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Product clearance: 3oz water cooler cups

3oz-nonvendingWhile stocks last we’ve got the small 3oz water / sampling cups at the clearance price of only £10 per case (2,000). These disposable plastic glasses are great for use in offices near water coolers or in canteens, the small capacity encourages people to drink water on the spot then throw the glass straight in the recycling bin. You’ll also find these glasses used for product sampling in supermarkets and malls, the small size makes them ideal for this sort of use.

These items are 100% recyclable, being made from flexible polypropylene plastic. You can simply dispose of them in any regular plastic recycling bin. The packaging is also completely recyclable in line with our ethical policy on disposable usage.

You can find these water cups on our site at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/plastic-water-cups

Katerglass: Strong disposable plastic tumblers

2 Pint Katerglass2We’re often asked by customers which plastic tumblers we’d recommend for pints and halves; if a strong plastic tumbler is required our recommendation is always for the Katerglass range of disposable glasses.

There are a huge range of plastic pint and half pint glasses available in the UK, most of these will be of the ‘flexi’ style vacuum / thermoformed variety. These are great multipurpose items and have the advantage of a very low unit price, however the cheaper thermoformed construction does result in a glass that’s thinner and can have an inconsistent wall thickness.

Katerglass tumblers are the only injection moulded CE marked polypropylene tumbler around and offer unparalleled strength. They’re a heavier weight item, the injection moulding process also results in a glass that has a uniform wall thickness all over.

As these are a premium disposable product they also feature a rolled rim for drinking comfort, this means no sharp edges. We actually find that customers often end up washing out these glasses and reusing them due to their strength.

There are a number of reasons why you might require a strong plastic pint / half pint glass. If you’re serving glass for example, a stronger glass means no spillages as the glass will not flex when held. We’ve also found that there can be cost advantages too, despite the glasses being more expensive. If a customer picks up a thinner glass it’s quite common practice to take 2 glasses instead of 1, thereby doubling the cost per drink!

Katerglass tumblers are available in a range of popular sizes, we stock the following:

  • 8oz – Soft drinks
  • 10oz – Half pint to brim
  • 12oz – Half pint to line
  • 20oz – Pint to brim
  • 22oz – Pint to line
  • 40oz – Oversize 2 pint

Our range of Katerglass Tumblers can be found at: https://innsupplies.com/disposable/plastic-cups

Special offer on plastic pint and half pint flexi glasses

Flexi dispoBy popular demand we’ve extended our offer price on the 20 and 10oz (pint and half pint to brim) disposable flexible plastic tumblers.

While this offer lasts our 10oz half pint glasses are £25 per case (1000), 20oz pints are £32.00 per case (1000).

These vacuum formed polypropylene glasses are hugely popular during the summer months for outdoor festivals and events in particular. As the name suggests they’re designed to flex rather than crack which makes cleaning up after use much easier, glasses can be collected and compacted ready for recycling.

Polypropylene plastic is one of the most widely recycled plastics; it can be recycled by any plastic processing facility in the UK when used in large quantities. For use in the home, they can simply be recycled with the normal household plastic waste.

 

Guide to plastic types

recyclebinWe’ve put together a brief overview of the types of plastic you’ll encounter when buying disposable or reusable catering supplies from our store. There a several different types each with their own properties and characteristics.

Knowing the type of plastic used can make a difference to your choice of glasses for an event or the supplies you use in a pub, bar or club.

A summary of the various plastic types is included below, along with the relevant plastic recycling code. If you’re running an event and need to put procedures in place to recycle the materials used, you can check the facilities at processing plants / collections available in your area for this code.

#7 PLA PP (Polylactic Acid)

This cornstarch based product has gained huge popularity since 2018 as a replacement for traditional plastics, both in linings used on paper products and for disposable glasses themselves. We offer a range of paper cups that use PLA as a lining, this allows them to be full biodegradable as PLA breaks down naturally. The PLA plastic glasses offer a similar feel and appearance to the glossy PET glasses; however they are recognisable by a slightly yellow tint.

 #1 PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

This is a glossy and completely clear form of plastic, commonly used for smoothie cups and other colourful drinks where appearance is especially important. They have a level of flexibility between polypropylene and crystal polystyrene, not easily broken at all. Even if the items are intentionally cracked they tend to stay in a since piece and do not shatter. This makes them easily usable at festivals and outdoor events.

