When it comes to ‘sustainable’ products, you hear a lot of buzzwords thrown around. Think: ‘sustainable’, ‘ethical’, ‘biodegradable’, ‘eco-friendly’ – the list goes on. While these words can actually mean something, without certification or independent verification this is called ‘greenwashing’.
Greenwashing has consequences: individuals and organisations aren’t able to make informed decisions about the products they want to buy. This is where certifications come in.
How certifications can help
Certifications demonstrate a company's commitment to quality, safety and sustainability. It affirms that a company's claims regarding the products, processes and social impacts have passed specific performance, sustainability and quality assurance tests. Where claims to environmental impact are backed up by regulated, robust standards, it can help consumers and business owners alike to shop (and sell) responsibly.
What certifications does BioPak have?
Our manufacturing facilities and products are certified to several different local and international standards:
BioPak is certified carbon neutral. This means that for every tonne of carbon emitted as a result of our operations, we purchase carbon credits – which funds projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an equivalent amount.
Our plant-based compostable foodservice packaging is certified to Australian (AS4736) and European (EN13432) standards for collection and processing in industrial composting conditions or home composting standards. Find details on the exact certifications for individual products on their product specification sheet – located on each product detail page.
Five of our seven manufacturing facilities are certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and two are in the process of achieving certifications. This standard provides a framework that an organisation can implement to ensure the environmental impacts are considered and managed during the manufacturing process.
Sustainably sourced paper
BioPak packaging is made from responsibly-sourced and renewable plant-based materials. All our paper products are made from Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) bleached fibre and many are made with The Forest Stewardship Council™ (License code FSC™ C110879) -certified paper.
B Corp Certification
As a certified B Corporation, we’ve met verified higher levels of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. B Corporations, or B Corps, make decisions that make a positive impact on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment (source).
Solar Impulse Certification
Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label proves the economic profitability of solutions that protect the environment (source).