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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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Why go carbon neutral?

What is carbon neutral? Being ‘carbon neutral’ means that you are not adding to or detracting from the concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. For those who aren’t aware, Australia must reduce our carbon emissions by 26–28% on 2005 levels by 2030 in accordance with the 2015 international Paris Agreement—and even then, whether that reduction will be enough to deter climate change is debatable. It is important that businesses contribute to the climate effort in any way they ...
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What did you do for National Recycling Week?

This year’s National Recycling Week ran from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 of November, providing an opportunity for councils, schools, workplaces, and individuals to improve their knowledge of recycling and build better recycling habits. National Recycling Week 2020 The annual campaign educates and stimulates behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial, and community recycling initiatives, and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work, and school. This year’s theme was ‘Recovery – A future ...
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Towards a plastic- and waste-free business

We need to move away from plastic and other forms of waste. But it’s not quite that easy. There are sources of waste we can see and quickly do something about – and then there are sources that are less visible or less easy to do without. So, from easy to difficult, here are three steps to become a plastic- and waste-free business. Compostable packaging This is the one that is most visible – the source of plastic that customers ...
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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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5 misconceptions about the plastic impact

Plastic is a very visible, tangible problem. Stand in the confectionary aisle, or the chilled aisle – any but the fresh produce aisle – and it’s easy to think that the main problem with all those items is the plastic packaging. Plastic is a huge issue. By 2050 there may be more plastic in the oceans than fish. But the truth is that, looking around the supermarket shelves, the largest environmental impact is more likely to come from inside the ...
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Sustainability Day: 3 swaps for a sustainable business

Sustainability Day: A day to stop and think about how you can improve your sustainability. Each year, Sustainability Day falls on the fourth Wednesday of October – which makes it today. As a small business owner, what can you do on this day to improve your sustainability? It doesn’t have to be difficult – the best way to start is small, and build from there. Here are three easy ways to make your business more sustainable. Takeaway containers Coffee cups, ...
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The problem of a plastic swap

Looking for a plastic swap An increasing number of food companies are looking to reduce their plastic use. This is great news! It means companies are feeling the pressure from consumers who want to do the right thing and are deciding that switching to a more sustainable alternative is a smart business solution. Many are looking to paper as an alternative. In Europe, where plastic regulations are stringent, paper will take an 11% market share from plastic packaging by 2031. ...
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Answering some FAQs

Read below to see some of our FAQs answered. Is your paper sourced from managed plantations? All our paper is sourced from managed plantations. Paper is sourced from the following suppliers: Stora Enso, WestRock or Clearwater Paper. Each of these companies, like us, are committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Where are your cups made? Our paper BioCups are made in our production facility in Taiwan. The factory is the third largest cup producer outside of the USA. The factory ...
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The ‘Blue Planet effect’ and your cafe

A common narrative is that increasing education and awareness around environmental issues, such as plastic pollution, will cause people to change their behaviour. But this is not necessarily the truth. The case of Blue Planet II The BBC documentary Blue Planet II contained images of plastic floating through the water column, and was said to have caused people to significantly reduce their plastic consumption. This was known as the ‘Blue Planet effect’. However, while it did raise awareness, a new ...
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