Should You Use Branded Takeaway Packaging?
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Packaging and advertising go hand-in-hand. Together, they make a potent marketing formula. If you’re a small food business, branded takeaway packaging is cost-effective and will appeal to your customer base. 

Why Use Branded Packaging for Takeaway Food?

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The power of branded packaging is not to be underestimated. Not convinced? Imagine you’re a potential customer.

You’re at a street food market, hungry to try some delicious goods on offer.

You notice a few people walking past with colourful takeaway boxes and a steaming portion of fish and chips. The style of the box and the branding has intrigued you for enough time to ask people where they got it from. You were looking for food because you were hungry, but the packaging caught your attention and convinced you to purchase.

Even if this food is unbelievably delectable, without an eye-catching packaging design, you wouldn’t have been drawn to it in the first place. The branded takeaway packaging did the advertising and secured your decision.

It’s a no-brainer. Investing in branded takeaway packaging will give you a leg-up on your competitors and persuade customers to buy from you again. Let’s look in more detail at how packaging can revolutionise your brand. 

Why Brand Promotion Is Important

As explained above, designing unique food packaging allows your business to promote itself the moment customers leave your shop. Branded takeaway packaging doesn’t just come down to the food container but also the accessories. Think about branding your cups, cutlery and napkins — or perhaps a stylish paper bag or food carrier that is functional, convenient and a smart marketing tool.

 Promote your brand identity beyond boring, non-branded packaging. Custom designs maintain consistency, promote your brand and enhance the customer experience. With 72% of consumers saying that good packaging influences their purchasing decision, it makes sense to develop brand presence by using your packaging as an extension of your advertising. It can also demonstrate your brand’s credibility, retaining a good reputation for well-packaged and tasty food. 

Why Colour Matters in Branding


It’s a fact: presentation matters.

Your brand needs to be distinctive to appeal to your consumers. Uniquely packaging your food ensures that it stands out from the crowd. Colour matters in branding because it triggers instant curiosity as soon as someone sees it. As social beings, we’re more inclined to share the appeal of a clever or unusual design with each other. This can help achieve word-of-mouth marketing that costs little to pull off. 

Research has shown that 90% of consumers’ purchase judgements are based on colour, with 85% saying that colour is the main factor in their decision. Colour has psychological implications. Think about popular fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and Burger King that use yellow in their branding, or the use of red by KFC and Five Guys

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Different colours are used to elicit specific emotions and impressions on consumers, so it’s worth considering which to choose to appeal to your target audience. 

Committing to a simple yet striking colour scheme will help customers remember your brand. It’ll also make other aspects of your brand marketing easier to manage, including your food packaging.

Build Successful Customer Loyalty


You shouldn’t limit your takeaway packaging to enticing new customers — it’s also about retaining a loyal customer base. Creating a unique packaging design will encourage familiarity with your food as consumers start trusting in the quality of your product.  Brand recognition is a factor that can increase your revenue by 31%. 

Marketing is all about establishing trust between the consumer and the brand. It’s the age of authenticity. With so many brands professing their innate superiority, the market is saturated. That’s why it’s important to be transparent and authentic presenting your brand to consumers.

Sticking to your brand values, messaging and image is all about consistency. Consistent brand representation can increase sales for your business, maintaining clarity and confidence in your product. 

One way to encourage customer loyalty is through investing in eco-friendly takeaway food packaging. There has been a recent rise in consumer concerns about our impact on the environment. In fact, 85% of consumers have become more environmentally conscious in their purchasing habits recently. Making the switch to eco-friendly packaging is an opportunity to showcase brand transparency as consumers look for ways to shrink their carbon footprint. 

Sustainable food packaging like compostable Kraftware or Bagasse BePulp containers can keep food hot and fresh while also having a low environmental impact. All your packaging can be green — down to paper straws and condiments. This is a huge selling point for the environmentally-conscious market — combined with aesthetic and practical packaging — you’re on to a winner here. 

Related: 3 Easy Ways to Make Your Takeaway Business More Eco-Friendly in 2021.

Wrap up Your Rivals with Branded Takeaway Packaging


A bespoke packaging design gives you an advantage over your competitors. Acting as a mobile advertisement, you’re promoting your brand to potential new customers. Unique packaging could be the reason a customer comes to you over another brand they don’t recognise. 

Branded takeaway packaging can tell your brand’s story, engage customers and emphasise your brand values — all of which create a lasting impression that will drive sales and help you achieve success in a competitive market. 

Takeaway Packaging offers sustainable food packaging for the environmentally conscious. Get in touch with us today to kickstart your journey to unique branded packaging. 

Recyclable, Compostable or Biodegradable Food Packaging: What’s the Difference?
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Eco Packaging Group

Over the past decade, there has been rising concern over climate change and environmental protection. A recent study found that 65% of Brits think climate change is a serious problem — a significant increase from a few years ago.

People are consciously making more sustainable choices, such as recycling food containers and cups and selecting products with sustainability in mind.

But the world of sustainable food packaging can be a bit confusing.

What Are the Different Types of Sustainable Food Packaging? 

There are three main types of sustainable food packaging:

But what’s the difference? Is one more sustainable than the others?

There are some key differences between these types of sustainable packaging. And if you’re wondering — it does matter which bin you’re putting your waste in. Here, we break down the best options of sustainable packaging, comparing their advantages and overall impact on the environment. 

Recyclable Food Packaging


Recyclable packaging uses materials that can be reprocessed to create new products. Repurposing these materials prevents them from being thrown into a landfill or incinerated, producing toxic chemicals, metals and air pollutants. 

You can recycle glass and metal multiple times, but you can only recycle plastic once or twice. Plastic is cheaper to produce than glass or metal, but its finite lifespan greatly outweighs its other benefits.

What’s more, recycling food packaging incorrectly contaminates recyclable waste, making recycling plastic food packaging tricky.

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Myth bust: You know that little recycling symbol you use to distinguish between recyclable products? It’s a resin identification code for the plastic, not a sign that you can recycle the item.

Compostable Food Packaging 

Compostable packaging is made from organic materials. It avoids hazardous chemicals used in plastic production and is created by processing naturally renewable resources.

Examples of compostable food packaging include Kraft and bagasse, two eco-friendly materials that share many of the same qualities as plastics without any environmental drawbacks.

The only downside to compostable packaging is that there are only 50 industrial facilities in the UK that are able to process it. However, a lot of products are home compostable, making it easy to dispose of your packaging in your garden or by using a compost bin.

Because compostable packaging is made from organic materials, it is designed to decompose in around six to twelve weeks in appropriate conditions. It has the twofold advantage of disintegrating quickly and enhancing soil quality.

Related: Celebrating Compost Week with Compostable Food Packaging 

Biodegradable Food Packaging 

Biodegradable packaging materials also break down naturally over time, but the disintegration process typically takes a little longer — usually around six months, depending on the materials used.

There are many biodegradable packaging options available; however, biodegradable plastics are petroleum-based, like conventional plastic, which can take a while to break down. They leach harmful chemicals back into the environment and typically end up as hazardous microplastics

Bioplastics — like our bioplastic cups — are derived from organic, plant-based materials like polylactic acid (PLA). They break down without harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, no matter how they’re disposed of.

Related: Advantages of Bioplastic Packaging

Recyclable vs Compostable vs Biodegradable Food Packaging

It’s all very well knowing the differences between these types of sustainable food packaging, but what is the best choice for your product?

The polystyrene food containers commonly used in the takeaway industry are unrecyclable and are also a breeding ground for bacteria. That’s why it’s a bad idea to microwave last night’s cheesy chips for lunch. 

Let’s look at some greener food packaging alternatives that are more ecologically friendly.

Fastpac Reusable Containers

If you’re searching for a durable food container – look no further. Fastpac reusable containers are leakproof, stackable and incredibly hard-wearing. You can even put these containers in the microwave freezer and dishwasher, meaning you can re-use them again and again. The best part is – at the end of their lifespan – they’re 100% recyclable, so you can throw them in with your recycling guilt-free. 

Recyclable bowls & lids are also the way to go, suitable for hot and cold foods and fully recyclable post-takeaway.

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Bagasse Clamshell & Tableware 

Move aside polystyrene packaging, bagasse clamshell & tableware is the 100% plastic-free alternative. Made from Bagasse sugarcane by-product, the natural fibres don’t absorb oil or water – keeping food fresh for longer. Suitable for chilled or hot food, these clamshells are made from renewable, natural materials and are compostable after use. 

Various sizes are available in our bagasse range, not to mention compartment meal boxes that can keep your tasty bites separate. 

