Eco-Friendly Food Packaging for Sushi: The Sustainable Alternatives You Should Be Using

Eco-Friendly Food Packaging for Sushi

If you’re selling sushi, you know how much disposable packaging is required for takeaway orders.

From sushi trays to sushi boxes and containers, a lot goes into keeping your dishes fresh and delicious. That’s before you’ve considered the extras, like chopsticks, sauce pots, condiments and what you’ll use for drinks packaging.

That’s why we’re here to help you find the most sustainable sushi packaging for your sushi bar, restaurant, or takeaway service. Let’s get started!

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Getting Started with Sushi Packaging

Sushi is one of the healthiest takeaway options, making it incredibly popular with consumers. It comes in many shapes and sizes, combining raw fish, seafood, vegetables and rice. While the art of creating delicious sushi may be intricate, packaging sushi is relatively straightforward. 

This presents your brand with a unique opportunity to go the extra mile and give your customers an unforgettable experience with your sushi packaging. The most cost-effective way to do this is with sustainable packaging alternatives or branded packaging options.

To get you started, here’s a quick rundown of the different kinds of eco-friendly packaging you can use for maki, uramaki, temaki sashimi and nigiri:

Sushi Trays with Lids

Sushi trays are the most common packaging option for takeaways. Serving sushi rolls on these kinds of trays makes artful presentation simple. The transparent lids are recyclable and keep everything fresh until it’s ready to be eaten. Plus, your customers will be able to see their delicious sushi inside its packaging. Made from bagasse, the trays are 100% plastic-free and completely biodegradable.

Sushi Platters with Lids

Trays are great for individual orders, while sushi platters are better for sharing. They’re also available with matching lids to protect your food and make transportation hassle-free. These platters are also made from eco-friendly bagasse and come in small, medium and large sizes.

Compartment Trays with Lids

Serving more than just sushi? Compartmentalised trays help keep sides, sauces and condiments separate. This means your customers can have a restaurant-style experience wherever they take their food. They’re also available with recyclable lids to keep their takeaway food tasting great. Plus, these trays are 100% biodegradable.

Our sushi packaging is versatile and can be used with an array of other food products, minimising the amount of packaging you need to buy separately.

Discover more sustainable cold food packaging.

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Eco-Friendly Materials for Sushi Packaging

Most sushi trays and boxes are made from plastic. While cost-effective, it’s not eco-friendly and contributes to plastic pollution. Most of the time, it’s not recycled — or recyclable. The good news is that there are a few sustainable, food-safe materials for sushi packaging to suit your brand and budget:

Bagasse Sushi Trays

We’ve created sturdy sushi trays with a natural aesthetic, made from bagasse, an organic material made from the byproducts of sugarcane harvesting. Bagasse is popular with brands ready to move away from plastic-based packaging since it’s 100% biodegradable and compostable. Pair these trays with recyclable lids for maximum sustainability.

Kraft Sushi Boxes and Trays

Kraft packaging has a higher resistance to moisture and a rustic finish. Trays are ideal if you don’t need a lid for your packaging, but Kraft food boxes are a great option if your customers are taking away their meals. The Kraft packaging we stock is available in various sizes and is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable.

Fastpac Packaging for Sushi

Fastpac packaging is closest to the classic sushi packaging customers are used to. The range includes Fastpac sushi trays, bowls and compartment trays made from 100% recycled polypropylene (PP). All are available with matching Fastpac lids for completely recyclable packaging that’s easy to dispose of responsibly.

Want to customise your sushi packaging? Get in touch for a free design quote.

Can You Recycle Sushi Containers?

Before you recycle sushi packaging, check what it’s made from. Some plastic sushi containers are recyclable, but some aren’t. Check the resin identification codes (RIC) stamped on the packaging to see whether or not your packaging can be recycled — it should be a small number in a triangle. 

