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  • throwing food scraps and compostable packaging in the biopak bin
    1 year ago
    There have been incredibly rapid changes in patterns of consumption and behaviour but what are the environmental costs of the pandemic? How can we take steps to ensure the environment itself does not become another casualty of this crisis? In recent weeks the largest cities in the world have marvelled at the clear, blue skies precipitated by the arrival of the virus – and it’s a great time for some blue-sky thinking about our management of waste and our environmental footprint.
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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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  •  landscape aerial from the Rainforest Rescue with white B Corp logo
    10 months ago
    The B Corp movement has been pioneering a new breed of business which balances profit with purpose. Read on for what it means to be a B Corp & why we are one.
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FAQ

  • Why is BioPak still using conventional plastic for some products?

    Traditional plastics, which are made from fossil fuels, are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. That is why we focus on natural, renewable and fully compostable materials for our packaging. We are a signatory of the the Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy commitment, the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration and an active member of the APCO working groups dedicated to find sustainable solutions for the packaging industry. We have publicly pledged to remove plastic from our range by 2025.

    We are working relentlessly on phasing out any remaining plastics in our portfolio and adopt new materials as soon as they are commercially viable for our customers.

  • Why are the materials that BioPak uses more sustainable?

    Ingeo™ bioplastic: Using Ingeo™ reduces raw materialCO2 emissions by 80% compared to regular plastic resin.

    Paper and wood: Sustainably sourced from managed plantations and made from FSC™ certified sources wherever possible.

    Sugarcane pulp: By-product of the sugar refining industry, which is both rapidly renewable and sustainably sourced.

  • Why do BioPak products come in plastic sleeves?

    The use of PE plastic sleeves is a health and safety requirement for food contact packaging. We have successfully validated the move to home compostable bioplastic sleeves to replace our current plastic ones. We are now working with suppliers to implement this across the full range and are aiming to transition in the second half of 2020.

  • Why is there a deposit required?

    Sometimes we ask for a deposit as we are required to front the manufacturing costs for custom products.

  • Why do third party certifications matter?

    If consumers are choosing to pay more to reduce their environmental impact then it’s our job – as manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers – to honour that. We must all ensure our products live up to the environmental claims and offer a real environmental benefit – not just lip service that makes consumers feel good whilst inadvertently continuing to pollute the environment.

    Environmental claims around biodegradability are often used in ways that are confusing or misleading with certification often omitted and time frames to decompose undefined, so it is important to back up any claims with third-party certification.

    At BioPak, we only make real-world environmental and sustainability claims that can be independently verified through a robust and rigorous scientific process. We go to great lengths to ensure our packaging products align with the principles of a circular economy, and our compostable products are certified to Australian and international standards.

    For more information, visit "BioPak product and facility certifications" website.

  • Clear BioCup: What are the benefits of a clear BioCup?

    Benefits of our clear BioCup include:

    • They are made from plant-based bioplastic, not fossil fuels
    • Compared to regular plastic, bioplastic emits up to 80% less carbon and uses 52% less non-renewable energy in the production process
    • They are transparent and suitable for serving cold food and drinks
    • They are certified industrially compostable to the Australian AS4736 compost standard
    • They can be processed into compost in a commercial compost facility within 12 weeks

    Did you know?

    If a large sports stadium converted 500,000 plastic cups used at one event to BioCups, it would reduce carbon emissions by 15 tonnes and would save 5.5 tonnes of plastic. That’s equivalent to reducing the emissions produced by driving a new car around the world two and a half times and saving the weight of two elephants in plastic!

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  • 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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