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Why go plastic-free?

It seems like a rather obvious question. After all, if you’re on this site, you must have some idea of why plastic-free is a good idea. But it never hurts to revisit the reasons for cutting down waste, and you might learn something you didn’t know. Carbon emissions Plastic produces carbon dioxide from the very start of its life cycle. One kilogram of plastic produces 6kg of CO2, equating about 210kg of CO2 from plastic production per person per year. ...
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How to stay plastic-free with COVID-19

Cafes are only offering takeaway – and they won’t use your reusable cup. The world is splurging on hand sanitiser. Maybe you’re worried about the virus spreading through loose produce at supermarkets. Being plastic-free is suddenly a lot harder. Here are some handy tips. Choose compostable Yes, disposable cups are essential if you’re still buying coffee from cafes – and, whether it’s those health and supermarket workers who still have to leave the house each morning, or urban-dwellers supporting their ...
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Over consumption – your ecological footprint

Most are aware of the alarming statistics: the richest 20% of the world’s population account for 85% of global consumption, and so on. What it comes down to is that we in the developed world are consuming too much. This ranges from energy, to cars, to small things like meat and paper. Do you know how destructive your lifestyle is? Try Global Footprint Network’s online calculator to work out how much land area it takes to support your way of ...
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DO’S and DON’T’S for delivery and takeaway

In light of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, we find new regulations meaning that restaurants and cafes are restricted to takeaway options – some of them rolling out takeaway for the first time. This means more single-use packaging, more rubbish sent to landfill. So how can we, as small businesses, ‘get it right’? DO Focus on your hero meals or products If moving to takeaway-only, concentrate on your ‘hero’ meals and products. Fan faves and your specialties are likely ...
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Greenwashing explained

What is greenwashing? ‘Greenwashing’ is a term coined in the 1980s, used to describe companies or brands who spend more time and money on advertising their environmental credentials than they do on upholding those credentials. An infamous example is that of the oil company Chevron’s expensive ads to promote their dedication to sustainability, even while they actively violated the Clean Air Act and spilt oil into wildlife refuges. We often see greenwashing in practice on the supermarket shelves. When plastic ...
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Our paper: sustainability, quality, and cost

Knowing the source and quality of raw materials is essential for sustainability. BioPak selects the most sustainable resources available to reduce the environmental impact of their products, and they choose their manufacturing partners carefully. Plastic is not the only material that can have a negative impact. Paper sourced from the wrong places can release carbon into the air and remove vital habitat for animals. Sustainability, quality, and cost BioPak always looks to balance sustainability and quality with cost – in ...
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What your takeaway cups say about your business

For most café businesses, takeaway coffee is likely to be a key earner. If you, as a business owner, haven’t considered your takeaway coffee cups, you could be promoting to your customers an unfavourable impression of your brand. Do you serve your quality product in quality packaging? Are you ensuring you are on par with customers’ sustainability concerns? Are you making the most of branding your coffee cups? Now might be the time to think about what your coffee cups ...
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Single- vs double-walled cups

Have you ever been ordering coffee cups for your business and not been able to decide between single- or double-walled cups? Here is everything you need to know. What’s the difference? Well, as the name suggests, a single-walled paper cup has one layer of paper and a double-walled has two. However, it’s not quite that simple. The extra layer on a double-walled cup increases its insulation – good for hot drinks – but also increases the environmental impact due to ...
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Paper cup recycling – the tip of the iceberg

The disposable coffee cup has become the symbol – the ‘poster child’, if you will – of the piles of waste our society produces. And – unlike plastic straws and cutlery – single-use cups are harder to ban, simply because not everyone has their reusable cup on them 24/7. Reusable cups are certainly the most responsible option, but they are not always practical or convenient. The problem Globally, it is estimated that we use 487 billion disposable coffee cups a ...
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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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