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Cafes saving 20% in waste bills by composting

By joining the composting revolution, small cafes have each saved over 100 tonnes of organic waste yearly from landfill and diverted over 200 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This also means cafes can compost their juice containers, straws, cutlery, napkins, and takeaway food containers. Sustainability no longer means sacrificing convenience. By using 100% BioPak products, they assist BioPak in their weekly collection rounds because the risk of contamination with non-organic materials is very low. Some things café owners say about why ...
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Compostable, biodegradable, degradable: what’s the difference?

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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Why BioPak is a B Corp

BioPak was founded on the principles that were part of the B Corp declaration of independence in 2006. BioPak became a B Corp in 2017. In fact, reading about the B Corp Patagonia had a significant influence on Richard Fine, founder and sustainability director, when he created BioPak. What the employees say Working at BioPak and being part of its B Corp certification deeply affected Creative Director Lala Wijesekera. He says he is now more conscious about the clothes he ...
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What is carbon neutral, and how can plastic alternatives help?

So … what’s the deal with 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 ...
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5 Bioplastic myths busted

BioPak aims to distribute environmentally sustainable packaging – such as bioplastics and certified commercially compostable packaging Bioplastics, PLA-lined coffee cups and compostable packaging are in the spotlight for more eco-friendly plastic alternatives. While it is great that they are getting coverage in mainstream media, there have been instances of inaccurate reporting that can confuse consumers and downplay the role these materials can have in reducing plastic pollution. BioPak founder and sustainability director Richard Fine has set out to debunk five ...
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When recycling makes cents

Although our percentage of total waste ending up in landfill has decreased, waste overall has increased due to the growing population. This means that recycling does not reduce waste created. Instead, it minimises lost resources by diverting material from landfill and transforming it into a new material. Sounds good, right? However, there are still two basic questions about recycling that we need to answer: is it actually good for the environment, and does it make sense economically? Why recycle? Recycling ...
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How does composting work?

What are BioPak aiming to do? Dealing with a product’s end of life is a challenge, as the waste industry—and the participants in the industry—have set methods of disposing of waste. This often means the majority of waste does not end up where it should. BioPak’s aim has been to develop a working solution for organic waste. This waste—created in offices, cafes, restaurants, by caterers in events, stadiums, and function centres—needs to end up in the compost heap. That has ...
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Councils search for solution to Australia’s recycling crisis

What is happening? In 2018, China stopped accepting Australia’s co-mingled (i.e. plastics and paper and glass mixed) recycling. Our Plan B, to send our recyclables to Vietnam or Thailand, has failed, due to a lack of processing facilities in these countries. Waste management company SKM Recycling had to shut their facilities down due to fire risk. Although their facilities have reopened, we are now in a recycling crisis which has resulted in councils sending recyclables to landfill more often than ...
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BioPak creating a circular economy

What is a circular economy? A circular economy is one where no net waste is produced – end-of-life materials are recycled back into new products. Why a circular economy? Australians use more than 1.2 billion paper hot cups every year, but most aren’t recycled and end up in landfill, along with tonnes of other takeaway packaging. This is because paper coated with plastic is difficult to recycle, and food residues also contaminate the paper recycle stream. However … We have ...
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Why sustainable packaging?

What is sustainable packaging? Sustainable packaging does no harm to the planet in any phase of its life cycle. It should: Come from recyclable, renewable sources – e.g. post-consumer recycled materials, materials not containing hazardous chemicals or carcinogens, and materials that are biodegradable. Avoid waste – including streamlining packaging so that it requires less material, and making plant operations more efficient. Take into account your product life cycle – implement green initiatives at every point in your product’s journey to ...
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