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Why BioPak must cooperate on innovation

BioPak’s chief executive Gary Smith says that a willingness to consider the broader costs of packaging, not just immediate monetary costs, can support innovation in fresh produce packaging. Experimentation and innovation BioPak’s mission to create sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging is driven by innovation and experimentation – but, as Smith says, the success of this goal is a collaborative effort. While the company may love developing new solutions, without the support of retailers, packers, and producers, the industry will not be ...
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Switching to BioPak makes a difference

You can make a difference – in your plastic consumption, but also in your greenhouse gas emissions. All BioPak products are carbon neutral, which means any emissions that can’t be reduced are offset through planting trees or funding renewable energy. How much impact is your business having by switching to BioPak? Cafes A cafe that uses 100,000 coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, and cutlery will, by switching to BioPak: Create and offset 15 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to driving ...
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Invisible plastic – what’s the problem?

In the plastic debate, public concerns and action often focus on items such as plastic bags and coffee cups. While these are hugely important – especially as they are often the items disappearing down drains and suffocating wildlife – many other sources of plastic pervade our lives without us even realising. These sources are often called invisible plastic. What is invisible plastic? Invisible plastic includes things such as household white goods, vehicles, textiles, electronics, and building products. These are not ...
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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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It’s time to think about Plastic Free July

It’s the beginning of June, and winter has begun in earnest. It’s time to think about the global movement that has inspired more than 250 million people to give up plastic for a month: Plastic Free July. What is Plastic Free July? Plastic Free July is a way for millions of people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution – for ‘cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities’, according to the website. The organisation provides resources and ideas to ...
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Plastic-free after COVID-19

Now During COVID-19, the world has gone take-away. Restaurants that previously were only dine-in had to scramble to provide a delivery menu, and companies like Menulog and Deliveroo have experienced a surge in business. With all this extra take-away, we are seeing a resulting rise in single-use packaging. Many restaurants and cafes are struggling to turn a profit, and have understandably opted for the cheapest packaging option. But what will happen take-away after COVID-19, and how can eateries use this ...
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4 reasons to buy local

We are often told we should buy local – but why? Read on to find out. 1. Less packaging More often than not, buying local means the items you buy come in less plastic. Especially if buying at farmers’ markets, the fruit and veg you find are more likely to be loose, where you can choose the ones you want and not bother with over-packaged, plastic-covered bundles of produce that give you no choice. We know millions of tons of ...
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Microplastics – and why are they harmful?

What are microplastics? Microplastics are pieces of plastic less than 5mm in diameter. They can be primary microplastics, which are tiny particles designed for cosmetics or shed from textiles such as clothing and fishing nets; or they can be secondary microplastics, which are produced when larger plastic items such as water bottles break down due to solar radiation or ocean water. Secondary microplastics result from ‘degradable’ plastics: read our article here on the difference between degradable, biodegradable, and compostable. Chemical ...
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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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Retail companies going plastic-free – and dealing with COVID-19

Flora & Fauna, founded in 2014 by CEO Julie Mathers, is an ethical, cruelty-free beauty business which has won the Power Retail Sustainable Retailer Award. Beauty products are often one of the hardest items to buy plastic-free, and we could be forgiven for excusing a beauty retailer from the plastic-free fight on the basis that “it’s difficult”. But Flora & Fauna is leading the way, and hoping other businesses will follow. Julie Mathers’ vision Mather says she feels it is ...
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