRock, and Clearwater Paper. These companies are all committed to environmental and social responsibility.
What happens to BioCups in landfill?
Modern landfills entomb rubbish instead of allowing it to biodegrade. Paper products in landfill take up to 40 years to biodegrade and in the process release methane gas, which has a lifespan 21 times longer than CO2.
On average, Australian households dispose of 330kg of paper per year. By recycling and reducing the paper we use, we can make a difference to emissions generated in landfill.
Any paper product that is not too soiled with food should be recycled. For paper that is too contaminated for recycling, composting is the best option. However, BioPak understands that some of their cups will end up in landfill and have purchased carbon credits to offset the emissions this will produce. Read more about carbon credits here.
What’s so good about sugarcane pulp?
Sugarcane pulp, also known as bagasse, is the plant product used in BioPak’s compostable bioplastics. It is the waste product from sugar processing. By choosing sugarcane instead of paper we can protect forests. Sugarcane can be composted, recycled (as long as it’s not too contaminated), will handle temperatures up to 120C, are water resistant, and are microwave- and freezer-safe.
Read more about bagasse here.
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