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Eco Cups 

Are you in the hot drinks and beverages business? Make a switch to eco cups that are 100% commercially compostable, biodegradable and just as functional as plastic cups. Sourced from sustainably managed forests, these cups are lined with a plant-based Ingeo™ PLA and even come in a clear bioplastic range. Manufactured using plants and not fossil fuels like oil, become keener on being greener. 

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There’s a biodegradable container or accessory for any food or beverage, even ice cream tubs and bioplastic cutlery, which has a carbon footprint of 75% less than regular plastic. 

Going eco-friendly with sustainable packaging is easy and affordable. Why not take that extra step and impress your customers by supporting the green scene? 

Looking for Eco-Friendly Food Packaging?

We’re all looking for little ways to protect the planet. Although each type of sustainable packaging has its advantages, compostable food packaging comes out on top. It positively affects the environment without damaging delicate ecosystems, allowing consumers to enjoy a better way to enjoy takeaway food.

Takeaway Packaging is passionate about sustainability. We offer recyclable, compostable and biodegradable food packaging to cater to your green needs. Check out our online shop and switch to eco-friendly packaging. 

We’re officially carbon neutral now, too. Find out more about what that means here.

 

Keep the Kids Entertained with Kids Activity Packs
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Kids Activity Packs

As caregivers, we can’t always be there to entertain our kids. Sometimes we’re busy working, or we’re out for a nice meal, or we just want to relax.

“I’m bored.”

You’ve heard it a thousand times over, it’s probably the most common complaint you’ll hear as a parent. It’s true, and kids need a lot of stimulation. A study has shown that children have higher energy levels than well-trained endurance athletes. 

It’s normal for children of all ages to have boundless energy. They don’t just burn physical energy, however. A study found that a child’s brain consumes 43% of all energy used by the body. There’s a lot of learning going on there. 

So How Do We Keep Them Entertained? 

Giving them your smartphone and tablet might be the easy solution and engross them for hours, but it offers little mental stimulation. The blue light emitted from screens can be harmful to children’s eyes, cause sleep problems and headaches. 

There are much better ways to keep your kid busy and inspire creativity in the process.  

Kids Activity Packs

An activity pack is a perfect way to keep your kids occupied — inspiring attention to detail and encouraging an active brain. Puzzles help kids develop problem-solving skills and improve memory. 

Colouring and artistic activities allow for exploration and experimentation — honing motor skills and even maths from sizes, shapes and spatial reasoning. 

Activity packs for kids introduce challenges but enough variety to satisfy a child’s relentless curiosity. 

We’ll look more closely at how an activity pack can engage your kid and contribute to their development.

The Educational Benefits of Kids Activity Packs

Activity packs offer multiple learning benefits, such as exercising your kid’s mind with new cognitive challenges.

They’re so educational that the University of Southampton has sent nearly 14,000 activity packs to thousands of low-income families during the pandemic. This was a lifeline for families when schools were closed, and other organisations have followed suit. 

Here are a few reasons how activity packs can promote intellectual development in your child: 

Improves Cognitive Skills 

Through activity packs and books, kids can learn to recognise colours, shapes, numbers and letters. Colouring can teach kids about keeping within the lines of the drawing and observing different patterns. This can enhance their understanding of boundaries and spatial awareness. 

Depending on the type of activity pack, kids can practise other skills such as word formation and basic maths. Most kids’ activity packs contain puzzles, which allows your child to acquire problem-solving skills – essential for their development into adulthood. 

As kids tend to have a lot of energy, staying still and concentrating is not something that comes naturally. Offering your child an activity pack encourages them to focus and improve their concentration, keeping them absorbed. 

Using an activity pack may also prepare your kid for school, so they get used to their homework on paper and various materials and skills they’ll use in the classroom.

Motor Skills Development 

Children develop their motor skills as they get older. Simple actions are difficult at first, but they’ll develop these skills quicker if they’re using a crayon or pencil and focusing on their movements.

Colouring also aids hand-eye coordination, where children learn to colour in the lines, think about the colours they’re applying and adjust their hand movements. Practising colouring can promote good handwriting and increased dexterity in future. 

Emotional Development

When a child is stressed or unhappy, an activity pack can provide an opportunity to be distracted from their frustration. This helps a child work through their emotions in a positive way. 

In addition, completing an activity pack will give your child a sense of accomplishment, inspiring them to take on more challenges and improve their self-esteem. 

Where Can I Buy Activity Packs for My Kids? 

There are many places you can buy activity packs for your kids, but ours both look better and are better for the environment than a plastic bag

Takeaway Packaging offers a fun collection of activity packs. Each bag is made of recycled paper with a high-quality print, containing a multi-coloured crayon, themed activity book and different games to play with. 

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Suitable for four years and older, these activity bags for kids are supplied in a box of 100 units. They are a mix of different designs, so there’s bound to be one that appeals to your children. With a whole variety to choose from, we also include easy-to-dispense counter display trays for retailers.

Should You Use Activity Packs for Kids?

Activity packs are an affordable way to keep the children entertained and are portable while travelling. Whether your customers are dining at your restaurant, or at home enjoying your takeaway, an activity pack can be the perfect way to stimulate and occupy children simultaneously. When the kids are engaged with colouring or problem-solving, they are far less likely to pester for attention or entertainment. 

Allow your customers to feel more relaxed on family outings, so they don’t have to amuse their kids constantly. Plus, why not encourage their mental development with a fun and engaging activity pack at the same time. 

Like this idea? Check out our kids’ activity packs packaged in high-quality recycled bags to lessen your customer’s stressin’. 

Takeaway Packaging Achieves Carbon Neutral Status
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We’re delighted to announce that Takeaway Packaging is now officially carbon neutral. 

The UK still produces millions of tonnes of CO2 every year. 

Households, energy, manufacturing and transport sectors accounted for 72% of all greenhouse gas emissions in 2019.  

Although the UK government has invested in environmental protection, we felt we still needed to do our bit. 

That’s why Takeaway Packaging is leading the way in the food packaging industry by embracing carbon reduction. We offset the carbon we produce from your purchase. 

We teamed up with Carbon Jacked, professional environmental service experts who measured and analysed our emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG)

The GHG Protocol is a global standardised framework that manages and measures greenhouse gas emissions. This comprehensive protocol records emissions from public and private sector operations including value chains and applies mitigation actions.

Our goal is to make the planet a better place for all.

What Is the Definition of Carbon Neutrality? 

But what does being carbon neutral mean?

We balance out any COwe release into the atmosphere through our business to achieve carbon neutrality. 

This means we remove the same amount of carbon we have released through our company’s activities. 

We do this through climate-positive actions that result in carbon neutrality, contributing to a more sustainable future. 

More Carbon Footprint Reduction

Yet, we haven’t stopped at achieving carbon neutral status.

We’ve also decided to make all of our products sold through our online shop carbon-neutral too. 

We reconsidered our processes, including how the raw materials for our packaging are produced and how our products are transported. 

We conducted a rigorous assessment of our hot food containers, cups, accessories and more to see what we could do to reduce our carbon footprint. 

According to the GHG Protocol, companies only have to be responsible for their direct emissions

We’ve taken on extra accountability by including Scope 3 emissions under the GHG Protocol. 

This means our carbon footprint assessment also covers indirect emissions from the supply chain, making the assessment of our environmental impact even more accurate and detailed. 

Our sister company, Packaging Supplies, went carbon neutral in February of this year. 

In addition, our courier DPD has pledged to offset its own carbon emissions.

Even the way your custom takeaway packaging reaches you is greener. 

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How We’re Making a Difference

By supporting the Indonesian Musi River Hydro Project, we’re finding ways of creating power without damaging surrounding ecosystems. This project is also key to meeting several UN Sustainable Development Goals, which help create jobs for locals and build infrastructure within their communities. 

We’re not stopping here.

We know that fighting climate change is an uphill battle, so we’ll continue to strive to become the most sustainable takeaway food packaging supplier in the UK. 

Remove your takeaway guilt with biodegradable and carbon neutral packaging. Browse our food boxes and carriers today and begin your journey to becoming more eco-friendly.

Is Greaseproof Paper Recyclable? 
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Is greaseproof paper recyclable, or should it go in the general waste bin? Find out with Takeaway Packaging.

Greaseproof paper has many uses in the kitchen and in takeaway packaging. It’s a lot like paper but with added fat, grease and oil-repellent properties. This raises the question: is greaseproof paper recyclable?

Simply put, most greaseproof paper is not recyclable. 

The properties that make greaseproof paper so useful in cooking, baking and packaging are the same properties that make it unsuitable for recycling. While some forms of greaseproof paper have eco-friendly credentials, let’s look at why most greaseproof paper isn’t recyclable.

