Takeaway Packaging produce bespoke food packaging and supplies, all tailored to your requirements and designs. We provide a fully comprehensive service and offer support to our clients from initial concepts all the way through to delivery. Our expertise allows us to work closely with you to create visually appealing products for your business.Continue reading “Custom Branding – Promote your brand on our Takeaway Packaging”
If something is a designer item, it has to be overboard and all about the image — and it absolutely cannot be considerate towards the environment, right? Wrong. Despite some high-end brands giving the luxury market a bad ethical reputation, designer packaging can cater to the conscious consumer in any sector — including food packaging.
If something is designed, it simply means is that it has been developed with great care and a clear target customer in mind. This is the case for our bespoke packaging, which is developed by our in-house teams of designers to create environmental food packaging that stands out for the customers of quirky brands. In this blog post, we will discuss how a careful design process can tackle our food packaging problems by offering sustainable yet stylish alternatives.
How Does Food Packaging Affect the Environment?
There is plenty of evidence to show that food packaging and the environment have a strained relationship, to say the least. As a result of our throwaway culture and reliance on convenience comforts, we have created some shocking food packaging waste statistics. Most notably, there is predicted to be 12 billion tonnes of plastic waste in landfill by 2050. The most severe food packaging problems affect the earth’s natural environment, polluting our oceans and negatively impacting sea life.
In short, something needs to change in food packaging to protect the environment for future generations. Crucially, we need to eliminate the use of harmful plastic in food containers and other packaging products so that Brits can feel less guilty about their takeaways. But on top of this, brands still want to use their packaged products to inject some personality into their offering. Environmental packaging needs to be designed with care so that it both protects the environment and promotes the supplier.
Can Designer Food Packaging Still Be Recycled?
Yes, designer food packaging can still be recycled. In fact, basic packaging from your average takeaway is most likely made from harmful plastic.
A tip for consumers deciding to buy: a brand is less likely to put its name on something if it would be ashamed of its impact on the environment. In this sense, branded food packaging is more likely to be 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable (but always check for certified UK recycling symbols to make sure).
By using different packaging materials for food, such as the Ingeo™ PLA Bioplastic used in our biodegradable coffee cups, we can create food packaging that is 100% recyclable. We use vegetable-based inks to print bespoke designs on these cups (and various other products in our range) so that designer food packaging can blend seamlessly with caring for the environment.
How Can We Reduce Plastic in Food Packaging and Make Sure It’s on Brand?
Others are now understanding the importance of packaging to the environment and rephrasing what luxury means by prioritising sustainable strategies. The purpose of food packaging is shifting from simply being a container for food to being a driver for change and an effective tool for promotion.
Some of our most successful clients have embraced the traditional eco look by sticking with brown paper cups and a simple logo, like Cobbs Farm. Others have stayed true to their roots, embodying their iconic designs while using sustainable packaging, although you wouldn’t know it unless you were told (much like Ferrari’s 70th birthday burger boxes). This proves that sustainability never has to get in the way of style and that opting for environmental food packaging is a choice that won’t tarnish your brand image — in fact, it might even enhance it.
Create your own stylish and sustainable food packaging that doesn’t harm the environment by booking your free design consultation. Our expert team of in-house designers will help you to develop a creative brief for food packaging that pops.
Plastic bags cause havoc on the environment, but they’re not the only culprit. All single-use plastics pose a threat; here’s why we shouldn’t be using them and what alternatives are available. Continue reading “Here’s Why We Should Not Use Plastic Bags Anymore”
There are so many misconceptions surrounding the recycling of plastic packaging. Many brands tend to promote the fact that their cups are recyclable, but currently, less than 1 percent of coffee cups are actually recycled. Why? Because it is extremely difficult to recycle cups that are lined with plastic.
Recycling Plastic Lined Coffee Cups
Unfortunately, cups that are lined with plastic cannot straightforwardly be recycled.
The polyethylene that lines a coffee cup is tightly bonded to the paper in order to make the cup waterproof and able to contain liquids. To recycle a plastic lined coffee cup, the lining needs to be separated from the cup.
It doesn’t end there…
By the time the cup reaches a recycling bin, it has most likely already been contaminated with a liquid.
Standard recycling plants cannot recycle anything that has come into contact with food or drinks; there are only a select few specialist facilities in the UK that can separate the lining from a cup that has come into contact with liquids.
