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Every 18 minutes, someone is reported missing. And for every missing person, at least 12 are impacted directly either emotionally, psychologically or financially. BioPak was approached by MPAN to provide a medium with which to run their Missing Persons Week campaign. MPAN figured the best way to draw people’s attention to the issue was to use something they have in their hand every day: a coffee cup.

Plastic consumption is out of control and polluting our planet at a scale that has never been seen before. We can now see the devastating effect firsthand as plastic fragments litter every beach in the world. Wildlife ingest this plastic with lethal consequences and it’s making its way up our food chain and into our bodies. We can no longer ignore the problem and we should all be looking for solutions.

Australians have a love affair with coffee, each year using an estimated 1 billion disposable coffee cups. That's approximately 2,700,000 paper cups tossed out every day. So it’s no surprise that new cup recycling schemes are popping up. But do they actually work? 

BioPak compostable cups featured on the latest episode of ABC’s War On Waste

Tuesday night’s War on Waste episode broadcast by the ABC featured BioPak compostable bioplastic BioCups as a solution Kiama High School canteen are implementing to divert waste from landfill, and avoiding the use of conventional plastic. What if more institutions switched from conventional plastic cups to compostable bioplastic cups?

You might have seen BioPak stickers on general waste bins around south-eastern Sydney. Here’s why.

 
BioPak compostable cups featured on latest episode of ABC’s War On Waste.
 
Tuesday night’s War on Waste episode broadcast by the ABC has thrust Australia’s waste management crisis further into the spotlight, lifting the lid on the volume of food and  organic waste that ends up in landfill – a hefty 60 percent of household waste is reported in the episode.  

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 cafes under that name, they now roast for and support cafes all over Australia with premium ethical and sustainable coffee. Read our interview with founder Saxon Wright to learn how Pablo & Rusty's are fighting the war on waste.

Plastic Free July has been an incredible success for our #BioPakHeroes - with over $2000 raised for a great charity (WWF) and more awareness raised for a pressing issue (the proliferation of plastics in our lives).

There is no 'Planet B' and thus why 3 team members have taken on the Plastic-Free July Challenge. The plastic we mindlessly generate and consume through our lifestyles has a permanent and adverse effect on our planet. In an effort to raise both money and awareness, the BioPak Heroes chronicled their month-long journey on EverydayHero.

We had the chance to catch-up with the team and hear first-hand how they found the month overall and their key takeaways.