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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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4 awesome environmental innovations of 2019

We hear a lot of doom and gloom around the environment these days. And it’s true: a lot of it is doom and gloom. But there are good things happening too. Here, we share some of the most impressive – and strangest – environmental innovations of 2019. Carbon capturing vodka Imagine being able to say – truthfully – that drinking had a bigger purpose. Well, depending on your alcohol of choice, you can. The company Air Co. has developed a ...
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5 steps to a more sustainable 2020

The foodservice industry, while often given a negative reputation, has some fast-developing positives. The conversation around the impacts humans are having on the environment – whether through climate change, plastic pollution, species extinction, or something else – is growing more urgent. We – as individuals and collectives – have the power to take positive action and, in fact, it is crucial that we do so. As individuals, we have the power to lower our carbon footprint, spark constructive conversations, and ...
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Global packaging trends in 2019

The last few decades have seen the global packaging industry transformed. 2019 was characterised by several emerging packaging trends, which have caused packaging to consist of more than simply containers for the process of transport and sale of an item. Packaging today is one of the most essential elements for product design, branding, marketing, and user experience. As a result, several conflicting trends have grown. Here, we look at ways that we can reconcile all the demands on packaging design, ...
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Coca Cola continuing to make plastic bottles

The problem Coca Cola is one of the biggest plastic producers in the world. The company produces 3 million tonnes of plastic per year, resulting in over 100 billion plastic bottles. The not-for-profit Break Free From Plastic named it the top polluter in a global audit of plastic pollution. The solution? Well, according to Coca Cola, their customers like the lightweight bottles and resealable caps. While the company has pledged to use 50% recycled plastic in their bottles and collect ...
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How to take a plastic-free stand when no one else will

Picture this. You travel to a different country, or maybe only a different city or town, to find that the plastic-free movement so prevalent at home has not yet reached here. There are no water refill stations: you are expected to buy water in plastic bottles. What is described as a ‘bulk food’ shop only provides plastic pouches to put the bulk food in. Supermarkets give out plastic carry bags willy-nilly and disposable cups are the only option for your ...
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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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