One of the biggest issues surrounding disposable plastic lined coffee cups is their alleged recyclability. These cups are technically recyclable, but the vast majority of coffee cups do not end up being recycled. Most will end up in landfill, but consumers are often not aware of this.
There is a solution! Cups do not have to be lined with plastic, they can also be lined with Ingeo™ PLA.
Ingeo™ is a biodegradable polyester derived from renewable plant material. The material itself is completely biodegradable, compostable and has a carbon footprint up to 75% less than traditional packaging materials such as PS or PET.
We can manufacture cups with a PLA lining, these cups are also fully biodegradable and commercially compostable. When commercially composted, the lining of this cup does not need to be removed. We can produce these cups in your desired styles, sizes and we can print them with your chosen artwork and logo.
Our Design Services
If you don’t currently have artwork for your cups, our talented creative team can produce designs just for you. We can tweak it as much or as little as you wish, and all artwork produced is completely unique. Read more about our design services here. Talk to us about branded EcoCups.
News & Events
There are so many advantages of switching over to eco-friendly food packaging. Plastic packaging is currently at the forefront of criticism due to the damaging effect it has on our environment. At Takeaway Packaging, we are committed to driving this message as a business. We are encouraging customers to take some time and look at the future friendly alternatives available to them.
We’ve recently introduced a new range of completely compostable and biodegradable packaging which, so far, has gone down very well with the environmentally conscious business we deal with. Its important to us to spread the word about this range as not only does it offer a sustainable solution, our products are also extremely affordable.
Switching to compostable packaging aids in lowering your companies carbon footprint. Plastics can take up to 400 years to decompose, and some plastics will never break down. We use materials that are both sustainable and kind to our environment, Ingeo™ PLA being our go-to. Our products made with PLA will decompose completely in less than 12 weeks when commercial composted.
What is PLA made from?
Ingeo™ PLA is a biodegradable and compostable substance that quite literally is ‘Made from Plants’! The material is produced from naturally occurring and renewable resources found in plants, such as corn starch.
Ingeo™ has very similar physical characteristics to plastic, which makes it perfect for the takeaway packaging products we produce.
We use this material in two different ways
Our first use of Ingeo™ PLA is as a Lining. Coffee cups needs to be lined to increase their water resistance and deter leaking.
We line our coffee cups with PLA as opposed to plastic because it works in the same way, but the lining does not need to be removed in order for it to decompose. Being that Ingeo™ is a compostable and biodegradable substance, cups can be commercially compostable without the trouble of removing the lining first.
These products look like plastic, but they are fully compostable and biodegradable.
Using eco-friendly packaging will add merit to your business. You are sure to stand out from competitors if you are the only one using future friendly packaging. Our eco-friendly alternatives give you the chance to shout about the work you are doing to prevent the use of single plastic packaging.
Get in touch with us today for a full consultation on switching to eco friendly alternatives, we are more than happy to assist you.
News & Events
We’re exhibiting at the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo this September. If you’d like to view our products and have a chat with us, get your free tickets here and visit us on stand 1938.
Our goal is to ensure that vendors using plastic packaging will have switched over to future friendly alternatives by 2021. Today, we are focusing on Juice and Smoothie bars around the UK. We know that many vendors are still using plastic food & drink packaging, this is why we have introduced our environmentally friendly packaging range.
Our range consists of packaging options perfect for Juice & Smoothie Bars, including Biodegradable Smoothie Cups and Straws.
Biodegradable Clear Cups
Our Clear Cups are manufactured from Ingeo™ PLA Bioplastic, which is 100 percent commercially compostable and biodegradable. We have 5 sizes to choose from, 7oz, 9oz, 12oz, 16oz and 20oz! Lids are sold separately and are available in 2 styles, flat and domed.
Biodegradable PLA Straws
These biodegradable straws are also made from Ingeo™ PLA. We have two sizes available, 7mm and 12mm. We recommend 12mm straws for thicker drinks such as Smoothies.
We can brand napkins with your artwork and logo. We print napkins with vegetable-based inks and can produce napkins in various shapes, sizes and colours, get in touch with us today to learn more about our napkin range.
Why not brand your packaging?
Branded Eco-Friendly Packaging – what could be better?!