Related: How to Make Your Home Baking Business Rise

What Is Greaseproof Paper?

Sometimes referred to as baking paper or parchment paper, greaseproof paper is typically a sheet of unbleached paper with a specialised silicone coating. This coating provides a heat-proof, non-stick surface, making it indispensable in cooking, baking and food packaging. Regular paper is readily recyclable, meaning it can be repurposed to create all kinds of products, like takeaway paper bags, but greaseproof paper is different. 

Why Isn’t Greaseproof Paper Recyclable?

The main reason greaseproof paper isn’t recyclable is its silicone coating. This can’t be adequately processed by recycling machinery, meaning it should go directly to general waste, even if unused. 

Any greaseproof paper that comes into contact with greasy or oily food shouldn’t be recycled. While the paper protects the surface of the packaging or baking tin during usage, it’s spoiled in the process. Contaminated recycling is a big problem, and the best way to avoid contaminating other recyclable rubbish is by putting spoiled greaseproof paper straight in the bin. 

Is Greaseproof Paper Bad for the Environment?

Most brands of greaseproof paper aren’t recyclable, so does that mean all baking paper is bad for the environment? Not necessarily.

Our compostable greaseproof paper is made from 100% virgin pulp and manufactured with a specialised oil protection system. The unique composition of tightly compacted fibres makes it impermeable to oil, grease, fat and moisture without the need for a silica-based coating. 

Since it’s free from non-recyclable and non-biodegradable compounds, it can be recycled or composted commercially or at home. Under the right conditions, it’ll degrade in three to six months, so you don’t have to feel guilty about using it.

If you’re looking for a branded solution, why not check out our custom printed greaseproof paper? It’s the same compostable qualities as our standard greaseproof paper, but it’s also PEFC certified for good measure.

Is Greaseproof Paper the Same as Waxed Paper?

Waxed and greaseproof papers are different products. Greaseproof paper is best suited to cooking, baking and food packaging due to its heat-resistant and non-stick surface, whereas you should only use waxed paper to line dishes and trays that won’t go in the oven. While waxed paper features a non-stick coating, it’s not heat resistant, and the coating will melt if exposed to high temperatures.

Should You Use Greaseproof Paper or Aluminium Foil?

It all depends on what you’re using it for. Aluminium foil is best for high-heat cooking like grilling. As a metal, it has an extremely high heat resistance and is also recyclable if it hasn’t come into contact with food. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be overheated, though. In some circumstances, it can end up sticking to your food, which isn’t good. Consider that aluminium takes centuries to decompose if it ends up as landfill waste, so it’s best used sparingly. 

Greaseproof paper is better for low-heat cooking like baking and benefits from being compostable. It’s also much more suited to food packaging, like our food-grade pizza boxes lined with Kraft-based paper that improves recycling rates and keeps your customers’ food hot, fresh and delicious. Under the right conditions, it’ll degrade entirely in as little as three to six months, so your patrons can enjoy guilt-free takeaways.

Can You Get Printed Greaseproof Paper?

Are you looking for stylish and sustainable greaseproof paper? Get custom printed greaseproof paper with your artwork or logo and give your brand a boost. Whether you want to give your Instagram content a branded edge or make your takeaway business the envy of your rivals, our branded packaging solutions are eco-friendly and make for super effective marketing.

Get in touch for a free custom design quote, or check out our online shop and discover recyclable, compostable and biodegradable packaging for all kinds of food and drinks.

Celebrating Compost Week with Compostable Food Packaging
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We all know the importance of sustainable packaging. With plenty of recyclable options available, what about compostable food packaging? 

Composting has a vital role in securing a sustainable future for the planet. While it’s been common practice for millennia, it’s somewhat overlooked in modern society. In fast-paced consumerism that’s all about convenience, compostable packaging for food and drinks might be the most eco-friendly disposable-packaging option on the market.

As part of International Compost Awareness Week, we’re helping businesses raise awareness about the importance of this simple yet incredibly important process that could help save the planet.

Related: What Is Compostable Food Packaging? 

What Is International Compost Awareness Week?

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) takes place every year during the first full week of May. This year, it takes place between the 1st and 7th May 2022.

2022’s instalment is all about raising awareness about the benefits of composting for regenerative agriculture. This is a system focused on improving soil quality to produce healthier, more nutrient-rich crops. It also helps remove carbon from the atmosphere through enhanced carbon sequestration — the process of capturing and storing carbon to combat climate change.

While compost heaps in your back garden benefit the local environment, commercial composting facilities across the country — and the globe — are optimised for creating huge amounts of enriched compost that supports regenerative agriculture at the highest level. 

Organisations that utilise composting at every level can slash their carbon footprint and contribute to a greener society. So how does composting work, and how can you get involved in ICAW 2022?

How Does Composting Work?

Composting is an entirely natural process that can transform everyday waste into nutrient-dense food for the planet. It’s an entirely natural process, but it relies on specific conditions to work.

Just like your kitchen staff pull together the finest ingredients to create mouth-watering food and drinks, composting needs a few key components:

  • Brown Materials — These are solid, carbon-based forms of organic matter. Everything, including sawdust and crushed eggshells to compostable food packaging like brown paper bags, can be added to the mix.
  • Green Materials — These are less solid, nitrogen-based components, such as food scraps*, coffee grounds, flowers and even mouldy bread (finally, somewhere to put your end pieces).

*Be sure to avoid meat, fish or dairy products; they’ll interfere with the composting process and produce a rancid smell.

The composting process requires air, moisture and heat. Compost bins or heaps can facilitate the right environment for effective composting. The process can take several weeks, months or even a year, but the end product of composting is compost.

What Actually Is Compost?

Compost is a nutrient-rich mixture of decomposed organic matter.

It’s formed with the help of bacteria, fungi, insects and other microorganisms. These tiny beings break down organic materials and food waste into their simplest elements. The result is an all-natural fertiliser that’s hugely beneficial to the planet. 

When compost is ready, it looks like rich, dark soil, but it’s got some surprisingly potent properties. 

How Does Composting Benefit the Environment?

Compost is used in agriculture to enrich the earth and improve soil quality. It does this by balancing pH levels, maintaining soil structure and retaining moisture in the ground. In turn, this helps the plants and microorganisms responsible for supporting life on earth survive and thrive.

Across the world, a tremendous amount of food is wasted. Around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste is generated annually in the UK alone, about 15% of which is produced by the hospitality and retail sectors. By moving table scraps to composting receptacles, less of this food waste will be in vain.

So, where does compostable food packaging fit into the equation?

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Compostable food packaging takes many forms, including eco-friendly cutlery made from avocado seeds, bagasse containers crafted from renewable sugarcane pulp and recycled paper bags.

How to Use Compostable Food Packaging Correctly

There’s a bit of confusion around “biodegradable” and “compostable” food packaging that needs clearing up. It all depends on the materials used. Cardboard and paper-based packaging are compostable, but they’ll take longer to decompose than bagasse packaging, which is made from 100% natural, plant-based materials.

Compostable packaging can be composted at commercial facilities or at home, but it’s worth noting that domestic composting isn’t as efficient as the larger, purpose-built facilities. 

Composting also requires commitment. It doesn’t simply happen overnight, as most compost takes several weeks or months to become usable, depending on the surrounding conditions. During busy service periods, it can be hard to make sure staff put food waste in the composting bin, but the more brown and green materials that go into the composting bin, the better your compost will be, and the more you’ll be helping the environment.

How to Support International Compost Awareness Week

Here are some easy ways your business can promote International Composting Awareness Week 2022:

1. Use Compostable Food Packaging

Swap your food and drinks packaging for eco-friendly alternatives. Plastic bags can easily be switched for compostable paper bags, while bagasse tableware for hot and cold menu items are the perfect replacement for unsafe plastic takeaway containers

Plus, it’s much easier to dispose of compostable cutlery and napkins. They can simply be added to your composting receptacles along with food waste, so long as you can balance out green and brown materials.

2. Take Action on Food Waste

Apps like Too Good To Go are great for the environment and your bottom line. You can sell your unused ingredients and cuisine at a discounted price to reduce food waste. It also gives people a chance to get discount grub, which is handy due to the rising cost of living. By giving people a cheaper way to dine with you, you’re promoting your brand as an advocate for eco-friendly habits. 

3. Spread the Word 

The vast majority of people don’t compost, mainly due to a lack of time and motivation. Compost bins can be kept in the smallest kitchens or gardens, allowing everyone to take part in creating nutritious food for the planet simply by reorganising their waste. Composting doesn’t have to become an unmanageable mess; simply raising awareness about how simple it is could make a big difference. 

