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  • Clear BioCups: Are they approved for the service of alcohol?

    Our 280, 360 and 420ml clear BioCups are weights and measures approved. This means they have been approved for the service of alcohol.

    For more information, visit about "Weights and measures of alcohol" website.

  • What is FSC™️ (Forest Stewardship Council™️) Certification?

    With so many packaging products made from paper, it’s important to ensure our forests are not irreparably damaged in the creation of paper-based packaging. The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) is an international non-profit that acts to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. We’ve chatted with FSC Australia CEO Sara Gipton to hear a little more about the benefits of certification when it comes to sustainable packaging. BioPak has partnered with FSC to ensure any paper-based packaging we create is produced in a sustainable manner, with minimal environmental impact (like our new FSC paper straws).

    For more information, visit "Benefits of FSC® certification" blog.

  • 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.

  • What's the difference between the term 'biodegradable' and 'compostable'?

    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. Since this term applies to almost everything, it is a meaningless claim that has been abused through greenwashing.

    In contrast, 'compostable' means something will break down in a defined amount of time and in set conditions (humidity levels, temperature, etc), such as the ones encountered in home compost bins or in composting facilities.

    Like any other environmental claim though, it needs to be substantiated. That is why our compostable products are certified to the Australian Home Compostability AS5810 standards or/and Australian Industrial Compostability AS4736 standards. These testing programs also ensure that the packaging does not hinder compost quality and that the compost produced can safely be applied to land.

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