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How does composting work?

The challenge “Dealing with end-of-life has always been a challenge, because participants in the waste industry have very set methods of taking waste and disposing of it, and unfortunately the majority has been landfill,” BioPak CEO Gary Smith says. The trick is to finalise some form of last-yard solution. The last-yard solution would be that the waste is created in offices, cafes, restaurants, by caterers in events, stadiums, and function centres, and that the waste has to get to the ...
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BioPak wins grant to grow composting!

The Australian Government has announced $10.5 million in grants to support waste recovery in Australia, with BioPak one of the 11 successful applicants to be awarded funding. This is an awesome win for sustainable innovation, and an important step on the path towards a circular economy. What will the grant do? The new grant will help develop and provide support for BioPak’s new Australia-wide program, the Compost Network. This initiative will bring industry partners together to transform compostable packaging and ...
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The difference between compostable, biodegradable, degradable

Out there in the market, you might see products with these labels on them. But what do they mean? And are they always used correctly? (Spoiler alert: they’re not.) Well, here we have gathered information to explain the difference between compostable, biodegradable, and degradable in relation to (bio)plastics. Compostable Compostable plastic is capable of biological decomposition in a compost site. Most existing international standards require the material to biodegrade 60% within 180 days, and leave no toxic residue. For a ...
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The importance of being a B Corp

‘Business as usual’ is not an option anymore. Recent local and global environmental destruction has made that clear. We need to create a new business model for our economy. The B Corp movement has pioneered a new way of doing business, which requires increased stewardship and balances profit with purpose. BioPak believes in using business as a force for good – which is why they are a B Corp. What are certified B Corporations? Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, ...
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3 pillars of sustainable packaging

To achieve packaging that is truly sustainable – and by that I mean packaging that is sustainable for the business as well as the environment – we need to think about the three pillars of sustainability. These are the economy, society, and the environment. The Economy Sustainable packaging has to be payable by the consumers and profitable for the producers – and this means that the cost of the packaging cannot be more than a fraction of the cost of ...
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Why go carbon neutral?

What is carbon neutral? Being ‘carbon neutral’ means that you are not adding to or detracting from the concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. For those who aren’t aware, Australia must reduce our carbon emissions by 26–28% on 2005 levels by 2030 in accordance with the 2015 international Paris Agreement—and even then, whether that reduction will be enough to deter climate change is debatable. It is important that businesses contribute to the climate effort in any way they ...
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What did you do for National Recycling Week?

This year’s National Recycling Week ran from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 of November, providing an opportunity for councils, schools, workplaces, and individuals to improve their knowledge of recycling and build better recycling habits. National Recycling Week 2020 The annual campaign educates and stimulates behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial, and community recycling initiatives, and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work, and school. This year’s theme was ‘Recovery – A future ...
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Australia’s first zero-carbon streetfood

Australia’s first zero-carbon streetfood kitchen has launched in Melbourne. In an Australian first, Melbourne has become home to the new, revolutionary, zero-carbon, off-grid streetfood kitchen, atiyah. Launching in Federation Square, atiyah is set to transform the fast food scene with a range of authentic Lebanese dishes that are made onsite in a 100% renewable Eco Smart Off-Grid kitchen – the first of its kind anywhere in Australia. Owned by son-in-law and mother-in-law duo, Ben Armstrong and Therese Helou, atiyah is ...
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Towards a plastic- and waste-free business

We need to move away from plastic and other forms of waste. But it’s not quite that easy. There are sources of waste we can see and quickly do something about – and then there are sources that are less visible or less easy to do without. So, from easy to difficult, here are three steps to become a plastic- and waste-free business. Compostable packaging This is the one that is most visible – the source of plastic that customers ...
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Revisiting nurdles

Plastic pellets, or nurdles, are tiny (3-5mm) pieces of plastic that are used to make drink bottles, food containers … you name it, if it’s plastic, it’s likely been made with nurdles. In and of themselves, they are not inherently a problem. However, if you’ve ever been to a plastic manufacturing plant, you’ll know that nurdles are everywhere. And this is the problem. How do they affect wildlife? Nurdles end up in the sea, usually. They are spilt in all ...
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