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4 reasons to buy local

We are often told we should buy local – but why? Read on to find out. 1. Less packaging More often than not, buying local means the items you buy come in less plastic. Especially if buying at farmers’ markets, the fruit and veg you find are more likely to be loose, where you can choose the ones you want and not bother with over-packaged, plastic-covered bundles of produce that give you no choice. We know millions of tons of ...
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Why we love bagasse

What is bagasse? Well, bagasse, often known as sugarcane pulp, is a plant-based material gaining popularity as an alternative to plastic. By moving away from traditional plastic packaging and towards compostable alternatives that contribute to a circular economy, we can work together to transition out of the disposable world we live in. Producing packaging from plants means that those same packaging items can be returned to the earth as soil at the end of their life and provide nutrients to ...
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Microplastics – and why are they harmful?

What are microplastics? Microplastics are pieces of plastic less than 5mm in diameter. They can be primary microplastics, which are tiny particles designed for cosmetics or shed from textiles such as clothing and fishing nets; or they can be secondary microplastics, which are produced when larger plastic items such as water bottles break down due to solar radiation or ocean water. Secondary microplastics result from ‘degradable’ plastics: read our article here on the difference between degradable, biodegradable, and compostable. Chemical ...
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4 reasons to buy organic

‘Organic’ food is food grown according to certain standards. Organic farming does not allow practices and materials such as synthetic fertilisers, sewage fertilisers, genetic modification, or hormone use for animals. Here, we outline four reasons why you – as an individual or as a business – should buy organic. Better for the soil About 50 million hectares (half the total area) of Australia’s agricultural land has acidic topsoils. Organic farming is based on the practice of land regeneration, such as ...
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Why go plastic-free?

It seems like a rather obvious question. After all, if you’re on this site, you must have some idea of why plastic-free is a good idea. But it never hurts to revisit the reasons for cutting down waste, and you might learn something you didn’t know. Carbon emissions Plastic produces carbon dioxide from the very start of its life cycle. One kilogram of plastic produces 6kg of CO2, equating about 210kg of CO2 from plastic production per person per year. ...
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How to stay plastic-free with COVID-19

Cafes are only offering takeaway – and they won’t use your reusable cup. The world is splurging on hand sanitiser. Maybe you’re worried about the virus spreading through loose produce at supermarkets. Being plastic-free is suddenly a lot harder. Here are some handy tips. Choose compostable Yes, disposable cups are essential if you’re still buying coffee from cafes – and, whether it’s those health and supermarket workers who still have to leave the house each morning, or urban-dwellers supporting their ...
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Over consumption – your ecological footprint

Most are aware of the alarming statistics: the richest 20% of the world’s population account for 85% of global consumption, and so on. What it comes down to is that we in the developed world are consuming too much. This ranges from energy, to cars, to small things like meat and paper. Do you know how destructive your lifestyle is? Try Global Footprint Network’s online calculator to work out how much land area it takes to support your way of ...
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DO’S and DON’T’S for delivery and takeaway

In light of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, we find new regulations meaning that restaurants and cafes are restricted to takeaway options – some of them rolling out takeaway for the first time. This means more single-use packaging, more rubbish sent to landfill. So how can we, as small businesses, ‘get it right’? DO Focus on your hero meals or products If moving to takeaway-only, concentrate on your ‘hero’ meals and products. Fan faves and your specialties are likely ...
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Greenwashing explained

What is greenwashing? ‘Greenwashing’ is a term coined in the 1980s, used to describe companies or brands who spend more time and money on advertising their environmental credentials than they do on upholding those credentials. An infamous example is that of the oil company Chevron’s expensive ads to promote their dedication to sustainability, even while they actively violated the Clean Air Act and spilt oil into wildlife refuges. We often see greenwashing in practice on the supermarket shelves. When plastic ...
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Our paper: sustainability, quality, and cost

Knowing the source and quality of raw materials is essential for sustainability. BioPak selects the most sustainable resources available to reduce the environmental impact of their products, and they choose their manufacturing partners carefully. Plastic is not the only material that can have a negative impact. Paper sourced from the wrong places can release carbon into the air and remove vital habitat for animals. Sustainability, quality, and cost BioPak always looks to balance sustainability and quality with cost – in ...
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