Polycarbonate 12oz reusable hot drink cups

BBP--2278214717-RT-(2)bBrand new in today are our new high quality reusable hot drink cups, these are a classic porcelain mug style and designed to mimic the appearance of a regular cup.

We’re stocking this item as a high gloss white colour or a completely clear variety; designed primarily for fruit teas and other specialty drinks. Both are the most popular 12oz / 350ml capacity so great for either commercial or home use. Due to their sturdy polycarbonate construction they’re also ideal for use on the go, such as in the caravan or at the beach.

Polycarbonate has a huge advantage over traditional ceramic or porcelain mugs, strength. For all intents and purposes these reusable glasses are nearly indestructible. They can be dropped onto a hard surface, stepped on or crushed and they won’t break. Polycarbonate is also a great insulator so cups remain comfortable to hold, they don’t get too hot to hold under normal use.

These items are available from stock straight away as full boxes of 24; visit our reusable coffee cups category for more information at:  https://innsupplies.com/reusable/polycarbonate-coffee-cups

 

Can I recycle paper cups?

crushed-cupsThis has been a popular question as of late, with a hugely increased focus on environmental responsibility companies and private individuals using disposables now looking at their usage with sustainability in mind.

Before tackling the topic of recycling it’s important to note the different types of paper cups commonly in circulation:

  • Paper cups with PE (polyethylene) lining
  • Paper cups with PLA (cornstarch) lining
  • Bamboo cups with PLA (cornstarch) lining

It’s a common misconception that paper cups with a lining cannot be recycled; in fact this is completely untrue. Paper cups cannot simply be put in your regular household paper recycling stream as the lining is classed as a contaminant; however there are other ways of recycling the paperboard used in these cups.

All cups need some sort of lining, without this they will leak. We’re often asked why cup manufacturers don’t just remove the plastic lining. It’s there for a reason; it keeps your coffee in your cup!

To be recycled correctly paper cups either need to be “cut” or mixed with a pure source of paper recycling (newspaper for example) or sent to a specialised facility that has a process to separate the lining from the cup before recycling the paper part. Both of these methods are good alternatives to the recycling issue. When mixing the paper cup waste with a pure form of paper recycling, the plant is simply managing the contamination level to keep it within tolerance. A certain percentage of contamination is acceptable and still results in usable paper pulp. Separating the lining from the cup is the other option, if there’s a facility for this method available in your area then this will enable cups to be directly recycled – however this is very area dependent.

Looking to have your cups recycled? There are various schemes that we support which can assist with this, for example:

  • Save a cup can arrange collections of your cups if the volume of use is sufficient, they will then process the waste using a suitable facility: http://www.save-a-cup.co.uk/.
  • Simply cups offer a wealth of advice on cup recycling and also offer a “post back” service when you can send your cups for recycling: https://simplycups.co.uk/

Bamboo cups are a newer type of cup that doesn’t rely on traditional paperboard, as the name suggests they’re made from fast growing sustainable Bamboo grass. This is not suitable for recycling at present, but these cups are designed to be sent to commercial composting facilities where they’re processed and completely break down to mulch.

We recommend checking with your local council and asking what recycling and processing facilities are available in your area. Some councils have processing facilities dedicated to paper cups and are able to recycle or process them directly. As this is done on a per-council basis customers need to check what facilities are available in their area – it may well be that your local council has a regular collection that’s compatible with paper cups, or a collection centre.

You can find our full range of paper cups at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/paper-cups

Bamboo Coffee Cups – Why Use Bamboo?

You may have noticed that we’ve received launched a brand new range of Bamboo coffee cups, available as either a standard single-wall cup or an insulated “ultimate” coffee cup. We’ve had lots of questions about this new range of cups, the most obvious asking why the sudden change to Bamboo when disposable cups have been traditionally made from paper for so long (originally developed in 1907 as the “Dixie Cup”.

The benefits of using Bamboo as a replacement for virgin grade paperboard are numerous. Although we only source paperboard from renewable and sustainable sources, there’s no getting away from the fact that the raw material comes from forestry. Since 2018 there has been a huge focus for the developed world being as ecologically responsible as possible. Trees are an important part of our ecosystem; however Bamboo can actually be used as an alternative raw material.

Bamboo is an amazingly fast growing grass; it requires no fertilizer and regenerates from its own roots. Compared with sustainable forestry of quick growing Birchwood for example, Bamboo grows many times faster resulting in a much better yield.

Bamboo cups are fully compostable when made using the PLA (cornstarch) lining we use for our range of cups – this means they break down completely when sent to an appropriate facility. There are no plastics left behind and no contaminants. These have proved to be enormous benefits with the ever increasing focus on sustainability and waste management.

Both ranges of Bamboo cups carry a distinctive and vibrant print, samples of which are available on request. We also stock completely biodegradable / compostable plastic lids to fit these cups for a completely eco-friendly solution.

You can find our full range of biodegradable paper cups including the Bamboo cups at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-paper-cups

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Insulated Bamboo “Ultimate” Paper Cups

ultimate bamboo group1Brand new on our website today are our Bamboo “Ultimate Eco” paper cups, made from Bamboo instead of paperboard as the name suggests. These are a natural / rustic colour instead of the usual white; no bleaching process is used on the raw material, perfect for café’s with natural / earthy themes and branding.

Our “ultimate” range of cups is unique in that it uses a single size of lid for the 8, 12 and 16oz sizes. With other cup ranges the 8oz cups take a smaller lid to the 12 and 16oz sizes. A single lid means one less item to keep in stock and less spaces required front-of-house when used commercially.