Don’t forget to use the hashtags #ICAW2022 and #CompostWeekUK if you’re planning on posting about the event on your social media accounts.

Thinking of Switching to Compostable Food Packaging?

Plastic-based packaging like polystyrene may be cheap, but if current trends continue, it’s only a matter of time before these forms of unsustainable packaging are taxed or outright banned.

By swapping non-compostable packaging for compostable cups and takeaway containers, businesses can dramatically reduce their company’s carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment, locally and globally.

Small changes make a big difference. If you’re ready to go green, we’ve got the compostable, biodegradable and recyclable food packaging you need.

Visit our online shop and discover compostable food packaging that helps protect the planet. Looking for a branded packaging solution that’s eco-friendly? Get in touch for a free design quote from our expert in-house team.

How to Reduce Food Waste for Food Waste Action Week 2022
How to Reduce Food Waste for Food Waste Action Week 2022


How to Reduce Food Waste for Food Waste Action Week 2022

Food waste is killing the planet. Here’s how you can turn the tide during Food Waste Action Week with Takeaway Packaging.

About one-third of food produced worldwide goes to waste. In the UK alone, around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste is generated annually, which makes up 22% of all the food purchased by consumers. While that’s slightly better than the global statistic, it still means that for every meal Brits eat, nearly a quarter goes straight in the bin.

Figures for household food waste have improved over the past 15 years, but there are several ways businesses and consumers could do more to combat the problem. We’re doing our part ahead of Food Waste Action Week.

Related: The Facts: Fast Food Packaging Waste Statistics

What Is Food Waste Action Week?

This year’s Food Waste Action Week event aims to raise awareness about food wastage. It hopes to create lasting change and help the UK meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is to halve global food waste by 2030. It takes place between 7-13th March 2022. After the success of Food Waste Action Week 2021, countless high-profile organisations have become partners, including Aldi, KFC, Danone, IHG Hotels & Resorts and Ocado Retail.

Why Is So Much Food Wasted?

It’s shocking to discover how much food is wasted in the UK and internationally. At a time when food banks cannot meet demand, it’s clear that the world is in a bizarre paradox: millions of people go hungry every day, while others throw away endless amounts of perfectly edible food. 

To figure out why so much food is wasted and tackle the issue head-on, we need to look at consumer behaviour and understand why that behaviour occurs.

WRAP identified some reasons why people throw away food:

– Buying Too Much Food — The most common reason people waste food is that they buy too much. Whether it’s at the supermarket, restaurants or ordering takeaways, having too much food means some will always end up going to waste.

– Preparing Too Much Food — Cooking large meals and leaving food on your plate at meal times leads to wastage, but the issue also relates to batch cooking meals. While batch cooking is a great way to consistently eat healthily and reduce food preparation time, everything you make should be eaten to minimise waste.

– Food Spoils Before It’s Eaten — You might have good intentions when buying fresh produce, but if it spoils before you get a chance to eat it, you’re wasting food and money. Dried, canned or tinned food last longer than fresh produce, so it’s good to have a mix of both in your weekly shop.

Of course, these issues are much closer to home than food loss — taking place during production, storage and distribution of food in the global supply chain — but food waste remains a pervasive and preventable problem.

Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste

The average UK household throws away £700 worth of food annually, so there’s plenty of incentive to slash food waste — it could save you hundreds of pounds a year.

Here are a few handy ways to reduce food wastage:

– Plan Your Meals — Meal planning means less waste. Purchasing produce that’ll be prepared, cooked and consumed almost straight away makes sure everything you buy gets used. Mapping out what you’re eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner — and perhaps a few snacks in between — takes forethought and commitment, but it saves money, reduces food waste and protects the planet.

– Get Savvy with Apps Too Good To Go sells surplus food at discounted prices from eco-conscious restaurants, coffee houses, sandwich bars and other food and drinks outlets. This helps consumers get good value meals that’d otherwise go to waste, and it also helps businesses’ bottom lines, giving them something in return for meals that’d otherwise end up in the dumpster outside.

– Donate Surplus Food — Food banks help to feed those in need, but rely on your goodwill and support. Over 90% of food distributed by food banks in the Trussell Trust network — the largest food bank operator in the UK — is donated by the public. Food donations are crucial, but other household essentials are welcome, including toiletries and hygiene products. There are plenty of other ways to donate to food banks to help out too, including cash donations.

– Introduce Portion Control — If there’s always food left on your plate, consider implementing portion control. Weighing out ingredients and sticking to tried-and-tested recipes will mean you’re eating the right amount without going hungry or wasting food.

– Optimise Food Storage — A messy fridge can lead to forgetting about food. Use glass containers or beeswax wraps to keep food fresh, and keep things that spoil the quickest towards the front of your fridge so you can consume them before they go off.

If you’re wondering about ways to prevent food loss as well as food wastage, buying local produce — or supporting businesses that use local produce — is a simple way you can shorten the food supply chain, which, in turn, reduces the likelihood of food loss.

Reducing Food Waste with Packaging

Part of the food waste problem relates to packaging. Stopping food from spoiling as it moves through the supply chain is essential, but that plastic-clad broccoli in the supermarket contributes to plastic pollution, an equally concerning global problem. 

There’s a trade-off between making food last long enough and creating plastic waste, and while zero waste shops are a great initiative that is forcing supermarkets to think more ecologically, they are less cost-effective to the average consumer and are not yet well established. 

So what about takeaways? 

Those plastic takeaway containers aren’t suitable for food storage. They’re potentially hazardous to human health and do nothing for the environment. This is where the right packaging makes all the difference. Our eco-friendly packaging helps keep food fresh from kitchen to counter. You can serve hot or cold food that stays at the right temperature, giving customers an enjoyable and waste-free experience.

Check out our online shop and discover recyclable, compostable and biodegradable food packaging that minimise food and packaging waste. Looking for a branded packaging solution to show off your eco-friendly credentials? Get in touch for a free design quote.

How to Present Mouthwatering Takeaways using Premium Food Packaging
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Premium Food Packaging for Takeaways

Takeaways only taste as good as they look — that’s a scientific fact. No matter how delicious your dishes are, the poor presentation can lead to disappointment. If you’re serving carefully prepared cuisine for a premium price, impressing your clientele with fantastic, sustainable packaging should be a priority.

But restaurant-level presentation for takeaway food and drinks is hard to achieve. There are plenty of factors to consider — will dishes be served over-the-counter or via delivery? What packaging should you use? How will your presentation differ from a sit-down service?

Let’s look at how premium food packaging can elevate your offering and enhance your customers’ takeaway experience by making your takeaways all the more presentable.

Related: 7 Brilliant Benefits of Branded Takeaway Packaging

Why Is Food Presentation Important?

From the finest Michelin-star restaurants to local street food vans, the presentation of different dishes has the power to pique customers’ interest and amplify their appetites. 

In a restaurant setting, the smell of the ingredients, the sound of the food being cooked and the visual appeal of beautifully presented food are sufficient to influence the taste of the food itself. As waiting staff carry dishes from the kitchen to the diner’s tables, all of these elements are at play, transporting your customers to a world full of flavour. 

When serving takeaways, nearly all of these aspects are lost.

Although the hospitality sector is making a comeback, many people opt to order takeaway food from their favourite spots — or eat at home. In turn, they’re missing out on these crucial factors that make food so enjoyable, putting even more emphasis on fantastic food presentation.

The Benefits of Excellent Food Presentation

There’s more to making your food look good than flexing your creative flair. Magnificently prepared food has other benefits too:

– Enhances the Dining Experience — Being served a well-presented meal makes all the difference to diners, whether they’re at home or dining out. Perfecting your food presentation can make the experience memorable, shareable and ultimately repeatable. Bring people back by showing care and attention to detail.

– Sparks Interest — Do you have a creative chef who can make an impression with their culinary talents? Interesting looking dishes are intriguing to customers. Even if the core elements remain the same, a fresh approach can be impactful. Adopting a quirky, alternative approach will capture your customers’ imagination.

– Builds Your Brand’s Reputation — Over half of people take pictures of their food, with 20% of those snapping food they’ve ordered. Instagram-able food that looks amazing is easy yet effective marketing, so don’t miss out on the chance to promote your brand with user-generated content.

– Generates Sales and Revenue — While we don’t condone overeating, excellent food presentation makes the question “room for dessert?” an easy one to answer. You’ll sell more food and drinks if they’re properly presented, as patrons will want to experience even more delectable delights.

Premium food presentation isn’t easily translated to takeaways, but you can implement a few techniques to upgrade your takeout experience.

