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As a responsible business, we have an obligation to preserve and protect the environment and to give back and support the communities in which we operate. We donate our time, energy and 1% of all profits to environmental restoration initiatives with Rainforest Rescue, a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998. Our partnership has flourished since 2012 – together with our customers we have contributed to the protection of 4 hectares of rainforest and the planting of 10,500 trees.

As featured in The Age | 12 January 2018

After years of doing the right thing by separating our garbage so that our glass bottles, newspapers and plastics can be recycled, Victorians are now being told that all that recycling could be, well, a waste of time.

According to the Municipal Association of Victoria, a decision by China to place a ban on the import of recycling materials from outside the country has resulted in several councils having their recycling contracts cut back by our waste companies. If this continues, councils will have to stockpile millions of tonnes of waste or worse, dump it all in landfills.

With so many packaging products made from paper, it’s important to ensure our forests are not irreparably damaged in the creation of paper-based packaging. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international non-profit that acts to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. We’ve chatted with FSC Australia CEO Sara Gipton to hear a little more about the benefits of certification, when it comes to sustainable packaging.

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.

If you’re a fan of fast and fresh Mexican street food, you're probably familiar with the popular food chain Mad Mex. With more than 70 restaurants in Australia and New Zealand, Mad Mex offers a range of Baja-style Mexican food that’s fresh, healthy, fast and delicious. Plus, it’s served-up in eco-friendly BioPak sugarcane pulp packaging, so you can enjoy your Mexican food fix –guilt-free.

Managing Director of Wattle Organic Farms, Nathan Free, is a fourth generation horticulturist with a passion for sustainability (in farming, and in life). After winning the AUSVeg Young Grower of the Year Award in 2014, and backing it up with a Nuffield Scholarship in 2015, Nathan is now running one of the largest organic farms in Australia and is showing no signs of slowing down and has been supplying Woolworths directly with 500 tonnes of stone fruit and 200 tonnes of tomatoes annually since 2012 in custom moulded sugarcane pulp containers from BioPak.

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.

This means we have purchased carbon credits to compensate for the unavoidable green house gas emissions created through the production, transportation and disposal of our products. Carbon credits fund renewable energy or tree planting projects that reduce of remove greenhouse gas emsissions from being relased into the atmosphere. We fund The Wulabo Wind Power Project in China, through The Carbon Reduction Institute.

Find out more from Garth Mulholland from The Carbon Reduction Institute.