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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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Common questions answered!

Are BioPak products reusable? Our reusable BYO cups are; however, nothing else that we sell is designed to be reused. What is compostable packaging? When you dispose of compostable packaging in composting bins, the nutrients in the packaging and all the resources required to make that packaging do not go to waste. Instead, they are returned to the ground to fertilise new plants. Read more about compostable packaging here. All of our products can be composted. What is bioplastic? Bioplastic ...
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What it means to be carbon neutral

What does it mean to be a carbon neutral business? Have you ever heard of a business or their products being “carbon neutral” or “carbon zero” but been confused by what that means? It’s not always clear. In order to be carbon neutral, a business or organisation must calculate their greenhouse gas emissions. This includes every activity related to the business, such as fuel use and travel. The business first reduces these emissions as much as they can, by investing ...
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Recycled or FSC-certified? The Paper Dilemma

While we might assuage our plastic conscience by opting for paper instead, there is still a certain guilt associated with doing so. We know paper comes from forests, which are usually cut down with no regard for sustainability – releasing CO2 into the air and removing vital habitat for cute and not-so-cute animals alike. So what do you do? Do you buy recycled paper, secure in the knowledge that you’re not contributing to deforestation? Or do you go for FSC-certified ...
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A refresher on BioCups – made from plants, not oil

At Planet Friendly Packaging, we encourage customers to BYO reusable mugs. However, that is not always practical – what about that time you craved a coffee, but had forgotten your keep cup? And at times like we are in now, where cafes will not accept a keep cup and the only option is disposable – well, that’s where we come in. For the most hygienic and sustainable option, choose BioCups and Lids from BioPak. Why? BioPak produces all their products ...
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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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