Our minimum order quantity is one carton.
No, unfortunately not. Our items are sold by the carton and we only sell one cup size per carton.
Sugarcane pulp, or bagasse, is made from the crushed stalks remaining after the juice is extracted from sugarcane. It is a compostable, rapidly renewable and biodegradable resource. It is a rapidly renewable resource that would have otherwise been burned after the juice has been extracted for sugar production.
Sugarcane pulp is an innovative raw material that is rapidly renewable and sustainably sourced. Some of the benefits of sugarcane pulp include:
- Sustainable, natural and rapidly renewable resource
- Using sugarcane pulp rather than virgin wood protects forests (which are endangered through harvesting)
- Sugarcane pulp is more environmentally friendly than plastic because atmospheric CO2 is sequestered by the sugarcane plants
- Only 1.5 tonnes of sugarcane pulp is required to produce 1 tonne of paper pulp versus 5 tonnes of wood needed to produce 1 tonne of paper pulp
- Sugarcane pulp packaging production requires fewer toxic chemicals than packaging made from virgin material, such as wood
- Sugarcane pulp can make a side-trip from the cycle of life to serve as paper, then re-enter the cycle as compost to nourish new crops
Our sugarcane products can be recycled in the paper recycling stream if not too soiled, like a pizza box.
BioPak's BioCane range is freezer safe but the packaging has minimal gas and moisture barrier properties. We recommend customers test the suitability of the packaging for their freezing requirements.
Yes, BioCane can withstand temperatures of up to 220 degrees Celcius for 20 minutes. However, BioCane is not suitable for reheating food from frozen.
Yes, the BioCane range can be heated in a microwave.
Our products are designed for serving takeaway food. They have minimal gas and moisture barrier properties, and while the materials can be frozen, they may not be suitable for storing foods. We always recommend customers test the suitability of the product for any retail application.
No, BioPak's BioCane range is produced from GMO-free feedstock.
White sugarcane pulp
The white sugarcane pulp products are bleached using a TCF (Totally Chlorine Free) process. TCF bleaching is carried out without any chemicals containing chlorine, avoiding the generation of organically-bound chlorine in the pulp and waste water stream. In TCF bleaching, hydrogen peroxide together with ozone or peracetic acid are the most commonly used chemicals.
Brown sugarcane pulp
The brown sugarcane pulp is unbleached
All of our products are certified carbon neutral and 90% of our products are made from compostable, rapidly renewable plant based materials. Unfortunately for some applications/products, there is not a suitable bio-based option – in these cases we select materials such as PET that are widely accepted for recycling.
We take care to not intentionally mislead consumers or misrepresent our products. All non-bio-based plastic items are clearly marked with the relevant plastic recycling codes on product and marketing collateral. Bioplastics are relatively new to market and there is significant innovation in this space. We are always seeking out and testing new, more sustainable, functional and cost effective materials and as soon as a suitable replacement is found for any of our non-bio-based materials we will not hesitate to make the change.
Our philosophy is to not let perfect be the enemy of good. Through ongoing incremental changes and constant improvement we remain committed to transitioning an industry away from the current linear model towards a circular economy.
We are working on a heatsafe PLA bioplastic alternative to replace all clear plastic PET lids.
Our bioplastic lined paper cups, bowls, noodle boxes, lunch boxes and sandwich wedges have a 12 month shelf-life from production date. Our paper straws, napkins and cardboard (BioBoard boxes and trays) products have an indefinite shelf-life, if kept cool and dry.
BioCups are not suitable for home composts. Home composts may not maintain the conditions required to process bioplastic. Commercial facilities maintain sustained temperatures above 55 degrees Celsius and humidity levels above 70 per cent for the first 10 days in order to process compostable packaging.
Yes, you can put cold drinks in our hot wallpaper cups, however, there is no external moisture barrier to ensure the paper doesn’t absorb any condensation and softens. Hot wallpaper cups don't have an external protection layer for the external condensation that occurs. We recommend you order samples to test if your beverages can be served in our hot wallpaper cups without any quality issues. Another alternative is trying the double layer hot wallpaper cups to provide an extra protection layer, or trying one of the clear cups, which are made for cold beverages.
We print with soy or water-based inks.
Benefits of these inks:
- Soy-Based inks: It has a number of environmental benefits. Much of the soybean crop requires no irrigation, limited fixed nutrients, and leaves fewer agricultural residues than other crops. Soy ink also has low levels of VOCs, (volatile organic compounds) which helps to reduce air pollution by minimizing toxic emissions. Since naturally clearer soybean oil is available, it is possible to obtain as brightly coloured ink as by using clear petroleum distillates. By using clearer soybean oil grades, less pigment is necessary to produce the same optical effect, which reduces the overall cost of the ink. Soy ink has been found to spread approximately 15% further, reducing ink use and printer cleanup costs.
- Water-Based inks: Oil-based inks contain PVC and phthalates that are harmful to the environment and have been linked to numerous medical disorders. They also require the use of harmful solvents in the cleaning process. Water-based inks do not contain PVC or phthalates and you don’t need solvents to clean up after they’ve been used - you can clean them with water.
The printed Kraft pattern applies to the 4oz & 6oz Kraft Green Stripe Cups as well as the entire range of 80mm Green Line cups. The reason we sometimes print a kraft-look pattern onto bleached white paper is either due to the fact that unbleached kraft paper is stiffer than bleached kraft paper and it doesn't form as well on the smaller cup diameters, or as in the case of the following BioBoard range, we are unable to source FSC certified unbleached kraft board and we believe the paper source is more important than the paper colour.
For more information, visit the "Kraft vs. Printed Kraft-Look Paper Products" blog.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a certain design. We cannot sell individual art cups and cannot guarantee which prints, or which series of prints will be in each carton.
For more information, visit "BioCup Art Series" website.
Our BioBoard boxes and trays are recyclable in the paper waste recycling if not too soiled. Like with recycling pizza boxes, if they are too dirty (grease, cheese, etc.), you need to put them in your general bin. This applies to products without bioplastic lining or windows only.
Yes, the window is PLA and most of the BioBoard range is PLA lined inside to ensure the paper doesn't absorb any condensation or softens. The sandwich wedge has a PLA window but no PLA lining.
Some of the corn used to produce PLA bioplastic from Ingeo is made from GM crops. After converting the corn to PLA bioplastic there is no trace of any GM content and supporting evidence is available from Genescan if required.
For more information, visit the "Where does INGEO come from" website.