As featured in The Age | 12 January 2018
After years of doing the right thing by separating our garbage so that our glass bottles, newspapers and plastics can be recycled, Victorians are now being told that all that recycling could be, well, a waste of time.
According to the Municipal Association of Victoria, a decision by China to place a ban on the import of recycling materials from outside the country has resulted in several councils having their recycling contracts cut back by our waste companies. If this continues, councils will have to stockpile millions of tonnes of waste or worse, dump it all in landfills.
Plastic straws suck. Among the top 10 debris items, single-use plastic straws have a useful life of about 20 minutes, and after that they end up in the environment.
Most of the time, plastic straws end up in waterways where they are ingested by wildlife. Global movements to ban plastic straws have raised awareness of the issue, and while many companies and consumers support the ban, there are still times where consumers prefer to use a straw. So, to lower the impact on the environment, we now offer BioStraws made from FSC® certified paper.
With so many packaging products made from paper, it’s important to ensure our forests are not irreparably damaged in the creation of paper-based packaging. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international non-profit that acts to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. We’ve chatted with FSC Australia CEO Sara Gipton to hear a little more about the benefits of certification, when it comes to sustainable packaging.
Pablo & Rusty’s is a coffee roasting business with sustainability at its heart, proving that business doesn’t have to cost the earth to find success. It began as a unique blend gifted by founder Saxon to his brothers-in-law for their birthday. Then after operating several cafe’s under that name they now roast for and support cafe’s all over Australia with premium ethical and sustainable coffee.
If you’re a fan of fast and fresh Mexican street food, you're probably familiar with the popular food chain Mad Mex. With more than 70 restaurants in Australia and New Zealand, Mad Mex offers a range of Baja-style Mexican food that’s fresh, healthy, fast and delicious. Plus, it’s served-up in eco-friendly BioPak sugarcane pulp packaging, so you can enjoy your Mexican food fix –guilt-free.
Managing Director of Wattle Organic Farms, Nathan Free, is a fourth generation horticulturist with a passion for sustainability (in farming, and in life). After winning the AUSVeg Young Grower of the Year Award in 2014, and backing it up with a Nuffield Scholarship in 2015, Nathan is now running one of the largest organic farms in Australia and is showing no signs of slowing down and has been supplying Woolworths directly with 500 tonnes of stone fruit and 200 tonnes of tomatoes annually since 2012 in custom moulded sugarcane pulp containers from BioPak.
Plastic pollution is wreaking havoc on our planet, and single-use plastic bags are one of the most significant contributors, it’s no surprise that many local and state governments are banning them.
We have summarised the changes for you and even come up with a sweet little infographic to show what it means for each state.
While disposable food containers offer convenience and a safe and hygienic vessel for takeaway food, the kind made from conventional plastics are having a devastating effect on the planet. Thankfully, as support for the zero waste movement grows, and more people become aware of the principles of a circular economy, the need for a sustainable alternative to plastic food containers is clear: BioCane packaging made from rapidly renewable sugaracane pulp is the future.