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Green up your school canteen

Canteens are a major source of litter in schools. Divert waste from landfill by switching to BioPak takeaway packaging, and use the opportunity to teach kids about sustainability. Why green your canteen? School cafeterias should, like other areas of the school reflect the school’s educational goals and complement student learning. They are an opportunity for your school to demonstrate that you are mindful of the environmental impact you are having. Good practices are formed early on. Teach kids to respect ...
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Why are BioCups the better choice?

We are—slowly—moving away from relying on fossil fuel­–powered energy and transport, and at the same time ditching traditional plastics. Since BioPak began in 2006, they have developed and then provided recyclable, compostable packaging made of renewable resources. However, BioPak—and us—are not content to stop there. We want consumer-driven demand for an industry-wide revolution of eco-friendly, endlessly recyclable products that cause no harm to the environment or the communities they touch. Recyclable and compostable We want improved recycling rates in Australia. ...
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Why so much push-back on plastic-free?

We know we need to ditch plastic. If you’re reading this, you know we need to ditch plastic. It seems the whole social media world knows we need to ditch plastic. So why haven’t we? Here, we look at several reasons plastic packaging is still being produced and consumed despite evidence that it is harmful to us and the environment. Convenience This is a big one. Part of the fight against plastic requires that consumers do their part, rather than ...
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Plastic-free airlines: what is stopping us?

On December 2017, the first plastic-free flight took to the skies. Hi Fly, a company that wet leases aircraft in Portugal and Malta, replaced all plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and other compostable alternatives. The first of three plastic-free test flights, it carried hundreds of passengers from Lisbon to Brazil. Will other flights follow? In 2017, Ryanair pledged to go plastic-free by 2023—despite CEO Michael O’Leary famously quoted as calling environmentalists “luddites marching us back to the 18th century”. ...
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The War on Convenience

The war on waste has touched every level of influence: consumer, business, and government. But is it really just a war on waste? Perhaps it is a war on convenience as well. In the midst of all the doom and gloom about the environment—from floods in Queensland, to droughts in New South Wales, and scorching temperatures in South Australia—we like to look at all the positive change that is happening both locally and globally. From reusable bags enforced at supermarkets ...
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Why is bulk shopping not mainstream?

What is bulk food shopping? You’ve probably heard of it—that hippie movement associated with shelves upon shelves of nuts and pastas in huge boxes, a scoop provided for filling your own bag, shoppers walking in with containers jangling ready to take up the entire counter space. And, most of the time, this is exactly how it would be. Bulk shopping means that the food does not come pre-packaged in plastic—or aluminium, or cardboard. The idea is that you BYO boxes ...
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What’s so good about BioPak?

Yes, there are lots of companies that produce and distribute bioplastics, but we are fond of BioPak. Here’s why. Good for business You’d be hard-pressed, in this online world, to find someone who hasn’t seen a picture of a turtle with a plastic bag trailing from its mouth, or a whale with its guts full of plastic junk. As a result, consumers are becoming more environmentally aware, especially when it comes to waste, and they want to see businesses taking ...
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Stir-crazy about sugarcane

BioPak produces bioplastics – biodegradable, compostable plastics made from plants. This form of plastic uses 70% less carbon in the production than traditional plastics, and if disposed of correctly they can be used for good, through composting that gives back to the soil that created them. But how are these plastics made – and is their quality really on par with that of traditional plastic? Where is sugarcane produced? Brazil is the world’s largest sugarcane producer, growing approximately 635 million ...
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Is plastic organic?

Strange question, yes? But it’s one we’ve been hearing recently. It depends on your definition of ‘organic’. You cannot eat plastic: and yet ‘organic’ is a term we’ve become accustomed to hearing in relation to food. However, plants are organic, and plastic is from plants. Or is it? Let’s examine what ‘organic’ actually means. ‘Organic’ as a marketing term ‘Organic’ is a bit of a buzzword in the food industry. In fairness, this is not all it is: the organic ...
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Sustainable swaps for 2020

In 2019, the world’s attention was drawn ever more forcefully to environmental issues – most notably climate change, in lieu of the bushfires and the school strikes, and our recycling crisis, after China started refusing our waste. Consumers began to look more closely at their personal impacts, and the impacts of those brands they support. So how you can, as a foodservice brand, make a difference in 2020? Hint: it could be in the packaging. We generate 2.01 billion tonnes ...
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