How to Use Premium Food Packaging for Takeaways

Plating up meals for sit-down service is simpler than serving takeaway cuisine, but it’s not impossible. You can create delectable dishes your customers crave with a tactful approach and premium food packaging

1. Reimagine Restaurant-Style Dishes

Plating up your food isn’t the same as boxing it up for delivery. You’ll need to take a different approach to present your food. For example, serving a Sunday roast in one takeaway container asks for trouble. Instead, opting for separate snack boxes for each aspect is a novel and effective way to get your food from A to B without it arriving in a soggy mess.

Separating your food keeps the takeouts fun and greatly helps when serving dishes with more than a few components. Food packaging with compartments can be used to great effect without giving off the sombre “TV dinner” vibe. Plus, if you’re serving Mexican food, you can use food packaging like taco inserts to ensure dishes can be eaten the correct way, allowing your customers to enjoy a real fiesta of flavour.

2. Use Premium Food Packaging

Your dishes lose freshness the moment they leave the kitchen. By the time your customers are tucking into their takeaways, their food might’ve gone cold, resulting in a fairly dismal experience. 

Use premium food packaging like our luxury-quality eco-friendly food boxes to keep your food looking, smelling and tasting appealing. They keep food at the desired temperature until customers are ready to eat. Steam holes minimise condensation on the inside of the boxes, and Kraft paper liners absorb moisture, oil and grease. Not only does this improve your food presentation, but it also helps improve recycling rates.

3. Put Your Stamp on Your Dishes

“The Golden Arches” of the McDonald’s logo are unmistakable. The red and yellow colourway feature on almost everything, including their food packaging — notably the packaging of their fries. This serves to support McDonald’s brand messaging and enhance the appearance of their food.

You can achieve similar success with branded packaging. Creating continuity is an easy way to create memorable experiences for your customers. Get it right, and they’ll always want to come back for more.

4. Engage Your Customers With Assorted Packaging

Bring the dine-in experience home with eco-friendly food packaging that engages your customers instead of leaving them wondering how to approach eating their takeout. Separate your dishes with the appropriate packaging to clarify how your customers should enjoy their takeaways.

Noodle boxes are perfect for Eastern cuisine, but they’re also well-suited to hot and cold appetisers, starters and sides. Similarly, eco-bowls with lids can house all kinds of food, including sauces, dips and soups. The lids will minimise spillages while the PLA-lined packaging ends with leaky packaging. To finish, why not opt for aesthetically pleasing cake boxes that make your sweet treats even more delectable.

5. Appeal to Your Customers’ Senses

There’s nothing worse than a bland takeaway that’s lost all of its appeal before being delivered. The appropriate packaging can improve presentation without detracting from the alluring aspects of your food. Bagasse packaging — made from naturally compostable sugarcane pulp — is ideal for hot and cold dishes, since it won’t absorb any moisture or natural aromas from your freshly prepared cuisine. 

Ordering Eco-Friendly Premium Food Packaging

Excellent food presentation can set your brand apart. It’s an opportunity for talented chefs, bakers and food creators to showcase their skills and present mouthwatering food and drinks. Since the takeaway trend sees no sign of stopping, it’s up to restaurateurs and food outlet managers to deliver restaurant-quality food with added convenience. Take on the challenge with premium food packaging that won’t let you down.

Check out our online shop and discover eco-friendly food packaging your customers will love. Looking for a branded packaging solution? Get in touch with us today for a free design quote.

Can You Recycle Polystyrene Takeaway Boxes?
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Scotland is banning plastic straws and polystyrene takeaway containers. It’s another heavy blow to the plastic packaging industry since over 50% of the Scottish population are ordering more takeaway food than pre-pandemic. 

With the return of the hospitality industry and late-night takeaways, including kebabs, burgers, and cheesy chips, businesses need to find eco-friendly packaging alternatives and fast.

What Is Polystyrene Packaging?

Polystyrene — also known as Styrofoam — is created using styrene and pentane. Styrene naturally occurs in plants, but pentane is derived from fossil fuels. When these two chemicals are combined, they form a plastic that’s often moulded into packaging chips and food containers. Generally speaking, it’s non-toxic, but it absorbs moisture since it’s porous. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria and other nasties within the packaging itself, meaning that you shouldn’t reheat last night’s takeaway in its original container.

Can You Recycle Polystyrene Food Containers?

The short answer is no. Polystyrene isn’t commonly recycled, and the best place for polystyrene takeaway boxes or containers is general waste. While some specialist facilities can recycle the material — if unspoiled by the food it contains — these are few and far between. To make matters worse, it takes a long time to degrade, even under optimised conditions. It’ll clog up landfill sites long after serving its purpose, creating further environmental issues.

Related reading: Is Silicone an Eco-Friendly Material?

What Are Polystyrene Packaging Alternatives?

Whether you’re packaging hot or cold food, there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives to polystyrene. Not only do they have some incredible ecological qualities, but they also perform a lot better than your average polystyrene takeaway container. 

Here are four of our favourites:

Bagasse Clamshell Containers1. Bagasse Clamshell Containers

These eco-friendly food containers are the closest thing to the classic polystyrene boxes we’re so used to seeing — with a twist. They’re 100% plastic-free. That means that they’ll decompose naturally within just a few months. For reference, that’s about two or three thousand times faster than regular plastic-based packaging. 

The material itself is created using solely natural, renewable sources. Our bagasse is crafted from the by-product of harvesting sugarcane, so it’s totally biodegradable. Available in various sizes, including bagasse boxes with compartments to make serving meals even easier.

Kraft Food Containers2. Kraft Food Containers

Made from premium-quality, food-grade Kraft board, Kraft food packaging is resistant to water, grease, and oil. It has a natural, modern aesthetic that goes well with all kinds of cuisine, whether that’s rustic, skin-on chips, or deliciously decadent burgers. Our Kraft food containers are 100% plastic-free and biodegradable, making it easy for your customers to dispose of responsibly.

 

Bagasse Anti-Leak Containers

3. Bagasse Anti-Leak Containers

These biodegradable containers are best for food delivery services. They mitigate the chances of spills and leaks with snap-on lids that won’t let you down. They’ll keep your hot or cold dishes fresh and delicious until they reach your customers, giving them a better experience without any of the takeaway guilt.

Kraft Pizza Boxes and Meal Boxes4. Kraft Pizza Boxes and Meal Boxes

This packaging is perfect for delivery and over-the-counter food service. Very few food packaging suppliers stock food-grade pizza boxes and meal boxes, but ours include Kraft paper on the inside, giving them the ultimate grease, moisture, and oil resistance. This also helps increase recycling rates, making for a more eco-friendly experience all-round. The luxury meal boxes and pizza boxes also feature steam holes to prevent food from going soggy.

Buying Polystyrene Food Packaging Alternatives

With more legislation expected to come into effect across the UK in the near future — and with so many polystyrene food packaging alternatives available — it’s time to change the way you serve your food and drinks.

Visit our online shop and discover a great range of eco-friendly food packaging. After a branded solution? Get in touch with us today for a free design quote.

Is Reusable Food Packaging Worth It?
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Food Delivery Box

Consumers want eco-friendly packaging solutions. Is reusable food packaging the answer?

Food outlets have been left scrambling for plastic packaging this year. Shortages of cups, straws, and takeout containers have taken their toll, affecting businesses on a global scale. This begs the question: Would we be in the same situation if alternative packaging was available?

Reusable food packaging offers an interesting solution to this problem. If businesses could convince customers to return packaging after use, more packaging would become available for other patrons. It could also reduce waste, converse planetary resources and promote a circular economy. 

Is reusable food packaging a cost-effective, eco-friendly solution to the world’s problems, or is disposal packaging here to stay?

What Is Reusable Packaging for Food and Drinks?

Whether it’s at the supermarket or ordering a takeaway, we encounter all manner of reusable packaging for food and drinks:

– Food Bags and Carriers — We’ve come a long way from relying on plastic bags to carry our goods. The plastic bag tax and movements like Plastic Bag Free Day have promoted the use of “bags for life”, tote bags and any other means of transporting food and drinks without single-use plastics. Recyclable, compostable and biodegradable alternatives like paper bags and food carriers have also proven popular amongst businesses and consumers and are perfect for protecting the planet.

– Boxes and Containers — While plastic takeaway containers may seem like a handy addition to your customers’ Tupperware collection, you shouldn’t reuse them due to the harmful effects of phthalates — just some of the hazardous chemicals used in the production of thermoplastics. You can recycle these kinds of boxes and containers if they’re made from the right plastic resin. You must clean them first, so they don’t interfere with recycling. Still, some containers aren’t recyclable, which greatly diminishes the lifecycle of this kind of packaging.

