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We need certainty on recycled plastics

We all want to do the right thing and put plastic in the correct recycling bin. But if there is no market for recycled plastic, funding the recycling process gets difficult. A sure market One way to improve recycling rates is for governments to buy more recycled materials. Australian Council of Recycling chief Pete Shmigel says governments could sell recycled materials to roads agencies that would use them. Another 100,000 tonnes of soft plastics could be used if two road ...
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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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How pet foods are leading sustainability

The pet food industry is going green! Read on for some trends in the pet food market, including exciting news from the UK … Pet food trends In the UK, pet food trends are surprisingly aligned with human trends: 43% of dog owners believe it’s healthier to limit the amount of red meat, and even encourage a plant-based doggy diet. And, just as veganism has seen a rise in popularity, so has sustainability. According to consumer research, goods marketed with ...
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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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A beginner’s guide to sustainable packaging

Sometimes our understanding of what sustainable packaging is and why it’s important can get confused in all the detail around the minutia. So here is your beginner’s guide to sustainable packaging, summarised and laid out straight. What is sustainable packaging? While products labelled ‘green’ may appear eco-friendly, the term really doesn’t mean anything. Neither does ‘eco-friendly’. Instead, you should look for more tangible descriptions such as: Compostable Non-toxic Ozone-safe/friendly Recyclable Made from recycled content Made with renewable energy Made with ...
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Zero Waste Week is approaching

Zero Waste Week is approaching! This global event occurs in the first full week of September, which this year is September 6-12. Zero Waste Week has been held since 2008, and now has over 50 million participants worldwide. Australia-wide recycling tips To prepare for Zero-Waste Week, here are some handy places you can go, no matter where you are in Australia, to recycle used items and products that many people think can’t be recycled. It’s not an exhaustive list, but ...
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Together for a better future

BioPak CEO, Gary Smith, explains how collaboration forms the blueprint for doing business for the future, in the food packaging business. BioPak’s mission BioPak has a mission to bring the most sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging to the world. Their innovative designs are made from sustainably sourced and rapidly renewable materials that are certified carbon neutral and compostable. BioPak continually invests in technology and material innovations, achieves best-practice industry standards as a minimum, and believes in a business model that balances ...
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BioPak – designing a sustainable future

We are proud to distribute BioPak, and share their commitment to help businesses across the hospitality industry and beyond reduce their plastic packaging. BioPak’s history Since BioPak set out 20 years ago to offer compostable foodservice alternatives, they have seen a massive shift in the industry’s sustainability. Initiatives such as the multiple bans on single-use plastic bags across the country and rapid uptake of compostable packaging in cafes, often inspired by programmes like David Attenborough’s Planet Earth and the ABC’s ...
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Calculate your plastic footprint

Your plastic footprint isn’t confined to packaging at grocery stores and the lining on your takeaway coffee cup. You can calculate your plastic footprint and the plastic footprint of your business using this calculator. Here, we explore exactly what the calculator is measuring. Household The calculator asks questions about the household, including the area you live in, the type of home you live in, whether you have recycling pick-up or a container deposit scheme. In Europe, 20% of plastic produced ...
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Biodegradable: Not the be-all and end-all

You might be walking through the supermarket and see the words ‘biodegradable’, ‘degradable’, or ‘compostable’ on a faux-plastic item. It might be rubbish bags or cling wrap. That’s good, right? These materials are good for the earth! Not necessarily. Here, we explain the difference between compostable, biodegradable, and degradable, and why the names can be misleading. Compostable Compostable plastic is capable of biological decomposition in a compost site. Most international standards require the material to biodegrade 60% in 180 days, ...
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