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Ethical and sustainable sourcing of raw materials

knife_fork_spoon-webWe specialise in environmentally friendly catering supplies and food packaging products. Since the increased interest in environmental impact of disposable products we’ve been championing our ever increasing range of eco-friendly alternative products.

The goal has always been to offer an environmentally alternative to every range we supply; this gives customer a choice between using a regular disposable item or a biodegradable product where this is desired or required.

With any shift in buying patterns and product demand it’s important to look at any other secondary environmental factors which might also be relevant. With biodegradable products for example, it’s common for plastic (polyethylene) coatings to be replaced with natural PLA (cornstarch) layers. The secondary impact here could be the knock-on effect with crops grown for food production with focus shifting to supply market demand for PLA. We go through a detailed certification procedure with any supplier or manufacturer of these materials to ensure that the raw materials are sourced in a sustainable fashion. The manufacturer needs to have a infrastructure in place for obtaining their raw materials that doesn’t impact local food production or the local environment.

Another example might be the increased use of wood / paper based products over plastics. We’ve seen plastic straws partially replaced with paper straws for example, and a huge increase in the sale of wooden cutlery. This all increases demand for paperboard and birch wood respectively in these examples. Again we always seek certification from the raw material sources to ensure that any forestry is conducted in a sustainable fashion (https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/articles/what-is-sustainable-forestry), new forests should be planted as trees are harvested; normally with specific types of quick growing birch.

Our new range of bamboo products are another excellent example of a focus on sustainability. Bamboo is an extremely fast growing plant, anything harvested for pump can be replaced extremely quickly minimising any environmental impact.

Please get in touch with our team with any requirements you may have for environmentally friendly biodegradable catering supplies, we’re always on hand to offer advise where required.

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.

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.