Posts Tagged ‘Glasses’

Polystyrene Plastic Glasses

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Polystyrene Reusable Plastic Glasses are an alternative safety glass to the Polycarbonate. These hard walled glasses are ‘rigid’ (which is a round about way of saying they will break, but not easily).

These glasses also appear just like real glass but are cheaper than the real thing. These glasses have been in glass-washers (using a recognised glass detergent such as Finish) in excess of 100 cycles with no noticeable visual detraction. These glasses can withstand temperatures of up to 100C

Basically they don’t last as long as Polycarbonate glasses before becoming marked but will do a similar job, just not for as long a period.

Do not confuse rigid Plastic glasses with EPS glasses (Expanded Polystyrene) which are the very light weight ‘foam’ cups often described as the trade name Styrofoam and usually white in colour. We don’t sell any EPS products, our reasons are explained here.

Rigid Polystyrene Reusable Plastic Glasses

Polycarbonate Plastic Glasses

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Polycarbonate Reusable glasses are often referred to as safety glasses and many local councils and police forces are insisting that these glasses are used to minimize the risk of injury from ‘glassings’ (The word ‘Glass’ is sadly a verb in this country)

Polycarbonate Plastic Glasses are injection moulded and becoming more commonplace in Pubs, Bars and Restaurants as they will not break (if used as a weapon or otherwise)

Polycarb glasses look just like glass, are usually more expensive than glass as they ‘last forever’ and are lightweight.

Our Polycarbonate glasses will withstand 500 dishwasher cycles before showing signs of degradation (scratches etc). Polycarbonate glasses mark easily if not handled properly.

Polycarbonate glasses can withstand temperatures of up to 145C and are also used to make Police Riot Shields and Bullet Proof Glass.

Polycarbonate Reusable Plastic Glasses

Crystal Polystyrene Plastic Glasses

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Crystal Styrene Disposable Plastic Glasses will shatter and are not a practical option for use at outdoor sporting events. As these glasses shatter litter picking will quickly become an even more tedious operation if every glass has broken up into 100 pieces.

These glasses look like glass and are completely clear. Crystal Styrene glasses are best served at indoor events and more sophisticated surroundings where reusable glasses are not an option but disposables are required. Crystal Styrene glasses are commonly used in executive boxes at sporting grounds, wedding receptions and such.

There are two ways of manufacturing Crystal Styrene Plastic Glasses, Thermoforming and Injection Moulding.

Thermoforming is similar to vacuum forming, basically a sheet of plastic stretched over a mould. There are very little differences between thermoformed Crystal Styrene plastic glasses and injection moulded Crystal Styrene glasses, the telling sign that a product has been injection moulded are the ejector pin marks on the base (a small piece of plastic which appears like a dot)

More complicated shaped products can be achieved Injection moulding such as Plastic Champagne Flutes. Thermoformed Crystal Styrene glasses do not bring the problems associated with vacuum formed Polypropylene glasses (‘wobbly glasses’) as the Crystal Styrene material is more rigid.

Thermoformed Disposable Plastic GlassesInjection Moulded Disposable Plastic Glasses

Polypropylene Plastic Glasses

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Polypropylene Disposable Plastic Glasses are commonly known as ‘flexi’ tumblers as they can be bent and their shape manipulated. They can appear ‘cloudy’ and are not as clear as their Crystal Styrene counterparts. Polypropylene glasses are commonly used at festivals, outdoor sporting events and public houses as they do not shatter, are cheap and would be difficult to use as a weapon.

Most Polypropylene Tumblers found in the UK are vacuum formed which means that plastic is stretched over a cup shaped mould in order to manufacture the tumbler. A good example of this is our Vending and Non Vending Plastic Cups commonly used or found with Watercoolers, Vending machines and next to the dreaded dentists’ chair.

Vacuum forming a tumbler (stretching plastic over a mould) results in parts of the tumbler being thicker than others, usually the base and top of the tumbler has a higher concentration of plastic than the thinner side walls.

For this reason we do not sell vacuum formed plastic glasses over a certain size. Vacuum formed tumblers are better suited to ‘one glup’ small tumbler applications as large Pint Glasses can become ‘wobbly’ and difficult to handle.

You’ll recognize when you have been handed a pint of beer in a vacuum formed tumbler when the beer spills over the side of the glass and onto your hand as you have ever so slightly squeezed the flimsy tumbler (altering the capacity) and forced the beer out of the glass.

Our ‘Katerglass’ range of Plastic Pint Glasses are Injection Moulded which gives ‘uniform wall strength’ – the tumblers are more rigid, not thinner in the middle and generally easier to handle.

Katerglass Disposable Plastic Glasses

The new PLA – Oxo-biodegradable Plastics

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Polylactic acid or Polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the U.S.) or sugarcanes (rest of world). Although PLA has been known for more than a century, it has only been of commercial interest in recent years, in light of its biodegradability.

In recent years PLA has been used to line the inside of Paper Cups in place of the oil based lining more commonly used and to create Plastic Cups, Cutlery, Carrier Bags, Food Packaging and even Nappies.

This product however is produced by turning land over once used for growing food crops and like bio-fuels contributes to increased food prices. PLA is also more expensive than many petroleum-derived commodity plastics and can create problems in recycling streams by contaminating the oil based plastics (making more waste!)

