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Why we love bagasse

What is bagasse? Well, bagasse, often known as sugarcane pulp, is a plant-based material gaining popularity as an alternative to plastic. By moving away from traditional plastic packaging and towards compostable alternatives that contribute to a circular economy, we can work together to transition out of the disposable world we live in. Producing packaging from plants means that those same packaging items can be returned to the earth as soil at the end of their life and provide nutrients to ...
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4 reasons to buy organic

‘Organic’ food is food grown according to certain standards. Organic farming does not allow practices and materials such as synthetic fertilisers, sewage fertilisers, genetic modification, or hormone use for animals. Here, we outline four reasons why you – as an individual or as a business – should buy organic. Better for the soil About 50 million hectares (half the total area) of Australia’s agricultural land has acidic topsoils. Organic farming is based on the practice of land regeneration, such as ...
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How to stay plastic-free with COVID-19

Cafes are only offering takeaway – and they won’t use your reusable cup. The world is splurging on hand sanitiser. Maybe you’re worried about the virus spreading through loose produce at supermarkets. Being plastic-free is suddenly a lot harder. Here are some handy tips. Choose compostable Yes, disposable cups are essential if you’re still buying coffee from cafes – and, whether it’s those health and supermarket workers who still have to leave the house each morning, or urban-dwellers supporting their ...
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Over consumption – your ecological footprint

Most are aware of the alarming statistics: the richest 20% of the world’s population account for 85% of global consumption, and so on. What it comes down to is that we in the developed world are consuming too much. This ranges from energy, to cars, to small things like meat and paper. Do you know how destructive your lifestyle is? Try Global Footprint Network’s online calculator to work out how much land area it takes to support your way of ...
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DO’S and DON’T’S for delivery and takeaway

In light of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, we find new regulations meaning that restaurants and cafes are restricted to takeaway options – some of them rolling out takeaway for the first time. This means more single-use packaging, more rubbish sent to landfill. So how can we, as small businesses, ‘get it right’? DO Focus on your hero meals or products If moving to takeaway-only, concentrate on your ‘hero’ meals and products. Fan faves and your specialties are likely ...
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Greenwashing explained

What is greenwashing? ‘Greenwashing’ is a term coined in the 1980s, used to describe companies or brands who spend more time and money on advertising their environmental credentials than they do on upholding those credentials. An infamous example is that of the oil company Chevron’s expensive ads to promote their dedication to sustainability, even while they actively violated the Clean Air Act and spilt oil into wildlife refuges. We often see greenwashing in practice on the supermarket shelves. When plastic ...
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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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What your takeaway cups say about your business

For most café businesses, takeaway coffee is likely to be a key earner. If you, as a business owner, haven’t considered your takeaway coffee cups, you could be promoting to your customers an unfavourable impression of your brand. Do you serve your quality product in quality packaging? Are you ensuring you are on par with customers’ sustainability concerns? Are you making the most of branding your coffee cups? Now might be the time to think about what your coffee cups ...
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Single- vs double-walled cups

Have you ever been ordering coffee cups for your business and not been able to decide between single- or double-walled cups? Here is everything you need to know. What’s the difference? Well, as the name suggests, a single-walled paper cup has one layer of paper and a double-walled has two. However, it’s not quite that simple. The extra layer on a double-walled cup increases its insulation – good for hot drinks – but also increases the environmental impact due to ...
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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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