Posts Tagged ‘Paper’

Event Supplies reduced delivery prices

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Event Supplies are delighted to announce we have been able to reduce our delivery costs further. We now charge from £6.50 per consignment, orders over £100 inc VAT are delivered free of charge.

Our carriers Business Post deliver 99.3% of all their consignments the following day and are regularly commended on their ability to handle fragile goods such as plastic glasses and paper cups

We are now also able to offer upon request either an email notification of delivery or an sms text message to your mobile. We will continue as normal to email notifications to you once your goods have been dispatched from our warehouse.

Running The Numbers

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Chris Jordan, a photographer from Seattle has created an excellent exhibit called Running the numbers, Portraits of global mass culture using some of our catering disposable products among others.

Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something:

Paper Cups: Four Hundred and ten thousand Paper cups  (the number of disposable cups Americans use every 15 minutes) The below picture illustrates the scale of the work next to a couple

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Toothpicks: Depicts one hundred million toothpicks, (equal to the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail)

Plastic Cups: Depicts one million plastic cups (the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours)

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Chris hopes is that these images might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

The project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, in hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

More Can be found here: http://www.chrisjordan.com/

Paper Cups Explained

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Single Poly Coated, Double Poly Coated, Ripple Cups, Double Wall Cups, PLA Cups, Biodegradable Cups, Hot Drink Cups, Triple Layer Cups… I guess it can be a little confusing. Here is some help.

Cold Drink Paper Cups

Our paper cups for cold drinks are described as ‘Double Poly Coated’ this means that both the inside and outside of the paper cups have been sprayed with Polyethylene which is used to prevent the liquids seeping into the cups on the inside and condensation seeping in on the outside, this also helps to seal the cup board together.

There is little variation in the design of cold drink paper cups when compared to the many different types of hot drink paper cups. We do however ensure that our cup board is suitably thick so that the cups do not become difficult to handle when filled and where possible offer a squat shaped cup which gives a larger base and consequently a lower centre of gravity (the cups won’t tipple over as easily)

Who’d've guessed so much thought went into them?

Hot Drink Paper Cups

Our (single wall) paper cups for hot drinks are described as ‘Single Poly Coated’ this means that only the inside of the paper cups have been sprayed with Polyethylene, unlike Paper Cups for cold drinks the outside is not sprayed as condensation does not form on the cups when hot liquids are inside them. References to single walls or double walls mean the number of layers of paper cup board used to form the cup.

Single Wall paper cups for hot drinks are manufactured from thicker board than paper cups for cold drinks to help prevent fingers and thumbs from being burnt by hot liquids.

Double Wall paper cups have two layers of cup board and a cavity between the walls to insulate the cup. These cups can keep drinks warmer for longer.

Ripple paper cups feature corrugated paper wrapping to increase hand comfort and improve heat insulation, also keeping beverages hotter for longer. Ripple cups are basically paper sleeves (aka Coffee Clutches or Cup Wraps) permanently attached to the outside of a standard hot drink paper cup. Ripple cups therefore have three layers of board, hence the ‘Triple Layer Paper Cup’

PLA Compostable Paper cups are made with a natural biodegradable lining instead of the Polyethylene used in conventional paper cups. The PLA (Polylactic acid) lining will compost together with the paper cup.

Conventional paper cups will not do this as the oil based lining is not biodegradable.

We do not sell PLA lined paper cups as whilst we share the sentiments of those who wish to ‘go green’ with their disposables there are few places in current recycling channels for these products to go other than landfill where they will not biodegrade.

The options one has for recycling are Fibre Recovery schemes run by the likes of Save A Cup who will collect and recycle the cups. They do however set minimum limits for collections and charge for recycling bags, bins, collections and admin the total of which can easily run into £100′s.

Unless individuals use enough cups to warrant a cup bin of their own (unlikely even for the biggest Coffee fans!) these cups will be treated as any other therefore we consider them pointless to all except those that compost at home and large companies using enough cups to require waste paper cup collections.

95% of normal paper cups can be recycled at present, the 5% that cannot is the lining of the cups.

More of our thoughts and observations about PLA cups can be found here.

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Plain White Paper Coffee Cups

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

We listen! Following a number of requests we are happy to announce we have listed for sale an 8oz Plain White Paper Coffee Cup.

These paper cups are manufactured from premium food grade cup stock, single poly-coated, disposable paper cups for hot drinks.

