New lower price on biodegradable paper water cones

January 22nd, 2020
Biodegradable Paper Water Cones

Our hugely popular biodegradable water cones are now at an everyday low price of only £32.99 per case (5000). This is a huge reduction on the previous price of £44.99 per case.

These are made from virgin grade paper with no plastic coating at all, meaning they’ll degrade naturally while still being 100% recyclable.

Paper water cones are great to use next to water dispensers, their unique cone shape means it’s impossible to put a full one down and leave it, at least not without making a mess! The result is that people have a drink of water, finish their drink and bin the cone. This is a nice neat and tidy solution for water dispensers. No half empty cups to collect in the office.

We also offer these in smaller packs of 200 for lower volume usage or product trials.

You can find biodegradable water cones on our site at: https://www.eventsupplies.co.uk/4oz-plain-white-biodegradable-water-cone.html

Oxo-biodegradable vs PLA compostable plastic cups

January 15th, 2020

There’s a lot of confusion and misleading information online about these two items at the moment, we’ve seen many retailers incorrectly describing these items. As a result we thought we’d write a quick post to clear up the differences and set the record straight a bit.

Biodegradable and compostable cups have seen a meteoric rise in popularity since 2018 with the unprecedented shift towards sustainable disposables and biodegradability. The market has responded to the increased demand with a range of new biodegradable items to replace many ranges of traditional disposable products. The problem is that because the items are so new to the market, and still in their infancy in some cases, a lot of the information you’ll find online is either out of date or incorrect.

When the demand for biodegradable items first spiked, the immediate problem was providing a replacement for plastic cups. These are widely used in a huge range of situations and by lots of different consumers. They’re used in the home, commercially at bars, festivals, as a safe replacement for glassware, medically in the NHS etc.

The first attempt at providing a biodegradable alternative was to offer a traditional plastic polymer with an additive which allowed the physical structure of the raw material to break down into pieces, seemingly resulting in the product disappearing as if by magic. Unfortunately, there proved to be a fairly big catch to this type of material. It did indeed break down, but the oil based structure doesn’t disappear as such, it goes through a miniaturization process and breaks down into tiny pieces. These pieces are now commonly referred to as “microplastics”.

This should set off alarm bells fairly quickly due to the amount of negative press coverage of recent times. By breaking down the plastic compound into tiny microscopic pieces it allows the oil based plastics to enter our food stream and our water supply. This will happy as they’re absorbed into fertile earth or washed away through streams into reservoirs. Once they end up in the ocean they’ll be consumed by fish and other creatures, again ending up in our food supply.

More recently, things like plastic pint glasses and water cups have been produced using an alternate bio-plastic based material called PLA. This is a cornstarch based material and can be safely composted without the inherent issues of an oxo-biodegradable plastic product.

If you’re looking to replace plastic glasses with a biodegradable alternative, you should be looking at a compostable cup and checking it’s not described as “oxo-biodegradable” and that it doesn’t mention plastic compounds such as polypropylene or polystyrene. These are products that will end up as microplastics and are widely rumored to be banned in the UK at some point in the near future.

Unfortunately there is a price disparity between oxo-biodegradable and PLA compostable cups, the oxo-biodegradable cups are considerably cheaper due to plastic raw material being much more affordable than cornstarch based PLA. The simple fact of the matter is though that these old oxo-biodegradable items are simply not suitable for customers looking to replace their disposables with eco-friendly compostable / biodegradable plastic cups. Many more ethical suppliers will actually display a warning that accurately describes what they’re selling, but likewise many will simply use the price benefit of an oxo-biodegradable plastic cup as a sales advantage.

Moreover, to be absolutely sure you are purchasing a sustainable bio based product seek out items also marked “Compostable” rather than just “Biodegradable”. The desk I type this from is biodegradable, but it won’t break down in compost as it’s not compostable (to use the compostable term means the item will completely break down inside 12 weeks).

You can find a full range of our (cornstarch based PLA!) biodegradable plastic cups at the following location: https://www.eventsupplies.co.uk/biodegradable/cups/plastic-cups

2019 Christmas Opening Times

December 6th, 2019

As usual, our offices are closed this year between Christmas and New Year. The last day to place an order for delivery in 2019 is Friday 20th December; our offices are also open in the morning on Monday 23rd December.

