Monthly Archives: March 2018

Easter opening hours

580b57fcd9996e24bc43c3c7Due to the Easter break our office is closed from Good Friday (30th March) this week, we reopen after the bank holiday on Tuesday 3rd April. If you need any items delivering before Easter then the deadline is Wednesday 28th March (1pm). We recommend getting your orders in as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Orders placed after 1pm on Wednesday will be dispatched on Thursday and delivered after the bank holiday.

Orders can be processed as normal via our website, you can also give our sales team a call on 0844 4995456 to place an order or for any other queries you may have.

 

Catering Supplies – Going Biodegradable?

soup-containers-groupAt Inn Supplies we’ve always stocked a wide range of specific biodegradable products or compostable alternatives to traditional items. Over the past year we’ve worked hard at expanding this range, there’s now more choice than ever before for customers that specifically require biodegradable items.

Moving towards biodegradable alternatives is a topic that has attracted huge media focus over the past 6 months in particular, the aim being to reduce landfill waste and litter from discarded packaging.

Our range of compostable and biodegradable catering products currently includes the following:

  • Round Biodegradable Plates
  • Square Biodegradable Plates
  • Biodegradable Bowls
  • Biodegradable Food Boxes
  • Biodegradable Paper Cups
  • Biodegradable Soup Cups
  • Biodegradable Plastic Cutlery

In addition to these, many other items from our catalogue are inherently biodegradable due to being made from 100% recycled paper:

  • Paper Tablecloths
  • Paper Napkins
  • Cup Sleeves

Products can be classed as biodegradable for several reasons, for our range this boils down to:

  • Made from 100% paper; this will degradable naturally and completely as it contains no other additives or coating.
  • Produced from an alternative material that doesn’t require a coating. Sugarcane / Bagasse is a good example of this. These are made from sugarcane pulp which is 100% biodegradable.
  • Featuring a coating that is designed to be biodegradable / compostable. Our biodegradable paper cups use a PLA corn starch coating instead of the more common Polyethylene plastic coating.
  • Items using an additive. Our biodegradable cutlery uses an additive called Addiflex which makes the plastic compostable.

As an ethical supplier of catering disposables we’re always keen to offer environmentally friendly options to customers. We also have a strict policy for sourcing disposables than are ethically produced and from sustainable resources.

You can find our full range of biodegradable disposables at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable

Our team are also happy to offer advice on our biodegradable items, simply get in touch for more information.

Reusable Plastic Glasses and Barware

hiball plastic glassesWe’ve got a huge range of disposable paper and plastic products for most occasions; however we also stock an extensive range of hard plastic reusable items. There are several reasons why you might want to consider a reusable plastic product over a cheaper disposable alternative, such as:

  • Strength
    If you’re catering for a function that specifically requires more substantial glasses, our hard plastic reusable tumblers might be preferable.
  • Potential reuse
    This needs to be calculated on a case-by-case basis, but if it’s possible that the glasses might be reused there’s a point where it becomes more economical to use a reusable glass over a disposable type.
  • Specific style of glass
    Unfortunately not all glass shapes are possible or commonly available in disposable plastic. This can be for a variety of reasons, often because the shape would potentially be too weak for a disposable glass and too prone to breakage. Reusable glasses are available in a much wider variety of styles and have huge inherent strength.
  • Commercial use
    This is the most common reason for using a hard plastic reusable glass; commercial venues are often required to offer an alternative to glassware for after-hours or outdoor usage. This can be a council licencing stipulation, these are rigidly enforced for safety reasons. Polycarbonate reusable glasses are virtually unbreakable making them much safer than glassware in pubs, bars and clubs.

We stock reusable plastic glasses in 2 main material types. A standard hard plastic ‘light use’ type (ECON) which is made from crystal Polystyrene, and a harder plastic virtually unbreakable type (ELITE) made from Polycarbonate. The most suitable type is completely dependent on the intended usage; Polycarbonate glasses tend to be the go-to choice for commercial environments, however Polystyrene glasses are more popular for home or occasional usage. For all intents and purposes they look very similar; the Polycarbonate glasses are thicker and heavier however.

You can find the full reusable barware range reusable plastic glasses on our site at: https://innsupplies.com/reusable

reusable plastic barware

New Premium Polycarbonate Plastic Goblets

157-1CL NS We’ve just launched a new line of polycarbonate plastic goblets, designed to be similar to the Birra Moretti pint glasses and the traditional Stella Artois Chalice. In addition to the usual 20oz / 568ml reusable pint glasses we’re also stocking a 10oz (half pint) and 15oz version in the same style.

These are made from virtually unbreakable Polycarbonate plastic, great for outdoor or after hours use at pubs / bars. The glasses cannot be broken and used to cause harm making them much safer than glassware. Polycarbonate is especially durable so can be reused continually; these are tested to 500 cycles in the glass washer without degradation. We also stock a rinse aid and polycarbonate-specific detergent to further prolong the life of these and keep them looking great for front of house use.

You can find our range of Polycarbonate Tumblers at: https://innsupplies.com/reusable/plastic-tumblers