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Beware of littering as the lockdown ends

One Tasmanian family emerged from their home after a long weekend to find garbage strewn across their previously pristine beach. As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, people have been getting out more – and that means more picnics, more late-night outdoor celebrations, more weekend getaways. The family spent several hours cleaning up the debris, which included melted plastic bottles and bags, smashed glass bottles, fishing lines, and even a gas cooker with canisters. The world after COVID-19 We’re all excited to ...
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Bioplastics vs conventional plastics – a refresher

Determining what products are truly sustainable and why can be very difficult. Here, we give a short refresher on why bioplastics are better than conventional plastics. Bioplastics BioPak agrees that to be 100% sustainable, customers should BYO coffee cups, plates, cutlery, rather than using disposable items. However, sometimes this is not convenient or practical, which is when food service disposables are the best option. And, when this is the case, we suggest disposable products made from renewable materials rather than ...
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Supporting Australian cafe owners

70% of Aussies are worried our cafes will never be the same after COVID-19, according to a new report commissioned by Australian coffee roaster Harris Coffee. Five million Australians claim to have missed their local cafe more than pubs and clubs during the COVID-19 lockdown. In response, Harris has unveiled a first-of-its-kind initiative to help keep Australia’s cafe culture alive and support cafes on the road to recovery. Cafes hit hard The Harris Cafe Report surveyed 1000 Australian cafe goers ...
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Why BioPak must cooperate on innovation

BioPak’s chief executive Gary Smith says that a willingness to consider the broader costs of packaging, not just immediate monetary costs, can support innovation in fresh produce packaging. Experimentation and innovation BioPak’s mission to create sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging is driven by innovation and experimentation – but, as Smith says, the success of this goal is a collaborative effort. While the company may love developing new solutions, without the support of retailers, packers, and producers, the industry will not be ...
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Switching to BioPak makes a difference

You can make a difference – in your plastic consumption, but also in your greenhouse gas emissions. All BioPak products are carbon neutral, which means any emissions that can’t be reduced are offset through planting trees or funding renewable energy. How much impact is your business having by switching to BioPak? Cafes A cafe that uses 100,000 coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, and cutlery will, by switching to BioPak: Create and offset 15 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to driving ...
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The person behind Planet Friendly Packaging

Get to know James Wilkinson, owner of Planet Friendly Packaging. How did you get involved in hospitality? I had been working various roles in hospitality throughout my university years and was actually still working in a cafe part-time as a waiter and cook when I began distributing packaging for BioPak in 2013.  I have always really enjoyed working in cafes and restaurants. Something about delivering customer satisfaction in a dynamic environment kept me engaged for years while finishing my studies. ...
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Invisible plastic – what’s the problem?

In the plastic debate, public concerns and action often focus on items such as plastic bags and coffee cups. While these are hugely important – especially as they are often the items disappearing down drains and suffocating wildlife – many other sources of plastic pervade our lives without us even realising. These sources are often called invisible plastic. What is invisible plastic? Invisible plastic includes things such as household white goods, vehicles, textiles, electronics, and building products. These are not ...
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What will you do for Plastic Free July?

Can you go plastic-free for 31 days? More than 250 million people in 177 countries have taken part in Plastic Free July. From 1 to 31 July, people around the world give up single-use plastics and develop habits that will last them into the future. The organisation provides resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste wherever you are. Plastic Free for individuals Whether you decide to take it slow, one change at a time, or you decide ...
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Rainforest Rescue: Your impact

By buying from Planet Friendly Packaging, you are not only diverting waste from landfill – you are helping to fight climate change. And not only through reducing the use of oil-based plastics, which do emit greenhouse gases – for every order Planet Friendly Packaging receives, we plant one tree with Rainforest Rescue. What is Rainforest Rescue? Established in 1998, Rainforest Rescue buys threatened rainforest properties to save and replant them. Their current focus in the Daintree lowland, which is unprotected ...
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Why we love FSC paper

You may have read our post on why we love FSC-certified birchwood, which is what our wooden cutlery is made from. But our paper – the napkins, straws, and paper plates we sell – is also FSC-certified, and we love it. The Forest Stewardship Council The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international not-for-profit that acts to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC sets standards on forest products, along with certifying and labelling them as eco-friendly, ...
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