If no number is present, the best thing to do for the environment is to dispose of it in general waste. This seems like bad practice, but if the packaging material can’t be identified, it will be rejected by recycling centres along with food packaging spoiled by oil, grease or moisture

To avoid this issue, retailers should err on the side of caution and choose recycled, biodegradable and compostable food packaging. Your sushi will be just as delectable if you use eco-friendly trays, containers and accessories! 

Related: The Best Packaging Materials for Takeaway Food and Drinks in 2022

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Why Use Eco-Friendly Packaging for Sushi?

In the UK, the market for Japanese and sushi restaurants is valued at £1.3 billion, employing around 32,000 people across nearly 3000 businesses. With further growth in the sector anticipated, retailers will face stiffer competition from new and established brands.

This is where standing out becomes more about your mission and values rather than novelty. So what can retailers do?

Sustainable Packaging Helps You Connect

Eco-friendly packaging won’t just help you protect the planet; you can use it to help your brand connect with eco-conscious customers. People in this demographic are more likely to be wellness-focused and opt for sushi as their takeaway of choice. As a retailer, choose naturally renewable materials like bagasse, Kraft board and recycled plastic for your sushi packaging.

Food-Grade Packaging Keeps Customers Safe

Consumers are increasingly aware of the dangers of plastic in food packaging. Our food-grade packaging is 100% safe for use with food items so your customers can dine with confidence. All our packaging is stored in our BRCGS-certified storage facilities that comply with the highest standards of food packaging storage.

Biodegradable Packaging Is the Future

Give your customers packaging they can easily dispose of responsibly and make their takeaway experience significantly more enjoyable. It’s easy to make your customers feel good about buying from you by serving your sushi in natural packaging. Materials like Kraft board and bagasse can be composted or disposed of in general waste since they’ll degrade naturally in far less time than it would take for plastic packaging to decompose. 

Check out our online shop for more sustainable packaging options.

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Eco-Friendly Accessories for Sushi Restaurants

Pots for Sauces

Our portion pots include Kraft board pots with either a polyethene  (PE) or polylactic acid (PLA) coating on the inside. This creates a barrier between the contents and the exterior packaging, so it isn’t spoiled by moisture or condensation. All of the pots in this collection are ideal for things like soy sauce, wasabi or pickled ginger. Branded containers are also available in any size and are printed with vegetable-based inks.

Bamboo Chopsticks

Disposable chopsticks need to be biodegradable, which is why ours are made from responsibly sourced bamboo. Once your customers finish their meals, these chopsticks will break down naturally into organic compounds. You can even brand your chopsticks or chopstick sleeves!

Biodegradable Napkins

When your customers are finished, help them tidy up with our eco-friendly napkins. They’re available in a wide range of colours to help you keep branding consistent on a budget, but you can customise these napkins with your logo or artwork to reinforce your branding.

Recyclable Paper Bags

No takeaway is complete without a classic paper bag! Hand over your sushi in a flat handle bag or twisted handle bag available in white or Kraft brown. Alternatively, add your branding — get custom printed paper bags and let your customers carry a walking advertisement for your business.

Interested in branded food packaging? Get in touch for a free design quote.

Interested in Branded Packaging for Sushi?

Branded packaging can help you dominate the competition, no matter the size of your sushi restaurant or takeaway business. As the UK’s eco-friendly food packaging experts, we’ve helped countless businesses maximise brand exposure and get custom packaging that protects the planet. 

Discover more sushi packaging and much more in our online shop. Want branded packaging? Get in touch via email or 01753 655344 for a free branded packaging design quote in just 48 hours.

Custom Branding – Promote your brand on our Takeaway Packaging

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”
The Problem with Recycling Cups
Paper Cups for Coffee

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.

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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.

The Solution

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.

Get in touch with us today if you are looking to move away from plastic packaging. Like this blog? Read more about our environmentally friendly packaging range here.

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 our stand.

