PROGRESS REPORT

Raw Materials

The raw materials choice is a critical part of the circular economy, that is why we choose rapidly renewable, reclaimed, plant-based raw materials as alternatives to regular plastic. We invest in innovative, sustainable materials, along with the customisation technology required to expand our sustainable packaging range across industries. Worldwide single-use plastic bans are in full effect and will continue to grow. Plastic production, pollution and the very limited recycling infrastructure are front of mind with consumers. At BioPak we continue to support these concerns and develop plastic-free alternatives that offer viable circular economy solutions.

Leanne Osborne

Managing Director UK

Sugarcane-Pulp

Sugarcane Pulp

A recycled, rapidly renewable resource, that is a by-product from the sugar-refining industry.

Bioplastic

Ingeo™ bioplastic is made from plants and reduces CO2 emissions by 80% compared to conventional plastic.

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FSC™ Paper & Wood

FSC™ certified paper, sourced from sustainably-managed forests or other controlled sources.

(FSC™ C110879 – www.fsc.org)

Aqueous 

Our Aqueous lining is a unique water-based barrier coating that will be certified home compostable soon. 

Our Progress

[COMPLETED]

Our paper straws are now certified home compostable to European standards NF T51-800. And our bioplastic lined BioBoard range of lunch and noodle boxes are certified industrially compostable to both Australian AS4376 and European EN13432 standards.

We have already transitioned our produce trays, coffee cup and cold cups lids to a PFAS-free plant fibre solution.

We have been able to switch our retail packs of plates, cups and napkins to paper wrapping. All our straws are also packed in paper boxes.

[ON TRACK]

We have been expanding our range of products to support an increase in demand from businesses looking to move away from plastic. We have increased our FSC™ certified cutlery (Greencore use our fork in their ready-to-go supermarket salads), provided a brand new 4 ply spoon straw (used by both McDonalds & KFC ) and a range of FSC™ paper cold cups (to be launched by 7-Eleven soon). All of these new products are certified compostable to Australian standards.

Our Aqueous cups are manufactured using a unique water-based barrier coating instead of traditional plastic or bioplastic. They are certified industrially compostable to European (EN13432), and will soon be certified to Australian (AS4736) standards.

They still contain a polymer that is classified as plastic. We are investing in producers of aqueous coating technologies to support the significant R&D to evolve this material to a truly ‘plastic-free’ and certified home compostable solution.

We are proud to have completed our PEFC™ certification, and are now in the process of transitioning all our BioCups to PEFC™ paper by the end of 2023.

Our bagasse/sugarcane pulp items are free from banned polyfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) and comply with all EU and AU food safety regulations, however, they do contain some PFAS. We have a roadmap to completely remove all PFAS from our products by the end of 2023.

We now print the compost certifications on all new products, including our cold paper cups and the BioCup Art Series. We are working through each range.

We will be phasing out our PS plastic cup lids by the end of 2023.

Our Aqueous cups are manufactured using a unique water-based barrier coating instead of traditional plastic or bioplastic. They are certified industrially compostable to European (EN13432), and will soon be certified to Australian (AS4736) standards. They are undergoing the longer testing required for home composting to European (NF T51-800) and Australian (AS5810) standards.

[DELAYED]

7% of our range is made from conventional plastic, due to either cost or functional requirements. We will be phasing these products out of the range. This has been delayed to 2025 due to PLA bioplastic material shortages.

Due to cost and functionality considerations, we have been unable to convert all of our sleeves. We are continuing our material research to find a suitable non-plastic/bioplastic solution.

Due to global PLA shortages, we are still investigating practical, scalable and commercially viable solutions to distribute and recirculate reusable food service products.

Raw Material Highlights

New Aqueous BioCups

Our Aqueous cups are manufactured using a unique water-based barrier coating instead of traditional plastic or bioplastic. They are certified industrially compostable to European (EN13432), and will soon be certified home compostable to European (NF T51-800) and Australian (AS5810) standards. They are manufactured using a unique waterproof barrier coating, and while they contain a polymer classified as plastic, we choose to invest in this material as there is continuing and significant R&D to evolve this material to a plastic-free solution.

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New Cold Paper Cups and Sugarcane Lids

Designed for cold drinks, our sturdy and versatile cold paper BioCups are coated inside and out with Ingeo™, a bioplastic made from plants, not oil. They have a range of matching, leak-proof lids made from rapidly renewable resources and are certified home compostable (AS5810). Available in a comprehensive range of sizes with cup weights and measures approved for the service of alcohol. They are certified industrially compostable to Australian standards (AS4736) and are permitted for sale in states that have banned plastic cups in their single-use plastic bans.

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New Sugarcane Pulp Items

This year, we continue our work with major retailers and their supply chain to research and develop plastic-free packaging alternatives for their fresh food segment. Our tomato punnet developed for Kapiris Bros was recognised with an Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Award (PIDA) from the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), and it is now supermarket giant Woolworth’s recommended standard for tomato punnets. Our oyster tray developed for Blue Harvest also won the prestigious Worldstar Packaging Award this year.

We have continued the expansion of our sugarcane pulp/bagasse takeaway range with new coffee cup and cold cup lids, Chinese Soup Spoon and 4 & 5 Compartment Trays.

Fishbowl is our first customer to use our brand new sugarcane embossing and printing capabilities.

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New Paper Items

Our new rectangle paper containers are made from FSC™ certified paper board and lined with a plant-based lining. They are the perfect alternative to plastic takeaway containers for hot and greasy food. We have also released a range of catering trays in the same material.

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(FSC™ C110879 – www.fsc.org)

New Paper Wrapped Retail Range

This range of disposable partyware is housed in paper sleeves and boxes, made from sustainably sourced paper, making the packaging completely plastic-free. The new packaging design features an image of the product printed on the box, allowing the customer to see the packaging without adding a plastic window. Available to consumers in Australia at Woolworths, Aldi and IGA and in New Zealand at Countdown.

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