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Answering some FAQs

Read below to see some of our FAQs answered. Is your paper sourced from managed plantations? All our paper is sourced from managed plantations. Paper is sourced from the following suppliers: Stora Enso, WestRock or Clearwater Paper. Each of these companies, like us, are committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Where are your cups made? Our paper BioCups are made in our production facility in Taiwan. The factory is the third largest cup producer outside of the USA. The factory ...
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Us and the government: A circular economy

We talk about the circular economy a lot. But what can each of us, as individuals, do to get there – and what do we need our government to do? What is the circular economy? The circular economy is a system in which no material is wasted. At the end of their life, materials are put back into production to create something new. This could be through domestic recycling of cans, plastic, and paper, or through industrial recycling of things ...
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The need for a global plastics treaty

Plastic is the wonder material that changed the world. However, despite modern understanding of its environmental impacts, plastic production keeps rising. Some numbers Since the 1950s, humans have produced 8.3 billion metric tonnes of the product Globally, only 9% of plastics are recycled Eight million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year If plastic production keeps growing at the present rate, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, by weight, by 2050 Not just an environmental ...
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Product recall: All ByoCups sold since 2013

BioPak is recalling all ByoCups manufactured since 2013. This is not an item we distribute – however, if you have purchased one elsewhere please take note. The bottom of the cup may detach. If this occurs while containing hot liquid, there is a risk of injury. BioPak takes this seriously and is working with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. You should immediately stop using these coffee cups and contact BioPak directly where you will be provided with a refund. ...
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The ‘Blue Planet effect’ and your cafe

A common narrative is that increasing education and awareness around environmental issues, such as plastic pollution, will cause people to change their behaviour. But this is not necessarily the truth. The case of Blue Planet II The BBC documentary Blue Planet II contained images of plastic floating through the water column, and was said to have caused people to significantly reduce their plastic consumption. This was known as the ‘Blue Planet effect’. However, while it did raise awareness, a new ...
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Environmental claims: Time to be truthful

Gone are the days when brands could get away with simply writing ‘recyclable’, ‘biodegradable’ or ‘compostable’ on their packaging. Now, more than ever, consumers are demanding brands to be honest about their sustainability journey including the choice of wording and logos on-pack. With the 2025 National Packaging Targets significantly shifting the packaging design landscape in Australia, a critical element that is coming up short is truthful and accurate on-pack environmental claims. The use of statements like the ‘Do the right ...
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COVID-19 and the circular economy

The resource crisis The world is facing a resource crisis. Due to rapid population growth and an ‘onwards and upwards’ economic model, we are consuming resources at almost twice the speed that the planet can replenish them. Every year, more than 100 billion tonnes of raw materials enter the global economy. The waste crisis And we’re not just over-consuming resources – we’re also wasting them. Instead of improving, our waste seems to be getting worse. Two years ago, 9.1 per ...
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The five keys to a circular business

The circular economy paradigm has been gaining traction recently, especially as the pandemic has revealed the vulnerability and challenges of a disrupted global supply chain. Today, many businesses are looking to solve supply chain issues and become a more sustainable, circular business. Key areas in sustainable business Some businesses have identified five key areas that lead to a circular business model while also minimising costs, increasing customer satisfaction, mitigating risk, growing profits, and enabling resilience. Responsible design Businesses can design ...
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We need certainty on recycled plastics

We all want to do the right thing and put plastic in the correct recycling bin. But if there is no market for recycled plastic, funding the recycling process gets difficult. A sure market One way to improve recycling rates is for governments to buy more recycled materials. Australian Council of Recycling chief Pete Shmigel says governments could sell recycled materials to roads agencies that would use them. Another 100,000 tonnes of soft plastics could be used if two road ...
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We love single-use plastic bans

We support the single-use plastic bans that are being discussed and enforced around the world. Their goal is to reduce plastic pollution and the unsustainable use of fossil fuel to make packaging. Single-use plastic bans are a great way to speed up the transition towards a circular economy. The first state in Australia … South Australia is the first state in Australia to pass a single-use plastic ban. In this momentous move, they are tackling plastic waste in the foodservice ...
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