Bupa and Cassava Bags Australia partner to reduce plastic waste

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Bupa has expanded its partnership with Cassava Bags Australia in a pilot that will see the health and care company start to move away from utilising a range of single-use plastics across its national network of dental practices, health insurance stores and corporate offices.

As part of the initial pilot, Bupa will begin utilising products such as 100 per cent biodegradable Cassava Bags Australia bin liners and kitchen waste products along with clinical products such as headrests and tray sleeves across a number of Bupa dental practices around Australia.

Cassava Bags Australia produces 100 per cent natural, biodegradable and compostable bags and other products made from the Cassava plant—a starchy root vegetable.

They were winners of Bupa’s 2022 eco-Disruptive competition, which connects start-ups with dedicated Bupa teams to help develop innovative solutions to the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet.

“As a large organisation, we currently use thousands of plastic products every year that are necessary for hygiene and often cannot be reused or recycled, so taking action to find sustainable alternatives which we can incrementally scale up is a real priority for us,” said Roger Sharp, Bupa’s chief sustainability & corporate affairs officer for Asia Pacific.

This announcement builds on an existing initiative from Bupa Dental to start to move away from plastics across a range of common dental care products such as cups, syringe sleeves, barrier film and X-ray sensor sleeves.

This article was sourced from the News page on the Food & Beverage website.

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