– 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.
BioPak’s ground-breaking disposable coffee cups are recyclable, especially when compared to other disposable packaging, including milk cartons, according to new independent research.
The Chief Executive Officer of BioPak, Gary Smith, said that contrary to some of the misinformation in the public space, research commissioned by the company had confirmed that its disposable cups could be recycled commercially.
Let's face it: Australians are big coffee drinkers. In less than a generation, we have moved from a nation of sedate tea drinkers to a nation of coffee obsessives. We now judge our cities on just how good the coffee is. Or how many baristas they have.
Currumbin RSL in South East Queensland has a mission to make a difference by lowering their carbon footprint. Since 2009 they have made a marked reduction in their waste, water and energy use.
They have many initiatives in place to do this, including a commitment to purchasing compostable packaging which, along with their organic food waste from various venues in the club can be composted in their BiobiN®, ready to be made into nutrient rich compost by Phoenix Power Recyclers.
Use the hashtag #rainforest2reef on images of your special Rainforest Rescue edition of the BioCup Art Series cups on Instagram and BioPak will donate $1 for every post.
BioCup Art Series has teamed up with Rainforest Rescue and Great Barrier Reef Legacy to bring you the #rainforest2reef Art Series. The series features 17 artists whose work celebrates and raises awareness on the importance of protecting the ancient and biodiverse Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.
You can now take simple and delicious meals on board in unique FLY by Mike carry on tray-packs from Sydney Airport.
BioPak, together with food packaging stalwarts, Sydney Packaging, teamed up to help KITCHEN by Mike say a firm no to generic foil and plastic takeaway containers ubiquitous in the fast food industry, developing instead a custom designed sugarcane pulp bento style tray.
Compostable packaging will replace conventional plastic packaging for foodservice applications. We cannot continue with the current status quo. The compost infrastructure in Australia will eventually meet the obvious demand and in the future when we enjoy a delicious meal served in compostable packaging we will look back and wonder why it took so long to solve such a simple problem.
BioPak would like to set the record straight – compostable packaging isn’t some fanciful idea we dreamed up in isolation to annoy the waste industry, as suggested by a recent article in the Age. It is part of a world-wide movement to reduce waste to landfill.
And contrary to attention grabbing headlines, our BioCups are recyclable in the paper recycling of many councils and compostable at many commercial facilities across Australia.