– Cups and Glasses — Reusable cups are incredibly popular with consumers. Most major coffee shops and drinks outlets offer discounts to customers who bring reusable cups with them. But, travellers laden with laptops and burdened with bags might not be carrying their own, making biodegradable cups a great solution that don’t come with the familiar guilt of throwing away disposable packaging.

There’s no avoiding it — disposable packaging offers convenience that reusable packaging can’t. With so many eco-friendly packaging options available, will reusable packaging ever take its place?

Related reading: Can You Reuse or Recycle Plastic Takeaway Containers?

Is Reusable Packaging an Eco-Friendly Solution?

Reusable food packaging comes in many forms, but whether or not it’s the most viable or eco-friendly solution is up for debate. It relies on two parties to fulfil their end of the bargain to make reusable food packaging worthwhile:

1. The manufacturer and,

2. The consumer

Manufacturers need to produce food-safe, eco-friendly packaging products that you can reuse repeatedly. The packaging needs to be sufficiently durable, so it can be reused enough times to offset the environmental cost associated with its production. But making the packaging economically and environmentally viable at scale has proven difficult.

Even if manufacturers successfully create reusable food packaging, the fate of the packaging lies solely with the consumer. Customers using reusable packaging need to act responsibly. Otherwise, the whole endeavour is a waste of time and resources. 

Is Reusable Packaging an Eco-Friendly Solution?

Appropriate facilities need to be in place to make this process easier, which is part of the reason for the success of Loop’s reusable packaging in supermarkets. It’s allowed consumers to recycle the packaging for everyday items as they shop. While Loop’s packaging hasn’t reinvented the wheel — we’ve been reusing milk bottles for decades — it’s made supermarket shoppers think twice about the products they buy and their packaging. 

There’s also a trial of CLUBZERO by Just Eat, where takeaway containers are returned for cleaning and reuse, but that doesn’t offset the carbon emissions produced by taking the packaging from place to place.

These offerings are still in their infancy, so what does this mean for the future?

Should You Use Reusable or Disposable Packaging?

Part of establishing a circular economy is making sure that everything that’s created serves a purpose further down the line, or at least doesn’t negatively impact the environment. Eco-friendly disposable packaging offers consumers many benefits and convenience and mitigates environmental issues like plastic pollution. Until more effective reusable food packaging becomes available, recyclable, compostable and biodegradable packaging holds the key to unlocking a better future for everyone.

Check out our online shop and discover biodegradable food packaging that doesn’t harm the environment. Need a bespoke solution? Get in touch with us today for a free design quote.

What Is Compostable Food Packaging?
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Could compostable packaging solve plastic waste issues? Find out how it’s made and how it could benefit your brand.

Compostable packaging is one of the most game-changing innovations in the past few years. It’s made from natural materials and is functional, eco-friendly and arguably the future of food and drinks packaging.

In a recent survey, 83% of consumers want to remove plastic packaging for food items and replace it with compostable packaging alternatives. To support a circular economy, compostable and biodegradable needs to be rolled out at scale. Your takeaways are the perfect place to start.

What Is Compostable Packaging Made Of?

Compostable packaging is crafted from natural biodegradable materials such as bagasse, an organic waste product from harvesting sugarcane. It can be made into takeaway packaging suitable for hot and cold food, like our bagasse containers or clamshell containers and tableware.

It’s also been developed into bioplastic, a plant-based plastic packaging alternative that shares many of the same characteristics as its not-so-eco-friendly counterparts. You can use this material for things like clear cups for smoothies, fruit juices, alcoholic beverages and much more. Bioplastic is commercially compostable since it is composed of PLA (polylactic acid), produced from renewable sources.

Each type of compostable packaging is lightweight and durable, making it ideal for transporting takeaway food without spills, leaks or anything else that might affect your customers’ takeaway experience. But is it better than plastic?

Is Compostable Packaging Better Than Plastic?

Compared to plastic packaging, compostable packaging has a lot more to offer. Plastic packaging takes a massive toll on the environment, clogging landfills and polluting oceans. Very little plastic is recycled, and the main culprits for plastic packaging waste are takeaway packaging items. If that wasn’t bad enough, it’s been proven that plastic containers are hazardous to health, especially when used to package hot food products. Harmful chemicals can get into your takeaway food items, posing a severe health risk to your customers.

By comparison, compostable packaging is much less harmful to create, use and dispose of since only natural materials are used. It’s made from materials that decompose quickly under the right conditions to support the composting process, which can be facilitated at home or in industrial composting units.

This means that, at the end of its lifecycle, compostable packaging returns to the earth as non-toxic elements, unlike plastics that leak toxins back into the environment, even when they’ve ceased to be useful. So how is it different from recyclable packaging?

Should You Use Recyclable or Compostable Packaging?

Recyclable and compostable packaging have similar qualities and characteristics. Both are durable and typically made from renewable sources. The main difference between them is that recyclable packaging needs to be recycled to extend its lifespan. Recycling requires energy and additional processing, whereas compostable packaging can be thrown away in general waste without significantly impacting on the environment.

Compostable materials have found popularity among supermarkets, too, indicating a move towards a compostable future. Many popular shops offer compostable shopping bags as an alternative to plastic bags, which have been a scourge on the environment for decades.

The Benefits of Switching to Compostable Packaging

Interested in improving your takeaway offerings with eco-friendly packaging alternatives? Here are some of the key benefits of switching to compostable packaging:

1. Reduces Your Environmental Impact

Slash your carbon footprint by investing in high-quality, planet-positive packaging that doesn’t come with an environmental cost. You’ll massively reduce your brand’s environmental impact by opting for responsibly sourced, sustainable packaging products suitable for an array of food and drinks items.

2. Enhances Your Brand’s Image

Plastic packaging has reigned supreme for several years due to low-cost manufacturing, but consumers want a greener future. As plastic packaging continues to fall out of favour, switching to compostable packaging proves to consumers that your brand is cognisant of their desires for responsibility and sustainability.

3. Improves the Takeaway Experience

There’s nothing worse than being served a takeaway in low-quality packaging. Our compostable packaging is crafted using natural materials that are functional, effective, and enhance your customers’ experience with your brand. All of our products are guaranteed to keep your food and drinks items fresh and delicious while avoiding mishaps like leaks and spills.

4. Makes Takeaways More Convenient

Convenience is a huge factor in the success of your food and beverage business. If your customers can’t locate a recycling point after they’ve indulged themselves in a takeaway or after a quick coffee, they’ll probably feel guilty about buying from you again. Make their day by giving them a guilt-free experience that allows them to carry on with their day, knowing that their actions aren’t affecting the environment.

5. Secures Your Brand’s Future

As further legislation comes into force, it’ll soon be the case that all businesses must switch to some form of eco-friendly packaging. Your brand could be at the forefront of these changes, establishing effective, sustainably packaging practices ahead of the rush towards green packaging solutions. If you need any advice about our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team, who are more than happy to help.

Should You Switch to Compostable Packaging?

When such effective alternatives are widely available, it’s hard to make a case for other less environmentally friendly packaging forms. Our compostable products can help you establish your eco-conscious brand and win repeat business from a growing market of eco-conscious customers. So what are you waiting for?

Check out our online shop, where you’ll find a range of high-quality, responsibly sourced compostable packaging items. Want to find the perfect packaging products for your food and beverages? Get in touch with us today.

7 Brilliant Benefits of Branded Takeaway Packaging
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Waffle Away Branded Greaseproof paper and boxBranded takeaway packaging comes in all shapes and sizes, but how does it benefit your business? Find out with Takeaway Packaging.

Customers crave connection. They want a branded experience to reinforce their purchasing decisions and give them a sense of fulfilment when ordering your food and drinks. You can make your brand stand out without blowing your entire marketing budget or negatively impacting the environment, from printed takeaway bags to branded takeaway boxes.

Is your packaging holding you back? Find out how branded packaging can boost brand awareness and drive sales.

What Is Branded Takeaway Packaging?

Branded takeaway packaging does what it says on the tin, box, bag or carrier. It promotes your brand while protecting your food and drinks products. By showcasing your artwork, logo or messaging on takeaway containers and carriers, you’re keeping your menu items fresh while keeping your brand fresh in your customers’ minds — a win-win for takeaway lovers and savvy marketers alike.

Your branded packaging shouldn’t be limited to your core packaging items though. Consistency is key for successful branding, so adding your brand’s artwork to all your packaging items will be a lot more impactful than only branding one aspect of your packaging. You might be thinking, “this is going to be expensive”, but branded packaging is a relatively small investment that has the potential to revitalise your brand, no matter the size of your business.

Is Branded Takeaway Packaging Important?

