BioPak was founded with the intention of disrupting an industry that was ripe for change, and a significant contributor to the degradation of the environment in the packaging it produced and the resources it consumed. There is a better way of doing things and we achieve this by using only rapidly renewable responsibly-sourced materials to manufacture eco compatible packaging that regenerates and returns nutrients back into the biological cycle. It starts with responsibly-sourced materials, continues with environmentally certified manufacturing processes, and ends with nutrient-rich compost that can be used to regenerate soil, grow new plants and help fight climate change.
“There are a lot of carbon neutral schemes available out there. But at the end of the day Climate Active is the only one that provides a credible stamp.”
Type of certification
Organisation and Products.
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
BioPak has demonstrated leadership in sustainability for years and has measured and offset its carbon emissions since 2010. But we felt it was time to align with the robust government standard and BioPak achieved Climate Active certification in 2018.
Why are you carbon neutral?
BioPak's mission is to produce the most sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging on the market. Since the early days, it was obvious that becoming carbon neutral was the way to go to help reduce our environmental footprint.
What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
The main benefit is to understand our carbon footprint. Measuring and analysing our emissions is paramount. It gives us the right tools to define and implement an effective reduction plan. It also gives our customers the confidence that we walk the talk and are genuinely an environment-focused company. Customers trust us and staff engagement is boosted. We are proud to be part of a community of like-minded Climate Active certified organisations.
What offset projects do you support?
Liucheng Biomass Power Generation Project in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.
Why did you choose these projects?
We wanted to support an initiative aligned with our business activities. While we have launched an Organics Collection ("Compost Service") in 2017 to help our customers divert their food scraps and compostable packaging from landfill, the offset project we selected supports the diversion and recycling of biomass.
How can the community support you?
Consumers can support us by showing their preference for Climate Active Carbon Neutral certified and genuinely sustainable products through their daily purchasing decisions.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
Our emission reduction strategy in the next five years will start with an analysis of our organisational and product footprint, to identify the activities and product ranges that emit the most CO2. We will then look at stopping, reducing or changing these activities where possible. In the case of products, we will look at replacement options where alternatives exist. We will also keep exploring opportunities to reduce the environmental footprint of our organisation in terms of energy savings, recycling initiatives, travel policies and office management.
We moved to a new office in August 2019 and will ensure it is fitted with energy efficient lighting and appliances. Five types of waste are already being segregated for optimum recycling, including food scraps that are sent to a composting facility in Wollongong, NSW. We have engaged with other tenants in the building and hope that, in the future, we will be able to add their food waste to our organics collection service. Our new office also features a board room fitted with improved audio and video conference equipment to support our formal travel policy aimed at reducing air travel. We expect to be able to replace a number of trips to Europe or Asia by video conferencing. This is an important improvement as our parent company is located in Sweden. We expect to see positive results due to these changes in the next 12 months.
We will also work on reducing the emissions associated with various areas of our supply chain such as manufacturing processes, freight, and products' end of life. We have already engaged with our suppliers and will keep encouraging them to improve their own footprint. We require our suppliers to get certified to ISO14001 as a first step. In addition, we will also encourage energy efficiency projects such as placing solar panels on factory roofs. We will also keep expanding our Compost Service to divert our customers’ compostable packaging and food scraps from landfill. Avoiding methane emissions from landfill will reduce the footprint associated with the end of life of our products.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
There are a lot of carbon neutral schemes available out there. But at the end of the day Climate Active is the only one that provides a credible stamp.