The Need to know of Biodegradable Packaging!
A man eating a takeaway from biodegradable packaging

Biodegradable packaging is the future! All Biodegradable products can be decomposed by microbes and other natural biological processes. Exposure to moisture, air and the earths elements enhance the breakdown process. Biodegradable products include those that consist of food waste, paper, wood and fabric. Below you will find information on all the different types of material that we use here at Takeaway Packaging.

History on Packaging

Biodegradable products first appeared on the market in the 1980s, however not all materials were actually biodegradable, and consumers had no way of distinguishing the difference between them. Then in 1999 the Biodegradable Products Institute certification program was created. This is a program that was established to provide testing, education and promotion of all compostable products. BPI ensures any products that carries its logo, meets the ASTM D6200 standard and specifications required to be composable. These days you will see something much simpler, to tell you that it is compostable. Products today will have either “compostable” “PLA” “biodegradable” or “100% recyclable” logos.

What is PLA?

Polylactic acid or polylactide is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable biomass, typically from fermented plant starch such as corn, cassava, sugarcane or sugar beet pulp.

What is PET Plastic?

Polyethylene terephthalate, commonly abbreviated as PET, is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family. It is most often used in synthetic fibers, as a materialfor plastic bottles and food containers, in thermoforming applications, and in engineering resins often used in combination with glass fiber.

Bagasse Containers

What is Sugarcane Pulp?

Sugarcane, also known as bagasse, is a renewable, fast growing resource that is grown for several purposes, like cane juice. Once the juice is extracted, the sugarcane stalk is usually incinerated or discarded. However, these crushed stalks can be saved and made into other items before they get discarded.

What is an FSC Accredited Sources?

FSC also licenses retailers and other end users to promote FSClabelled products, without holding FSC certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials.

What is PE?

Polyethylene or polythene (abbreviated PE; IUPAC name polyethene or poly(methylene)) is the most common plastic. … Its primary use is in packaging (plastic bags, plastic films, geomembranes, containers including bottles, etc.). Many kinds of polyethylene are known, with most having the chemical formula (C2H4)n.

You now know about every type of material that we work with. All can be recycled. If you have any other questions about products or materials, then feel free to contact us and we can do our best to help. Takeaway Packaging is an environmental packaging provider for businesses in the food sector. Our vision is to convert 100% of both our new and existing customers to our sustainable packaging range by 2021.

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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.

Paper Cups - Takeaway Packaging
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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Deli Bowls for Salads, Pasta & More

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.

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Clear Deli Bowl
Clear Deli Bowl & Lid

Features
  • Commercially Compostable
  • Oil Free
  • Cold Use Only
  • Non-Toxic Ink Used
  • Biodegradable

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.

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30z(140ml) Portion Pots
Portion Pot for Sauces

Features
  • Oil Free
  • Biodegradable
  • Renewable Resources
  • Commercially Compostable

Our Cutlery

Our cutlery and clear containers go hand in hand. Our range of cutlery is sturdy and versatile.

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Bioplastic Cutlery
Bioplastic Cutlery

Features
  • 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.

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Our website has a new look!
Ecoware Cups - Takeaway Packaging

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand-new website! Not only does the new look of our website support our values at Takeaway Packaging, we also have an exciting new shop full of biodegradable and compostable products.

Products

Eco-Friendly packaging is at the heart our new range, view the products available below.

| Coffee Cups | Ice Cream Tubs | Food Bowls | Food Boxes | Food Trays | Straws | Smoothie Cups | | Deli Containers | Portion Pots | Cutlery | Lids |

Made from Plants - Ecoware

Product Details
All of our products are either lined or completely manufactured from Ingeo™ PLA Bioplastic. Product sizes and specifications vary, please see individual product pages for details.

Shopping Online
We’ve made shopping online as easy as possible for customers looking for a quick fix. Simply add your desired products to the basket and head to the checkout – its that simple.

Your Account
Create an account with us and login to view previous orders, place new orders and track existing orders.

Ecobowls

Please contact us for large orders.
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Like this blog? Check out our new future friendly clear EcoCups, they are perfect for the summer months ahead.

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New Products – Biodegradable Deli Bowls & Smoothie Cups
Takeaway Packaging - Deli Bowls

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.

Ecoware - Takeaway Packaging - Deli Bowls - Smoothie Cups

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.

Features

These containers are…

  • Fully Biodegradable
  • Commercially Compostable
  • Printed with Non-Toxic inks
  • Suitable for cold drinks & dishes
  • Oil Free

To order these, email info@takeawaypackaging.co.uk 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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World Environment Day 2018 | Our Favourite Products
World Enviroment Day - Takeaway Packaging

We hope you all had a great World Environment Day. To celebrate, we have rounded up our top eco-friendly products – not limited to takeaway packaging! All of these products are future friendly and sustainable, let us know your thoughts. #TakeawayPackagingForChange

#1 EcoCup by Ecoware (available for pre order*)

This range of double wall paper cups by Ecoware is fully biodegradable, recyclable and compostable – and they look great too! We are now the sole UK distributor for Ecoware products, so if you’d like to purchase these – get in touch with us.

Ecoware EcoCups - Takeaway Packaging

#2 Allbirds Footwear – Comfort That Grows on Trees

Tim Brown had a vision to create shoes produced from natural resources – and he did just that! He teamed up with Joey Zwillinger, an engineer, to create a revolutionary wool fabric made just for footwear.

The footwear is made from…

  •  The Shoe: The material is produced from Wool, a process that uses 60 percent less energy than producing synthetic shoes.
  • The Lace: A pair of laces are created from one recycled plastic bottle.
  • The Packaging: Their packaging is made from 90 percent recycled cardboard.

Their tree fibre, “TENCEL™ Lyocell” is sourced from South African farms that use minimal fertiliser and are reliant on rainfall. Compared to materials such as cotton, it uses 95 percent less water, cutting their carbon footprint in half!

#3 Recycled Plastic Rugs by Fab Habitat

“Our company works diligently to create beautiful and affordable products for your home décor while keeping the most important aspect of our mission in mind – reducing carbon footprint on the environment.”

Fab Habitat specialise in creating indoor & outdoor homeware products made from recycled plastics.

Takeaway Packaging - Fab Habitat Eco Rug

These rugs are woven from recycled plastic drinking straws! Not only are they affordable, all products are coated with UV Protection and tested under harsh sunlight to ensure they do not fade. The majority of their products are made from plastic to help keep the harmful material out of landfill.

#4 D4R by iameco

The D4R laptop by iameco is the first future friendly laptop. When creating this laptop, they focused on the materials of the laptop and manufacturing process to reduce energy consumption and eliminate waste.

Iameco Laptop - Takeaway Packaging

“The goals in developing the laptop were:
1. Achieve a decrease of at least 30% in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
2. At least 70% of overall re-use and recycling of waste and
3. Reduction of at least 75% of fresh water utilisation.”

#5 Backpack by Onya

These colourful bags are made from rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) material, which is what you get when you recycle old plastic water bottles into fibre. Each backpack is made from up to 10 plastic bottles.

Features

  • Adjustable Shoulder Straps
  • Practical Handle
  • Zip Up Closure
  • Internal Phone/iPod/Radio Pouch

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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.

Compostable Cutlery - Takeaway Packaging - Ecoware

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.

Disposal
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
Takeaway Food Boxes - Compostable - Takeaway Packaging

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.

Features

  • 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 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

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.

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