Dispopak Biodegradable takeaway boxes

New in today are our classic brown food boxes in the most common sizes used for commercially takeaways. As with the recently launched biodegradable noodle boxes, these are PLA coated biodegradable versions of our regular takeaway boxes; no PE (polyethylene) plastic coating. We’ve introduced these in an eco-themed natural brown kraft colour; this is unbleached card so no chemicals or bleaching agents are used in the production.

We’ve launched a full range of sizes for these new boxes including:

  • No 1
  • No 2
  • No 3
  • No 4
  • No 6a
  • No 8

If you’ve ever received a box similar to this from a takeaway establishment then there’s a strong possibility it’s one of these sizes; they’re industry standard sizes and cover nearly all of the most common uses.

Due to the standardisation of these boxes, if you wanted to switch from our regular white or brown food boxes to the biodegradable version, you simply purchase the same size (No 2 for example). These will have the same dimensions as the item you’re already using, even if it’s from another manufacturer. This makes switching to biodegradable boxes very simple indeed.

We can offer samples of these new food boxes if required, just get in touch with our sales team for more information. You can see our full range of biodegradable food boxes at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-food-boxes

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Takeaway food boxes: new biodegradable products

Group Shot_2Regular readers may have noticed a trend with most of the new products we’ve launched this year; they’ve all been biodegradable environmentally friendly alternatives to popular existing products. Today’s product update is no exception! We’ve got an extensive range of disposable takeaway food boxes; these are available as a few main varieties:

  • White folding food boxes (no1 – no8)
  • Brown kraft folding food boxes (no1 – no8)
  • Round smart serve noodle boxes (16oz – 32oz)
  • Square folding noodle boxes (16oz – 32oz)

We’ve just taken delivery of biodegradable versions of the 16oz and 26oz round noodle boxes, as well as the 26oz square folding noodle boxes. These are the most popular items from the takeaway noodle box range so it made sense to offer a biodegradable alternative for businesses looking to switch to biodegradable stock.

Similar to the rest of our range, the main difference with this range is that the polyethylene plastic lining is replaced with a PLA cornstarch based lining. This means that the lining will break down naturally, unlike items with a plastic-based lining.

To clearly identify these items as a biodegradable product they carry our green stripe branding, the items themselves are natural unbleached kraft paper.

You can find our full range of biodegradable food boxes at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-food-boxes

The regular range of takeaway food boxes can be found at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/takeaway-food-boxes

As always, samples of these new items are available on request.

New Product: Wooden Ice Cream Spade

95mm ice cream wooden spoonWe’ve got another new addition to our ever expanding range of wooden cutlery, this time in the shape of the Wooden Ice Cream Spade. These are specifically designed for mobile ice cream vendors, takeaway ice cream shops or even for product sampling.

The flat bottomed “shovel” design means they’re great for digging into pots of ice cream, often using traditional small spoons can prove tricky with more solid ice creams.

As with the rest of our wooden cutlery range, these are made from virgin grade birch wood. We’re an ethical supplier and only source our raw materials from sustainable forests.

As these are pure wood based items with no coating or plastics, they’re 100% natural and biodegradable products. They’ll degrade naturally and can be composted.

Wooden cutlery is a fantastic and increasingly popular alternative to plastic cutlery. It offers a natural earthy appearance and a more tactile texture; this gives the impression of a more premium product. Biodegradability is becoming increasingly important are we’re committed to offering the widest possible range of biodegradable, compostable and ethical alternatives to single use items.

Samples are available on request; please get in touch with our sales team for more information.

These wooden ice cream spades can be found on our website at: https://innsupplies.com/wooden-ice-cream-spades.html

New product: Bamboo Chopsticks

white wrapped chopstickWe’ve just taken delivery of our new shipment of wooden and bamboo cutlery, fresh in today are  our bamboo chopsticks. These are designed to complement our ever expanding range of wooden and biodegradable cutlery, giving customers a wide range of options when it comes to outdoor catering or just disposables for the home.

Our bamboo chopsticks are made from virgin grade bamboo, a fantastically sustainable alternative to paper based products. Bamboo is extremely fast growing meaning it can be farmed in a highly sustainable fashion; this means an extremely low environmental impact and a very ecologically sound end product.

