OUR COMMITMENT
TO SUSTAINABILITY

Why We Design Packaging for the Circular Economy

In a world threatened by climate change and plastic pollution, it is clear that conducting ‘business as usual’ is not an option. The traditional economic model is linear, and can be simplified as having three basic stages – take, make and waste. BioPak is committed to disrupt this out-dated model and to invest in a waste-free future, where innovative design and corporate responsibility intersect to create a circular economy. Our plant-based products are designed to minimise the impact on our environment at each stage of their life cycle, by using innovative materials that are both sustainably sourced and rapidly renewable. The footprint of these renewable materials is significantly smaller than that of traditional plastics derived from fossil resources – Ingeo™ bioplastic for instance, has a footprint up to 80% lower.

In addition, compostable packaging can help divert food scraps from landfill, avoiding harmful greenhouse gas emissions from decomposing organic matter. Both food waste and compostable packaging can go in the same bin to be turned into nutrient-rich compost, often reducing the cost of waste collections for our customers. We are not about being ‘less bad’ – we care about the end of life of our products and the impact of our business. Our culture of transparency and accountability means our environmental claims are rigorously investigated and backed up by third-party certifications. As a certified B Corp we have worked to create a business that values people, planet and profit. That is why we have been carbon neutral since 2010, and give back 5% of our profits to the community and the environment.

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Materials Matter

The raw material choice is a critical part of the circular economy – that is why we choose rapidly renewable or reclaimed plant-based raw materials as alternatives to regular plastic. Our products are designed to turn into compost, a new, valuable and locally produced resource, at the end of their useful life. We are continually investing in technology and material innovations – we are currently researching new fibre-based materials that perform even better in terms of customer experience and environmental impact.

  1. Why We Love PLA
    Why We Love PLA

    Wondering what are the benefits of PLA bioplastic?

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  2. Why We Love FSC Paper
    Why We Love FSC Paper

    Wondering what FSC™ paper is and how they are eco-friendly and environmentally responsible?

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  3. Why We Love Bagasse (Sugarcane Pulp)
    Why We Love Bagasse (Sugarcane Pulp)

    What are the benefits of bagasse (sugarcane pulp) as a material for packaging?

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  4. Why we’re phasing out plastic
    Why we’re phasing out plastic

    Find out more about our commitment to phase out plastic.

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Ethical Supply Chain

Facilities certifications are one of the important factors in our partner selection process. Our partner production facilities are certified to internationally recognised ISO 14000 Environmental Management Standard – or are in the process of applying for certification. We have been working with the majority of our manufacturing partners for over 10 years and constantly help each other to improve on quality and innovation. We regularly conduct on-site audits to ensure our stringent requirements are met and strengthen our business relationships.

  1. Why Do Certifications Matter?
    Why Do Certifications Matter?

    Packaging certifications by independent third-parties allow organisations and individuals to assess and verify claims made.

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  2. Supply Chain Transparency
    Supply Chain Transparency

    We are committed to achieving complete supply chain transparency.

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  3. Ethical Sourcing Policy
    Ethical Sourcing Policy

    Our ethical sourcing policy is a key element in our commitment to sustainability.

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  4. Modern Slavery Statement
    Modern Slavery Statement

    It is our corporate responsibility to take an active role in addressing potential risks.

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End-of-life

Facilities certifications are one of the important factors in our partner selection process. Our partner production facilities are certified to internationally recognised ISO 14000 Environmental Management Standard – or are in the process of applying for certification. We have been working with the majority of our manufacturing partners for over 10 years and constantly help each other to improve on quality and innovation. We regularly conduct on-site audits to ensure our stringent requirements are met and strengthen our business relationships.

  1. Are Coffee Cups Recyclable?
    Are Coffee Cups Recyclable?

    Learn more about how to recycle coffee cups.

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  2. Recycling vs. Composting: Which Is Better for the Environment?
    Recycling vs. Composting: Which Is Better for the Environment?

    Which is more sustainable when disposing, composting or recycling?

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  3. What Are the Different Types of Composting?
    What Are the Different Types of Composting?

    There are a number of composting methods that are suitable for different materials.

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  4. What Goes into Landfill?
    What Goes into Landfill?

    What goes in the landfill and why we need to rethink our current linear economy.

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Profit for Purpose

  1. What It Means to Be Carbon Neutral
    What It Means to Be Carbon Neutral

    We explain why it’s so important to fight the climate crisis.

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  2. What It Means to Be a B Corp
    What It Means to Be a B Corp

    The B Corp movement has been pioneering a new breed of business.

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  3. Sustainability at BioPak
    Sustainability at BioPak

    We are closing the loop with our innovative compostable food packaging.

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BioPak Sustainability Report 20/21

Our vision is a world without waste, driving change toward a circular economy. We are closing the loop with our innovative compostable food packaging and encouraging the growth of the local industrial compost industry.

Together We Are Making a Difference

We work with industry, government, customers and consumers to develop systems and invest in innovative materials to change the future. This can’t be done alone – it is critical that manufacturers take responsibility for their products and work with industry and consumers to create an economic model where we work with the planet, not against it. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our success.

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