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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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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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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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The three R’s – cut your waste

Trying to cut down on your waste but not sure where to start? Overwhelmed by the amount of packaging we use on a daily basis? There are three globally accepted, easy ways to cut your waste, known as the three R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle. The three R’s in business Café owners can apply this mantra to their business, and save money in the process. Typically, cafés and restaurants produce between 1.7 and 7.3 kg of waste daily per full-time ...
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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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Why are BioCups the better choice?

We are—slowly—moving away from relying on fossil fuel­–powered energy and transport, and at the same time ditching traditional plastics. Since BioPak began in 2006, they have developed and then provided recyclable, compostable packaging made of renewable resources. However, BioPak—and us—are not content to stop there. We want consumer-driven demand for an industry-wide revolution of eco-friendly, endlessly recyclable products that cause no harm to the environment or the communities they touch. Recyclable and compostable We want improved recycling rates in Australia. ...
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The War on Convenience

The war on waste has touched every level of influence: consumer, business, and government. But is it really just a war on waste? Perhaps it is a war on convenience as well. In the midst of all the doom and gloom about the environment—from floods in Queensland, to droughts in New South Wales, and scorching temperatures in South Australia—we like to look at all the positive change that is happening both locally and globally. From reusable bags enforced at supermarkets ...
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