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Staff of Biopak and Rainforest Rescue celebrate the new partnership including Richard Fine (holding the sign) and Gary Smith from BioPak and Kristin Canning from Rainforest Rescue (left).
Staff of Biopak and Rainforest Rescue celebrate the new partnership including Richard Fine (holding the sign) and Gary Smith from BioPak and Kristin Canning from Rainforest Rescue (left).

Packaging companies are not generally seen as good corporate citizens but one Aussie company is ahead of the pack, having pledged to donate one per cent of its profits towards saving Daintree Rainforest.

And while one per cent may not seem like much, it’s enough to protect two hectares of highly endangered rainforest and nurture 2,500 native seedlings to regenerate much needed habitat for endangered species such as the cassowary.

Rainforest Rescue plantings on a former road in the Daintree. Photo from Rainforest Rescue Facebook page.
Rainforest Rescue plantings on a former road in the Daintree. Photo from Rainforest Rescue Facebook page.

Mullumbimby-based Rainforest Rescue has entered a partnership with Biopak, an Australian company that specialises in environmentally sustainable packaging, to protect the internationally important rainforest that is under threat from land clearance, introduction of non-native invasive species and inappropriate development.

‘Business today also has a responsibility towards the environment – we cannot keep endlessly extracting resources without consequence, said Biopak founder Richard Fine.

‘Air, water, biodiversity, renewable resources are the very building blocks upon which a successful business is built. This is why we seek out opportunities to contribute towards the restoration and protection of areas that have been damaged or polluted due to careless human activity. Partnering with Rainforest Rescue has enabled us to achieve this and affect real change,’ he added.

Rainforest Rescue CEO Julian Gray said BioPak’s commitment would ‘help us create biodiversity corridors in the Daintree lowland rainforest helping build resilience against development, invasive species and wider climate change.’

‘Australia has the oldest rainforest in the world going back to the Cretaceous era more than 135 million years ago – almost 70 million years before the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Daintree is a vulnerable and special landscape. It hosts a bio-diverse ecosystem that can be found nowhere else in the world and is of international conservation importance. The partnership between BioPak and Rainforest rescue is a great step forward in helping protect the unprotected,’ Mr Gray said.


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