We are excited to bring to you excerpts from Food Innovation Australia Limited's (FIAL) latest edition of Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations book. The FIAL team searched far and wide to find some of the best innovations in the country — from small businesses to multinationals, the new 2019 book edition showcases 50 innovations from across the whole value chain.
FOCUS: BioPack | BioCane Foodservice Packaging made from sugarcane pulp (bagasse) | BioPak has developed a sustainable alternative to conventional plastic packaging, which delivers a positive environmental impact.
Challenge: When we buy a product, we also buy any waste associated with it. In 2016, Australians sent 2.2 million tonnes of plastic and another 1.6 million tonnes of paper to landfill. The environmental impact of packaging waste, plastics, in particular, has become a global issue.
Public demand for improved sustainability and climate change action has resulted in the regulation and banning of single-use plastics in many countries and regions worldwide. This is placing pressure on the food packaging industry to switch to more sustainable options and is driving innovation in packaging.
An example of a high-volume single-use plastic is a disposable food container. It is convenient, safe, hygienic and commonly used for takeaway food. However, when made from conventional plastics, these containers are unsustainable and pollute the environment at every stage in their life cycle. Alternative single-use food-service packaging options with reduced environmental impacts are desperately required. These options need to be easily collected and recycled.
Solution: BioCane packaging is made from sugarcane pulp, also known as bagasse. It is the stalk residue remaining after the sugar has been extracted from the cane. Instead of burning this material, BioPak converts the bagasse into an easily moulded packaging raw material. This versatile material is suitable for creating packaging for a wide range of hot, cold, solid, and liquid products and it is ovenable up to 200°C.
The sugarcane packaging is certified home and commercially compostable, is free from contamination and is recyclable in the paper co-mingled recycling stream — making it a sustainable effective replacement for the ubiquitous plastic takeaway container.
BioPak has developed a range of popular sizes and has displayed its solutions at many consumer events and industry trade shows.
Want to hear more about BioPack and other great Australian food and Agribusiness Innovations? Get your copy of the 4th edition of the Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations book HERE.