Our offices reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020 with deliveries commencing from Friday 3rd.

Please ensure you get orders placed in plenty of time for and goods required before the New Year.

We want your feedback!

December 5th, 2019

We love to read feedback from our customers, if you could take the time to post a Google review on our Business page it would be very much appreciated. You can do this at: https://g.page/inn-supplies-uk-ltd?gm.

We’re proud of the service we deliver and receive lots of nice comments by email, we’d love to be able to display some of this feedback publicly on our Google Business page however.

As usual, you can get in touch with our team directly for any assistance you may require by contacting sales@eventsupplies.co.uk

Welcome to our new website!

November 29th, 2019

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably spotted that we’ve had a complete overhaul of our website and brought it bang up to date. We’ve been trading online for well over a decade, our store has grown from a small range of disposable products to a site containing a huge range of disposable catering supplies, reusable plastic glasses, biodegradable catering supplies and much more.

Due to the ever increasing range of products we needed a fresh new design that makes these easier to find and a site that’s easier to navigate.

We’ve condensed the number of categories and arranged products in more logical places in the interest of improving the customer experience.

We’d love to hear from you if you’ve got any comments on the new design, hopefully it’ll have a positive effect as you browse the site.

All customer accounts have been translated across to the new site, if you require order history from the old website we can always provide this on request.

2018 Christmas / New Year Opening Hours

December 14th, 2018

bluetreeThe last day for dispatch of goods before Christmas is Thursday 20th December, orders need to be placed before 1pm. Orders placed after this time will be delivered in the New Year when we reopen on Wednesday 2nd 2019.

Our offices are closed between Christmas and New Year; please ensure you order any supplies you may require during this time by our cut-off time on Thursday 20th.

Deliveries in the New Year start from Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Happy Christmas and New Year from everyone at Event Supplies

Disposable Plastic Champagne Flutes – Special Offer

November 28th, 2018

For a limited time we’ve reduced the price on our 170ml disposable plastic Champagne flutes to £15.65 per case (100). Please enquire for full pallet prices.

These flutes are available from stock with free next day delivery on orders over £100. They’re lined at 100 and 125ml and a sturdy single piece design so perfect for serving Champagne or Prosecco.

You can find these Plastic Champagne Flutes on our website at: https://www.eventsupplies.co.uk/plastic-glasses/stemmed/plastic-champagne-flutes

New Paper Straw Colours

November 16th, 2018

Paper StrawsDue to the huge increase in demand for paper straws, we’ve decided to expand the range of colours we offer. Initially only plain Black (the most common colour) was available, however we’ve just added plain White and Red striped types to our site. These are available straight away with the usual next-day delivery available.

We stock our range of biodegradable Paper Straws in either small boxes of 250 or full cases of 5,000 for larger volume customers.

As with all virgin paper products these are 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable – they conform to all the relevant standards. There are no additives, plastics or other substances used – just pure virgin grade paper.

You can find these in our paper straws category: https://www.eventsupplies.co.uk/disposable-tableware/drinking-straws/paper-straws

2018 Christmas Paper Napkins

November 2nd, 2018

We’ve just launched our 2018 range of disposable Christmas themed paper napkins. A great way to decorate your table this Christmas with a fun and festive theme. These are also a common sight at office parties, functions and special occasions in the lead up to the Christmas.

We offer a variety of sizes and types, with the most popular being 40cm 2ply napkins, a dinner plate sized item with a 1/4 fold.

In addition to the Christmas themed napkins, we’ve got a festive paper tablecloth to tie in with these designs – as well as the usual plain items in a variety of colours.

Useful links:

Our 2018 designs:

Black Sparkle DesignChampagne Shimmer DesignChristmas Bauble Design

Christmas Snowman DesignChristmas Tree DesignChristmas Wonderland Design

Napkins at the dinner table:

We’re on Instagram

October 19th, 2018

13201883_300x300Follow our Instagram to see pictures of our existing products, pictures of our items in use as well as photos of new up and coming products. If you’d like your images to be featured on our Instagram; send them across to us by direct message and we’ll feature (and tag) you on our feed.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/innsupplies/