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Compostable Kraft Ripple Cups – Product Launch

bio ripple groupAs part of our new 2018 biodegradable range of cups, we’ve added an alternative to the popular brown ripple cups. This new Biodegradable version looks and feels, for all intents and purposes, the same as the regular brown insulated cups. The key difference (other than the INGEO biodegradable branding round the base) is that it has a PLA corn starch lining rather than the usual PE plastic inner lining, this means it is completely biodegradable and eco-friendly.

For maximum flexibility the cups have the same 80mm (8oz) and 90mm (12,16oz) rim diameters as the rest of our cup range. This means you can use the regular white or black lids if required, or use the compostable lids for a completely biodegradable solution.

For café’s and other commercial users the appearance has been kept intentionally similar to the regular brown ripple cups, this means making the switch to biodegradable items should seamlessly fit into any front of house environment.

Samples are available on request, please see our compostable paper cups section for more information: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-paper-cups

 

Disposable Paper Straws

black-paper-straws-webBy popular demand we’ve introduced a new line of paper straws to supplement our existing range of disposable plastic straws. Due to ever shifting consumer requirements, paper straws have seen a huge surge in popularity through 2018; with many pubs, bars and clubs replacing their usual plastic straws.

Our disposable paper straws are 100% biodegradable, there’s no plastic coating either which means they can be easily recycled with your usual paper waste.

Initially we’re offering the plain black paper straws, although a range of colours and other designs will follow.

Our paper straws have a thick premium feel with a semi matt finish – great for use at bars that prefer not to use disposable plastics.

Samples of these are available on request. You can find these paper straws on our website at: https://innsupplies.com/black-paper-straws-biodegradable-compostable.html

New Double Wall Biodegradable / PLA Coated Paper Cups

double-wall-groupWe’ve expanded our increasingly popular range of biodegradable paper cups with a line of double wall insulated cups with a PLA (Polylactic Acid) compostable lining. These feature the same great heat insulation as the disposable PE coated double wall cups, but use a PLA lining instead.

We’ve seen a strong market swing towards biodegradable items through 2018, as such our already strong range of eco-friendly products has been significantly expanded to encompass insulated cups, lids, straws and plastic glasses.

Our double wall biodegradable cups are available in the usual sizes; 8oz (small), 12oz (medium) and 16oz (large). These accept the same lid sizes as the rest of our cups range, 80mm for the 8oz cups and 90mm for the 12 and 16oz sizes.

Samples are available on request, you can see our full range of biodegradable paper cups at: https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-paper-cups

 

World Oceans Day

world oceans day 2world oceans day 1As part of World Oceans Day, numerous companies and organisations have used their media influence to raise awareness about the damage we’re doing to our ecosystem and oceans.

The display in these images (spotted locally) was organised by Corona, it is a visual depiction of the average quantity of waste found over a 2 mile stretch of beach in the UK. As you can see, much of this waste is plastic based which can be hugely harmful to wildlife.

As an ethical supplier of catering disposables, much of which is plastic based, we’re always very keen to promote the sustainable usage and correct disposal of our products. We supply large quantities of plastic glasses for events all over the UK; the vast majority of our items are either recyclable or biodegradable.  Any large consumers of disposable items should always have a plan in mind to manage their waste; normally this would involve collecting the used glasses and sorting for recycling. There’s no need for items of this nature to be disposed of with regular waste and sent to landfill. We certainly don’t want to see products dumped into the oceans where they take hundreds of years to break down.

Whether you’re catering a small private party, or a large festival for hundreds of thousands of guests – we’re always happy to advise on the most ethical ways to dispose and manage any waste created. The most effective way to do your part for the oceans is to ensure your waste doesn’t end up there in the future.

World Oceans Day: http://www.worldoceansday.org/

Recycled Plastics?

500ml-plastic-water-bottle-500x500A common theme in 2018 so far seems to revolve around eliminating our dependency on single use disposables and plastics.  Often this seems to be done at a policy maker’s level without enough thought as to the implementation.

We’ve written several articles promoting the benefits of correct sortation and recycling of disposables. Rather than the blanket “ban x product from the shelf” style statements that seem so commonplace, we could drastically reduce the amount of plastics that end up in landfill by simply improving sortation and recycling facilities to allow the waste to be processed.

It’s true that our reliance on disposables can be reduced to some extent, but there will always be a demand for the items (hygiene grounds within the NHS for example). Nearly all plastics are easily processed if sent to the correct facility without contamination.

Evian is an example of a company investing in better recycling facilities and looking to promote a more sustainable use of plastics, bottles in this instance. Their aim is for all plastic bottles to be made from recycled plastics by 2020. Evian is working with governments and waste processors to secure a sufficient supply of recycled plastics to accomplish this. More details at: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/sponsor-content-changing-the-way-we-think-about-plastics/

Hopefully other similar companies will follow suit and get behind plastic recycling schemes.