The cup itself is basically identical to the ever-popular “Café Mocha” brand of paper cups, with the obvious omission of any printing. This makes the cup suitable for a wider range of uses; we have customers using this cup for a huge range of uses, from takeaway beverages to mixing paints! It has also proved to be popular with schools for modelling purposes. The 8oz size is available as either a packed sleeve of 50 cups, or a full case of 1,000.

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High Tech Mugs/High Tech Speakers.

Friday, February 13th, 2009

On the blog High Tech Paper Cups, Low Tech Speakers posted at the end of last year I commented on how one could transform standard paper cups into speakers for your ipod or other generic mp3 player.

It seems Starbucks fans may have been reading up on this phenomenon as they have made their own speakers made to look like their Starbucks Disposable Paper Coffee Cups as shown below. Starbucks themselves even have their own store within iTunes now apparently.

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New ceramic coffee mugs are being converted into speakers too, the ‘MusicMug’ from Japan is available from €69 from a number of online (mainly US) websites.

Designer Masato Tokuno created the speakers which are suitable for all types of ipod. Just don’t put your coffee in them, stick to the paper cups for that.

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Valentines Coffee Clutch

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

As the credit crunch bites wives and girlfriends at Event Towers are no doubt going to be doubly pleased with our money saving exploits on Valentines Day.

Yes, as the title suggests we have made Valentines Day Cards from Coffee Clutches for hot drink cups. Hallmark beware!

 Video of how to make them below:

No expense spared, literally.

Save your Cups

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The Paper cup market has become saturated with biodegradable paper cups which sadly some people now feel they can toss away in the knowledge that they will eventually disappear. This is a common misconception as these cups need to be put separately in compost for a number of years until they do eventually decompose.

Better still than leaving your paper cups to sit in compost for years and losing the paper is to recycle them into another paper product (commonly toilet paper)

 99% of paper cups in the world are not biodegradable but are recyclable as the below article explains…

The Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group report a successful paper cup recycling trial in which virtually all the fibre from standard Polyethylene (PE) coated paper cups was successfully extracted and converted into high quality tissue fibre for use in products such as facial and toilet tissues.

On average standard paper cups, intended for hot drinks, are made up of approximately 95% high quality paper fibre and 5% PE coating. During the trials, at an undisclosed paper mill in the North of England, Nearly all the paper fibre was successfully extracted making it possible to claim that the “industry standard paper cup” is 95% recyclable and that the recycling can take place in the UK.

The paper mill involved in the trial, pleased with the quality of fibre obtained, has asked the Paper Cup Recovery & Recycling Group to consider on-going paper cup recycling arrangement, provided continuity of supply can be maintained, at a level of, at least, 10 tonnes per month.

The mill and the group are also working to find an outlet for the separated PE coating. The trial involved processing over 10 tonnes of used Post Consumer Paper cups, collected at trial locations in the UK and the group’s next objective is to speed up “used cup collection” in order to maintain the newly established option and open up further UK recycling routes for paper cups.

Over the past two years the group has been working with several UK paper mills and the Fibre Technology Association to explore local recycling opportunities for paper cups. The group has also worked to define how best to prepare used paper cups for recycling and this work is ongoing.

“This is a fantastic step forward for the group, but the next challenge is collecting enough used material, a minimum of 120t through 2009, to maintain continuity of supply to mills. If anyone is already segregating paper cups on site and wants to help the activity of the group please can they get in touch with us” urges Susan Nash one of the founder members of the group.

In addition the group is also working with Save a Cup and now all paper cups collected by Save-A-Cup will be passed to the group for recycling. Save -A-Cup can be contacted at:

Save a Cup Recycling Company Ltd
Suite 2, Bridge House
Bridge Street
HIGH WYCOMBE
HP11 2EL

E-mail: info@save-a-cup.co.uk
Tel: 01494 510167
Fax: 01494 510168
Anyone wishing to find out more about the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group please contact Barry Read of The Fibre Technology Association at:

The Fibre Technology Association
PO Box 420
Durham
DH1 9WY

E-mail: info@papercuprecycling.co.uk
Tel: 07836 796000
Fax: 0870 137 0369

Press Contact Susan Nash 01242 284325

Still carrying that cup?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

On my recent blog ‘Do I really have to carry this cup all day?‘ you may have noticed the slight dig at the bottom of the blog directed towards people using ceramic shaped disposable cups in which I joke that I intend to create a porcelain Tea Bag which can be used with these cups.

