Posts Tagged ‘catering’

Help starting a Catering Business

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Anybody seeking to start up and run a catering business can now find some help at

The site gives you examples of how to go about attracting more business, how to promote your business without spending too much money and being your own public relations officer. The website features and articles are written by experts – who have experience, or a particular interest in this area.

The website also gives advice on where to purchase your Disposable Plastic Glasses and other Catering Disposables.

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

The one where Owls are made from Paper Cups.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Oh… My… Gawd!

It seems I was right. Catering disposable products seem to be the medium of choice for aspiring artistes at present.

One time Friends star Maggie Wheeler (Janice) can currently be found on the Magpie Time website showing kids how to create cardboard owls from disposable paper cups, plastic coffee lids, drink holders and alot of glue.

Janice Maggie and a bunch of other LA based artists, animators, writers and actors formed the Magpie Time group in the early 90’s.

After reading an entertaining story about an owl, the groups founder Pat Roberts, a Los Angeles-based fine artist, was asked by his children how to make one. This was the beginning of MAGPIE TIME. Rather than go out and buy supplies or a ready-made kit, Pat thought there had to be a simpler, more environmentally responsible, and less “packaged” way to spend time on an art project with his kids. So that morning’s coffee cups, lids, sleeves and tray holder became the first owl.

The concept of the group is to teach arts and crafts to children in an accessible and entertaining manner, using materials found in the house and everyday life: plastic bottles, paper coffee cups, lids, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes etc.


Apologies for the rapping…..

The Official Magpie Time sizzle reel from Magpie Time on Vimeo.