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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.

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.  

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.

As consumers become more aware of the consequences of waste in our environment, businesses have been keen to bandy about buzzwords such as ‘green’, ‘eco’, and ‘sustainable’ in the branding of their products. But how many of these products are truly sustainable?

As consumer trust in advertising falls, and global awareness of the environmental impact of our consumption habits rises, companies are rushing to highlight the ‘eco-friendly’ aspects of their products in a bid to appeal to the conscious consumer and increase sales.

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.

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 sugarcane pulp is the future.

– by Richard Fine (Founder, BioPak)

When talking about innovation the story is usually quite simple, come up with an idea, figure out how to make it work and change the world. However, that is rarely how it actually happens. A more common narrative is, someone comes up with an idea but it never gets off the ground because no one is willing to accept it. The truth is that innovation is never a single event, but a process of discovery, refinement and transformation.

This is our story.