Well, it seems there are more companies producing disposable styled reusable products out there than I thought. When leaving for work on a morning with your ceramic ‘paper cup‘ you can now also take with you your reusable thermal sleeve to wrap around your ceramic cup so your fingers do not get burnt! (Why not just bring a mug from home if you are ecologically inclined to avoid disposable cups, doing this ensures there is no need for a porcelain cup and reusable sleeve…)

If the purpose of buying these two products was to avoid looking foolish whilst travelling to/from work with a normal mug in hand then I feel the notion is a little misguided. I imagine I would feel foolish walking into Starbucks and handing over my own mug and sleeve, especially if it was a knitted sleeve or faux furs as cupcouture.com offer!

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Other companies such as Cupkozy.com also offer reusable sleeves made from Felt and numerous garish designs. These can be rolled up and put on your key ring should you wish to advertise your right on green inclinations.

A & R Design offer the below ceramic Non-Vending cups and a Sommelier Wineglass on a stem which is actually quite cool, if not a practical alternative.

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I do wonder where this will all end, are porcelain cup carriers on the way? Porcelain stirrers for your coffee? (spoons) Carrying your bag to work with all this gear is going to become tiresome quickly.

Most of these products are unnecessary and their green credentials ring a little hollow when you realize there is no actual need for them in the market when most people have mugs in their cupboards at home and the coffee shops you visit have their own proper cups.

I also think many people carrying all these new green reusable replacements for paper cups and sleeves are forgetting the one product that can eliminate the need for all this garbage. Its called a Flask.

Hi Tech Paper Cups, Low Tech Speakers.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The designer Dmitry Zagga has created these iPod CupSpeakers from nothing more than a few large disposable paper cups, a few toothpicks, the iPod earbuds and plenty of spare time.

He claims the volume increase is ‘significant’ and his fancy photography makes this DIY project created in a shed look like something straight out of a Steve Jobs Powerpoint.

The sound is magnified due to the shape of the cup, not any fancy-schmancy ‘electronics.’ It may not compete with, you know, real speakers, but Dmitry’s got a good sense of humor and it looks like a fun project for the incredibly bored.

On next weeks blog we construct a ‘telephone’ using the same two cups and length of string.

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Do I really have to carry this cup all day?

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Much is being made at the moment of the City of Toronto banning paper cups with plastic lids in favour of expanded polystyrene(foam – normally considered the devils material) which the city has the ability to recycle (it cannot recycle plastic lids as most consumers do not separate the lids from the paper cups prior to disposing of them – and they’re not going to do it for you!)

To the amazement of some the city has also said it will ban biodegradable plastic shopping bags in favour of conventional plastic bags as the city cannot recycle the biodegradable bags!)

Many bloggers and social commentators are suggesting coffee drinkers should make use of (carry with them) porcelain or ceramic cups should the need for a coffee arise. The councilors of Toronto are suggesting discounts should be given to customers who bring their own mugs.

Some companies are already doing this and a new market for ceramic ‘paper cups’ without handles has sprung from the idea that people will carry these reusable takeaway style cups at all times.
Before a Starbucks occupied every second corner in New York City, a blue paper cup with a thin sip thru lid was the symbol for coffee-to-go.

The iconic We are happy to serve you paper coffee cup was introduced in 1963, and more than 180 million are used in New York City every year. The environmentally minded design group, exceptionlab, have worked with both the Sweetheart Cup Company, Inc and Aid to Artisans to convert the design from disposable to permanent, from paper to ceramic.

This ceramic version of the paper cup is not the first spin off product to have been given the ‘we are happy to serve you’ treatment, nor is it the first to be created in ceramic. The plain white ‘I am not a Paper Cup‘ ceramic cup made by Decor Craft is available from a slew of websites here and in the US.

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 I expect Anya Hindmarch is probably at home silently kicking herself that she didn’t trademark the ‘I am not a (insert product here)’ phrase following the success of her non disposable carrier bags.

With that in mind we have started work on the ‘I am not a tea bag’, ceramic refillable tea bag (with free reinforced spoon) for use with these non-disposable products. Anybody wishing to invest in this genius project or has any other (comedic) ideas for ceramic versions of disposable products please call us on 0844 499 5456 and we can come up with our masterplan! Muah ha ha ha ha!!