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The difference between compostable, biodegradable, degradable

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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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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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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Bioplastic myths busted

Bioplastics, PLA-lined coffee cups and compostable packaging have been in the spotlight with much confusion surrounding their end-of-life and what they are. While it’s great to see bioplastics in the media, the inaccurate reporting is confusing consumers and underestimating the potential benefit these materials can have in diverting organic waste from landfill cleaning up recycling streams and reducing the amount of plastic polluting the world’s oceans. In this article, I will debunk 10 of these myths and misconceptions about bioplastics. ...
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Biodegradable: Not the be-all and end-all

You might be walking through the supermarket and see the words ‘biodegradable’, ‘degradable’, or ‘compostable’ on a faux-plastic item. It might be rubbish bags or cling wrap. That’s good, right? These materials are good for the earth! Not necessarily. Here, we explain the difference between compostable, biodegradable, and degradable, and why the names can be misleading. Compostable Compostable plastic is capable of biological decomposition in a compost site. Most international standards require the material to biodegrade 60% in 180 days, ...
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Why BioPak doesn’t use biodegradable plastic additives

In this age of pseudo-sustainability, many products have labelling which suggests they are in some way good for the environment, or at least not harmful. And yet, anyone who has tried to make a decision between products based on their sustainability labelling will tell you that is a confusing landscape to navigate – not to mention the fact that a lot of the marketing terms mean zilch when you get down to it. In terms of plastic products, the words ...
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