 #7 Polycarbonate (PC)

You’d encounter polycarbonate when looking at our extensive range of reusable plastic glasses. This is a rigid and extremely strong form of plastic, so strong in fact that it’s what police riot shields are made from. For all intents and purposes this material is near indestructible in use; it can be dropped, stepped on, crushed etc. Polycarbonate is more expensive so these glasses tend to cost more, you’ll find this used in plastic glasses designed to replace traditional glassware.

 #5 PP (Polypropylene)

This is a very commonly encountered plastic, used for a huge variety of different glasses. It is recognisable by its slightly opaque appearance. The material has a high degree of natural flexibility which makes it very resistant to cracking or other similar damage. Thinner polypropylene glasses can be squashed flat when collected after a festival for example, this leaves no small shards of plastic. Thicker polypropylene glasses such as our Katerglass range have huge natural strength due to the thicker sidewalls while still maintaining a level of flexibility.

 #6 PS (Crystal Polystyrene)

A very rigid and completely clear form of plastic, traditionally used for stemmed glasses but can also be found in other disposable tumblers where the glass cannot have a clouded appearance. Crystal polystyrene will maintain its shape and has a small degree of flexibility; it’s great in terms of appearance and can be made to look almost like glassware to the untrained eye. The only downside is that if the item is damaged it can shatter into smaller pieces, it’s also more fragile than other forms of plastic on this list. A lot of formal glasses are made from crystal polystyrene, champagne flutes and wineglasses for example.

Plastics and Outdoor Events / Festivals

Econ Pint RangeThe use of plastics at event sites has come under scrutiny in the past couple of years due to the increased focus on sustainability and other environmental concerns.

Traditionally any outdoor event of reasonable size / volume would use low cost disposable plastic glasses. These are great for single use due to their thin plastic and low cost per unit, however some event sites or councils have sought to discourage the use of these glasses. There are various mandates in place, although this depends on the specific area.

The most basic requirement is that there must be a system in place to effectively collect the waste and process the plastics used for recycling. This makes absolute sense and really should be done regardless. The most commonly use vacuum formed polypropylene glasses are very easily recycled by any plastic processing facility, this just need the correct sortation and collection.

2 Pint Katerglass2Another restriction we’ve come across is a stipulation that all disposables used must be biodegradable. This makes the choice of plastics slightly more difficult as the usual polypropylene glasses are not biodegradable. Instead we offer biodegradable plastic glasses made from cPLA / cornstarch which will degrade naturally. Another alternative is to use biodegradable paper products where appropriate. The obvious downside of this stipulation is that the unit costs are noticeably higher than regular single-use disposables, a cost that may well end up being felt by the event attendees.

The most severe restriction is when an event site has a blanket ban on any disposable items, this means even biodegradable products cannot be used and the organisers will need to be more inventive in order to offer drinks to customers. We’ve got a wide range of reusable plastic glasses which are ideal for this purpose; these come in all shapes and sizes. The cost per unit is much higher on these items so it will be necessary to ensure the glasses are returned for reuse, normally through a deposit system that ensures customers can’t walk away with the glass without a surcharge. It’s also possible to use this as an opportunity to add value to your product, perhaps using branded glasses or a more attractive vessel than the usual tumbler style.

If you encounter any of these restrictions our experienced team can help you find a solution that works, simply get in touch.

Biodegradable PLA Plastic Pint and Half Pint Glasses

beer group1Disposable plastic pint and half pint glasses are a mainstay of the festival scene through the summer months, you’ll see these everywhere from beer tents to bars at event sites, or even used for soft drinks.

Typically these glasses are vacuum formed Polypropylene plastic, this gives them great flexibility and it’s where their name “flexi glasses” is derived from. This is by design so the product cannot shatter into multiple pieces; it aids site clean-ups and is good for safety reasons too. Once disposed of the glasses can be compacted and take up minimal space.

Although Polypropylene can be easily recycled by any plastic recycling plant in the UK, it’s becoming increasingly common that disposable glasses at event sites need to be made from a biodegradable material rather than just a recyclable plastic. For this reason we’ve launched a new range of PLA biodegradable plastic pint and half pint glasses. These are made from PLA, a cornstarch based raw material and contain no plastics.

Where a mandate is in place to use a biodegradable product these glasses are ideal. The bar / venue etc can continue to use a disposable item where a ban on single use plastics is in place. Alternatively, there are plenty of customers who wish to use only biodegradable items for their own reasons – these items give you an alternative to the usual Polypropylene flexi glasses.