As with most of our other biodegradable items, our “ultimate eco” Bamboo paper cups feature a PLA (cornstarch based) lining instead of a plastic polyethylene layer. This means that the cups are completely biodegradable and compostable, they feature no plastics.

Triple layer “ultimate” paper cups feature superb heat insulation; they’ll retain the warmth of your drink while also preventing the cup from becoming uncomfortable to hold.

Samples are available on request, you can find these items in our biodegradable paper cups category at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-paper-cups

Plastic Jagerbomb Glasses Promotion

Bomb-Shot-Glass GroupWe’ve got a new lower price on our disposable plastic Jagerbomb glasses, effective immediately. These popular plastic bomb shots feature an integral inner cavity for Jagermeister, the outside is then commonly filled with Red Bull or other similar energy drink. Previously bars would use 2 separate glasses to achieve this effect, generally a 9oz spirit glass with a single measure shot dropped inside.

The Jagerbomb cups are now £45 per case (1,000 glasses), with free delivery available on orders over £100. This represents a huge saving over the regular RRP of £55 per case.

These items are made from sturdy Polypropylene. They won’t split, crack or shatter meaning they’re great for use in bars and clubs. After use they can be put in with your regular plastic waste and recycled. No waste and no need to put glasses through the glass washer.

Samples are available on request, you can find these Jagerbomb glasses on our site at: https://innsupplies.com/25ml-60ml-bomb-shots-jagerbomb-glasses.html

Plastic Champagne Flutes – New Lower Price

champ 2017We’ve dropped the price on our popular range of disposable champagne flutes; the large 170ml flutes are now only £15.99 per case (100) with further discounts if you require even larger quantities.

Our disposable champagne glasses are very popular all year round, but especially during the summer months for outdoor or festival use. They’re made from high clarity crystal polystyrene and are perfectly suited to occasions where you might not want to use glassware, or are looking to cater for larger numbers. These flutes are most commonly used for champagne, but we find that they’re increasingly used for prosecco too as it has increased in popularity dramatically over the years.

It’s possible to hire glassware for functions and events, but it’s worth looking at the actual costs of doing so vs using a disposable champagne flute as an alternative. Champagne glasses can often be hired from larger off-licences or wine shops, however there are fines for any damages incurred and this needs to be factored in too.

Our disposable flutes are a great alternative, they’re cost effective and can simply be thrown in with your plastic recycling afterwards – no glasswasher required. Crystal polystyrene is one of the most easily recycled plastics in the UK; most recycling plants are able to process it. There’s no reason for any of the discarded flutes to end up going to landfill as long as they’re sorted properly.

You can find our plastic champagne flutes at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/plastic-champagne-flutes

Compostable Paper Vending Cups

paper vending cups groupWe’ve stocked a popular range of paper vending cups for quite some time now; these are available in 4 main sizes from 7 – 12oz to suit most customers. With the recent trend of moving to biodegradable paper cups, we’ve launched a biodegradable version of the prism design paper vending cups in the 2 most popular sizes.

Our compostable paper vending cups feature the increasingly common PLA alternative lining rather than the traditional PE lining. PLA is made from corn starch rather than being oil-based, this means I can break down naturally and be composted.

You can the 7oz tall and 9oz versions of our new compostable paper vending cups at the following location: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/paper-cups/paper-vending-cups

92mm Flat Sealed Smoothie Lids – Limited Stock

Flat-Lid resampledWe’ve got a limited quantity of flat smoothie lids without a hole available in the 92mm size, designed to fit 15 or 16oz smoothie cups. As the name suggests, these don’t feature a perforation for the straw – they’re a tight sealing lid that won’t leak. This is great for travel use or for customers that intend to store drinks instead of using the cups for immediate consumption.

These are made from the same PET plastic as the rest of our standard smoothie cups range, completely clear and high gloss. They’re also made from 100% recyclable plastic and can be recycled with your regular plastic waste.

See our range of plastic smoothie cups for more information at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/plastic-cups/plastic-smoothie-cups

 

New Sugarcane Biodegradable Bistro Plates

bistro-plate for web1We’ve just expanded our range of biodegradable sugarcane tableware. There are several new lines planned, fresh in today are the new square bistro plates. These are made from the same high quality sugarcane pump as the rest of the range – this makes them superbly durable and great for hot or oily foods.

Normal paper plates tend to be made from virgin grade paperboard; this has a few main drawbacks. The most obvious being that they’re quite flimsy and not great for serving heavier foods, they also tend to be porous so will absorb moisture or oil from hot foods.  Paperboard plates also have a direct effect on deforestation, whereas sugarcane / bagasse plates are made from what is essentially a waste product. This results in the entire range having a far greater footprint than a traditional paperboard plate.

These are available directly from stock with immediate effect. Take a look at our range of square biodegradable plates for more information: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/square-biodegradable-plates.

 

cPLA Biodegradable Lids for 4oz Paper Cups

4oz-CPLA-BIO-Lid webWe’ve always supplied a small travel lid for our range of takeaway espresso cups, however these are made from PP (Polypropylene) plastic.  With a sizable number of our customers moving to biodegradable alternatives we’re now stocking a biodegradable cPLA lid to fit these cups, as with the rest of our cup range. The cPLA lids are made from a cornstarch base, they’re completely biodegradable so a great match for our small 4oz biodegradable espresso cups.

Unlike many other 4oz plastic lids on the market, ours are a sip through traveler lid rather than a flat sealing lid. They’re designed for espresso consumption on the go.

You can find these listed in our sip through lids category and alongside the rest of our 4oz paper cups.