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04th of October 2019

Noosa Food & Wine Festival

Food and wine events bring people together and make an enormous positive contribution to the community. But, negative impacts on the environment must be considered and managed.

23rd of September 2019

5 BioCup Myths Busted!

Ever wondered if recycling cups is better than composting? There's a lot of confusion surrounding compostable coffee cups and we're here to set the record straight by debunking 5 of the more common myths around bioplastics.

We've partnered with innovative waste management company GoTerra to roll out the BioPak Compost Service to Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. Through the service, Canberra businesses will be able to send BioPak compostable foodservice packaging, along with food scraps, to be composted rather than ending up in landfill.

BioPak is now NCOS certified, the Australian Government’s recognised standard. This is the 100th successful participant in the program. Whilst BioPak has demonstrated leadership in sustainability for years and have measured and offset their carbon emissions since 2010, they felt it was time to align with the robust government standard.

Climate emergency is happening, landfills are overloaded, and the recycling industry is in crisis. Yet our collective consumption habits aren’t slowing down. In this article, we look at New Zealand's compost infrastructure and recycling volumes. In New Zealand alone, more than one million tonnes of plant matter and food scraps are sent to landfills each year, representing about 320 kilograms of organic matter for each one of us.

 

Industrial composting presents a huge opportunity to prevent food waste and compostable packaging from ending up in landfills where it otherwise releases methane – a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than CO2, which contributes to climate change (source).

 

Australia’s leading eco-friendly packaging company BioPak has announced its expansion into Singapore offering more sustainable foodservice packaging alternatives to conventional plastic packaging. In Singapore, 2019 has been declared the Year of Zero Waste. However, 40% of waste Singaporeans place in the recycling stream ends up in landfill and a third of waste created and disposed of in Singapore comes from packaging.

BioPak has partnered with popular food delivery service Deliveroo in a bid to reduce waste to landfill.

The availability and popularity of meal delivery is rising growing from a $20 million industry to over $200 million in the past five years, according to IBISWorld, and is forecast to grow by an annualised 15% over the next five years.

But with an increase in food delivery, which is predominantly served in single-use foodservice packaging, comes environmental impacts that need to be considered and managed.
 

Most sushi trays are made from conventional plastic derived from finite fossil resources. With 9% of the world’s plastics actually getting recycled, we need a more sustainable alternative to sushi trays made from conventional single-use plastic.

That’s why we’ve created our certified compostable, carbon neutral sushi trays which are made from plants and provide a closed loop alternative to their conventional plastic counterparts. Now, sushi restaurants can serve their customers in compostable sushi containers mde from plants - made for the circular economy where there is no waste.