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Bio Pack sells responsibly compostable products. We offer sustainable alternatives for environmentally unfriendly packaging and disposables.

Bio Pack only comprises products exclusively made from renewable vegetable raw materials. All materials used are either agricultural waste products or derive from fast-growing renewable raw materials from plants. This is a sustainable approach to the conservation of fossil resources. Valuable residual flows, which would otherwise be destroyed as waste, are recycled.

All raw materials used are 100% compostable and, taken into account their entire life cycle, CO2 neutral, regardless of whether the products are ultimately fermented, composted or incinerated. The extensive range of Bio Pack products especially excels in the attractive, high-quality product design and is extremely functional.

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Bio Pack materials

Sugarcane

Sweet side effect

Our craving for sweetness has a positive side effect: the sugar cane juicing process produces large quantities of residual fibres, bagasse.

Sugar cane is the future as one of the most economically important plants in the world. It is grown in Brazil, China and India and more and more plantations in Africa and Thailand. Sugar cane is a strong crop, can tolerate some drought and offers strong resistance to diseases. After harvesting (at least 3 times a year) the stem is cut just above the ground. The plant then continues to grow and must only be replaced after 10 years. This harvesting method is therefore also environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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The harvested sugar cane is processed in a sugar factory by squeezing the juice. The remaining stem residues, bagasse, were historically simply burned on the field and this caused pollution.

This biomass is now recovered to make stylish sugar cane plates, trays and bowls. Sugar cane disposables are offered in 2 colours: white and natural (unbleached). Tableware made from sugar cane is lightweigt, yet very robust. It is suitable for cold and hot meals and can be used in microwave, oven and freezer.

An optional bio-lamination, as applied in our range of sealable menu trays, provides an even more effective grease and water barrier. This makes it possible for ready meals to be packaged in our menu trays for several days.

 

The major advantages of sugar cane disposables:

-        Made from a residual flow of the sugar cane production

-        100% compostable (certified EN 13432)

-        Very robust and stackable

-        Broad temperature range:

  • Freezer -25°C
  • Oven 220°C during 30 minutes
  • Microwave 800W during 10 minutes

Without using an industrial composting installation, bagasse disposables are biodegradable within 90 days in a compost heap. Depending on the composting conditions, such as temperature, humidity and particle size, composting will be even faster.

 

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Palm leaf

Pure nature

Our aesthetic and high-quality palm leaf material is thé example of how people can live from nature and how to handle it responsibly.

Our Bio Pack palm leaf disposables are made from leaves of the "Areca" palm, of which hundreds of millions are growing in India. This unique tree continuously produces leaves during its growth period. It is a tree as high as 25 meters and the fruit (betel nut) is harvested and used. The leaves can grow up to 2 meters and fall off the tree 4 to 7 times a year. Until now, leaves had been considered a useless by-product and were burned.

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It is only when the leaves of the betel palm dry up and fall to the ground from a height of about 25 metres that they are collected and shaped into stylish Bio Pack disposable tableware.

Not far from where the palm leaves fall to the ground, in a little village Bantwala Taluk in south-west India, the production company is located. It is here that every single palm leaf product we offer is made. It is not self-evident that the production process takes place right at the source, but entirely appropriate from a natural and human perspective. Although processing the palm leaves in a drier region would be simple, it would not make good ecological or economic sense. By processing them directly in the village, the inhabitants of a whole regio can carve out a living for themselves long-term with their own resources. This has led to the creation of about 500 jobs.

Palm leaf follows the cycle of nature:

1)     COLLECT: the palm leaves are gathered as they fall naturally

2)     CLEAN: the leaves are cleaned with fresh water under high pressure

3)     SHAPE: under socially fair working conditions, the leaves are pressed and cut

4)     USE: the stylishly designed palm leaf tableware is used

RECYCLE: tableware that is no longer needed is completely biodegradable

 

We place utmost importance on the production process for our palm leaf tableware being not just eco-friendly, but also fair to the people involved, and taking place under ethically correct working conditions. It is for this reason that we have had our palm leaf producer in India certified to the strict SA80000 standard, the standard for social responsibility.