This item fits into our wide range of biodegradable tableware, a range that we see as the future of catering disposables. We take environmental considerations seriously and source our products accordingly. The bamboo chopsticks for example are a 100% biodegradable natural product, they’ll break down naturally when disposed of.  This is especially useful at outdoor events when used commercially; it’s very common for arenas to require vendors use biodegradable disposables. These are a great alternative to the plastic variety; even the sleeves around the chopsticks contain no oil based plastics.

You can find these bamboo chopsticks on our biodegradable cutlery page at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/plastic-cutlery

New PLA biodegradable straws

Straws GroupOur new PLA biodegradable straws have just arrived, initially available as 5mm black, 6mm black and white 9mm smoothie straws. These look and feel like plastic straws but are made from cornstarch based PLA – this means they break down naturally and feature no oil based plastics. 8mm PLA spoons straws are also being introduced shortly to complete the range.

We’ve now got 3 main ranges of disposable straws, the classic polypropylene plastic straws, biodegradable paper straws and biodegradable PLA straws.

Polypropylene plastic straws have the lowest cost per unit. As with any single use plastics there’s no environmental issue with using these at all as long as they’re able to be collected and recycled correctly.

For those customers that require a biodegradable alternative, there is the choice of classic style paper straws or PLA straws. Both of these will break down naturally and comply with any current council and event site mandates regarding biodegradability.

Please see our biodegradable straws category for more information at:https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-straws

 

Special offer on plastic pint and half pint flexi glasses

Flexi dispoBy popular demand we’ve extended our offer price on the 20 and 10oz (pint and half pint to brim) disposable flexible plastic tumblers.

While this offer lasts our 10oz half pint glasses are £25 per case (1000), 20oz pints are £32.00 per case (1000).

These vacuum formed polypropylene glasses are hugely popular during the summer months for outdoor festivals and events in particular. As the name suggests they’re designed to flex rather than crack which makes cleaning up after use much easier, glasses can be collected and compacted ready for recycling.

Polypropylene plastic is one of the most widely recycled plastics; it can be recycled by any plastic processing facility in the UK when used in large quantities. For use in the home, they can simply be recycled with the normal household plastic waste.

 

Guide to plastic types

recyclebinWe’ve put together a brief overview of the types of plastic you’ll encounter when buying disposable or reusable catering supplies from our store. There a several different types each with their own properties and characteristics.

Knowing the type of plastic used can make a difference to your choice of glasses for an event or the supplies you use in a pub, bar or club.

A summary of the various plastic types is included below, along with the relevant plastic recycling code. If you’re running an event and need to put procedures in place to recycle the materials used, you can check the facilities at processing plants / collections available in your area for this code.

#7 PLA PP (Polylactic Acid)

This cornstarch based product has gained huge popularity since 2018 as a replacement for traditional plastics, both in linings used on paper products and for disposable glasses themselves. We offer a range of paper cups that use PLA as a lining, this allows them to be full biodegradable as PLA breaks down naturally. The PLA plastic glasses offer a similar feel and appearance to the glossy PET glasses; however they are recognisable by a slightly yellow tint.

 #1 PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

This is a glossy and completely clear form of plastic, commonly used for smoothie cups and other colourful drinks where appearance is especially important. They have a level of flexibility between polypropylene and crystal polystyrene, not easily broken at all. Even if the items are intentionally cracked they tend to stay in a since piece and do not shatter. This makes them easily usable at festivals and outdoor events.

 #7 Polycarbonate (PC)

You’d encounter polycarbonate when looking at our extensive range of reusable plastic glasses. This is a rigid and extremely strong form of plastic, so strong in fact that it’s what police riot shields are made from. For all intents and purposes this material is near indestructible in use; it can be dropped, stepped on, crushed etc. Polycarbonate is more expensive so these glasses tend to cost more, you’ll find this used in plastic glasses designed to replace traditional glassware.

 #5 PP (Polypropylene)

This is a very commonly encountered plastic, used for a huge variety of different glasses. It is recognisable by its slightly opaque appearance. The material has a high degree of natural flexibility which makes it very resistant to cracking or other similar damage. Thinner polypropylene glasses can be squashed flat when collected after a festival for example, this leaves no small shards of plastic. Thicker polypropylene glasses such as our Katerglass range have huge natural strength due to the thicker sidewalls while still maintaining a level of flexibility.

