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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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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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International E-Waste Day

Today, October 14, is International E-Waste Day – a day first developed in 2018 to raise awareness of electronic waste (e-waste) recycling and encourage people to recycle their e-waste. Why e-waste? In 2019, the world generated 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste. It is estimated that by 2030, the amount of e-waste created will reach 74 million tonnes. Only 17.4 per cent of e-waste in 2019 was collected and recycled. This means that 44.3 million tonnes was either placed in landfill, ...
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Us and the government: A circular economy

We talk about the circular economy a lot. But what can each of us, as individuals, do to get there – and what do we need our government to do? What is the circular economy? The circular economy is a system in which no material is wasted. At the end of their life, materials are put back into production to create something new. This could be through domestic recycling of cans, plastic, and paper, or through industrial recycling of things ...
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COVID-19 and the circular economy

The resource crisis The world is facing a resource crisis. Due to rapid population growth and an ‘onwards and upwards’ economic model, we are consuming resources at almost twice the speed that the planet can replenish them. Every year, more than 100 billion tonnes of raw materials enter the global economy. The waste crisis And we’re not just over-consuming resources – we’re also wasting them. Instead of improving, our waste seems to be getting worse. Two years ago, 9.1 per ...
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The five keys to a circular business

The circular economy paradigm has been gaining traction recently, especially as the pandemic has revealed the vulnerability and challenges of a disrupted global supply chain. Today, many businesses are looking to solve supply chain issues and become a more sustainable, circular business. Key areas in sustainable business Some businesses have identified five key areas that lead to a circular business model while also minimising costs, increasing customer satisfaction, mitigating risk, growing profits, and enabling resilience. Responsible design Businesses can design ...
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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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