Packaging for Christmas Markets: A Guide for Street Food Vendors

The festive season is almost upon us and what’s more Christmassy than a Christmas market? 

Christmas markets in the UK are incredibly popular, with Manchester Christmas markets generating £306 million in revenue annually. That’s why it’s crucial to stand out as a street food vendor at such a good time of year for business. One way you can achieve this is through sustainable packaging.

Whatever your takeaway packaging needs are for this year’s Christmas markets in the UK, we have the answer. Let’s get stuck in.

Sustainable Packaging for Christmas

In 2021, searches for “sustainable Christmas” skyrocketed 1700% between the 5th-11th of December. It’s no secret that consumers are becoming more and more environmentally conscious. But have you factored sustainability into your business? 

The trend is set to continue in 2022 and beyond as the majority of consumers actively try to make a sustainable or ethical choice. That’s why it makes sense to appeal to an eco-minded audience to drive sales and promote planet positivity. 

Here’s the planet-positive packaging you need as a street food vendor this Christmas!

Christmas Cups for Hot Beverages

Christmas Cups - Takeaway Packaging

Coffee shop owner? Mulled wine stall operator? Our biodegradable coffee cups are already a hit with our customers, so we decided to add a little Christmas cheer. They’re lined with Ingeo™ PLA, a biodegradable bioplastic made from plants as the ultimate substitute for oil-based plastic. With the same characteristics and performance as plastic, our cups are gloriously greener. 

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, try the 8oz snow-white cup for hot beverages, or be seen in green in the 12oz size. Opt for Rudolph red in 16oz with a Kraft cup sleeve for the larger drinks to jingle those eco-bells. 

Sustainability doesn’t stop at just the cups, either. We’ve also got eco-friendly stirrers, carriers, and condiments to impress your eco-conscious customers. 

Ring The Bells for Bagasse Packaging

Bagasse Packaging

Bagasse is a great example of organic packaging — it’s a natural by-product of the sugarcane industry. After the sugar cane stalks have been crushed to extract their juice, the pulp is retained to create eco-friendly packaging. 

The upshot is that bagasse has a renewable growth rate of between two to three times per year and can be home-composted — a real sustainable winner. It’s an ideal replacement to polystyrene packaging, which, aside from being bad for the environment, can contribute to health problems when ingested. 

Our bagasse burger boxes and meal boxes have a hinged lid with a tuck-in tab for fast over-the-counter service during busy periods. The bagasse range is also safe to use in the freezer and microwave. From compostable bagasse plates to compartmentalised meal boxes, it’s never been easier to serve sustainability. 

Colourful Christmas Napkins

Recycled Napkins

Provide all your customers with environmentally-friendly paper napkins alongside their festive food, available in various vivid colours. All our napkins are 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable, so that eco-conscious consumers can stay clean and green. Pair your napkins with biodegradable cutlery and make your entire range a spreader of sustainable cheer.

Stick to staple Christmas colours like red and burgundy, or be tree-mendous in pine green. With a rainbow of colours to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Be Santa’s Sustainable Helper

No matter what kind of input you’re having at Christmas markets, make sure you’re using sustainable Christmas packaging for your food and drinks this year. With a range of cups, trays and accessories available in various sizes and festive styles — plus a wealth of unbranded packaging options — we’ve got you covered!

Go guilt-free with our sustainable range of food containers or coffee cups this Christmas, and never look back!