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Towards a plastic- and waste-free business

We need to move away from plastic and other forms of waste. But it’s not quite that easy. There are sources of waste we can see and quickly do something about – and then there are sources that are less visible or less easy to do without. So, from easy to difficult, here are three steps to become a plastic- and waste-free business. Compostable packaging This is the one that is most visible – the source of plastic that customers ...
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News in plastic: Good … and some bad

There is some good news … and some bad. Which shows that we all have to appreciate the wins and keep pushing on with our own actions to reduce plastic consumption. Coca Cola cutting virgin plastic By 2021, Coca Cola Australia has pledged to reduce its use of virgin plastic by 40,000 tonnes (compared with 2017) by using frozen drink cups and lids made from recycled plastic. Currently, these cups and lids are made of polystyrene, which is generally not ...
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5 misconceptions about the plastic impact

Plastic is a very visible, tangible problem. Stand in the confectionary aisle, or the chilled aisle – any but the fresh produce aisle – and it’s easy to think that the main problem with all those items is the plastic packaging. Plastic is a huge issue. By 2050 there may be more plastic in the oceans than fish. But the truth is that, looking around the supermarket shelves, the largest environmental impact is more likely to come from inside the ...
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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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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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July 1, 2021 – QLD’s single-use plastics ban

A parliamentary committee in Queensland has given the go-ahead for the proposal to ban disposable plastic straws, plates, and cutlery. This means they are one step closer to passing parliament. Wait … what? And when? The legislation, set to be debated in State Parliament this month, would allow any businesses caught selling plastic straws and cutlery after July 1, 2021 to be fined up to $6,672. Schools and healthcare providers, because of their nature, would be exempt from the ban. ...
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Composting to achieve a circular economy

What is composting? Composting is turning organic matter – food, bioplastics – into nutrient-rich soil through the activity of microbial organisms. What is a circular economy? A circular economy is one in which no material is wasted. At the end of an object’s life, it is given back into the production system to create something new. This is usually through composting or recycling. Why a circular economy? Australians produce 67 million tonnes of waste each year, according to the most ...
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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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Do online petitions really help ban plastic?

Have you ever signed an online petition – say, on Change.org – and felt like you’ve done something to help? Petitions, for example, that call for less packaging in supermarkets or for a ban on plastic straws? Great! But did it actually work? There are thousands and thousands of online petitions in circulation – asking for everything from action on climate change, to refugee rights, to legalising recreational drugs, to plastic pollution. Many of these petitions have tens or hundreds ...
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Plastic-free airlines: what is stopping us?

On December 2017, the first plastic-free flight took to the skies. Hi Fly, a company that wet leases aircraft in Portugal and Malta, replaced all plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and other compostable alternatives. The first of three plastic-free test flights, it carried hundreds of passengers from Lisbon to Brazil. Will other flights follow? In 2017, Ryanair pledged to go plastic-free by 2023—despite CEO Michael O’Leary famously quoted as calling environmentalists “luddites marching us back to the 18th century”. ...
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