Its always wise to brand your takeaway packaging, our customers find that simple things like adding your logo or even switching to products that incorporate your corporate colours can be an effective way to increase brand awareness and enhance your brands overall appeal.
Our talented design team have years in experience when it comes to branded food & drink packaging. We can assist you with your artwork, whether that be producing completely bespoke illustrations for your business or simply helping you chose where to place your logo. Learn more about our branding and design services here.
Like this blog? Read all about coffee shop packaging here, and be sure to check back for PT 2!
Here are a few future friendly options for serving your cold dishes.
Our Deli Bowls
Our deli bowls are perfect for cold foods, such as pastas, salads, yoghurts and bircher pots. Produced from renewable and sustainable resources, our Deli Bowl range has a carbon footprint up to 80% lower than traditional oil-based plastic containers.
These bowls are available in three sizes with one lid to fit all.
- Commercially Compostable
- Oil Free
- Cold Use Only
- Non-Toxic Ink Used
Our Portion Pots
Our PLA Portion Pots are fully biodegradable and compostable, and suitable for a range of sauces, dips, garnishes and dressings. These pots are available in two sizes, 2oz and 3oz. Our Portion Pots are stackable.
- Oil Free
- Renewable Resources
- Commercially Compostable
Our cutlery and clear containers go hand in hand. Our range of cutlery is sturdy and versatile.
- Suitable for Hot & Cold food
- Water & Oil Resistance
- Made from Renewable Resources
- Oil Free
- Commercially Compostable
Order before 2pm today for next day delivery on all of these products. Head over to our online shop to place your order.
Branding & Bulk Orders
If you are interested in branding, get in touch with us today to discuss creating your own bespoke Deli Bowls. For bulk orders, we are able to offer you a discount, get in touch with us to find out more.
Like this blog? You can read all about our biodegradable smoothie cups here.
Welcome to Part 2 of ‘Everything you need for a Coffee Shop’! Selecting the right food & drink packaging for your coffee shop can be an absolute nightmare.
Fortunately, we are experts when it comes to selecting suitable packaging for cafes. Today, we are continuing with our top tips and packaging suggestions for all coffee shops, let us know your thoughts. Check out Part 1 here.
Tip #5 Are you offering cold drinks such Smoothies or Frappes?
If you are, you’re going to need some clear cups to serve them in! Clear cups are very straightforward, all you’ll need to do is choose your size (7oz-20oz) and choose the material of the cup. Please note, clear cups are only suitable for use with cold drinks.
Currently, most smoothie cups you will find on the market are manufactured from plastic. These cups can be branded, but unfortunately are not biodegradable or compostable. We are sure you are aware of the damaging effects plastic has on our eco system.
PLA (POLYLACTIC ACID)
Dome lids are the best choice if you are serving thicker drinks with toppings such as whipped cream.
Flat lids are great for drinks such as iced coffee and juices.
Tip #6 Straws
Plastic straws are currently at the forefront of conversations surrounding the harmful consequences of using single use plastics. For this reason, we would not recommend any business buy or provide plastic straws.
For coffee shops, we recommend two styles of straws: Jumbo straws and Straight straws.
PLA Straws have the same physical attributes as plastic but are not harmful to the environment. Why? They are made from a plant-based material (PLA), this material is fully biodegradable and compostable. View our PLA Straws here.
Straws come in various lengths and diameters. If you’re serving thicker drinks, be sure to check the diameter of the straw before purchasing.
Like this blog? Be sure to check back for part 3!
Takeaway Packaging are celebrating our first World Cup win with some very British desserts. These puddings are sure to remind you of your school days, let us know your favourites!
The Victoria Sponge is two layers of cake sandwiched together with a jam and cream filling and finished with a dusting of sugar. This dessert became a popular treat during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Robert Lee & Francis Coulson developed sticky toffee pudding at Coulson’s Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in the Lake District, 1970s. Sticky toffee pudding consists of a steamed sponge, dates, toffee sauce and often custard.
Check out this step by step guide by Nigella
Crumbles rose to popularity in Britain during World War II. At this time, the crumble topping was created using an economical alternative to pies due to shortages of pastry ingredients as the result of rationing. To further reduce the use of rationed flour, fat and sugar, breadcrumbs or oatmeal could be added to the crumble mix.
Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of strawberries, meringue, and whipped cream. It is believed Eton Mess originated from Eton College. The dessert is served at their annual cricket match against the pupils of Harrow School.
The word “trifle” comes from French term ‘trufle’, this means something along the lines of ‘whimsical’ or ‘of little consequence’. A proper English trifle is made with real egg custard poured over sponge cake soaked in fruit and sherry and topped with whipped cream.
The Bakewell Tart is a delicious treat consisting of shortcrust pastry, layered jam, frangipane and sometimes a topping of flaked almonds. It is a variant of the Bakewell pudding and is often associated with Derbyshire.
Banoffee pie is a dessert pie primarily made from bananas, toffee and cream. Banoffee pies often have a buttery biscuit base, some versions of the recipe also include chocolate and coffee.
A knickerbocker glory is a layered ice cream sundae that is served in a tall, large glass to be eaten with a long spoon. The knickerbocker glory was first noted in the early 1920s. It contains ice cream, whipped cream, fruit, meringue, syrups and sometimes nuts.Like this blog? Read about our new eco friendly ice cream tubs here.Keep up to date by following us on social media
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Our Biodegradable Deli Bowls & Smoothie Cups have landed! We are delighted to share with you this Bioplastic range from Ecoware, NZ. These cups & containers are environmentally friendly and suitable for cold foods/drinks.
Biodegradable Smoothie Cups | Flat Lids | Dome Lids
Smoothie Cups are available in the following sizes
9oz | 12oz | 16oz | 20oz
Best for serving Smoothies, Juices, Iced Coffee & Milkshakes
Biodegradable Deli Bowls | Deli Bowl Lids
Deli Bowls are available in the following sizes
12oz | 16oz | 20oz
Best for serving salads, cold pasta & fresh fruit
Biodegradable Portion Pots
Portion Pots are available in the following sizes
2oz | 3oz
Perfect for sauces, garnishes and dips
Made from Ingeo Bioplastic™, these clear containers have a carbon footprint up to 80% lower than traditional oil-based plastic containers.
These containers are…
- Fully Biodegradable
- Commercially Compostable
- Printed with Non-Toxic inks
- Suitable for cold drinks & dishes
- Oil Free
Our compostable food boxes and trays are also available to order, get in touch with us for more information here.
Like this blog? Read about our new eco friendly ice cream tubs here.
Takeaway Packaging have been manufacturing branded food packaging for Sushi Bars for years. With so many different types of packaging out there, we know it can be tricky deciding what products are best suited to your company. All of our clients have different requirements, which is why we stock and produce such a wide range of disposables.
ChopsticksBranding your chopsticks/chopstick sleeves is a visually appealing way of increasing brand awareness. We can produce both wooden, disposable and resin reusable chopsticks.
View Our Chopsticks Page
Soup PotsOur soup pots are coated inside with a PE coating, this proves the ideal barrier against condensation when containing hot food. Alternatively, we can supply you with a PLA coated pot which makes the pot fully compostable. We can produce branded soup containers in any size and print them with vegetable-based inks.
View Our Soup Pots Page
Food BoxesHaving such a wide variety of styles, sizes and colours to choose from, we are sure we can create the perfect food box for your business. View the different options available to you here. If you don’t see the style you have in mind, get in touch with us – we are sure we can help.
View Our Food Boxes
Sushi TraysSushi trays are a new addition to our unbranded line, get in touch with us to find out more about the colourful range. If you’re looking to brand your sushi trays, click here to contact us.
Compostable OptionsMany of these items are available in compostable and biodegradable materials, get in touch with us to find out more.
We work closely with clients to ensure each and every product we produce is exactly as desired.
Coffee shop owners are under increasing pressure to prevent the majority of their disposable coffee cups ending up in landfill sites.
The need for change in the packaging industry and the handling of packaging waste has never been greater.
So far we’ve witnessed the likes of coffee giants Starbucks and Pret A Manger offering a discount of up to 50p to customers who bring in their own reusable coffee cups.
However, take-up on this is still relatively low.
Importantly this will allow takeaway coffee vendors to take control of the situation themselves rather than relying on their customers to share the sentiment and bring in their reusable cups.
We believe that this is where the real changes can be made.
Outside of the coffee industry, global retailers are also starting to take note of the demand for a greener approach to packaging.
