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Bioplastics vs conventional plastics – a refresher

Determining what products are truly sustainable and why can be very difficult. Here, we give a short refresher on why bioplastics are better than conventional plastics. Bioplastics BioPak agrees that to be 100% sustainable, customers should BYO coffee cups, plates, cutlery, rather than using disposable items. However, sometimes this is not convenient or practical, which is when food service disposables are the best option. And, when this is the case, we suggest disposable products made from renewable materials rather than ...
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The person behind Planet Friendly Packaging

Get to know James Wilkinson, owner of Planet Friendly Packaging. How did you get involved in hospitality? I had been working various roles in hospitality throughout my university years and was actually still working in a cafe part-time as a waiter and cook when I began distributing packaging for BioPak in 2013.  I have always really enjoyed working in cafes and restaurants. Something about delivering customer satisfaction in a dynamic environment kept me engaged for years while finishing my studies. ...
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What will you do for Plastic Free July?

Can you go plastic-free for 31 days? More than 250 million people in 177 countries have taken part in Plastic Free July. From 1 to 31 July, people around the world give up single-use plastics and develop habits that will last them into the future. The organisation provides resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste wherever you are. Plastic Free for individuals Whether you decide to take it slow, one change at a time, or you decide ...
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Mastering COVID sustainably: The Wilderness Chef

Talk about going green? Here’s one business that’s doing it! The catering business Anteloping creates quality restaurant dining experiences in unimaginable locations such as waterfalls, mountain tops, lookouts, sand dunes, ski fields, and deserts. Cooper Thomas (also known as The Wilderness Chef), the owner of Anteloping, is one of those who have had to re-orientate their whole business during COVID-19, and has factored sustainability in as he goes. Sustainability Cooper believes sustainability is important not only for the environment but ...
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Home vs commercial composting: a refresher

In case you missed our earlier posts, here’s a little refresher on the difference between home and commercial composting. Composting – turning organic waste into nutrient-rich compost – offers a closed-loop, circular economy solution to the waste problem, but knowing what to compost and how to do so is crucial. Read on to find out more about the ‘certified home compostable’ and ‘certified commercially compostable’ labels on BioPak packaging. How composting works Composting breaks down organic matter using fungi, bacteria, ...
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How to compost plant-based packaging

What is composting? Well, basically it’s the natural breakdown of organic matter over time using fungi, bacteria, insects, worms, and other organisms to produce nutrient-rich compost. For more information on how composting works, click here. What are the methods of composting? There are two different kinds of composting – home composting and commercial composting. Why does it matter? It is important to know the difference so that we can dispose of organic waste – including plant-based packaging – responsibly, as ...
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What goes into landfill?

Have you ever wondered what, exactly, ends up in landfill? Discussions around waste collection can often be confusing. Find out why we need to rethink our ‘linear’ economy and move towards a circular economy. What is landfill? Landfills are the final destination for a huge amount of waste which is not recycled, composted, reused, or otherwise repurposed. They are designed to store waste – not let it break down. Landfill is where anything you put in your household waste bin ...
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Promoting composting Australia-wide

Composting is – as you might know if you’ve been following this blog – our idea of how to save the earth from the pollution crisis we’ve put it in. However, to do that we need the whole country to embrace it. Why compost? Composting returns nutrients to the soil and diverts organic waste from landfill which reduces greenhouse gases. Between 2016 and 2017, Australians sent 6.7 million tonnes of organic waste to landfill, of which 43% was food waste. ...
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Together, we can keep organics out of landfill

Right now, we are in a climate emergency, we have overloaded landfills, and our recycling industry is in crisis. But our consumption habits are not slowing. In Australia, every year we send over 8 million tonnes of organic waste to landfill every year, including 1.5 million tonnes of food waste. This equates to about 300kg of organics per person. However, industrial composting is an opportunity to prevent food waste and plant-based packaging ending up in landfills, where it releases methane ...
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Universities leading the way

There is so much focus on businesses and individual consumers making a change … that we don’t stop to consider the institutions that are supposed to be on the frontline of sustainability. Yes, I mean universities – those places where the leaders of tomorrow are created. Universities have a huge ability to make changes, within their walls and out in the broader public. Here, we highlight two universities – one that came to BioPak‘s attention back in 2013, as the ...
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