Archive for the ‘Biodegradable Disposables’ Category

What are Biodegradable Paper Cups?

Friday, January 19th, 2018

biodegradable paper cupsWe carry a range of biodegradable paper cups; the difference between these and the regular range of disposable cups boils down to the material used for the inner lining. All paper cups used in the UK feature some sort of inner lining, this is what gives the cup the ability to hold liquids. Without this lining the cup would absorb water and disintegrate halfway through drinking your morning Coffee!

Traditionally disposable cups use a PE (Polyethylene) lining for this purpose, our range of biodegradable paper cups use PLA (Polylactic acid) instead.  This is a natural substance derived from corn starch, it is not oil based.

Biodegradable cups featuring this corn starch PLA coating can be composted at any suitable facility and they will break down completely naturally.

We also stock matching lids for these cups made from CPLA, again these are 100% compostable items and are not oil based.

Our range of biodegradable cups currently includes hot drinks cups in 4,8,12 and 16oz sizes. We also stock biodegradable soup cups in 8, 12 and 16oz sizes, again with matching compostable lids available.

Our biodegradable paper cups are can be found at: http://www.eventsupplies.co.uk/product_listing,38,197,Biodegradable_Paper_Cups.html, biodegradable soup cups are on our site at: http://www.eventsupplies.co.uk/product_listing,38,198,Biodegradable_Soup_Cups.html. Samples are available on request

Biodegradable Plates, Sugarcane and Bagasse Explained

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Biodegradable paper platesWe’re commonly asked for more information on our popular range of Sugarcane items, what they’re made from, what they feel like, why they’re biodegradable etc. Our entire line of Sugarcane products are made from a substance called Bagasse; this is a by-product of crushed sugarcane and has traditionally been considered a waste product. For every 10 tonnes of sugarcane produced, there is around 3 tonnes of waste Bagasse, this can now be pressed and pulped into biodegradable board products such as plates and bowls.

Bagasse has fantastic eco-friendly credentials; its production has no additional impact on natural resources and is 100% compostable + biodegradable. It requires no additional plastic coating, which has traditionally been an issue with the more common PE (polyethylene)  coated paperboard style of plate. As the sugarcane plates are a 100% natural composition, they will naturally break down over time, they’re completely compostable.

In terms of the product itself, it’s best described as a matte-effect heavyweight card material in texture, much thicker than a standard disposable plate and feels more substantial. It’s a highly rigid product, making it very well suited to scenarios which call for a disposable plate or bowl, but also require a premium and more heavyweight product. We always recommend a sugarcane / Bagasse product where the customer intends to serve meal sized quantities of hot / oily foods for example.

We stock a whole range of items in this material including:-

  • Round plates (6, 7, 9 and 10” sizes)
  • Square plates (15, 20 and 26cm sizes)
  • Bowls (12 and 16oz sizes)
  • Food containers (Various sizes)

All these items can be safely used in the microwave; they can even be refrigerated and frozen making them a great choice for environmentally friendly takeaway use.

We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have on this or any other range we stock, simply get in touch for more information. You can see our range of biodegradable plates and other tableware at: http://www.eventsupplies.co.uk/product_listing,38,0,Biodegradable_Tableware.html