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Our New Biodegradable Straws
Biodegradable Straws Jumbo GREEN

Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws? You’ve come to the right place! Allow us to introduce our new Biodegradable Straws

Biodegradable Straw 7mm
7mm Green Biodegradable Straw

We know that paper straws aren’t for everyone, or every drink! Our new PLA Biodegradable Straws have the physical appearance of plastic but are fully biodegradable and compostable.

They are made from Ingeo™ bioplastic, which has characteristics and performance tailored for cold drinking liquids. Ingeo™ has naturally advanced resins and a carbon footprint 80% lower than the fossil fuel-based polymers.
Ingeo™ Bioplastic emits fewer greenhouse gasses (GHGs) than the comparable manufacture of all common petrochemical-based plastics.

Features of Biodegradable straws

  • 100 percent Biodegradable & Commercially Compostable
  • Oil Free
  • 2 Sizes Available: 7mm and 12mm
  • Cold Drink Use Only
  • Sustainable Materials

Bulk Order? Choose your own colour!

We can produce these biodegradable straws for your business in any colour, get in touch with us if you are ordering large quantities.

These straws go hand in hand with our Biodegradable Smoothie Cups.

Biodegradable Smoothie Cups
Biodegradable Clear EcoCups


  • 100 percent Biodegradable & Commercially Compostable
  • 5 Sizes Available: 7oz, 9oz, 12oz, 16oz, 20oz
  • Cold Drink Use Only
  • Flat & Dome Lids Available
  • Oil Free
  • Sustainable Resources

Talk to us today about PLA Biodegradable straws, you can call us on 01753 655 344, order online, send us an email on [email protected] or send us a message.

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Compostable Coffee Cups ‘Made from Plants’
Cups Made From Plants

We are sure by now you have seen our range of compostable coffee cups ‘Made from Plants’. The clue is in the name, these cups are made from plants!

Our paper is sourced from responsibly managed forests. We line the paper with Ingeo™ bioplastic. This lining is produced from a naturally occurring material in plants and has a significantly lower carbon footprint than the fossil fuel-based polymers that generally line packaging.

This innovation of turning plants into plastic allows us to exclude non-renewable resources (such as oil) from the production of EcoCups.
See how these cups compost over time? Standard plastic-based cups are not degradable and will not compost like these cups.

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Cups Made From Plants

This double wall range of compostable coffee cups by Ecoware is fully biodegradable, recyclable and compostable – and they look great too!

“Made from Plants” Double Wall EcoCup

Like these cups? You can purchase them online now! If you’re looking for more than cups that’s fine, we have a full range of food & drink packaging available.

If you’re interested in bespoke biodegradable cups, we can brand them with your artwork and logos, get in touch with us to find out more or visit our design service page. When you opt for bespoke packaging, this puts you in control of all factors of your packaging, including size, style and colours.

This also gives you the opportunity to take an eco-friendly approach and make your packaging future friendly!

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Meet us at the Takeaway Expo 2018
Takeaway Expo 2018
Takeaway Packaging are delighted to announce that we are exhibiting at the Takeaway Expo this September.

There’s lots on at the Takeaway Expo this year, with over 350 exhibitors, live demos and over 200 seminars. We invite you to visit us at our stand and check out our products.

Unbranded Packaging
We are very excited to share our range of biodegradable & compostable food packaging with you. You’ll be able to view our whole selection of stock food and drink packaging at the Takeaway Expo.

Branded Packaging
Our friendly team will be happy to bounce some ideas around with you and offer some advice where branded packaging is concerned.

Great ideas but no artwork? Our design team can work from your brief and supply you with ideas and concepts to compliment your brand. Our studio uses industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud software and can cover all eventualities from simple logo placement to full design and illustration.

We work closely with our customers to create visually appealing products.

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Request samples at our stand and have them delivered the next working day.

Get Involved

Fancy seeing us at the Takeaway Expo? You can sign up for your free tickets here! Like this blog? you can read about our last visit to the Takeaway Expo here.

