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3 ways to avoid greenwashing

Greenwashing is a term used to describe companies or brands who spend more time and money on advertising their environmental credentials than they do on upholding their credentials. This means that they will often say they are ‘sustainable’ or ‘eco-friendly’ when they are not. It also means they might use such terms without defining what, exactly, ‘sustainable’ is. Greenwashing is widespread and easy to succumb to. Whether it is labelling a plastic cling-wrap ‘degradable’ when it will actually degrade into ...
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BioPak creating sustainable oyster packaging

Our parent company BioPak has teamed up with Blue Harvest, an Australian seafood specialist and marketing agency that works with producers of Australian oysters, prawns, mussels, and pipis. Until now, the only option for packaging has been single-use packaging. Given that plastics are causing such a huge challenge for our oceans, this did not sit well with Blue Harvest, who wanted to find an alternative solution. What sustainability initiatives do you have in your business? Does your business have an ...
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Working towards zero-waste aquariums

If you have ever been to an aquarium or theme park, you’ll know how ubiquitous – and yes, convenient – single use packaging is for food and drinks. One aquarium making a change The SEALIFE Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, seeks to take a stance against single-use plastic. The aquarium is underground and faces many challenges when it comes to sustainable waste-management solutions, especially as single-use foodservice packaging is a practical and hygienic option, but is often not disposed of ...
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Beware of littering as the lockdown ends

One Tasmanian family emerged from their home after a long weekend to find garbage strewn across their previously pristine beach. As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, people have been getting out more – and that means more picnics, more late-night outdoor celebrations, more weekend getaways. The family spent several hours cleaning up the debris, which included melted plastic bottles and bags, smashed glass bottles, fishing lines, and even a gas cooker with canisters. The world after COVID-19 We’re all excited to ...
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Bioplastics vs conventional plastics – a refresher

Determining what products are truly sustainable and why can be very difficult. Here, we give a short refresher on why bioplastics are better than conventional plastics. Bioplastics BioPak agrees that to be 100% sustainable, customers should BYO coffee cups, plates, cutlery, rather than using disposable items. However, sometimes this is not convenient or practical, which is when food service disposables are the best option. And, when this is the case, we suggest disposable products made from renewable materials rather than ...
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Supporting Australian cafe owners

70% of Aussies are worried our cafes will never be the same after COVID-19, according to a new report commissioned by Australian coffee roaster Harris Coffee. Five million Australians claim to have missed their local cafe more than pubs and clubs during the COVID-19 lockdown. In response, Harris has unveiled a first-of-its-kind initiative to help keep Australia’s cafe culture alive and support cafes on the road to recovery. Cafes hit hard The Harris Cafe Report surveyed 1000 Australian cafe goers ...
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Why BioPak must cooperate on innovation

BioPak’s chief executive Gary Smith says that a willingness to consider the broader costs of packaging, not just immediate monetary costs, can support innovation in fresh produce packaging. Experimentation and innovation BioPak’s mission to create sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging is driven by innovation and experimentation – but, as Smith says, the success of this goal is a collaborative effort. While the company may love developing new solutions, without the support of retailers, packers, and producers, the industry will not be ...
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Switching to BioPak makes a difference

You can make a difference – in your plastic consumption, but also in your greenhouse gas emissions. All BioPak products are carbon neutral, which means any emissions that can’t be reduced are offset through planting trees or funding renewable energy. How much impact is your business having by switching to BioPak? Cafes A cafe that uses 100,000 coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, and cutlery will, by switching to BioPak: Create and offset 15 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to driving ...
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The person behind Planet Friendly Packaging

Get to know James Wilkinson, owner of Planet Friendly Packaging. How did you get involved in hospitality? I had been working various roles in hospitality throughout my university years and was actually still working in a cafe part-time as a waiter and cook when I began distributing packaging for BioPak in 2013.  I have always really enjoyed working in cafes and restaurants. Something about delivering customer satisfaction in a dynamic environment kept me engaged for years while finishing my studies. ...
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Invisible plastic – what’s the problem?

In the plastic debate, public concerns and action often focus on items such as plastic bags and coffee cups. While these are hugely important – especially as they are often the items disappearing down drains and suffocating wildlife – many other sources of plastic pervade our lives without us even realising. These sources are often called invisible plastic. What is invisible plastic? Invisible plastic includes things such as household white goods, vehicles, textiles, electronics, and building products. These are not ...
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