At 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.
Compostable / Biodegradable paper cups have seen an exponential increase in popularity since their introduction way back in 2012. More and more commercial customers are adopting these cups as an alternative to the more traditional plain white single wall paper cups. In the UK we use currently use 7 million paper cups every day and there’s currently a push in the media promoting switching to compostable products.
The actual cup itself is exactly the same, made from the same virgin grade paperboard as any other single wall cup. The difference comes from the lining used inside the cup. All disposable cups need some sort of inner lining to maintain the integrity of the cup, without any lining the cup would absorb water, leak and go rather soggy! The lining forms a waterproof barrier and stops the paper absorbing liquid.
A regular disposable cup has a PE lining (polyethylene), this is a plastic-based product which is not compostable. Biodegradable cups feature a different type of lining; this is PLA (Polylactic Acid), a resin made from corn starch. This lining is completely biodegradable and compostable. Our cups comply with EN13432, which is the European standard for compostability.
Biodegradable paper cups can be sent to any composting facility for processing. It’s increasingly common to find mandates to use biodegradable disposables in the workplace, in these scenarios, where companies have a composting scheme set up, our range of PLA biodegradable cups are the perfect solution.
We also stock a range of biodegradable plastic lids to fit this range of cups; these are the same size as the regular lids used for our 8oz or 10-20oz cups. You could even use these on our full range of cups if desired.
You can find our biodegradable paper cups and biodegradable lids at:https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-paper-cups
Please feel free to get in touch with our sales team if you require advice on our range of biodegradable cups, we’d be more than happy to help.