Bioplastics are plastics made from organic sources. They are renewable and take a shorter time to decompose fully. They are environmentally friendly for businesses.
No, Bioplastics used for food and beverage packaging are approved for food contact, but are not suitable for human consumption.
No, nothing in the BioPak range or on this website contains BPA.
BioPak's bioplastic products are designed to return to the soil through composting. If thrown into the bin they will end up in a landfill. Bioplastic does not biodegrade in landfill conditions. However, it is still environmentally better than plastic, as the CO2 absorbed during the growth phase of the plant is stored and locked up in the material.
BioPak's clear cups, bowls and cutlery have a 6 - 12 month shelf life at least and must be stored below 35 degrees celcius. Do not store in direct sunlight, near heat sources or heaters. Our bioplastic bags have a 6 month shelf life from purchase and must be stored out of direct sunlight and below 35 degrees celcius.
Sugarcane pulp is made from the crushed stalks remaining after the juice is extracted from sugarcane. It is a compostable, rapidly renewable and biodegradable resource. BioPak's sugarcane pulp products are made by pressing the pulp at high pressure and temperatures into a molded form. It is sterilised and santised and conforms to FDA administration guidelines. BioPak use sugarcane pulp (bagasse) for our range of clamshells, takeaway containers, plates, bowls and trays. We prefer sugarcane pulp to paper as the raw material is fast growing and rapidly renewable.
Using sugarcane instead of paper helps to protect forests. While 5 tonnes of wood are needed to produce 1 tonne of pulp for paper, only 1.5 tonnes of sugarcane pulp are needed to produce the same amount. Sugarcane pulp packaging production requires fewer toxic chemicals. Agricultural crops are easier to turn into pulp than wood is and consequently, they require smaller quantities of toxic solvents to turn them into pulp for paper-making.
Sugarcane is much more rapidly renewable than paper from virgin forests. This waste stream product will be available as long as we are growing sugarcane for food production.
BioPak's sugarcane tableware will handle hot food and beverages up to 120 degrees centigrade. They are microwave and freezer safe, have a high resistance to grease and are water resistant. Unlike paper or plastic containers, our BioCane takeaways are oven-safe. They can be heated in the microwave and oven up to 220 degrees centigrade. So you can now make ready-to-serve meals off site, freeze them for transport and reheat in the oven for serving.
Yes, our sugarcane pulp products will biodegrade in any compost environment. The rate of decomposition depends on the composting conditions - the temperature, turnover rate, moisture, etc. Just like other compostable material, products will biodegrade much faster if they are broken into smaller pieces. Sugarcane pulp will biodegrade at the same rate as other fibrous garden waste in a home composting system. They will biodegrade within 120 days in a commercial composting facility.
Yes! As long as the material is not too contaminated with food waste, sugarcane pulp products can be recycled along with mainstream paper and cardboard.
Yes! We have a plastic-free and tree-free takeaway container that works. Our BioCane takeaways have a perfect seal and are freezer, microwave and oven safe. They can be heated in the microwave and oven up to 220 degrees centigrade. So you can now make ready-to-serve meals off-site, freeze them for transport and reheat in the oven for serving.