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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:

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:


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:


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.

Blue Striped Paper Straws

250-blue-stripe-paper-straws-for-web(edited)Our range of paper straws started with the plain black style; however we’ve now expanded this range to offer a whole range of different styles to suit most common uses. The whole range uses a 6mm bore size, so suitable for all soft drinks and some lighter smoothies, length is the most common 20cm (195mm).

The newest addition to our range of disposable paper straws is the striped blue variety. These are a classic retro design with alternating white and blue wrap bound in a spiral pattern to form the design.

There are several reasons why you may want to switch to paper straws, the most obvious being that they’re completely biodegradable. This is most relevant to situations where the straws might end up being discarded; their biodegradable nature means that they’ll naturally break down as with any normal paper. These can also be recycled with your normal paper waste as they contain no lining or plastics.

It’s quite common since early 2018 for larger companies and councils to have a biodegradable mandate on any disposables they purchase. Our range of biodegradable paper straws are an ideal way to satisfy this requirement.

You can see our full range in the paper straws category at:


Bamboo Compostable Paper Cups – New Range

single wall bamboo group1Fresh into our warehouse today are the new Bamboo compostable paper cups. As the name suggests these are made from Bamboo instead of paperboard, there are several notable advantages to this. The most obvious is that Bamboo is more easily renewable than the fast-growing birch used for traditional paper cups, this is due to the speed at which the plant grows. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet with a peak growth speed of 4cm an hour; this makes it the ultimate in sustainable raw material.

The cups themselves are a mixed design with 4 distinct but coordinated neutral prints; each pack contains a random selection of these.

As with the rest of our environmentally friendly biodegradable range of cups, these feature a PLA lining instead of the plastic PE coating used on traditional cups. This makes them a fantastic choice for customers wishing to switch to biodegradable / compostable disposables.

Samples are available on request; get in touch with our team for more information. You can find our bamboo paper cups on our site at:

New Range: cPLA Biodegradable Plastic Smoothie Cups

PLA SMOOTHIE GROUPOur ever-expanding range of biodegradable disposables now includes an option for biodegradable smoothie cups. These are made from a cornstarch based material and comply with all relevant standards for biodegradability.

The products themselves all have the same rim diameter, meaning that one lid size fits all. It’s important to note that this is a different lid size to our existing disposable (PET) smoothie cups. The new cups take a new 96mm, which we supply as either a flat or a domed style. This can be beneficial to customers using multiple sizes as they only need to stock a single lid size.

In terms of strength the new biodegradable smoothie cups are very similar to our existing range, they’re resistant to cracking and have a smooth glossy finish.

Sizes available include 9oz, 12oz, 16oz and 20oz to suit most requirements. As usual these are available in small packs of 50 or full boxes of 1,000.

You can find these biodegradable plastic cups on our site at:


2018 Christmas / New Year Opening Hours

bluetreeThe last day for dispatch of goods before Christmas is Thursday 20th December, orders need to be placed before 1pm. Orders placed after this time will be delivered in the New Year when we reopen on Wednesday 2nd 2019.

Our offices are closed between Christmas and New Year; please ensure you order any supplies you may require during this time by our cut-off time on Thursday 20th.

Deliveries in the New Year start from Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Happy Christmas and New Year from everyone at Inn Supplies

Christmas Party Supplies

celebrationThe festive season is well and truly upon us, don’t forget to order any party supplies you may require from our Christmas party store. We’ve got a range of items specifically chosen for any parties or celebrations you may be planning over the holiday season.

Our 2018 range of Christmas tableware includes the following items:

  • Christmas printed table covers
  • Christmas printed napkins
  • Mulled wine glasses
  • Champagne flutes
  • Tablecovers
  • Black plastic tableware

You can find these in our Christmas party supplies section here:

Please note that any printed tablecovers or themed napkins are available in strictly limited quantities. They’re sold on a first come first served basis, we anticipate our stocks running out in the near future.

New Products – Paper Straws

As paper straws become increasingly popular we’ve decided to expand our range of designs. Initially we offered just the common plain Black style of paper straw, but as of today we’ve got the plain White and the stylish Red Striped straws available to order from stock.

These are made from the same virgin paperboard as the black straws, no additional coatings are added, no plastic is used meaning that the straws are 100% biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. As there are no additives or contaminates these will simply degrade naturally, although ideally they would be recycled as with any other paper product for maximum sustainability.

With increasing focus on clean oceans and reducing plastic waste, paper straws have gained huge traction against their plastic counterparts. Through 2018 we’ve seen many customers request a paper alternative to the usual plastic straws.

We plan to expand our range of paper straws further with more designs planned in the coming months.

You can find our range of paper straws at:

White Paper Staws

White Paper Staws

Red Striped Paper Straws

Red Striped Paper Straws