According to the charity Greenpeace, Coca-Cola are one of the worst offenders when it comes to environmentally harmful plastic packaging waste with an estimated 110 billion plastic bottles being produced and wasted each year!
The bottles are the most commonly found item on the ocean floor and amongst the debris during beach clean-ups.
To address this problem, Coca-Cola have pledged to collect and recycle all of its plastic bottles by 2030.
The supermarket chain Iceland has revealed plans to remove all plastic packaging from its produce by 2023.
McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant business, has committed to ensuring that all of its packaging will come from sustainable sources by 2025.
This is all part of a global initiative to solve a global packaging problem.
The world’s largest producers of plastic and other materials harmful to the environment must adhere to new laws and regulations imposed on them to reduce waste; the PM Theresa May has pledged to ban all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042.
While these regulations may differ for smaller businesses, it is important that you do not get left behind as consumers are getting savvy and environmentally conscious.
Perhaps that most encouraging aspect of this global shakeup and endeavour to reduce waste is that the need for change is being demanded by the customers.
After all, just 1 in 400 cups are recycled, which is less than 0.25%, and as many as half a million coffee cups are littered each day in the UK.
With more brands striving to be environmentally conscious, the compostable coffee cup is without doubt the right choice for any takeaway coffee business.
Unlike standard coffee cups which can’t be easily recycled due to their polyethylene (PE) lining, our compostable coffee cups are manufactured in either single or double wall and lined with polylactic acid (PLA).
PLA is a biodegradable plastic which is derived from renewable sources such as corn starch and sugar cane.
As part of our #TakeawayPackagingForChange campaign, we aim to convert all our existing customers to biodegradable and compostable food and drink packaging by 2020.
Consider your own approach to waste and how your use of packaging might be contributing landfill sites.
Get in touch to find out how we can help you to make the transition to recyclable packaging, your customers will love you for it!
Takeaway Packaging are keen to get businesses to start using more compostable packaging, straws included! Straws are currently at the forefront of many discussions regarding single use plastics. We, as a manufacturer of takeaway packaging are responsible for ensuring that you all know about the future friendly alternatives available to you. Here are some options you can consider…
PLA, short for ‘Polylactic Acid’ is made from a renewable resources, such as corn starch & sugar cane.
o Has the appearance of plastic
o Completely Biodegradable & compostable
o Made from renewable sources
o Cannot be branded… as of yet!
o Cannot be stored in wet conditions
Paper Straws are made from… paper
o Can be printed with food safe vegetable inks
o Vintage appearance, vibrant and colourful
o Completely biodegradable & compostable
o Great for use with children
o Will go soggy after a period of time
o Not suited for thick smoothies and milkshakes
Curly Straws are made from plastic, but they are not single use. They can be used time and time again.
o Curly Straws are reusable
o Great with the kids
o Can be branded with clip ons
o Made from plastic
o Can be expensive
o Your customers are left without straws
By 2020, we aim to convert all our existing customers to biodegradable and compostable food and drink packaging. If you have any questions about switching to future friendly packaging, please talk to us. We have recently partnered with Ecoware and are delighted to be bringing their growing range of environmentally friendly food packaging to the UK.
Read about our partnership with Ecoware.
We are delighted to announce that we are now the sole UK distributor for Ecoware products and their growing line of environmentally friendly food & drink packaging.
Our partnership comes at the perfect time as we are hoping to convert all existing and new customers over to environmentally food packaging by 2020.
“Packaging made from plants, not oil” – Ecoware
Ecoware are New Zealand’s first carboNZero certified packaging company, providing a complete range of sustainable and future friendly packaging. All products are produced from renewable sources, such as corn starch and bamboo fibres.
SINGLE WALL CUPS | DOUBLE WALL CUPS | BIOPLASTIC CUP | ECOBOWL | CUTLERY | STIRRERS | STRAWS | BURGER BOXES | SNACK BOXES | FOOD TRAYS | CHIP CUPS | HOTDOG BOX | SANDWICH WEDGES | SAUCE CONTAINERS | SMOOTHIE CUPS | DELI BOWLS
These compostable products are available to order NOW! Start your eco-friendly future today, talk to us about compostable packaging.
There are lots of exciting things on the way in the coming months. Keep up to date by following us on social media
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