The Eco-Friendly Future of Packaging
eco-friendly packaging campaign

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.

At Takeaway Packaging are now offering eco-friendly compostable coffee cups in order to further promote a low-waste approach to packaging.

Compostable Cup - Cobbs Farm

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.

Eco-friendly pledge

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.

Eco-friendly future

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!

3 Festive Soup Recipes to Keep Your Customers Warm
Soup for bespoke pots

Even though Winter doesn’t officially begin until late in December, it’s started to turn very cold and we’ve definitely been feeling the effects here at Takeaway Packaging HQ.

We’ve been thinking about the best way to keep warm while we prepare for a busy festive season.

One suggestion was that we could line ourselves in super-insulating Double Wall Paperboard. After all, it’s the same material we use for some of our bespoke, branded coffee cups and that certainly stays hot.

It wasn’t until lunchtime two days ago, when the hunger pangs kicked in, that the perfect solution to keeping warm became obvious to us…Soup.

We love eating soup. We love making soup. We love designing pots for soup.

Are your customers short on time but don’t want to miss a cosy café soup lunch?

Look no further.

Our custom soup pots solve the cosy-soup/working-lunch dilemma. There’s simply no need for your customers to eat in and fall behind on work when they can take your soup with them.

Bespoke designs mean you can maintain your branding presence, and snug, branded lids mean that your delicious soup travels safely and secure, from kettle to desk.

We’ve selected 3 of our favourite recipes for soup inspired by the festive season to tempt you and your customers.

Winter soup

Creamy Cauliflower and Bacon Soup

This soup is simple, creamy, smokey and comforting. Bacon and cauliflower pair so well together and this is sure to be a winner.

Check out this awesome recipe in full here

(Makes 4 servings, scale as necessary)

You will need:
8 rashers of bacon, cut into pieces
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 spring onions, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced
4 medium cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1 litre of chicken stock
2 bay leaves
350ml of heavy cream
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1.. Heat bacon in a large heavy-based pan, stirring constantly until bacon is completely crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the fat in the pan.

2. Add onions, half the spring onions and garlic. Cook and stir constantly, scraping browned bits from bottom of the pan until the onions have softened.

3. Add chicken stock, bay leaves, cream and cauliflower then season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until cauliflower is tender.

4. Using a stick blender (or equivalent), blend soup until completely smooth (may need to be done in batches).

5. Strain if extra-smooth is desired. Stir in a little more hot chicken stock if too thick.

6. Season with salt and pepper and serve with sprinkled crispy bacon pieces and the remaining spring onions.

‘Mmmm bacon’

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

This soup is perfect for curing wintery chills. It’s spicy, a bit different and contains a glug of Santa’s favourite drink.

Check out LuvMyFamily recipe for more details

(Makes 8 servings, scale as necessary)

You will need:
1.5kg of butternut squash, peeled and seeded
50g butter
1 medium onion
1 leek, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 litre of chicken stock
2 large potatoes
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
Salt and freshly ground pepper
125ml sherry
125ml double cream
125ml milk
125ml soured cream (optional garnish)

1.. Preheat oven to 190 C. Pour small layer of water into a baking dish. Place the squash halves cut-side-down on the dish.

2. Bake for around 40 mins or until a fork can easily pierce the flesh. Allow to cool slightly, then remove the peel and set aside.

3. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, leek and garlic and sauté for a few minutes until tender.

4. Pour the chicken stock into the pot. Add the potatoes and bring to the boil. Cook for about 20 mins or until soft.
Add the squash and mash with the potatoes until the chunks are small. Use a stick blender to purée the soup until smooth (a food processor used in batches would also work).

5. Season the soup with the cayenne pepper, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, salt and pepper. Stir in the sherry, cream and milk. Heat through, but do not boil.

6. After serving, top with a dollop of soured cream, and smile.

Mulligatawny Soup

Our final choice is a bold one. Similarly to number 2, it’s full of warming spices and wintery veg. This heritage-rich dish harks back to the British Raj and is steeped in history as much as it is peppery, curried-beef stock.
This is a soup for park benches in the winter and watching the world go by.

Credit to Waitrose for their fantastic recipe.

(Makes 4 servings, scale as necessary)

You will need:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
250g minced beef
2 carrots, cut into 1cm cubes
300g butternut squash, cut into 1cm cubes
1 large red chilli, finely chopped
5cm piece ginger, finely chopped
1 tbsp Marsala curry paste
400g chopped tomatoes
1 litre beef stock
1 tbsp mango chutney
100g basmati rice
Handful fresh coriander, chopped

1.. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, and cook the onion for 4-5 minutes until beginning to soften. Add the minced beef, and cook with the onion until it is browned all over, breaking up with a wooden spoon as you go.

2. Stir in the carrots and butternut squash, and toss together with the mince and onions cooking for just a few minutes, then stir in the chilli and ginger, and cook for a further minute.

3. Add the curry paste and chopped tomatoes, and mix, then add the stock and mango chutney. Simmer for 25 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

4. Meanwhile, place the rice in a small saucepan and cover with cold water about 3cm above the level rice. Bring to the boil and simmer until all the water has been absorbed by the rice.

5. Remove from the heat, cover and leave to sit while the soup is cooking.

6. Stir the rice into the soup along with the chopped coriander. Then serve with a dollop of greek yoghurt.

There you have it, 3 soups we are sure will help you and your customers to survive the cold and start feeling festive.

Not as obsessed with soup as we are? Try filling our pots with a hearty winter stew or start the day right with porridge sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

Talk to us about designing your own soup cups, we can brand the lids too.


Why our BRC Accreditation is a crucial element of our service
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BRC, which stands for British Retail Consortium, is the number one global market leading GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) scheme. Our BRC Accreditation allows us to store food & non-food grade packaging and stationery items destined for restaurants, food retailers, hotels or any other business that handles food, or where products come in to contact with food.
This accreditation means that we follow strict working guidelines to ensure the supply chain meets industry standards, and that our products are manufactured to industry quality standards & are stored in a clean controlled environment. View our certificate here.

Why BRC is important to us
  • BRC is a mark of good working practice
  • All products manufactured by Packme are subjected to vigorous quality checks
  • Every item that is manufactured, stored and distributed by Packme has full traceability
Why BRC is important to our customers
  • Customer are assured that their goods are manufactured to European Environmental Standards
  • Products are stored in secure and hygienic environment
  • Products are handled and distributed with full traceability

Our customers are safe in the knowledge that they are dealing with a business that reaches high levels of competence, in all critical areas.

There are 4 businesses within our group.
We work very closely together to offer our clients a complete, reliable and friendly service.


Takeaway Packaging create branded food packaging. We offer a comprehensive service, from initial concepts all the way through to delivery. Our expertise allows us to work closely with clients to create visually appealing products.


Packme are specialists in creating children’s activity packs and promotional merchandise. We design activity packs that are both educational and fun. We have an exciting range in our online shop for smaller users. Our promotional products are often completely bespoke and unique to client requirements to support their campaigns or promotions


Packaging Supplies have been supplying industries in the United Kingdom and Europe with packaging materials and corrugated boxes for well over 30 years. Our emphasis is on bespoke corrugated boxes and folding cartons, as well as supplying general packaging products. Our online shop is packed with an extensive range of boxes & everything you need to package, store and ship your products.


Moving Boxes Direct offers a hassle-free solution to moving. Our packing kits incorporate everything you’ll need, including boxes, tape and bubble wrap. We have produced the ideal moving kit that has been tried and tested. We also offer a create your own service that enables you to create your own moving kit.