 #6 PS (Crystal Polystyrene)

A very rigid and completely clear form of plastic, traditionally used for stemmed glasses but can also be found in other disposable tumblers where the glass cannot have a clouded appearance. Crystal polystyrene will maintain its shape and has a small degree of flexibility; it’s great in terms of appearance and can be made to look almost like glassware to the untrained eye. The only downside is that if the item is damaged it can shatter into smaller pieces, it’s also more fragile than other forms of plastic on this list. A lot of formal glasses are made from crystal polystyrene, champagne flutes and wineglasses for example.

Single use plastics at event sites

champ 2017We’ve seen a couple of customers recently have trouble dealing with organisers at event sites when it comes to the types of catering disposables they’re using. There seems to be a lot of miscommunication with regards to environmental policy and what is / isn’t acceptable in terms of materials.

A recent example saw new rules issued to one of our customers the day before their event, within 24 hours they had new compliance mandates to which they had to conform. This mainly concerned the type of plastic used; certification was required for the purity of the plastic and suitability for any recycling as well as a plan for collection.

In this instance it was our popular disposable plastic champagne flutes. These are made from pure 100% virgin grade crystal polystyrene, a material that is very easily recycled at any processing facility in the UK. They’re a highly economical and eco-friendly (as long as they’re recycled!) solution to serving prosecco or champagne at event sites.

The customer solved the issue with the organisers after forwarding on our certification documents and putting in place a plan for collection, namely a deposit per glass which was refunded when the item was returned for recycling. This was very effective and meant basically zero additional clean-up was required.

We’re always keen to work together with customers to meet the requirements of event sites and council owned venues – there’s nearly always a simple solution that enables disposable catering supplies to be used effectively. Please feel free to get in touch if you come across issues of this nature, we’re happy to offer advice.

New products and updates

bio ripple groupRegular visitors will have noticed we’ve launched a record number of new product ranges this year, a quick flip through our blog updates will show how many new items we’ve added to our range lately. We tend to announce the arrival of any new products with a blog update with an overview of the item details and link to the product pages etc, however we’ve decided to add a dedicated “new products” page so you can see the most recently added items on our site. You can find this at: https://innsupplies.com/new-products.

The bulk of new products over the past 12 months have been biodegradable tableware and catering supplies. This is a reaction to massively increased market demand for biodegradable items. We’ve sought to offer a biodegradable alternative to the majority of our range for customers who want to switch to these products.

In addition to the usual site updates we also publish lots of pictures (and indeed special offers) on our Instagram page, make sure you follow us to stay up to date with new items and promotions: https://www.instagram.com/innsupplies/

As with any items from our product catalogue,  we’re happy to send samples of anything you’d like to see prior to purchase, simply get in touch with our friendly sales team.

Biodegradable Paper Cup Types Explained

mixed groupInitially when biodegradable paper cups were first introduced into the UK they arrived in the most common variety, the single wall paper cup. This was the same as the regular recyclable cup but with a PLA lining instead of a PE (plastic) lining.

As biodegradability has become an exponentially important aspect of disposables, demand has increased sharply. As such the range of cup types available for customers who require a biodegradable paper cup is greater than ever.

We stock the following types of biodegradable cups:

  • Single wall “Ingeo” PLA paper cups
  • Double wall “Ingeo” PLA paper cups
  • Insulated ripple wall “Ingeo” PLA paper cups
  • Bamboo compostable paper cups
  • Triple layer “Ultimate” bamboo compostable paper cups

Our range now covers all the common cup types available, meaning there’s a biodegradable alternative to any of our regular ranges of disposable cups. The different levels of insulation work the exact same way as our non-biodegradable cups:

  • Single wall (including bamboo): The most popular variety, lowest cost per unit but only basic heat insulation.
  • Double Wall: An extra layer of insulation, much better heat retention and more comfortable to hold. Smooth outer wall.
  • Insulated Ripple: The best level of heat insulation has a tactile “rippled” outer which further improves insulation.
  • Triple Layer “ultimate” bamboo: The same high level of insulation as the ripple cups, but with a smooth outer wall.

Please feel free to get in touch with our friendly sales team with any queries you may have about our range of biodegradable paper cups.