Getting to ExCel London

ExCel Exhibition Centre
Sandstone Lane
E16 1XL

If driving to ExCel, it is recommended to use the postcode E16 1DR. Onsite parking is available.

If getting to ExCel by train or tube, to find out the quickest way from London’s mainline rail stations to ExCeL London use the TfL Journey Planner.

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How to make your packaging stand out from the crowd
Starbucks packaging

The Starbucks logo is a globally recognised icon and one which surrounds the household name.

A familiar face to crowded high streets with a calming-green background, it’s undeniable that Starbucks coffee cups stand out from the crowd… or is it?

Is it really fair to say that a plain white cup with a green logo jumps out of any picture or view and meets your eye instantly?

Probably not.

What is true, is that when you do see that green logo with the siren/maiden/lady thing, it’s unmistakably ‘Starbucks’.

Last December, and piloted initially in the US, Starbucks launched a packaging campaign so great they gained the highest number of video views that season for their campaign advert:

Over 76 million views in under 1.5 months!

They beat all other brands across the whole period of Thanksgiving through to New Year 2018!


They made their already iconic cup unusual and exciting.

Starting with an initial concept for the design of the holiday-season coffee cup, the cup featured seasonal, warming outlines of images of Christmas and merriment; wrapped presents, snowflakes and coca, all nestled around the Starbucks logo.

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Credit: Starbucks

Their short video, below, simply explained that you can “make the holiday your own” then featured the newly designed cup changing colours – you design your own!

The cups in the advert feature all different colour schemes, vibrant and bold.

Even if the cups were coloured in terribly, they would be an object of humour and still likely standout.

Artists and within-the-lines-perfectionists would have really gone for it, only for the cup to then serve as a work of art and, you guessed it, free, ‘boosted’ advertising for Starbucks!

The campaign ticked all the boxes for the consumer; interaction and engagement with the product/brand, something different, something exciting (adults get to be big kids), and most of all, something personal.


Top Tips For Standout Packaging

As with Starbucks, doing something different to other people similar to you, will go a long way towards making you standout.

Though no longer trading, Californian-based bakers The Crazy Good Bread Co, are an example of a company whose packaging stood out because it was unusual:

standout bread packaging

Doing something slightly ‘against the grain’ will help you to get your packaging noticed, and that includes packaging your bread in a weird card holder thing.

Staying ahead of the curve is another way for your packaging to to stand out.

At a time when environmental concerns have never been higher, ensuring that you fully embrace the green/eco-friendly approach to waste and packaging will serve you really well.

Given that there are many, many businesses yet to do so, you will establish your brand as a conscious and progressive company that listens to its customers and considers carefully its own ethos and attitudes – this is a powerful consideration that certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.

Have a think about keeping it simple.

An effective way to make your takeaway packaging stand out from the crowd is to strip back your packaging.

Consider simple paper-wrapping techniques fastened and sealed with a sticker featuring a strong logo.

Stickers can be custom designed with your logo and the simplicity of the packaging will seem intriguing in its modesty and harks back to a more traditional approach to packaging takeaway food.


If you’ve got some ideas that you’re not sure of or you’re looking for inspiration to build on an already outstanding packaging concept then get in touch with our in-house design time who will be happy to bounce some ideas around and offer some advice.

8 Very British Desserts

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!

  1. Victoria Sponge

    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.

  2. 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

  3. Crumble

    crumble british dessert
    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.

  4. Eton Mess

    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.

  5. Trifle

    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.

  6. Bakewell Tart

    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.

  7. Banoffee Pie

    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.

  8. Knickerbocker Glory

    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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New Products – Biodegradable Deli Bowls & Smoothie Cups
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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.

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Products Available
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

Biodegradable Deli Bows, Biodegradable Smoothie Cups, Biodegradable Portion Pots

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

To order these, email [email protected] or call us on 01753655344, or shop online.

