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  • BioPak compost bin
    1 year ago
    Composting offers a closed loop solution for single-use foodservice packaging. Correct disposal is essential to ensure compostable packaging is actually composted. That’s just one of the many reasons we launched the BioPak Compost Service. Read more.
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    1 year ago
    PLA (Polylactic acid) is bioplastic produced from renewable materials and is commercially compostable which addresses the issue surrounding waste disposal of single-use packaging and the dependence on materials derived from finite fossil resources.
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    What’s the difference between home and industrial composting? Composting offers a closed-loop solution, but to avoid unnecessary contribution to landfill, correct disposal of the organic waste is crucial. Learn best practices for industrial and home composting.
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  • If I can’t compost my BioPak products, are they still better for the environment than conventional packaging?

    Yes! All BioPak products are made from rapidly renewable plant materials, not oil, and are certified carbon neutral. Carbon neutral means that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transport and disposal of our products have been calculated and offset by investing in infrastructure and activities that offset carbon emissions.

  • What is carbon neutral?

    All BioPak products, as well as the organisation as a whole, are carbon neutral. This means that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transport and disposal of our products have been independently assessed and offset by investing in infrastructure and activities that offset carbon emissions.

    BioPak is Climate Active (formerly NCOS) certified. Climate Active is the Australian Government’s rigorous and credible carbon neutral certification, recognised nationally and internationally. The Climate Active trademark assures that when you buy our products, you are taking genuine positive climate action.

    Our long term view is to become climate positive. Climate positive means that an organisation goes beyond achieving net-zero carbon emissions to actually create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Our customers who are composting their carbon neutral BioPak packaging are climate positive, as diverting food scraps and packaging from landfill prevents methane emissions from landfill and generates compost which improves soil quality, allowing it to sequester carbon from the atmosphere into the soil.

  • What happens to BioPak products in landfill?

    Even in instances where our products are sent to landfill instead of industrial composting, they are still more eco-friendly than packaging made from less sustainable sources. BioPak's compostable products are made from rapidly renewable materials and all products are certified carbon neutral. Carbon neutral means that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transport and disposal of our products have been independently calculated and offset by investing in infrastructure and activities that offset carbon emissions.

    Our PLA range is inert in landfill so will not decompose to produce methane. The bagasse range will decompose and produce 'landfill gases' including methane, however, these emissions have been offset and are certified carbon neutral.

    The best end of life option for BioPak's bioplastic products is commercial composting. However, there is a little risk posed by the biodegradation of bioplastics in landfills and most bioplastics would remain inert.

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  • I have a small amount of BioPak’s compostable packaging from a once-off occasion. Where can I get it composted?

    Home composting

    Much of the BioPak range is certified home compostable to the Australian AS5810 compost standard. This means it will break down in standard home compost conditions in 12 weeks. Home compostable ranges include BioBags, BioBoard, BioCane, BioCutlery and BioNapkins.

    Residential FOGO bin

    BioPak's long-term goal is to have council Food Organics and Garden Organics, or 'FOGO' bins, that accept compostable packaging available for residents nationally and beyond. Local councils in Hobart and Adelaide are leading the way and already offering FOGO bins that accept compostable packaging to all residents. We are actively working with government and industry to push for this to happen. You can help by starting up a local petition for FOGO bins that accept compostable packaging in your area.

    General waste bin

    You may have to put the compostable packaging in your general waste bin for now – but it is still a significantly better option than conventional plastics made from oil. Our products are made from rapidly renewable plant materials and are certified carbon neutral. This means that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transport and disposal of our products have been independently assessed and offset by investing in infrastructure and activities that offset carbon emissions.

  • What is the BioPak Give Back Fund?

    BioPak gives back 7.5% of profits to positive change, so when you choose BioPak products you're contributing to important social and environmental initiatives. As a responsible business, we believe we have an obligation to preserve and protect the environment and to give back and support the communities in which we operate.

    Rainforest Rescue and GreenFleet

    We donate 1% of Australian profits to Rainforest Rescue and 1% of New Zealand profits to GreenFleet. Since 2012, this pledge has funded the planting of over 20,000 trees and purchased 5 hectares of rainforest for protection.

    Carbon Neutral

    We spend 2.5% of profits offsetting all carbon emissions associated with the production, transport and disposal of our products. All BioPak products are certified carbon neutral. The carbon emissions are calculated by the Carbon Reduction Institute and offset through the purchase of carbon credits. Since 2010, BioPak customers have offset 99,773 tons of CO2 emissions. That's equivalent to saving 41,855,817 litres of fuel, driving 398,626,828 km or removing 27,635 cars from the road.

    Charities and Organisations

    We donate 4% of profits to support the charitable community work of many of our hospitality customers, particularly those working with the homeless and disadvantaged. We are a key partner to STREAT who empower young homeless people to find their feet through employment in the hospitality industry. We support a number of projects from fantastic charities like Rosies ‘Cuppa’ program, OzHarvest, Food Bank and Christ Mission Possible. 2% of sales of our Indigenous BioCups also goes directly to CorporateConnect.AB to support Indigenous communities.