We offer these new glasses in all the popular flexi glasses sizes:

  • 10oz (half pint to brim)
  • 12oz (half pint to line
  • 20oz (pint to brim)
  • 22oz (pint to line)

These are CE stamped and approved in the UK by weights & measures, samples available on request.

You can find biodegradable plastic cups items on our website at:https://innsupplies.com/biodegradable/biodegradable-plastic-cups

Plastic Jagerbomb Glasses Promotion

Bomb-Shot-Glass GroupWe’ve got a new lower price on our disposable plastic Jagerbomb glasses, effective immediately. These popular plastic bomb shots feature an integral inner cavity for Jagermeister, the outside is then commonly filled with Red Bull or other similar energy drink. Previously bars would use 2 separate glasses to achieve this effect, generally a 9oz spirit glass with a single measure shot dropped inside.

The Jagerbomb cups are now £45 per case (1,000 glasses), with free delivery available on orders over £100. This represents a huge saving over the regular RRP of £55 per case.

These items are made from sturdy Polypropylene. They won’t split, crack or shatter meaning they’re great for use in bars and clubs. After use they can be put in with your regular plastic waste and recycled. No waste and no need to put glasses through the glass washer.

Samples are available on request, you can find these Jagerbomb glasses on our site at: https://innsupplies.com/25ml-60ml-bomb-shots-jagerbomb-glasses.html

Halloween Themed Scary Reusable Glasses

halloweenIn strictly limited quantities – we’ve just added the 10oz Halloween themed glasses to our store, each pack of which has a random design (4 available). Solid in small packs of 5 glasses – great for any Halloween parties you may be having

You can buy these from our store at: https://innsupplies.com/halloween-themed-10oz-strong-reusable-glasses.html

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Reusable Plastic Glasses and Barware

hiball plastic glassesWe’ve got a huge range of disposable paper and plastic products for most occasions; however we also stock an extensive range of hard plastic reusable items. There are several reasons why you might want to consider a reusable plastic product over a cheaper disposable alternative, such as:

  • Strength
    If you’re catering for a function that specifically requires more substantial glasses, our hard plastic reusable tumblers might be preferable.
  • Potential reuse
    This needs to be calculated on a case-by-case basis, but if it’s possible that the glasses might be reused there’s a point where it becomes more economical to use a reusable glass over a disposable type.
  • Specific style of glass
    Unfortunately not all glass shapes are possible or commonly available in disposable plastic. This can be for a variety of reasons, often because the shape would potentially be too weak for a disposable glass and too prone to breakage. Reusable glasses are available in a much wider variety of styles and have huge inherent strength.
  • Commercial use
    This is the most common reason for using a hard plastic reusable glass; commercial venues are often required to offer an alternative to glassware for after-hours or outdoor usage. This can be a council licencing stipulation, these are rigidly enforced for safety reasons. Polycarbonate reusable glasses are virtually unbreakable making them much safer than glassware in pubs, bars and clubs.

We stock reusable plastic glasses in 2 main material types. A standard hard plastic ‘light use’ type (ECON) which is made from crystal Polystyrene, and a harder plastic virtually unbreakable type (ELITE) made from Polycarbonate. The most suitable type is completely dependent on the intended usage; Polycarbonate glasses tend to be the go-to choice for commercial environments, however Polystyrene glasses are more popular for home or occasional usage. For all intents and purposes they look very similar; the Polycarbonate glasses are thicker and heavier however.

You can find the full reusable barware range reusable plastic glasses on our site at: https://innsupplies.com/reusable

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Solid Black Plastic Glasses

Black Plastic Champagne FlutesBlack coloured plastic glasses are becoming increasingly popular for both our disposable and reusable products; as such we’ve expanded our range and put together a selection of products available in an optional Black colour.

The main use of this style of product is either in the home, or small parties / functions. They differ from their translucent counterparts in that it’s not possible to include any capacity indicators, or lines to denote an approved fill level. For any sort of commercial use you’d require a capacity line (125/175/250ml), for this sort of use a clear glass would be a better choice, however the Black plastic glasses make a great and stylish alternative for home or non-commercial use.

Currently we supply Black plastic glasses in the following styles:

  • Plastic tumblers
  • Cocktail glasses
  • Champagne flutes
  • Wine glasses
  • Soft drink glasses

You can find our full selection of disposable and reusable on our Black Plastic Glasses themed page.

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