In 2013 the University of Sunshine Coast was the first University in Australia to adopt a total waste streaming system. They operate an On-Site Composting Apparatus (OSCA) to process green/organic waste, including all the BioPak products they use.
We are pleased to be part of the Australian Packaging Covenant's Polymer Coated Paperboard Working Group (PCPBWG) to address the lack of recycling facilities and together with all relevant industry players work towards finding a solution.
Packaging materials can be a confusing landscape to navigate, with various claims and technical terms. One should always be on the lookout for unscrupulous marketing. The most common type of misleading marketing is for plastic products labelled as ‘degradable’, ‘biodegradable’ or even ‘landfill degradable’. Unlike bioplastics, degradable plastics are conventional plastics derived from fossil resources with an additive that the manufacturers claim will render the product biodegradable under specific conditions.
Can't decide between single or double wall cups? Here are all the facts you need to make your decision.
A single wall paper cup has one layer of paper, a double wall has two. The extra layer and textured pattern provides additional insulation to protect the consumers from hot drinks. The extra layer increases the environmental impact of the cup. We understand the issues and provide a double wall solution but our preference is always single wall.
As take out coffee consumption grows, the significant volume of disposable paper cups have become a symbol of our collective over-consumption. Whilst reusable cups are the most responsible options, they are not always the most practically or convenient option.
A bioplastic is a substance made from organic biomass sources, unlike conventional plastics, which are made from fossil resources (oil and gas), bioplastics are made from a number of renewable resources such as plant oils, cellulose, starches, sugars, carbohydrates, bacteria and algae. The production of almost all bioplastics results in less CO2 than that of conventional plastics.
This bioplastic we use is also compostable meaning it can be diverted from landfill at the end of its life, returning nutrients back into the soil.