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[The War on Waste TV series highlighted how few coffee cups are currently being recycled in Australia. There has been a big drive to switch to reusable cups and we applaud the initiative. It's always best to reuse whenever possible.
Single use disposables do have a place and banning them is not a solution. An industry adoption of better design principles that consider the entire environmental and social impact of a product throughout its lifecycle is the answer.
Foodservice's role in the War on Waste
The world is moving away from relying on carbon emitting, polluting fossil resources for energy and transportation, in its place we are seeing a transition to electric cars, a boom in solar, wind and hydro power generation and innovations that promise a brighter future without contributing to global warming or environmental pollution.
Similarly, single use disposable packaging is undergoing a revolution. At BioPak we have made significant progress since our inception in 2006, developing recyclable and compostable packaging solutions made from renewable resources.There is still more work to be done which is why we welcome public awareness on this issue. We want to encourage an industry-wide revolution driven by consumer demand for products that reduce or eliminate any associated negative environmental impacts.
Recyclable and compostable
We want to help improve the recycling rates in Australia. Resource recovery after our products have been used is critical in our move towards a circular economy. BioCups are recyclable and our research has shown that the bioplastic coating used to line BioCups is much easier to separate from the paper fibres during the recycling process than PE plastic lining of all other paper cups. In addition to recycling, BioCups are also commercially compostable.
To reduce reliance on fossil resources, we replace these materials with more sustainable, rapidly renewable and abundant, non-toxic alternatives such as plant fibres, and bioplastics made from plants. France and India are leading the way and have announced their intention to phase out single use foodservice disposable packaging made from conventional plastic and only permit the use of certified compostable materials.
The energy required to transform these materials into a product, along with the energy required to distribute it also needs to transition to renewable sources. Our paper cup production facility purchases some renewable energy and our goal is to a use 100% renewable energy in the future.Carbon emissions
5% of profits to positive change
We believe in actively supporting the communities where our products are used. We donate 5% of our profits to charities, including 1% to Rainforest Rescue where our contributions have been used to plant 5,000 trees and protect three hectares in the threatened Daintree Rainforest in far north Queensland since 2011.]
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