    For more information, visit "BioPak Give Back Program" website.

  • I have a single item of BioPak’s packaging I purchased at a cafe. Where can I get it commercially composted?

    BioPak Compost Club

    If the cafe you bought the packaging from is in the BioPak Compost Club, you can return the packaging for composting. If the cafe you bought the packaging from is not in the BioPak Compost Club, you can pass their details on to our compost team and we can reach out to discuss the service with them. You can check our Compost Club directory to see if there is a cafe near you in the Compost Club and ask if they would be happy to accept your cup.

    Home composting

    Much of the BioPak range is certified home compostable to the Australian AS5810 compost standard. This means it will break down in standard home compost conditions in 12 weeks. Home compostable ranges include BioBags, BioBoard, BioCane, BioCutlery and BioNapkins.

    Residential FOGO bin

    BioPak's long-term goal is to have council Food Organics and Garden Organics, or 'FOGO' bins, that accept compostable packaging available for residents nationally and beyond. Local councils in Hobart and Adelaide are leading the way and already offering FOGO bins that accept compostable packaging to all residents. We are actively working with government and industry to push for this to happen. You can help by starting up a local petition for FOGO bins that accept compostable packaging in your area.

    General waste bin

    You may have to put the compostable packaging in your general waste bin for now – but it is still a significantly better option than conventional plastics made from oil. Our products are made from rapidly renewable plant materials and are certified carbon neutral. This means that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transport and disposal of our products have been independently assessed and offset by investing in infrastructure and activities that offset carbon emissions.

  • I have a large amount of BioPak’s compostable packaging from a once-off occasion. Where can I get it composted?

    Once-off event collection

    The BioPak Compost Service can provide once-off event collections in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane if you have at least 2 wheelie bins full of organic waste and BioPak compostable packaging to be collected. Email compost@biopak.com to speak with our compost team about your requirements.

    Home composting

    Much of the BioPak range is certified home compostable to the Australian AS5810 compost standard. This means it will break down in standard home compost conditions in 12 weeks. Home compostable ranges include BioBags, BioBoard, BioCane, BioCutlery and BioNapkins.

    Residential FOGO bin

    BioPak's long-term goal is to have council Food Organics and Garden Organics, or 'FOGO' bins, that accept compostable packaging available for residents nationally and beyond. Local councils in Hobart and Adelaide are leading the way and already offering FOGO bins that accept compostable packaging to all residents. We are actively working with government and industry to push for this to happen. You can help by starting up a local petition for FOGO bins that accept compostable packaging in your area.

    Public drop off

    We have a drop-off point in Sydney for large volumes of compostable packaging – email compost@biopak.com for details on pricing and logistics. We are looking to develop a network of public drop off points for compostable packaging. There are significant challenges with contamination but we are actively working on solutions and hope to offer this solution this year.

    General waste bin

    You may have to put the compostable packaging in your general waste bin for now – but it is still a significantly better option than conventional plastics made from oil. Our products are made from rapidly renewable plant materials and are certified carbon neutral. This means that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transport and disposal of our products have been independently assessed and offset by investing in infrastructure and activities that offset carbon emissions.

  • Bioplastic Bags: What is the difference between a 'degradable plastic bag' and a 'compostable bag'?

    The lightweight single-use plastic shopping bag, supplied free-of-charge by a retailer, has been banned in a number of jurisdictions in Australia. The common aim is to reduce plastic litter. Unfortunately, to date, there has been little distinction between a polyethylene bag and an organically recyclable compostable bag.

    There is a lack of understanding of the distinction between so called 'degradable plastic bags', which disintegrate under some conditions to many thousands of small fragments (microplastics) that persist in the environment for years and a 'compostable bag' which meets the Australian third party accreditations AS4736 (commerical compostable) or AS5810 (home compostable) – which means the item will break down in a compost environment in a defined time frame to carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

    The terms 'biodegradable' and 'compostable' are not equivalent or interchangeable. 'Biodegradable' simply means something will be broken down by microbes over time, which is true for most materials on the planet. An aluminum can is 'biodegradable' if you wait 200 years. Since this term applies to almost everything, it is essentially a meaningless claim and one that has been significantly abused through greenwashing. In contrast, 'compostable' means something will break down in a reasonable amount of time, leave behind no toxic residue, and safely become an additive to soil.

    Our products are certified compostable by a independent laboratories. Our bioplastic bag are certificated EN13432 or AS4736 is proof that our products have been tested using specific methodologies and have passed those tests.

    With some justification, it can be argued that an organically recyclable / compostable bag, such as those that meet the requirements of AS4736 or AS5810 presents much less of a potential hazard than a polyetyhylene bag because the compostable bag can be reused for the collection and disposal of organic waste to industrial or home composting or other organic recycling, which is much needed because organic waste is a large component of waste going to landfill and by definition, a compostable bag will biodegrade in any environment where there is organic activity such as on the soil or in the sea.

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