Now ordinary oil based plastic and recycled plastic can now be made biodegradable.

Oxo-biodegradable Plastics (OBP’s) are conventional plastics such as polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene to which is added a proprietary mixture (d2w additive) that accelerates the breakdown of the chemical structure of the plastic.

OBP’s degrade, then biodegrade, on land or at sea, in the light or the dark, in heat or cold, in whatever timescale is required, leaving NO fragments NO methane and NO harmful residues.

These plastics are the main ones used in a variety of catering disposable packaging applications. The resultant breakdown products are then amenable to conversion by micro-organisms, for which these products are an energy source or food, into carbon dioxide and water; thereby returning otherwise intractable plastics to the ecosystem.

These plastics can now have a shelf life, determined at the point of manufacture. Shopping carrier bags, food wraps, plastic glasses et al that will completely and harmlessly biodegrade. Utilising this new technology does not mean the products cannot be recycled.

Some commercial products that have already incorporated this new technology include carrier bags, garbage bags, Ziplock bags, cling film, shrink-wraps and EPS trays.

Expect to see use by dates on your plastic cups in the future!

More on OBP’s can be found here.

Custom Printed Catering Disposables

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

 We have been asked a few times if we can ‘do’ custom prints?

The Barack Obama esk answer is yes we can.

Our Polycarbonate Reusable Plastic Tumblers and Polystyrene CE marked Tumblers can be printed on in ‘runs’ of as little as 1000 glasses.

Paper Plates, Paper Cups and Paper Cup Sleeves can be printed in units of 50,000, Napkins from 30,000, Cup Carriers from 5000.

To print Banquet Rolls & Tablecloths one must first print a one tonne master roll which can be converted into 50,000 90cm x 90cm paper tablecovers, 200 x 100m Banquet Rolls, 800 x 25m rolls or 2,500 8m rolls. Orders of this size are usually reserved the McDonalds of this world.

Should you wish to enquire about any custom printed catering disposables please email us at and we will send a tailored quote as invariably one will need to work out the number of colours involved, exchange rate from any overseas supplier (nobody makes anything in the UK anymore!) and a number of other factors.

Custom printed GlassesPrinted Glasses

Polycarbonate & Polystyrene Reusable Plastic Glasses

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Event Supplies are delighted to announce that we have now expanded our range of Polycarbonate Reusable Plastic Tumblers and Polystyrene Reusable Plastic Tumblers

Our new ‘Nonic’ shaped tumblers are stackable and come CE marked ready for use with any free flow or metered beer pumps.


The polycarbonate plastic pint and half pint beer glasses are practically indestructible whilst the Polystyrene tumblers are rigid and will not shatter, both are machine washable.

These products are commonly used in outdoor drinking venues and many public houses due to their non shatter properties.

Unfortunately the word ‘Glass’ is a verb in this country and Polycarbonate & Polystyrene Safety Drinking  Glasses are becoming a prerequisite for pubs and nightclubs up and down the country…)



Polycarbonate Plastic Shotglasses

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Event Supplies are delighted to announce that we have now expanded our range of Reusable Plastic Shotglasses to include two new designs.

Our new Polycarbonate Remedy Shot Glasses are CE Marked and available in units of 24 per case. These Gibraltar style glass complete this range of glasses and are available from £13.90 for 24.

The new Straight Shot Polycarbonate Shot Glasses are also CE Marked, available in units of 24, priced at £15 for 24 and both new shotglasses are machine washable up to 500 cycles without showing signs of degradation.


Quality Champagne Flutes

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

We have been asked to explain what we mean in our description of One Piece Injection Moulded Champagne Flutes? This simply means that the product is in-one-piece, not in two or three parts. There are many Champagne flutes available which come with the bases not attached, these are to be attached prior to use.

While these Plastic Champagne Flutes maybe cheaper to deliver (you can fit more in a box) and as a result a little cheaper to buy, if you are drinking a £50 bottle of Bollinger saving a few pennies on your flutes can prove a fruitless exercise as explained below.

Two Piece Injection Moulded Champagne Flutes

Two Piece Injection Moulded Champagne Flutes

These two piece flutes are prone to wobbling if the bases do not fit correctly, are a pain to assemble and many of the bases will fall off leaving you unable to put your drink down!

Many would argue against drinking Champers from anything other than a glass flute but the disposable plastic champagne flutes have their place  (I wouldn’t be writing this otherwise)

I do think the one piece flutes are more up-market than their two piece cousins even if they can’t be the real deal.

One Piece Injection Moulded Champagne Flutes

One Piece Injection Moulded Champagne Flutes

A wiser man than me once said ‘There is nothing in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and he who considers price only is that man’s lawful prey” – John Ruskin

Plastic High Ball Glasses

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

We have recently added two new disposable plastic high ball glasses (200ml & 300ml) to our range of disposable plastic wine and champagne glasses.

Please find below a picture of the full range of glasses
(Hi Ball tumblers are 3rd and 4th from left)

These plastic hi ball glasses are injection moulded virgin food-grade crystal styrene, giving perfect clarity and extra rigidity.

Great for mixed drinks, providing the right size for a combination of ice, spirit and mixer