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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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The importance of being a B Corp

‘Business as usual’ is not an option anymore. Recent local and global environmental destruction has made that clear. We need to create a new business model for our economy. The B Corp movement has pioneered a new way of doing business, which requires increased stewardship and balances profit with purpose. BioPak believes in using business as a force for good – which is why they are a B Corp. What are certified B Corporations? Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, ...
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3 pillars of sustainable packaging

To achieve packaging that is truly sustainable – and by that I mean packaging that is sustainable for the business as well as the environment – we need to think about the three pillars of sustainability. These are the economy, society, and the environment. The Economy Sustainable packaging has to be payable by the consumers and profitable for the producers – and this means that the cost of the packaging cannot be more than a fraction of the cost of ...
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Why go carbon neutral?

What is carbon neutral? Being ‘carbon neutral’ means that you are not adding to or detracting from the concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. For those who aren’t aware, Australia must reduce our carbon emissions by 26–28% on 2005 levels by 2030 in accordance with the 2015 international Paris Agreement—and even then, whether that reduction will be enough to deter climate change is debatable. It is important that businesses contribute to the climate effort in any way they ...
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What did you do for National Recycling Week?

This year’s National Recycling Week ran from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 of November, providing an opportunity for councils, schools, workplaces, and individuals to improve their knowledge of recycling and build better recycling habits. National Recycling Week 2020 The annual campaign educates and stimulates behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial, and community recycling initiatives, and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work, and school. This year’s theme was ‘Recovery – A future ...
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Australia’s first zero-carbon streetfood

Australia’s first zero-carbon streetfood kitchen has launched in Melbourne. In an Australian first, Melbourne has become home to the new, revolutionary, zero-carbon, off-grid streetfood kitchen, atiyah. Launching in Federation Square, atiyah is set to transform the fast food scene with a range of authentic Lebanese dishes that are made onsite in a 100% renewable Eco Smart Off-Grid kitchen – the first of its kind anywhere in Australia. Owned by son-in-law and mother-in-law duo, Ben Armstrong and Therese Helou, atiyah is ...
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Towards a plastic- and waste-free business

We need to move away from plastic and other forms of waste. But it’s not quite that easy. There are sources of waste we can see and quickly do something about – and then there are sources that are less visible or less easy to do without. So, from easy to difficult, here are three steps to become a plastic- and waste-free business. Compostable packaging This is the one that is most visible – the source of plastic that customers ...
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Revisiting nurdles

Plastic pellets, or nurdles, are tiny (3-5mm) pieces of plastic that are used to make drink bottles, food containers … you name it, if it’s plastic, it’s likely been made with nurdles. In and of themselves, they are not inherently a problem. However, if you’ve ever been to a plastic manufacturing plant, you’ll know that nurdles are everywhere. And this is the problem. How do they affect wildlife? Nurdles end up in the sea, usually. They are spilt in all ...
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The problem of plastic capitalism

The problem with plastic A 2017 study from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found that by 2050, Earth’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish. Already, there are huge, submerged, moving concentrations of waste in every one of the planet’s oceans, known as garbage patches. Plastic does not readily biodegrade. The best the oceans can do is break plastics down into microplastics, and microplastics into smaller nanoplastics. These invisible particles remain in the water, creating the effect of a permanent petrochemical ...
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5 misconceptions about the plastic impact

Plastic is a very visible, tangible problem. Stand in the confectionary aisle, or the chilled aisle – any but the fresh produce aisle – and it’s easy to think that the main problem with all those items is the plastic packaging. Plastic is a huge issue. By 2050 there may be more plastic in the oceans than fish. But the truth is that, looking around the supermarket shelves, the largest environmental impact is more likely to come from inside the ...
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