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circular economy

The council leading organics recycling

Tweed Council’s organics processing Tweed Shire Council has seen work commence on their new organics processing facility, which is a step towards their long-term zero-waste commitment. This facility, capable of dealing with nearly 21,000 tonnes of food and garden organics annually, will be linked with the council’s green bin kerbside collection program. It will function as an enclosed composting facility, with features such as 99KW solar power system expected to offset 22% of its power consumption. Rainwater will be captured ...
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Success story: how one business is making zero-waste coffee

The social enterprise start-up Kua, thanks to a City of Sydney grant, has devised the zero-waste solution of ‘lending’ coffee beans to local businesses and taking back the coffee grounds for re-use. What is Kua doing? Kua delivers specialty Ugandan-grown coffee beans in benchtop canisters to Sydney workplaces through a subscription-based model. The used grounds are then provided to community gardnes throughout Sydney. These recipients include Indigrow, an Aboriginal Social Enterprise, along with smaller organisations like the Randwick Community Garden ...
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Composting to achieve a circular economy

What is composting? Composting is turning organic matter – food, bioplastics – into nutrient-rich soil through the activity of microbial organisms. What is a circular economy? A circular economy is one in which no material is wasted. At the end of an object’s life, it is given back into the production system to create something new. This is usually through composting or recycling. Why a circular economy? Australians produce 67 million tonnes of waste each year, according to the most ...
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Together for a better future

BioPak CEO, Gary Smith, explains how collaboration forms the blueprint for doing business for the future, in the food packaging business. BioPak’s mission BioPak has a mission to bring the most sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging to the world. Their innovative designs are made from sustainably sourced and rapidly renewable materials that are certified carbon neutral and compostable. BioPak continually invests in technology and material innovations, achieves best-practice industry standards as a minimum, and believes in a business model that balances ...
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Earth Overshoot Day is approaching

Earth Overshoot Day is the date when human demand and use of ecological resources exceeds what earth can regenerate in that year. It is a date that the Global Footprint Network calculates as the number of days earth’s biocapacity can provide for humanity’s ecological footprint. And it is a date which is earlier each year. This year, Earth Overshoot Day lands on August 22 – in five days’ time. The history of Earth Overshoot Day The first Earth Overshoot Day ...
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Our composting service

The issue of plastic has entered the public sphere and more people than ever are aware of their impact. Just as we are expected to recycle more at home, so too do customers expect businesses to take a larger amount of responsibility for the waste that they produce, directly or indirectly. What is composting? Composting is the process of converting organic waste into nutrient-rich compost via the activity of microorganisms. Our products are all industrially compostable (meaning they can be ...
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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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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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What to do with e-waste

We often talk about how to dispose of plastic (especially our favourite, bioplastic) but there’s a whole other category out there that can be difficult to deal with at the end of its life – e-waste. E-waste, or electronic waste, includes everything from phones and computers to headphones and cables. You can throw them out like everything else – but they’ll end up in landfill where they (might, eventually) break down, probably releasing chemicals into the environment as they do ...
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