Whether you choose to create colourful, vibrant packaging that grabs your customers’ attention or subtle, sophisticated designs that ooze quality, the goal is to boost brand awareness. It’s this aspect of your marketing that will benefit the most from branding your food boxes, bags, accessories, and anything else your customers come into contact with.

Brand awareness helps new and existing customers remember the high-quality takeaway food and drinks they had from your outlet. Customers appreciate the care and attention that branded packaging offers. It should be a reflection of the quality of the product inside instead of an afterthought. 

Branded packaging is a must-have to give your valued customers the best experience possible, win repeat business and establish brand loyalty.

The Brilliant Benefits of Branded Takeaway Packaging

If you’re an eco-conscious food and drinks business on a budget, you could opt for stock eco-friendly takeaway packaging, but going the extra mile to help customers remember your brand. Our products will protect your menu items and the planet, but non-branded packaging doesn’t have the same impact as branded takeaway packaging.

Here’s how branded takeaway packaging can build your brand:

1. Amplifies Customer Satisfaction — Takeaways are all about convenience. If your packaging makes it awkward for your customers to carry, drink from or eat out of, their entire experience with your brand will suffer. Make their lives easier with expertly crafted branded packaging that’s convenient and stylish, like our printed food boxes and carriers.

2. Enhances the Takeaway Experience — You shouldn’t underestimate the novelty of ordering a takeaway. Make your customers’ experience special with branded takeaway packaging that will make their meals memorable. Even something as small as branded stickers can remind customers of the brand that made them so happy as they tuck into their takeaway.

3. Makes Packaging More Exciting — Branded takeaway packaging adds flair to otherwise bland and unimaginative takeaway containers, cups and accessories. Intensify the excitement around your products by matching the quality of your food and drinks with the packaging that protects it.

4. Protects Your Products in Style — Put the “fun” back in “functionality” with branded takeaway containers. Hot and cold food items need to be temperature regulated and grease-resistant to keep food fresh, so whether you’re selling soup or ice cream, you won’t have to compromise on style or substance.

5. Promotes Your Business Locally — Printed takeaway bags do the leg-work for you when used by customers moving around your location. Give your brand maximum exposure with a large printed logo or eye-catching artwork that’ll make passers-by look twice.

6. Strengthens Your Online Presence — Include a catchy hashtag on your branded packaging to encourage customers to post about your products and share their experiences. Utilising user-generated content is a great way to promote your brand online without going out of your way to create original content.

7. Protects the Environment — Using water and vegetable-based inks and sustainably sourced materials, we create planet-positive packaging that doesn’t come with any unwanted environmental consequences.

With so many advantages to giving your customers a branded experience, it’s no wonder customised packaging makes such an impression. 

Branding Your Takeaway Packaging in Style

Branded takeaway packaging should be an integral part of your marketing strategy, regardless of the scale of your operation. Without it, you’re missing out on countless opportunities to promote your business locally and online. Don’t miss out — start using branded packaging today and watch your business grow.

Want to enjoy the benefits of branded packaging? Get in touch with our in-house design team for a free packaging quote. Check out our blog and learn more about how to use custom packaging to promote your brand.

Christmas Takeaway Packaging for Festive Feasts


Christmas is a time for togetherness. Bring everyone around the table with our festive and eco-friendly packaging solutions.

The festive season is upon us, and the hospitality sector is set to generate £3.5 billion in a sharp post-COVID rebound. High streets will no doubt be brimming with shoppers in the lead up to Black Friday, Cyber Monday and, of course, Christmas.

For takeaway outlets, it’s going to be a busy period. There’s no better time to get festive with your food packaging ahead of the holiday season, so here’s a quick guide to help you get the Christmas packaging you need.

Do People Order Takeaways on Christmas Day?

To some, a takeaway on Christmas Day might be the worst thing imaginable. While the Christmas turkey might be a long-standing tradition, more than half of the UK population planned to order a takeaway on December 25th last year. The tide seems to be changing, so maybe there’s something to be said for a convenient Christmas meal?

According to Just Eat, the country enjoys an eclectic festive feast on Christmas, ordering everything from kebabs and curry to burgers and pizza. With a surprising demand for takeaways, you can make your customers’ Christmas even more memorable with the right packaging.

Three Christmas Takeaway Packaging Essentials

Whether you’re planning on keeping your establishment open on Christmas or taking some well-earned time off, there’s plenty you can do to keep the festivities going with seasonal food and drinks packaging for your takeaways:

1. Biodegradable Christmas Cups

Countless shoppers will be looking to rest their bones as they break away from the hordes that descend on town and city centres during the holiday season. Give them Christmas-themed pick-me-up with our biodegradable Christmas cups. Each cup is constructed with a double-wall design to keep your beverages warm, even on the coldest winter days. Serve delicious, fresh coffee, tea or cinnamon-spiced Chai lattes that hold the heat with eco-friendly lids (sold separately). 

2. Premium Quality Food Carriers

If your customers are ordering in, make their experience that much more convenient with strong and sturdy gable-handle food carriers. These are popular the whole year-round, but they’re incredibly practical around Christmas time as they make transporting hot and fresh takeaways a breeze, even if your customers are laden with shopping bags. Although they’re completely recyclable, they can easily be reused by your customers. If you opt to add your branding, you’ll create an easy way to promote your business.

3. Compostable Bowls

Soups and stews are some of the most wholesome warming meals you can serve in the colder months, but finding the right packaging can be tricky. Our biodegradable bowls are more than up to the task. They’ll keep your food piping hot no matter the weather, thanks to the PLA lining, which creates an effective barrier against moisture while trapping heat. They’re available in various sizes, so you can always serve the right portions.

Ordering Christmas Takeaway Packaging

If fried chicken is taking the place of your customers’ Christmas turkey, make sure your takeaway packaging doesn’t accidentally take centre stage by failing during the most wonderful time of year. Invest in the right packaging and save the day with eco-friendly packaging that doesn’t disappoint.

Be ready for Christmas this year with the perfect takeaway packaging. Get a free branded design quote for a winning festive design or serve sustainable takeaways the whole year round with our range of eco-friendly packaging, available in our online shop.

A Mini Guide to Buying Wholesale Food Packaging
Buying Wholesale Food Packaging


Buying Wholesale Food Packaging

We make buying wholesale food packaging simple. Find the packaging you need for your food and beverages with Takeaway Packaging.

Purchasing the right wholesale food packaging can be a tricky affair. With so much choice, it’s hard to know which is the best packaging to use for hot and cold menu items. There is an abundance of different materials and designs on offer, each with its unique benefits, so we’re here to help you make the perfect selection.

Why Buy Food Packaging Wholesale?

For restaurants, pizzerias, coffee houses, and everything in between, food packaging is a necessity. You need to consider how you’ll keep your food and beverages fresh and tasty while bearing any environmental qualities or drawbacks too. These aspects can make or break the customer experience with your brand.

Investing in wholesale food packaging can be expensive, but if you’re anticipating a rush of customers as the festive period draws near, buying wholesale food packaging has numerous advantages:

– Reduce Packaging Costs — Shopping with wholesale packaging suppliers can save you money. Our packaging products are procured from specialist manufacturers who sell only the highest-quality sustainable products for hot and cold food and beverages.

– Greater Choice of Products — Extensive packaging options will allow you to get the right packaging for every item on your menu. You also have access to better deals on branded products, like our range of Fastpac packaging and our Eco Cups.

– Minimising Delivery Costs — Buying your food packaging in bulk reduces the number of shipments you need to arrange. This saves you money on delivery costs and reduces the transportation required to make multiple deliveries, diminishing the number of resources necessary to get the packaging you need.

– Smooth Operations — You can keep things running as they should when you have plenty of packaging. With our stockholding and distribution service, you don’t need to worry about storage. We’ll keep hold of branded packaging and send more to you with next-day delivery as and when you need it.

Buying food packaging wholesale makes good financial sense, especially if you’re growing your business. All that’s left is to make sure that the packaging you get is a good fit for your menu. If you want to “try before you buy”, take advantage of our free packaging samples!

How to Choose the Best Wholesale Food Packaging

The kind of packaging you choose depends on the type of food and drinks products you sell. We have a broad range of eco-friendly packaging products, plus a branded packaging design service.it’s good to know what different kinds of packaging have to offer, as well as which packaging to steer clear of:

Types of Food Packaging to Avoid

Certain types of packaging are outdated, inefficient or unsuitable. Steer clear of the following to make your takeaways safe for humans and the environment:

Plastic

Plastic food containers used to be a popular choice among takeaway outlets, but as the government bans more single-use plastics — including plates, cutlery and cups — it’s rapidly falling out of favour with consumers and retailers. Plastic packaging may be durable, yet the dangers of plastic packaging are something to be wary of, particularly when plastic packaging is used with hot foods. Some plastics aren’t recyclable either, making them incredibly bad for the environment.

