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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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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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Why sustainability is good business

Many businesses are now moving towards sustainability. Whether that’s reducing plastic production, reducing fossil fuel emissions, or becoming carbon neutral, it all has an impact. But, depending on how well the business follows through with their pledge, a sustainable stance can backfire. When sustainability is bad business When businesses – especially major corporations – go public with a sustainability statement, the public tends to be cautious. The business can be praised for their actions – and criticised for not doing ...
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3 tips to keep your packaging competitive

The world moves so quickly that it’s easy to get left behind. With advances in technology and customer expectations constantly changing, you need to keep your packaging competitive if you are to retain your business. Update your equipment When you are meeting quotas and everything is running well, it’s easy to become complacent. This is when you might miss out on the technology and innovation that drive your industry. Whether it’s getting takeaway orders delivered in the quality in which ...
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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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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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What it means to be a B Corp

‘Business as usual’ is not an option anymore. Recent local and global environmental destruction has made that clear. We need to create a new business model for our economy. The B Corp movement has pioneered a new way of doing business, which requires increased stewardship and balances profit with purpose. BioPak believes in using business as a force for good – which is why they are a B Corp. What are certified B Corporations? Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, ...
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3 ways to avoid greenwashing

Greenwashing is a term used to describe companies or brands who spend more time and money on advertising their environmental credentials than they do on upholding their credentials. This means that they will often say they are ‘sustainable’ or ‘eco-friendly’ when they are not. It also means they might use such terms without defining what, exactly, ‘sustainable’ is. Greenwashing is widespread and easy to succumb to. Whether it is labelling a plastic cling-wrap ‘degradable’ when it will actually degrade into ...
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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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Why we love FSC paper

You may have read our post on why we love FSC-certified birchwood, which is what our wooden cutlery is made from. But our paper – the napkins, straws, and paper plates we sell – is also FSC-certified, and we love it. The Forest Stewardship Council The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international not-for-profit that acts to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC sets standards on forest products, along with certifying and labelling them as eco-friendly, ...
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