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27th of April 2020Sustainability

Why do certifications matter?

Packaging certifications by independent third-parties allow organisations and individuals to assess whether the products they purchase meet the specific requirements by verifying claims made and to avoid greenwashing.


When it comes to ‘sustainable’ products, you hear a lot of buzzwords thrown around. Think: ‘sustainable’, ‘ethical’, ‘biodegradable’, ‘eco-friendly’ – the list goes on. While these words can actually mean something, without certification or independent verification this is called ‘greenwashing’.

Greenwashing has consequences: individuals and organisations aren’t able to make informed decisions about the products they want to buy. This is where certifications come in.

How certifications can help

Certifications demonstrate a company's commitment to quality, safety and sustainability. It affirms that a company's claims regarding the products, processes and social impacts have passed specific performance, sustainability and quality assurance tests.  Where claims to environmental impact are backed up by regulated, robust standards it can help consumers and business owners alike to shop (and sell) responsibly.

What certifications does BioPak have?

Our manufacturing facilities and products are certified to several different local and international standards:

Carbon neutral

BioPak is certified carbon neutral by Climate Active, the Australian Government endorsed body and most rigourous standard on the market. This means that for every tonne of carbon emitted as a result of our operations, we purchase carbon credits – which funds projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an equivalent amount.

Climate Active certification is awarded to businesses and organisations that have credibly reached a state of achieving net zero emissions, otherwise known as carbon neutrality. This means that the activities associated with running a business or producing a particular product have no negative impact on the climate.

By supporting businesses with the Climate Active trade mark you are supporting climate action.

Compostable

Our plant-based compostable foodservice packaging is certified to Australian (AS4736) and European (EN13432) standards for collection and processing in industrial composting conditions or home composting standards. Check our benefits and certifications for more details on the exact certifications for individual products and how they fit into the circular economy.

Environmental manufacturing

Five of our seven manufacturing facilities are certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and two are in the process of achieving certifications. This standard provides a framework that an organisation can implement to ensure the environmental impacts are considered and managed during the manufacturing process. We are working with our partners towards certification for all our facilities soon.

Sustainably sourced paper

BioPak packaging is made from responsibly-sourced and rapidly-renewable plant-based materials. All our paper products are made from Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) bleached fibre and many are made with FSC™ -certified paper or Birchwood which means that the material is sourced from well-managed forests and that wood has been harvested to benefit communities, wildlife, and the environment.

B Corp Certification

As a certified B Corporation, we’ve met verified higher levels of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. B Corporations, or B Corps, make decisions that make a positive impact for their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment (source). Together, we are a force for good.

Solar Impulse Certification

Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions Label proves the economic profitability of solutions that protect the environment (source). It is one of the first Labels for positive impact businesses are bringing together to protect nature and financial viability through a strict assessment process made by a pool of independent experts.