Posts Tagged ‘Paper’

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.

Holly Swirl Range

*Best Before December 25th*

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.

A short time ago in a Starbucks not far away……

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Wired magazine photographer Dan Winters made this impressive TIE Fighter from 1 tall lid, 10 coffee boxes, 12 small paper cups, 37 large paper cups, 63 paper drink carriers and 216 wooden stirrers!



It seems given my recent blog ‘artistic use for catering disposables’ that more and more people are choosing catering disposable products a medium to create art. Maybe we should be advertising in art supplies shops?

Wired magazine has started a competition and created a how-to Wiki page where you can submit your entries should you feel compelled to enter

May the forks be with you (*Ahem*)

Where are your Foam cups?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

We have been asked why we don’t sell the Foam (EPS) cups?

We don’t sell foam cups (EPS – expanded polystyrene or extruded polystyrene foam) for a couple of reasons. These EPS cups are very bulky, on a standard pallet we can fit a few thousand foam cups compared with 72,000 Paper Cups!

The product does not stack/nestle inside each other very well and the box they are contained in is mostly full of fresh air!
It costs the same amount of money and uses up the same amount of resources to move a box containing fresh air as it does one containing paper cups.

Ever increasing transport costs will soon spell the end of these products, not least when you consider the health and environmental impact these products have.

Foam cups do not biodegrade and are difficult to recycle. Left outside recycling channels they degrade into smaller and smaller pieces over time, like rocks turning into sand, and find their way into the food chain, where they begin to poison animals that eat it in error. There exists no bacterium currently capable of metabolising Styrofoam.

The migration of styrene from a polystyrene cup into the beverage it contains has been observed to be as high as 0.025% for a single use. That may seem like a rather low number, until you work it this way: If you drink beverages from polystyrene cups four times a day for three years, you may have consumed about one foam cup’s worth of styrene along with your beverage.

Mmm…. chem-i-callyyyy…



Artistic use for Catering Disposables

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Tara Donovan at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston  has created a number of works of art from some of our more mundane catering disposable products, namely White Paper Plates, Plastic Non Vending Cups, Drinking Straws and Toothpicks to name a few.

As you can see below the works resemble rocks, seas, clouds, mountain ranges and other natural formations. The Brooklyn sculptor was named a MacArthur Fellow last month, receiving a £500,000 ‘Genius Grant’ in the process.


Plastic Cupstoothpicks
Plastic CupsPaper Plates
Plastic CupsDrinking Straws
Drinking StrawsPlastic Cups
Plastic CupsPaper Plates
Donovan says of her work, “it is not like I’m trying to simulate nature. It’s more of a mimicking of the way of nature, the way things actually grow. My work might appear ‘organic’ or ‘alive’ specifically because my process mimics, in the most elementary sense, basic systems of growth found in nature.”

Paper Drinking Straws

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

We are currently seeing increased interest in our Paper Drinking Straws. Apparently there are not many suppliers of these ‘retro’ products as one of our customers put it. The interest seems to stem from people wishing to avoid plastic straws and opt for a biodegradable option.

Our customer commented that there is little point using biodegradable paper cups with normal plastic straws.

Should you wish to purchase only straws (£4/500) please contact us for Royal Mail postal rates.

We currently use Business Post express couriers for all of our parcel deliveries and receive good feedback regarding their service.

We do understand however that it makes little economic sense to pay more for the carriage than the goods. This is a problem all who distribute inexpensive goods face. Disposable products are inherently cheap and our delivery costs are typically £7.50 & vat up to 20 kilos in weight for most of England and Wales, with costs rising in Scotland and Ireland. This enables us to distribute a number of boxes (up to 20) which otherwise would have had separate Royal Mail postal charges.

White Paper Drinking Straws

White Paper Drinking Straws

Green Taxes

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Our leaders are saving us from the threat of ‘dangerous’ disposable products! – with taxes…..

Recently a law in France was passed to tax plastic cutlery to try to encourage consumers to buy more eco-friendly products, and Paris is planning to expand the measure to include several other items, the environment minister said last Monday

There are similar taxes on disposable products in Malta and closer to home in Ireland the plastic carrier bag tax of 15 Eurocents per bag was introduced in 2002. In England we are starting to see supermarkets charge for bags, or only offer ‘bags for life’ at checkouts or their Anya Hindmarch equivalents. Sainsburys have announced today that they will not give carrier bags away at the tills and customers must request them.

There is apparently a law in Spain that states that companies serving food are required to lay a new table cloth (or serve food on a wipe clean table) after each meal. Restaurants in Spain use large amounts of disposable paper table cloths as this law would require the restaurants to either have an abundance of linen table covers or serve their meals on McDonalds style wipe clean tables in order to meet their obligations. Not really the look most restaurants would strive for (unless you run a KFC/Burger King et al)

In the UK we have some laws regarding disposable products which don’t fit well with the apparent ‘green’ policies of governments past and present. One such law is that recycled paper cannot be used to make products which come into direct contact with food. A sensible idea methinks, you don’t want to be eating your supper from a paper plate which used to be toilet paper. However many companies in UK, in order to be seen to be going ‘green’ and ‘doing their bit’ are offering plates made from recycled material. But how you ask? Surely thousands are falling ill from bum to mouth disease or something? Well no, what the companies are doing is laminating the top of the paper plates with plastic so the foodstuffs don’t actually touch the surface of the paper. Brilliant!? No, bad idea. The product is now single use in the strongest sense of the word(s). These new plates cannot be recycled into anything and will need to go to landfill as the paper and plastic are fused together for all eternity.

Just because something is made from recycled material does not mean it is a ‘green’ product, attention to how the product is made and if the product can be recycled after use is most important. Every product we at Event Supplies sell can be recycled and many are made from recycled paper where the law allows. Beware of companies cashing in on the whole green hoopla at the moment with really not very environmentally sound products.

A common law and set of taxes for the whole of the EU maybe the way forward with regard to disposable products. One country taxing a particular disposable product heavily could mean governments in their quest to be seen to be doing the right thing will unintentionally close disposable manufacturing companies leaving thousands out of work.

I do wonder however, how taxing anything disposable will save the planet. People will simply pay more and we doubt all the money in the world can stop seas from rising and landfill sites from overflowing. Personally I like the plastic bag tax, this one works and fewer plastic bags are being used as a result and people still get their shopping home. Some products however, you cannot simply replace with products that are ‘for life’. People need to be responsible for recycling; the onus should be on us at home and work.

Money won’t solve this one.

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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Crease Free Paper Table Cloths

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Event Supplies recently launched a new product range of Crease Free Paper Tablecovers, these ‘Flatpack’ paper tablecovers are pre cut 90cm x 90cm and offer a clean look paper table cloth ideally suited to restaurants and cafes where a crease free table setting is required.

The only solution for restaurants and cafes when seeking a crease free paper tablecover before the introduction of these products was a Banquet Roll which could be cut to size to suit the length of the tables.

The flatpacked tablecovers are cased x 250 table cloths to a box in order that when they are folded the once there are no creases on the tablecovers (Creases or folds are avoided the same way a telephone book will not get a crease if you curl a large number of the pages)

Historically sales of the flatpack tablecovers have been mainly in the north of the UK, this we believe this is because space is of more of a premium in London. A box of Folded Tablecovers is a 30cm cube box which is easily stored, the flatpack tablecovers are in a 30cm/10cm/90cm rectangular box, which is more unwieldy and not really suitable for storing on shelves.

Crease Free Paper Table Cloths

Crease Free Paper Table Cloths