More Products
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.

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A Summer Full of Ice Cream
Takeaway Packaging - EcoBowl

It’s hard to believe that a product brought to Europe in the early 1300s is still so popular today! On average, every person in the UK will eat around 9 litres of ice cream every year.

With summer nearing, we are very excited to share with you our range of unbranded ice cream tubs – available to purchase now.

Our Ice Cream Products

Mixed Design Scoop Tubs

Ice Cream - Mixed Design

These mixed design Ice Cream tubs are great for confectionary and frozen yogurt. Available in 8oz size.

Melt Design Scoop Tubs (Compostable)
Our new Ice Cream tubs have a charming drip design and are available in these sizes: 3oz, 5oz & 8oz. These tubs are completely biodegradable and compostable.

EcoBowls (Compostable)

EcoBowls - Ice Cream Tubs

These food pots from Ecoware are coated with Ingeo™ bioplastic, tailored for coating paperboard. Available in 8oz, 12oz, 16oz.

Our Ice Cream cups are manufactured from food grade paperboard and coated with PE or PLA.

These tubs are all suitable for ice cream, frozen desserts, nuts and confectionary.


We can brand these tubs with stickers, or you can take it a step further and design your own ice cream tubs. Choose your own sizes, style and quantity. If you need guidance with the design aspect, we can assist you. We brand Ice Cream tubs with food safe inks, read about our design services here.

Keeping with this week’s theme of Ice Cream, read our top Ice Cream parlours in London.

Our Favourite Ice Cream Parlours in London 2018

Gelupo opened its first branch in 2010 and second in 2015. With creations like ricotta and sour cherry or saffron and vanilla ice cream, you’re sure to stumble across something new.
Visit Gelupo

Ruby Violet
Ruby Violet create bespoke ice cream & frozen treats in London. Their 2 branches in Tufnell Park and Kings Cross have proven a popular choice this year. Order their tasting menu to try six of their flavours.
Visit Ruby Violet

Chin Chin Labs
Chin Chin Labs are based in Camden and Soho. They began in Camden, 2011, making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Their classic flavours include Tonka Bean and Valrhrona Chocolate.
Visit Chin Chin Labs

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Our New Compostable Cutlery

Takeaway Packaging now supply completely compostable cutlery!

Government ministers are set to crackdown on the use of plastic cutlery on flights, with plans to make the travel industry more environmentally friendly.

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Product Details
Our new range of EcoCutlery from Ecoware is a more sustainable alternative to standard, oil-based cutlery.
The cutlery is made from Ingeo™ bioplastic. The material has similar physical attributes to plastic and is manufactured to withstand hotter temperatures.

Not sure where your customers should dispose of your compostable packaging? Compostable packaging can easily be disposed of in recycling bins and compost bins. If these products end up in landfill or general waste, they still prove a less harmful alternative to oil-based packaging, producing less greenhouse gases.

Our aim is to convert all of our existing and potential customers to biodegradable and compostable food packaging by 2020. If you’re interested in this range of cutlery, please get in touch with us.

You can view all of the compostable products available here. Did you know that we can brand your biodegradable packaging? Our in-house design team cater to all eventualities when it comes to branding your food packaging.

Read about our sole UK distributorship with Ecoware here.

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Compostable Food Boxes & Trays Available Now
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We are excited to share our new range of compostable takeaway boxes with you. These food boxes are made from a sturdy virgin Kraft board and are extremely versatile, being suitable for both hot and cold food.

Products Available
Nested Trays | Long Food Trays | Snack Boxes | Burger Boxes

Can we brand it?
We can brand these boxes with food safe inks. Our talented design team can create bespoke designs tailored to the nature of your business. Find out more about out design services here.

The Material
This Kraft is made from wood pulp, sourced from responsibly managed & sustainable forests. It is manufactured using a unique process to provide a higher durability, making it tear resistant. Products are lined with water resistant, plant based and biodegradable coating. These food boxes and trays can be recycled and are also compostable.


