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We love single-use plastic bans

We support the single-use plastic bans that are being discussed and enforced around the world. Their goal is to reduce plastic pollution and the unsustainable use of fossil fuel to make packaging. Single-use plastic bans are a great way to speed up the transition towards a circular economy. The first state in Australia … South Australia is the first state in Australia to pass a single-use plastic ban. In this momentous move, they are tackling plastic waste in the foodservice ...
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Bioplastic myths busted

Bioplastics, PLA-lined coffee cups and compostable packaging have been in the spotlight with much confusion surrounding their end-of-life and what they are. While it’s great to see bioplastics in the media, the inaccurate reporting is confusing consumers and underestimating the potential benefit these materials can have in diverting organic waste from landfill cleaning up recycling streams and reducing the amount of plastic polluting the world’s oceans. In this article, I will debunk 10 of these myths and misconceptions about bioplastics. ...
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How pet foods are leading sustainability

The pet food industry is going green! Read on for some trends in the pet food market, including exciting news from the UK … Pet food trends In the UK, pet food trends are surprisingly aligned with human trends: 43% of dog owners believe it’s healthier to limit the amount of red meat, and even encourage a plant-based doggy diet. And, just as veganism has seen a rise in popularity, so has sustainability. According to consumer research, goods marketed with ...
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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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A beginner’s guide to sustainable packaging

Sometimes our understanding of what sustainable packaging is and why it’s important can get confused in all the detail around the minutia. So here is your beginner’s guide to sustainable packaging, summarised and laid out straight. What is sustainable packaging? While products labelled ‘green’ may appear eco-friendly, the term really doesn’t mean anything. Neither does ‘eco-friendly’. Instead, you should look for more tangible descriptions such as: Compostable Non-toxic Ozone-safe/friendly Recyclable Made from recycled content Made with renewable energy Made with ...
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What is PLA bioplastic?

Polylactic acid (PLA): the environmentally responsible plastic What is PLA bioplastic? Polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA) is a polyester derived from renewable biomass, typically from fermented plant starch, such as corn, cassava, sugarcane, or sugar beet pulp. How is PLA produced? PLA is a polyester (polymer containing the ester group) made with two possible monomers or building blocks: lactic acid, and lactide. Lactic acid can be produced by the bacterial fermentation of a carbohydrate source under controlled conditions. In the ...
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Biodegradable: Not the be-all and end-all

You might be walking through the supermarket and see the words ‘biodegradable’, ‘degradable’, or ‘compostable’ on a faux-plastic item. It might be rubbish bags or cling wrap. That’s good, right? These materials are good for the earth! Not necessarily. Here, we explain the difference between compostable, biodegradable, and degradable, and why the names can be misleading. Compostable Compostable plastic is capable of biological decomposition in a compost site. Most international standards require the material to biodegrade 60% in 180 days, ...
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Revisiting eco-materials

So many different plant-based products are floating around the market. But how do you know what you’re actually using, and why you should use one over the other? Here we provide brief profiles for several common materials, so you can understand what you’re buying. Sugarcane bagasse/pulp Sugarcane bagasse is the dry fibrous residue left over once sugarcane stalks are crushed and the juice extracted for sugar manufacturing. Because the fibres are already crushed, we need less energy to make products ...
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Why we love PLA bioplastics

Have you heard of PLA? If you’re working outside of the packaging industry, the different types of plastics are probably not what you’re discussing over breakfast or even around the boardroom table. So why should you care? Here are some alarming stats you may or may not know: By 2050, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Conventional plastics are made from FINITE fossil fuel resources, which means they will run out one day. Only 9% of ...
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BioPak creating sustainable oyster packaging

Our parent company BioPak has teamed up with Blue Harvest, an Australian seafood specialist and marketing agency that works with producers of Australian oysters, prawns, mussels, and pipis. Until now, the only option for packaging has been single-use packaging. Given that plastics are causing such a huge challenge for our oceans, this did not sit well with Blue Harvest, who wanted to find an alternative solution. What sustainability initiatives do you have in your business? Does your business have an ...
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