Recycled plastics used to make “plastic roads”?

thisroadismadefromwasteplasticsWith all the negativity circulating regarding the country’s failure to correctly sort, process and recycle plastic waste, it’s good to see some progress and innovation in the recycling world. It’s no secret that plastic waste (especially from food packaging, plastic cups, bottles etc) is a huge issue worldwide. These plastics are commonly not recycled and end up in landfill; they will then often take hundreds of years to break down.

In 2015 a scheme was trialled where plastic waste was used instead of crude oil to form the bitumen used for paving roads (see https://newatlas.com/vancouver-recycled-plastic-warm-mix-asphalt/25254/). There are numerous benefits to repurposing plastic waste in this manner, not least of which is the potential to vastly reduce plastic waste sent to landfill. Other benefits of this scheme include:

  • Reduced pollution; where plastics would have been potentially been incinerated.
  • Ease of recycling; bitumen can be made from Thermosets, Elastomers and Thermoplastics meaning reduced reliance on complex sorting.
  • Less dependence on crude oil traditionally used in road construction.
  • Plastics can be used to create a more flexible and hard-wearing surface, resistant to breakage and temperature related damage.

In Vancouver there is already widespread use of this process (https://thinkprogress.org/netherlands-company-introduces-plastic-roads-that-are-more-durable-climate-friendly-than-asphalt-ecb7c2a11a50/), even to the extent that modular premade blocks are used.

The only barrier to using waste plastics in this manner is the current lack of scalable infrastructure to collect and sort the waste plastics. With the correct investment and increase awareness of new recycling opportunities we could drastically cut the amount of plastic waste ending up in landfill.

Currently the UK seems more fixated on eliminating the usage of single-use plastics across the board, however this is a rather optimistic and short sighted goal. The simple fact of the matter is that single use plastics like plastic cups are often a necessity. Wouldn’t it be better all round to tackle the real issue here, which is the lack of correct waste collection, recycling and sortation facilities? With increased awareness, subsidies and incentives there’s enormous potential for progress.

Branded Paper Cups

printed paper cupsDid you know that we can brand / custom print any design you like on our paper cups? We stock a variety of off-the-shelf prints and plain designs for our disposable cups, but for larger quantities we’re able to print your logo or other artwork on a customised cup.

Custom print runs start from as little as 10,000 units (as few as 10 cases of cups), no need to commit to huge quantities. In addition to having your own bespoke artwork on the cup, you can also mix and match attributes to create a cup combination we don’t supply as a stock line. For example we could produce a 4oz double wall biodegradable paper cup if required. Cups are available in the following types:

Cup size; 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 12oz squat, 16oz, 20oz

Insulation types; single wall, double wall, ripple, ultimate / triple later

Lining; PE, PLA (biodegradable)

Generally, custom prints take between 12-14 weeks from the point of artwork approval. Once they arrive, we ship these out to your chosen delivery location in a single consignment. There’s no additional delivery charge for this, the price on the custom printed page is the price you pay – no additional origination fees.

You can find a full selection of blank templates on our site if you want to complete your own artwork, these are at: https://innsupplies.com/custom-printed-templates

The full range of printed paper cups are available at: https://innsupplies.com/printed

 

Single-use plastic waste and the NHS

recyclebinAs you’ve no doubt noticed, disposables and single-use plastics are very much in the media spotlight at the moment. Much of this started after the airing of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 in late 2017. This highlighted the environmental impact of plastics / microplastics and waste dumping on our oceans and their associated inhabitants.

Above all the series got people thinking about where their packaging goes after disposal. The public has started to question when they choose to use disposables and ask how the material is handled after we’ve finished with it. This has in-turn put pressure on high profile volume users of disposables to look at the way they handle their disposable waste.

In the news today are the results of an investigation into plastic use within the NHS (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-guilty-binning-staggering-120-12338192). To summarise the report, the plastic waste originating from within the NHS is being disposed of with the regular waste collection. Plastic cups and disposables have their place; in the NHS they represent a sanitary and hygienic option for patients, the issue here is the mishandling of disposable products rather than the specific use of single-use plastics.

Oil based plastics are an easily recyclable commodity, almost without exception. With simple sorting and an appropriate plastic collection the large amount of plastic cups the NHS uses (334,000 per day according to this report) would be recycled and the landfill issue avoided.

We are always keen to encourage the ethical use of disposable plastics, in fact we frequently advise customers on the matter. The media coverage this report will bring should at least be a catalyst for change within the NHS, there is little excuse for not sorting plastic waste and sending it for recycling – recycling facilities are available nationwide and collection schemes widespread.

 

Product Clearance: Silver Plastic Spoons

silver plastic spoonsWe’re currently clearing residual stock of our disposable silver cutlery, most of these have already sold but we do have a quantity of the silver spoons remaining. As such these are now listed at a clearance price of only 50p per pack (10 units per pack).

These won’t last long at this price, less than half the original retail price of the items. Once these are sold the item will be discontinued – we’ll have no further stock of this range.

You can find these on our site at: https://innsupplies.com/plastic-silver-spoon.html

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.