Posts Tagged ‘banquet’

Its the most wonderful time of the year….(almost)

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

 

Tis the season to be selling Christmas Banquet Rolls, Tra la la la laa, la la la la…

 

We have recently added two new 25m Christmas Paper Banquet Rolls to our range.

The ‘Santa’ Design Christmas Banquet Roll and the Holly Star design Christmas Banquet Roll are available for £11.00 each.

 

Also available are the Holly Swirl design Napkins, Tablecovers and Slipcovers and the Merry Christmas design products.

Merry Christmas RangeHolly Swirl Range

Santa Design Christmas Banquet RollHolly Star Christmas Banquet Roll

 

 

 

*Best Before December 25th*

 

Green Credentials……..

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

In today’s green/ecologically aware climate I thought a blog about our green credentials and the ‘green’ products available might be of interest, particularly as many companies (online companies at least) have specific sections of their business websites devoted to letting us all know how much they are saving the planet buy using their products.

We don’t shout about it as much, however all our Paper Banquet Rolls and Paper Table Cloths are manufactured from 100% recycled material and our Vending and Non-Vending cups are recyclable and can be collected by schemes set up by save-a-cup who turn the used cups into pens, key rings, rulers and such.  

Plastic Vending Cup8m banquet-rollsNon-Vending Cups

We don’t shout about so much because pretty much everything we sell can be recycled so there seems little point creating a separate page with every product we sell listed again!

One of the changes we are also starting to see are new ‘green products’ starting to be marketed, notably PLA lined paper cups and biodegradable corn starch catering disposables which are all ‘derived from natural sustainable resources.’

We are told these products will all biodegrade and are the future of the catering disposables market, and food packaging generally.

Many companies play on peoples’ consciences to buy these products and blind people with science. The truth is that some of these products can create more waste and do more harm than good.

Putting aside the puzzling fact that parts of the world are felling trees to create space to grow crops to meet our demand for low CO2 produced products and bio fuels, using PLA lined paper cups can reduce the amount we recycle too.

PLA lined paper cups will separate when decomposing leaving a paper ‘mulch’ and the PLA lining. 99.9% of all normal paper cups used at the moment will still biodegradable but take a lot longer (years) than the PLA lined product due to the oil based poly lining on the inside which prevent liquids seeping into the paper walls. However these cups can be recycled into some other product. Adding this new kind of paper cup with PLA lining into the ‘mix’, however noble the intentions, may create more waste than previously created with the oil based poly lined paper cups.

If one of these PLA cups is put into a batch of ‘normal’ paper cups for recycling (and you cannot visibly tell the difference)  the PLA will react with the oil based poly lined materials and ruin the whole batch of paper, making it completely non recyclable! Moreover, PLA bottles and food packaging has been found to have been included in Polystyrene and Polypropylene plastic recycling bins, resulting in contamination of their contents.

Biodegradable PLA (Polylactic acid) material, typically made from corn starch, is already in short supply. It will never be available in sufficient quantity to replace oil-derived plastics without creating serious food shortages as more agriculture is devoted to corn starch production. It is also currently more expensive than oil-based alternatives.

If you don’t actually pay Save-a-cup or some other organisation to take your used cups away they will simply go to landfill with the other ‘normal’ paper cups and even the PLA lined cups wont biodegrade in there. They actually need to be surrounded by nice warm compost to decompose.

So my advice is to question any company that states products they sell are helping the environment, and ask them if they have thought about what was removed from the land to create the space for their corn crops etc and how the product they produce or market is disposed of.

(They wont be able to answer the last question by the way – as soon as the product is used it is not possible for any company to claim that the goods are biodegradable as they don’t know how the product has been used. PLA lined cups used in the auto paint industry for example – will never biodegrade)

One other factor to consider regarding these new products is that we have spent years giving farm subsidies to farmers in Africa to help them create crops and stand on their own two feet. Now we are mass producing those same crops for Bio Fuel and alternatives to plastics, lowering the price as a result, and plunging these people back into poverty. You may have noticed our food bills are higher as a result of some of this too…

Quality Banquet Paper…..

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Event Supplies offer banquet rolls made from 42gsm paper as standard, the norm in this country is for banquet paper to be made from 38gsm paper.

It wasn’t always like this, 10-15 years ago the standard thickness of banquet paper was 60gsm!

The reason for this change in quality is price and loss of competition from smaller shops , now we have the ‘big 4’ supermarkets who can (to some suppliers) dictate the price they are willing to pay for a product.

 

Many companies which supply the supermarkets are asked to produce a product to a price which means taking something out of usually good products in order that they can be sold for 99p!

 

We try to buck this trend by not allowing large customers to dictate the quality of our products. Many manufacturers will not produce two types of  one product so when large orders from supermarkets are secured the product that you are used to buying is no longer manufactured and you are offered the reduced quality product (usually at the same price as before and often under the supermarkets own brand name)

 

Supermarkets will not advertise the fact that the banquet paper is lower quality and many make no mention of the thickness of the paper because they believe the customer is either unaware of the change or they believe that the customer doesn’t know the difference, most people wouldn’t, who is interested about the thickness of disposable paper table cloths and banquet rolls?

Sadly only me!

 

We do now offer 38gsm Banquet Rolls, and clearly advertise them as such. We decided to offer these products in response to the price comparison websites who make no mention of the quality of the products available, sadly only the cheapest get a mention!

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Black ‘Silk’ Wipeable Table Covers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Event Supplies are delighted to announce that we have now expanded our range of Wipeable Table Cloths to include the colour black.

These Black Wipeable ‘Silk’ Tablecloths are available in 90cm x 90cm.

We can of course supply these or any other colours in a Wipeable Banquet Roll by special order. Should you wish to order a Silk banquet roll please telephone 0844 4995456 to speak to a member of our team.

These Wipeable Table Cloths and Slipcovers are an alternative to linen – soft feel and tear resistant.

Tablecovers are high quality, reusable & soft to the touch with excellent drapability. The protective coating on this product means that any spilled food or drink can be wiped up easily and quickly.

New Folded Paper Table Covers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

We are please to announce that we have expended our range of Folded Paper Table Covers even further! We have sourced a limited range (White, Red, Dark Green and Dark Blue) of rectangular folded paper table covers.  

These products are good quality heavy steam embossed and come supplied in cash and carry dispenser packs like the rest of our range of Folded Paper Table Covers. The only difference to the product is the way the Table Cover machine folds the paper into the cash and carry packs, our normal fold is square, these are rectangular.

A significant saving can be made on the limited number of colours as these products are manufactured in the UK (all our other banquet paper is sourced from Europe and the exchange rate is not doing any of us any favours at the moment!)