  • Water & Oil Resistant
  • Recyclable and Compostable
  • Suitable for Hot and Cold Food

These products have been tested across a wide range of end of life options, you can find out more about these here. If you’re interested in any of these products, please get in touch with us for more information and to receive your unique quote.

Looking for other products? We are now the sole UK distributor for Ecoware. You can read all about our sole distributorship and view the full compostable range we have available here.

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Our 4 Simple Steps to a Greener Future
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We are very aware of the overwhelming need to use and produce sustainable and environmentally friendly food packaging. Here’s our top 4 solutions to environmentally friendly packaging.


SOS Grab Bag

Paper bags – Just as handy as plastic bags, only these bags are fully recyclable! Available in a range of styles and sizes, we can even brand them with vegetable based inks.


Compostable Cup - Cobbs Farm

PLA Cups – The compostable cup is without doubt the perfect choice for environmentally conscious brands. Compostable paper coffee cups can be manufactured in either single or double wall and are lined with PLA, meaning that they are completely compostable/recyclable.

It is often thought that standard paper coffee cups can be recycled, but due to their PE lining, this is not the case, in fact they can only be recycled by specialized facilities.


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Paper Straws – Fully compostable & biodegradable, these straws can be branded with your artwork, and will be made in your desired sizes, colours and quantity. We print paper straws with food safe vegetable inks.

Curly Straws – Our Curly Straws are reusable and can incorporate a clip-on accessory for branding purposes, these are ideal for use with children as they can collect the clip-ons and take the straws home.

PLA Straws – PLA, short for ‘Polylactic Acid’ is made from renewable resources, such as corn starch & sugar cane. These straws are fully biodegradable and have the appearance of plastic.


Follow in the footsteps of major chains like Wetherspoons and implement a policy on your packaging! This pub chain has introduced a new policy to cut down plastic straw usage, they will now only give straws out if requested. It’s an excellent idea!

Not only will this cut down overall usage by a major chunk – it will also save you a few pennies!

Environmental consultants Eunomia have estimated that leading supermarket chains are a major contributor to this issue – producing more than 800,000 tonnes each year! Let’s do something about it. #TakeawayPackagingForChange

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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!

The Right Straw for You: Pla Straws, Paper Straws & Curly Straws
PLA Straws

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 Straws
PLA Smoothie Straw & Smoothie Cup

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

Ppaer Straws
Paper Straws

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

Bella Italia Curly Straws
Bella Italia Curly Straw


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

Smoothie Cups
Smoothie Cups



o Cheaper


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.

Keep up to date with us on social media #TakeawayPackagingForChange
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Our Partnership with Ecoware
Ecoware Logo - Takeaway Packaging

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 Compostable Cups
About 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.

Products Available


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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Our Environmental Statement
Takeaway Packaging

Takeaway Packaging recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. Our group of companies are committed to reducing our environmental impact and are continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our strategy and operating methods.

Our approach to takeaway packaging is changing . . .

Over the last few years, it has become more apparent that we need to consider and find ways of ensuring that the disposable ‘one use’ packaging we supply is more environmentally friendly. There are many misconceptions, due to the way packaging is often marked, that an item is recyclable, when in fact, it needs to be sent to a specialist facility.

Takeaway Packaging actively encourage customers to change their standard food packaging by offering alternatives that are recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.

We endeavour to

• Always offer our customers an alternative, environmentally friendly product
• Inform our customers of new developments and options available
• Use materials from sustainable sources

By 2020, we aim to convert all our existing customers to biodegradable and compostable food and drink packaging. We’d also like to take the opportunity to invite anyone thinking about switching to compostable products to get in touch with us for a full consultation.

Keep up to date by following us @TakeawayPack on Twitter or @takeawaypackaging on Facebook and Instagram

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