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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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Mastering COVID sustainably: The Wilderness Chef

Talk about going green? Here’s one business that’s doing it! The catering business Anteloping creates quality restaurant dining experiences in unimaginable locations such as waterfalls, mountain tops, lookouts, sand dunes, ski fields, and deserts. Cooper Thomas (also known as The Wilderness Chef), the owner of Anteloping, is one of those who have had to re-orientate their whole business during COVID-19, and has factored sustainability in as he goes. Sustainability Cooper believes sustainability is important not only for the environment but ...
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Composting vs recycling: Which is better for the environment?

Have you ever wondered whether composting or recycling is better for the environment? Given a choice, where should you put that piece of rubbish? Here we talk about which option you should choose when disposing of our takeaway packaging. The good news is that, when both are done correctly, landfill is reduced. Both provide a way of extracting value from waste, but are not applicable to the same materials. So what’s the difference? The main difference is that composting is ...
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Why we love FSC-certified paper

Do you know what FSC-certified paper is? How the FSC ensure their paper and wood is eco-friendly and environmentally responsible? If not, read on. Paper-based packaging – and its potential problems We need to make sure that, in the quest for plastic-free packaging, we are not damaging our forests irreparably by creating more demand for paper. Some facts about paper: Paper accounts for 26% of waste in landfills The earth loses 18.7 million acres of forest each year – equal ...
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