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Australia’s federal food waste targets

Food waste targets must be set by the government. Why? Because otherwise we will not reduce our food waste fast enough for the needs of the planet. Individual people and businesses are working to reduce their own food waste, but it is not seen as a problem as big as that of plastic or carbon emissions. Well, it is as big a problem as plastic, and nearly as big a problem as carbon emissions. And intricately linked with emissions, too. ...
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Us and the government: A circular economy

We talk about the circular economy a lot. But what can each of us, as individuals, do to get there – and what do we need our government to do? What is the circular economy? The circular economy is a system in which no material is wasted. At the end of their life, materials are put back into production to create something new. This could be through domestic recycling of cans, plastic, and paper, or through industrial recycling of things ...
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COVID-19 and the circular economy

The resource crisis The world is facing a resource crisis. Due to rapid population growth and an ‘onwards and upwards’ economic model, we are consuming resources at almost twice the speed that the planet can replenish them. Every year, more than 100 billion tonnes of raw materials enter the global economy. The waste crisis And we’re not just over-consuming resources – we’re also wasting them. Instead of improving, our waste seems to be getting worse. Two years ago, 9.1 per ...
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The council leading organics recycling

Tweed Council’s organics processing Tweed Shire Council has seen work commence on their new organics processing facility, which is a step towards their long-term zero-waste commitment. This facility, capable of dealing with nearly 21,000 tonnes of food and garden organics annually, will be linked with the council’s green bin kerbside collection program. It will function as an enclosed composting facility, with features such as 99KW solar power system expected to offset 22% of its power consumption. Rainwater will be captured ...
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Success story: how one business is making zero-waste coffee

The social enterprise start-up Kua, thanks to a City of Sydney grant, has devised the zero-waste solution of ‘lending’ coffee beans to local businesses and taking back the coffee grounds for re-use. What is Kua doing? Kua delivers specialty Ugandan-grown coffee beans in benchtop canisters to Sydney workplaces through a subscription-based model. The used grounds are then provided to community gardnes throughout Sydney. These recipients include Indigrow, an Aboriginal Social Enterprise, along with smaller organisations like the Randwick Community Garden ...
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Our composting service

The issue of plastic has entered the public sphere and more people than ever are aware of their impact. Just as we are expected to recycle more at home, so too do customers expect businesses to take a larger amount of responsibility for the waste that they produce, directly or indirectly. What is composting? Composting is the process of converting organic waste into nutrient-rich compost via the activity of microorganisms. Our products are all industrially compostable (meaning they can be ...
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Working towards zero-waste aquariums

If you have ever been to an aquarium or theme park, you’ll know how ubiquitous – and yes, convenient – single use packaging is for food and drinks. One aquarium making a change The SEALIFE Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, seeks to take a stance against single-use plastic. The aquarium is underground and faces many challenges when it comes to sustainable waste-management solutions, especially as single-use foodservice packaging is a practical and hygienic option, but is often not disposed of ...
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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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