The amount of business' getting on board with making the switch to sustainable and compostable packaging genuinely puts a smile on our faces everyday. Making a difference can be as simple as swapping your packaging for compostable alternatives and extending to your sustainable intents by going fully carbon-neutral or even carbon positive.
If you are looking to be inspired, here are nine BioPak customers delivering the sustainable goods - literally!
The Vurger Co was born with a mission to revolutionise fast food through the power of plants. They have created a vegan restaurant where plants are the main event, with food that is fun, interesting and nutritious. Sustainability is at the heart of everything they do, they choose compostable packaging and first introduced onsite composting in 2016, turning food scraps and compostable packaging into renewable energy. “Our customers really care about what happens to the packaging so it’s wonderful that we can take care of the end-to-end process of its lifecycle too." Rachel Hugh, Founder of The Vurger Co
BioPak has teamed up with in Auckland, New Zealand, in a bid to reduce the negative environmental impacts caused by single-use plastics. Sea Life has replaced conventional single-use foodservice packaging with compostable, carbon-neutral packaging, and implemented strict waste-disposal systems to reduce their contribution to landfill. Opting for composting collection services and a stronger understanding of waste management across all staff, Sea Life has been able to reduce their waste from 5 tonnes per week to 1.5 tonnes of compostable waste after adopting BioPak products.
Atiyah is Australia’s first zero-carbon, off-grid street food kitchen. The greenhouse gas emissions created by the production of their meals and drinks have been assessed and quantified across their total life-cycle. “At Atiyah, we want to set an example that you don’t need emissions to run a kitchen, and really, there’s never been a better time to think about renewable energy in this way,” says founder Ben Armstrong. Their menu shows the carbon emissions that have been saved from every meal and drink. BioPak supplies their carbon-neutral, compostable packaging combined with innovative composting services to turn Atiyah’s takeaway packaging and food waste into nutrient-rich soil.
Brewdog is a member of the B-Corp community. Their mission is to bring their passion for quality craft beer to the world, from a community-focused platform. Brewdog gives away 20% of profits every year, 10% to staff and 10% to charities. In the past 12 months, Brewdog has partnered with Eden Projects for their ‘Buy One Get One Tree’ campaign, and set ambitious targets to offset twice as much carbon as they produce by August 2021.
Pablo and Rusty's are coffee roasters with a big focus on sustainability, and a passion to create a positive impact on our planet. As a certified B Corp since 2017, they are constantly reviewing and improving their impact, publishing an annual impact report that details both the environmental and social impacts of their business. Reporting is transparent and accounts for emissions at their coffee growers, their factory and at their cafes. This allows them to target and reduce emissions; for example, their factory uses 100% solar with a 30kWh smart system, all lights are LED’s (including hi-bays), they bale up and recycle all their plastic and cardboard waste, and they use BioPak certified compostable take away cups and lids.
VeganBurg makes burgers that can make you and the planet happy. VeganBurg is the world’s first 100% plant-based burger joint, founded in October 2010. Every burger is bursting with wholesome and natural real flavour. Every bite is not just a set of nutritional value numbers – it’s a step towards an environmentally sustainable diet. In this way, every meal is a contribution to a better world, by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. That’s why they choose carbon neutral and certified compostable BioPak packaging for their burgers.
Lussmanns is passionate about sustainably sourced food, they were founded on the principle that ethically sourced and locally farmed produce should be available to everyone. Their six restaurants are known for their fantastic service, pleasant ambience and fabulous food. They have always believed in ethical business practices, whether that’s through their Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) accreditations or their commitment to recycling 100% of their waste. Lussmann’s partnered with BioPak at the start of COVID to allow them to continue to provide for their customers in lockdown. “BioPak packaging has filled the missing link. It was really important that we didn’t become environmentally dismissive in the face of adversity,” Andrei Lussmann.
Aldi is committed to making significant changes to the amount of single-use plastic that they are using in-store. Aldi has been working with BioPak over the past year, trialling and testing a variety of materials to find the right solution to bring a non-plastic tableware replacement to market. Results: a home compostable and carbon-neutral picnic range enabling customers to reduce their plastic waste and divert more organic material away from landfill, thereby lowering the carbon footprint of their party or event.
BioPak and Woolworths are driving innovation in packaging fresh produce. Working with their produce packer including Hydro Produce, Kapiris Brothers and Costa Group we have developed sugarcane pulp trays for a number of Woolworth’s fresh fruit and vegetable farmers that are certified home-compostable and recyclable. By adopting sustainable packaging we can reduce plastic waste in the food packing industry and consumers can make positive decisions to buy less plastic at the supermarket shelf.
What all our partners have in common with us is the drive to experiment and innovate to bring about real change in the world. For us, sustainability is not about green-washing, it means having the courage to rigorously assess our environmental impact and the commitment to make positive changes toward a world without waste.
We believe this is the blueprint, bringing more and more business partners with us as we accelerate the transition to a sustainable, global circular economy. By choosing plants over plastic, compostable and carbon-neutral, you can join us on this journey.
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