SA8000 certification is only granted to companies that comply with defined guidelines in the areas

of health and safety in the workplace, allow trade unions and pay their workers a living wage. These

companies moreover guarantee to define maximum working hours, not to employ children and not to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, gender or religion. 

Thanks to this certification we are able to offer a product that not only looks stylish but is also produced under fair conditions. The certified palm leaf product assortment is thus a reflection of just how seriously we take our social responsibility: a special value that is very much appreciated by our customers.

Our palm leaf products are also certified compostable according to EN 13432 and since 2015 to Nordic Ecolabeling No. 5047 009, the official environmental label of the Nordic countries. Do you have a green thumb? Get it through the shredder and these natural materials can be reused in the garden in the spring to close the circle.

Palm leaf products are ovenproof, foodsafe and grease  and water resistant – all without any additional coating or the need for any additives. Each palm leaf has its own uniquely elegant pattern of veins and colour, in this way palm leaf products have an authentic and natural appearance.

The major advantages of palm leaf disposables:

-        Made from fallen palm leaves

-        Fair trade production process (SA8000), right at the source

-        100% compostable (EN 13432 certified)

-        Food safe and grease and water resistant

-        Ovensafe (up to 220°C) and microwave (up to 3 minutes)

-        Naturally and free of chemicals

 

 Discover our products in the material palm leaf here

PLA

Lactic acid as an alternative to petroleum

Lactic acid not only sounds tastier than petroleum, it is also better for nature. PLA (polylactic acid), a bioplastic made from lactic acid, is 100% natural and thus the ideal alternative to polyethylenes dependent on mineral oil.

The lactic acid used in their manufacture is gained through the fermentation of carbohydrates. The starch we use for this purpose comes from renewable and organic resources such as manioc, maize and sugar cane. Since only harvests that have been rejected for human consumption are used, PLA is not a competition for the food chain. It will soon be possible to produce PLA from starches obtained entirely from natural resiudal materials.

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PLA is transparent, sturdy and shatterproof. PLA can be moulded into almost any shape and also used as film. They are also lighter than comparable products made of conventional materials. PLA is very similar to conventional plastic, but is more sensitive to heat, which speeds up the composting process. Disposables made of PLA are suitable for cold applications up to 40°C.

 The products have been tested and certified to the EN 13432 standard. This means that they can be converted into high-quality compost in an industrial composting installation within 12 weeks.

The major advantages of PLA disposables:

-        Made from vegetable raw materials

-        100% compostable (EN 13432 certified)

-        Transparent and shiny

-        Suitable for cold drinks and food (up to 40°C)

 

 

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CPLA

Crystallising out the benefits

Sometimes a perfect product can be turned into an even more perfect product by crystallising out further benefits. This is the case with polylactic acid (PLA), which is the raw material for CPLA (crystallised polylactic acid).

The disposable tableware made from PLA consists entirely of fast-growing raw materials. PLA has just one disadvantage: it cannot withstand high temperature. A special process converts PLA into CPLA. As the raw material crystallises, the colour turns milky and the material becomes rigid and heat resistant to 85°C.

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CPLA products from Bio Pack are made of pure PLA – no mixed compounds are used. In other words, it’s an absolutely pure natural product.

The major advantages of CPLA disposables:

-        Made from vegetable raw materials

-        100% compostable (EN 13432 certified)

-        Very stury material

-        Heat resistant (up to 85°C)

 

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Wood, Cardboard, Paper & Cellulose

Tree products from responsible forest management

Without forests, we’d soon run out of breath. That’s why we’re well advised to rely on the FSC® certificate for teh most of our tree-based products.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is an international, independent, non-profit organization that makes up guidelines and criteria for forestry worldwide. These are then used to develop standards for global forest management. FSC® ensures that products come from a well-managed forest that offers ecological, social and economic benefits.

