We’ve seen a couple of customers recently have trouble dealing with organisers at event sites when it comes to the types of catering disposables they’re using. There seems to be a lot of miscommunication with regards to environmental policy and what is / isn’t acceptable in terms of materials.
A recent example saw new rules issued to one of our customers the day before their event, within 24 hours they had new compliance mandates to which they had to conform. This mainly concerned the type of plastic used; certification was required for the purity of the plastic and suitability for any recycling as well as a plan for collection.
In this instance it was our popular disposable plastic champagne flutes. These are made from pure 100% virgin grade crystal polystyrene, a material that is very easily recycled at any processing facility in the UK. They’re a highly economical and eco-friendly (as long as they’re recycled!) solution to serving prosecco or champagne at event sites.
The customer solved the issue with the organisers after forwarding on our certification documents and putting in place a plan for collection, namely a deposit per glass which was refunded when the item was returned for recycling. This was very effective and meant basically zero additional clean-up was required.
We’re always keen to work together with customers to meet the requirements of event sites and council owned venues – there’s nearly always a simple solution that enables disposable catering supplies to be used effectively. Please feel free to get in touch if you come across issues of this nature, we’re happy to offer advice.
We’ve dropped the price on our popular range of disposable champagne flutes; the large 170ml flutes are now only £15.65 per case (100) with further discounts if you require even larger quantities.
Our disposable champagne glasses are very popular all year round, but especially during the summer months for outdoor or festival use. They’re made from high clarity crystal polystyrene and are perfectly suited to occasions where you might not want to use glassware, or are looking to cater for larger numbers. These flutes are most commonly used for champagne, but we find that they’re increasingly used for prosecco too as it has increased in popularity dramatically over the years.
It’s possible to hire glassware for functions and events, but it’s worth looking at the actual costs of doing so vs using a disposable champagne flute as an alternative. Champagne glasses can often be hired from larger off-licences or wine shops, however there are fines for any damages incurred and this needs to be factored in too.
Our disposable flutes are a great alternative, they’re cost effective and can simply be thrown in with your plastic recycling afterwards – no glasswasher required. Crystal polystyrene is one of the most easily recycled plastics in the UK; most recycling plants are able to process it. There’s no reason for any of the discarded flutes to end up going to landfill as long as they’re sorted properly.
A very popular range we have here at Inn Supplies is our Plastic Champagne Flutes which are available in both the ‘Reusable Bar Supplies’ and ‘Disposable Glasses’ category. They come in 5 different main styles that cater for all kinds of occasions.
Our disposable champagne flutes can either come in a ‘tulip’ or ‘coupe’ style shape. The excellent quality of our flutes are designed to suit any occasion including all types of formal parties and events.
The tall and thin appearance of the ‘Tulip Champagne Flute’ is iconic, instantly bringing sophistication and class to mind. The shape of the glass creates carbonation, causing the bubbles to cluster then quickly disperse upwards giving the champagne more intensity and a look of elegance to complement any soiree or event. Our plastic clear Champagne flutes are injection moulded in virgin food-grade crystal styrene, which gives extra rigidity and perfect clarity. Unlike many other plastic champagne flutes our ‘tulip’ flutes come in a single piece and don’t need to be fitted together. We also stock this product in black, which exhibits a premium glossy appearance.
Before the ‘tulip’ shape became popular, the ‘coupe’ was the glass of choice for drinking Champagne. This ‘saucer’ shaped glass was particularly prominent in the prohibition-era of the 1930’s and then again in the 1960’s. TV shows like “Boardwalk Empire” and “Mad Men” have caused this vintage drinking glass to make a serious comeback, as you will now find them being used to serve cocktails in any trendy bar in London. In comparison to the ‘tulip’ shape, the ‘coupe’ generates less bubbles which gives less fizz to the champagne.
When a stronger better quality flute is needed we also stock reusable champagne glasses. We have two different types of reusable glasses: Elite (Polycarbonate) and Econ (Crystal Polystyrene) items.
Our Elite Polycarbonate plastic flutes look and feel almost exactly the same as their glassware counterpart but are virtually unbreakable. Their extra durability makes them perfect for barware at parties and events because the risk of glass being broken is eradicated. This glass is also available in black, with a lovely glossy finish. Our cheaper Econ reusable champagne glasses are almost identical to the polycarbonate ones, but are not quite as strong.
In addition to our regular order options, we also offer discounts on full pallet orders for selected product lines – plus our usual full case / packed sleeve configurations. These options are specifically tailored to wholesalers / distributors, or simply where an end user requires larger order volumes for one-off events / festivals or special occasions.
Full pallet discounts apply to the following products:
These products are all available from stock in pallet quantities; deliveries are made using our 48 hour pallet service. No forklift truck is required; we send all orders of this nature on 7.5 / 18 ton tail-lift vehicles with the necessary pallet truck.
Please get in touch if you’d like to see any other items from our range available to order as a full pallet, we’ll do our best to oblige wherever possible.