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28th of November 2019Customer stories

Sea Life x BioPak: together towards a zero waste aquarium

For many who enjoy exploring the wonders of the aquarium, single-use foodservice packaging is in abundance, and almost unavoidable for those who don’t make the change. Compostable and sustainable alternatives need to be sourced to counteract the negative environmental impact.


The iconic SEALIFE Aquarium in Auckland NZ, sought to make a change and take a stance against the use of single-use plastic. Being underground, the aquarium faced numerous difficulties when it came to finding sustainable waste-management solutions. For many visitors, tourists, and staff, single-use plastic packaging is a practical option when it comes to foodservice. For onsite foodservice outlets, it’s a matter of safety for patrons, unless compost-friendly alternatives can be used instead. Additionally, food brought in by visitors and staff is being incorrectly thrown away, with many disposing of their organic and plastic waste incorrectly whilst on site. Single-use plastic has a significant environmental impact ranging from how the materials are sourced to the disposal options once used.

SEALIFE teamed up with BioPak in a bid to reduce negative environmental impacts caused by single-use plastics. After teaming up with BioPak, SEALIFE has replaced conventional; single-use foodservice packaging with compostable, carbon neutral packaging.

They’ve implemented strict waste- disposal systems to reduce their contribution to landfill, too. Opting for better composting systems and a stronger understanding of waste management across all staff. SEALIFE also chose to use BioPak’s compost service to work towards being a zero waste aquarium.

Environmental sustainability was a must and it was also important to look at the practical things – like easy ordering, fast delivery, and great range of products.

SEALIFE made an active change to their systems in a bid to be more sustainable, whilst setting an example for other business’ and visitors, too.

Switching to compostable packaging is a simple step that makes a big difference, especially within zoo and aquarium facilities, where large quantities of food and drink are consumed on a daily basis.

By adopting BioPak foodservice products into their onsite food outlets, SEALIFE noticed significant changes to their amount of waste. Immediately, they were producing 13.93% percent less waste to landfill.

Instead of contributing 5 tonnes of waste per month, SEALIFE’s figures have dropped to 1.5 tonnes of compostable waste after adopting BioPak products.