Our hot and cold paper BioCups are coated with a plant-based bioplastic and they are recyclable in many areas throughout Australia and New Zealand – just like milk cartons. There is a lot of confusion in this area from industry and the consumer, we are contacting every council in Australia and New Zealand to raise awareness.read more about recycling (PDF)
Trees are the main resource in the paper production, a tonne of paper consumes approximately 20 full-grown trees while recycling 1 tonne of paper saves 13 trees.
To make just one tonne of paper out of virgin material over 90,000 litres of precious water are used which will landfill 450 rain barrels.
Landfills are not designed to break down trash, only to bury it. The trash in a landfill will remain unchanged for a very long time. When organic products such as paper and food do begin to biodegrade in a landfill, they release methane. A greenhouse gas 84 times more potent than CO2.
When paper goes to land landfill it produces dangerous greenhouse gases during decomposition. But already the production of paper emits 1.46 tonnes of greenhouse gases per tonne of paper.
Each tonne of paper that is recycled saves: almost 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 4100 kWh of electricity, 4 cubic metres of land landfill and 31, 780 litres of water.
By recycling paper and cardboard 51% of the environmental impact of using virgin material can be saved.
Together we can recover almost 18,000 tonnes of paper hot cups simply by raising awareness that this resource is recoverable.