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Most of our cardboard, paper and cellulose comes from FSC® forests. This certification guarantees that the forests are sustainably managed. Cellulose is the raw material used for the Bio Pack range of cardboard products.

An additional PLA layer, such as that used in our paper cups, also makes the product heat and moisture resistant. They are custom-printable and available in different sizes for a wide range of purposes.

 

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Paperwise

Tree free cardboard

Every minute, trees covering an area the size of 20 football pitches are cut down to produce paper and cardboard. But there is another option: the crops we grow for food also have many inedible parts such as stems and leaves. Up until now, these by-products have been burned or left to rot.

Yet agricultural waste is an excellent raw material for the production of cardboard paper. PaperWise reuses these valuable resources: agricultural waste that would otherwise be thrown away and thus completely lost.

PaperWise is a new raw material from the naturesse® brand. PaperWise stands for the procedure by which high-quality cardboard is made out of cellulose from residual materials. The entire PaperWise take away range was produced from natural residual materials from the field, without having to fell a single tree! It goes without saying that the range does not even need FSC® certification to proof how sustainable it is.

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These products have been tested and certified to the EN 13432 standard. This means that they can be composted without any residues.

All PaperWise products are labelled with an attractive symbol as a seal of their good quality. The logo makes reference to the origins of the natural raw material, with the abstract depiction of sugar cane fields from an aerial perspective emphasising how close to nature these packaging materials are.

PaperWise currently comprises sandwich bags, bread bags, food trays, burger boxes,… The bags are sturdy, compostable and keep your lunch fresh and tasty! Furthermore, we have a wide range of take away packaging in PaperWise cardboard.

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The major advantages of PaperWise disposables:

-        Made of agricultural waste of sugar cane production

-        100% compostable (EN 13432 certified)

-        Temperature range:

  • Freezer -18°C
  • Microwave
  • Not suitable for liquid applications
Mater-bi

Just think of all those semi-transparent shopping bags or other bags and films that end up in the waste after use. It would entirely be better for nature and for us if we could avoid this mountain of waste.

The Bio Pack bags and films are made of vegetable oil and starch (Mater-Bi), a natural product that returns to nature again after use. All naturesse® bags and films are certified to EN 13432 and can be disposed of in the household compost.

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In other words, the bags have a secondary use: they can be reused as household organic waste bags. The bag and film solutions from Bio Pack also display other impressive properties: they are all breathable, very robust and tear-resistant.

The major advantages of Mater-Bi:

-        Made from vegetable raw materials

-        Home compostable in the compost heap

-        100% compostable (EN 13432 certified)

-        Reusable as household organic waste bag

 

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Why sustainable?

Made from renewable raw materials, our biodegradable disposable tableware is made from renewable raw materials such as palm leaves, maize and sugar cane, unlike most packaging and disposables made from fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas. Renewable raw materials come from nature, often even from residual flows that would otherwise have been incinerated. For example, our sugar cane tableware is made from residual flows that remain during the production of sugar and our palm leaf tableware is made from fallen palm leaves.

Reduction of harmful CO2 emissions

Sustainable packaging is CO2 neutral. During the growth phase, crops absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. When composting our disposable tableware, the same amount of CO2 is released as the crop has absorbed during its lifetime. The emission of CO2 during the production of sustainable packaging is also many times less than with regular packaging. The use of our biodegradable disposable tableware therefore makes a significant contribution to the reduction of harmful CO2 emissions.

Reduction of harmful waste

Waste control is still a growing problem. Plastic waste often ends up in nature and causes significant damage to it. The use of biodegradable disposables is one way to contribute to the solution. Our products are compostable and therefore certified according to the European standard EN 13432. After use, the products can be composted (where facilities exist) and serve as food for new crops (cradle to cradle principle).

If you would like further information, do not hesitate to contact us: info@BioPack.be.