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Switching to BioPak makes a difference

You can make a difference – in your plastic consumption, but also in your greenhouse gas emissions. All BioPak products are carbon neutral, which means any emissions that can’t be reduced are offset through planting trees or funding renewable energy. How much impact is your business having by switching to BioPak? Cafes A cafe that uses 100,000 coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, and cutlery will, by switching to BioPak: Create and offset 15 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to driving ...
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It’s time to think about Plastic Free July

It’s the beginning of June, and winter has begun in earnest. It’s time to think about the global movement that has inspired more than 250 million people to give up plastic for a month: Plastic Free July. What is Plastic Free July? Plastic Free July is a way for millions of people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution – for ‘cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities’, according to the website. The organisation provides resources and ideas to ...
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Plastic-free after COVID-19

Now During COVID-19, the world has gone take-away. Restaurants that previously were only dine-in had to scramble to provide a delivery menu, and companies like Menulog and Deliveroo have experienced a surge in business. With all this extra take-away, we are seeing a resulting rise in single-use packaging. Many restaurants and cafes are struggling to turn a profit, and have understandably opted for the cheapest packaging option. But what will happen take-away after COVID-19, and how can eateries use this ...
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I use plastic … but it’s ok because I recycle it

The short answer – no. Sorry to break it to you, but just because you recycle plastic does not mean it’s okay to use it in the first place. Why? Nurdles Nurdles are tiny (3-5mm) pieces of plastic that are used to make drink bottles, food containers, plastic bags, baby toys … you name it, if it’s plastic, it’s been made from nurdles. And nurdles end up everywhere. Simply because, if you’ve ever tried cooking with rice, you’ll know it’s ...
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Back to business – why sustainability still matters

As the world isolated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, food delivery companies such as UberEats and Deliveroo experienced an unprecedented surge. Restaurants that were once dine-in only turned to delivery to survive, supported by local residents. This naturally saw an increase in single-use packaging. Can we see safety and sustainability meet in the wake of this crisis? With large outdoor events cancelled, stadiums closed, shopping centres, airports, and CBDs mostly locked down, in some areas we have seen less ...
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About the circular economy: a refresher

We use the term ‘circular economy’ a lot – but what does it mean? Well, 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 commonly through composting or recycling. This means that no net waste is produced. Why a circular economy? Australians produce 67 million tonnes of waste each year, according to the most up-to-date statistics. And ...
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Why we love FSC-certified birchwood

Have you ever wondered about the story behind BioPak’s wooden cutlery? Made from birchwood and FSC-certified, it has been sourced from responsibly managed plantations for the benefit of the environment and the community. Read here for background on the Forest Stewardship Council. Why we work with FSC-certified birchwood An FSC certification ensures that the wood used in packaging is sourced from forests that are responsibly managed, both for the environment and the community. BioPak works with birchwood that is FSC-certified ...
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Why do certifications matter?

Certifications bestowed by independent third-party allow consumers to be sure the products they purchase are genuine and producers to show their dedication to verifiable claims. Words like ‘sustainable’, ‘ethical’, ‘biodegradable’, and ‘eco-friendly’ – among others – get thrown around a lot in the packaging world. While these words can actually mean something, without certification they are called greenwashing. Greenwashing means individuals and organisations cannot make informed decisions about what they are purchasing. Read more about greenwashing here. How certifications can ...
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What is bagasse?

Bagasse, or sugarcane pulp, is a waste product of sugarcane harvesting. The fibrous material is left behind after the juice of the sugarcane plant has been crushed out, and is usually disposed of. However, today we can use it as a renewable resource for producing paper products and as a fuel for factories. How is bagasse produced? Although bagasse has multiple purposes, a specific method produces its compostable packaging products. After sugarcane harvesting, the leftover bagasse is kept wet and ...
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3 things you didn’t realise can’t be recycled

We all want to do the right thing and recycle as much as possible. However, by putting a non-recyclable into the recycling bin, you contaminate the rest of the recycling and then none of it gets recycled. Always check with your local council for region-specific rules on what they do and don’t accept. However, here are three things that generally cannot be recycled, wherever you are. Paper towels and tissues So, paper can be recycled. However, paper towels and tissues ...
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