Polystyrene

Cheap, flimsy and widely unrecyclable, polystyrene packaging is suffering a similar fate to generic plastic packaging. Although polystyrene is effective at retaining heat, it’s not a sustainable option, especially when compared to plastic-free alternatives.

Metals

Many forms of metal-based food packaging are sturdy and recyclable. They’re widely used for pre-packaged food and drinks like baked beans and sugary drinks, but they aren’t best for takeaways. Aluminium trays have been popular for their heat retention, but they are rigid, expensive to produce and rarely recycled if spoiled. It can also corrode overtime if left in unsuitable conditions.

Natural Alternatives for Food Packaging:

As forms of traditional packaging become less popular due to environmental and hygiene concerns, the world needs better, more effective alternatives. Here are some of our best picks:

Cardboard 

Made from naturally compostable and biodegradable materials, cardboard packaging like pizza boxes and our ever-popular food carriers are perfect for all kinds of takeaway cuisine. They’re shipped flat, making them incredibly easy to store yet easy to assemble quickly, making rapid service easily attainable.

Kraft

Our Kraftware range has a few unique advantages over polystyrene and plastic packaging. All of the products in this category are biodegradable and commercially compostable. Specific products, like our eco bowls, feature a PLA bioplastic coating, making them resistant to water, oil and grease. This gives your customers a more enjoyable experience without any takeaway guilt.

Bagasse

Sustainably sourced and easy to manufacture, bagasse makes a cost-effective solution for hot and cold foods. It’s made from sugarcane pulp, a naturally biodegradable material that breaks down quickly. It’s malleable too — it can be crafted into various shapes and sizes, from clamshell containers to leak-proof bowls and lids — so it’s an excellent choice for eclectic food menus.

Bioplastic

The future of plastic is here. Bioplastic shares practically all of the same qualities as oil-based plastics, but with one crucial difference: it’s completely biodegradable. Our bioplastic cups can be composted, giving you and your customers another option to dispose of the packaging waste from your takeaways responsibly. 

Buying Eco-Friendly Packaging Wholesale

You might come across some cheaper wholesale packaging, but remember that customers care as much about quality as they do convenience. With a growing number of highly eco-conscious consumers and increasingly stringent environmental packaging regulations, sustainable packaging is the only route forwards. Whether you opt for our stock packaging or push the boat out with a branded option, a planet-positive selection will serve you and your customers well.

Need more information about wholesale food packaging? Get in touch with our expert team for a free packaging design quote, or visit our online shop to discover a range of sustainable packaging solutions available in bulk.

The Eco-Friendly Breakfast Takeaway Packaging You Should Be Using
The Eco-Friendly Breakfast Takeaway Packaging You Should Be Using


The right breakfast takeaway packaging will get your customers’ morning off to a great start, no matter what food and drinks they order.

It might be the most important meal of the day, but many people skip breakfast in favour of an early start (or a well-deserved lie-in). This presents your business with a unique opportunity to capitalise on people’s busy schedules, but how can you get their day off to the perfect start?

Whether your customers work from home or join the throngs of commuters making their way to the office, serving up delicious breakfast items — from pastries and coffee to bacon butties and teas — will be sure to score you some great business. So how should you package your breakfast items for maximum convenience and sustainability?

Why Is Sustainable Takeaway Packaging Important?

In the UK, we generate millions of tonnes of packaging waste. Takeaway lunches account for 11 billion tonnes of waste a year, much of which isn’t recycled, recyclable or biodegradable. With statistics like these in mind, it’s up to businesses to provide more eco-friendly options to consumers, no matter what kind of food they serve.

As people are getting their days underway, they might be less inclined to seek out recycling points if they’re in a hurry or late for work. This makes biodegradable packaging a crucial aspect of your shop’s breakfast packaging. Not only is it better for the environment than plastic or other synthetic materials, but it also adds a layer of convenience for your customers. 

They can simply throw away their packaging in general waste without feeling guilty as it will degrade naturally in a short time. So how else can you use breakfast takeaway packaging to make your customers morning?

How to Use Breakfast Takeaway Packaging Effectively

Breakfast items are usually varied. Porridge, cereal, sandwiches and pastries all need different packaging, so how can you reduce costs while providing effective, sustainable breakfast packaging to your loyal customers? 

We’ve outlined a few ways you can make the packaging used for the items on your breakfast menu easier, more cost-effective and planet-positive:

Sustainable Packaging for Hot Drinks

The UK drinks about 95 million cups of coffee daily. If you thought that was impressive, our tiny nation consumes about 100 million cups of tea a day too. Countless people can’t do without these hot, caffeinated beverages to get them started. With such huge demand, it’s vital that consumers have the best eco-friendly options for their takeaway drinks.

You can help your customers enjoy their morning beverage the eco-friendly way with biodegradable coffee cups. Available in various sizes, they can be used for an array of hot drinks. With the addition of compostable lids, customers can secure their beverages and forget worrying about spilling hot liquid all over their work attire. We also stock clear compostable cups made from plant-based materials for cold drinks like fruit juices and breakfast smoothies.

Biodegradable Packaging for Food Items

The next challenge lies with your breakfast food items. Whether your clientele has a penchant for pastries or a keenness for breakfast cobs, you need to provide them with the right packaging that keeps the crumbs at bay.

With an extensive range of sustainable hot food containers, your patrons can enjoy your delectable breakfast items that retain their freshness even on the coldest days of the year. For sandwiches prone to red (or brown) sauce spillages, opt for our eco-friendly sandwich bags that make tucking into a morning sarnie a mess-free experience.

We also stock a whole host of eco-friendly accessories, like biodegradable cutlery, napkins, and twisted handle paper bags made from responsibly sourced paper, to enhance your customers’ experience.

Eco-Friendly Food and Drinks Carriers

Of course, for many, breakfast is best eaten on the go to save precious time during busy mornings. Practical food and drinks carriers can make everyone’s life a lot easier, especially if they’re placing large orders. 

Our gable boxes are the perfect solution for breakfast treats the whole office can enjoy. Made from durable cardboard, they can be reused at the consumers’ leisure or simply recycled. Their solid construction means they can withstand even the most turbulent of commutes, but they’re also easy to deconstruct when they’re finished with.

Unless your customers have superior balance and dexterity, your freshly prepared coffees and teas might not make it to their required destination. But our compostable drinks carriers and sleeves make carrying hot and cold beverages a walk in the park. Even if spoiled by spillages, all of our breakfast takeaway packaging items can be thrown out in general waste as they are 100% plastic-free and biodegradable.

More Eco-Friendly Takeaway Packaging Options

Customers will arrive at your establishment at all hours of the day, which is why we stock a great selection of sustainable takeaway packaging products for all kinds of cuisine served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whatever food and beverages you sell, we’ve got you covered with future-friendly packaging that doesn’t cost the earth.

Want to get your customers’ day off to the perfect start? Start serving greener takeaways today with our breakfast takeaway packaging. Check out our online shop or get a free custom design quote for branded packaging today.

Natasha’s Law: The New Rules for Food Packaging
Natashas Law The New Rules for Food Packaging


Pre-packaged food will require additional information about its ingredients to keep people safe. Ensure your business is compliant with the latest food packaging regulations with Takeaway Packaging.

As of October 2021, all pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) food is required to clearly display key information about the food and its ingredients under Natasha’s Law. The new legislation is designed to protect people with allergies or intolerances and provide a safer way for everyone to purchase pre-packaged food, so how does this affect the hospitality industry?

What Is Natasha’s Law?

The UK Food Information Amendment, otherwise known as “Natasha’s Law”, requires food businesses to provide a full list of ingredients and allergen information on all pre-packaged foods for direct sale on their premises. It follows the implementation of allergen legislation in 2014, which requires all businesses to tell customers if any food they retail contains any of these 14 major allergens.

Under the new packaging rules, PPDS food needs to clearly display the following information on the packaging:

  • The name of the food
  • A full ingredients list with allergenic ingredients highlighted (for example, in bold, italics or a different colour).

These changes will apply to businesses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If your business sells any form of pre-packaged food or drinks, you’ll need to update your packaging to remain compliant with the latest food packaging regulations. So why is this important change being introduced?

Why Is Natasha’s Law Being Introduced?

The new legislation aims to help people with known or suspected allergies buy food with confidence. It’s estimated that a third of the UK population suffer from at least one allergy, so making this change helps protect a vast number of people and ensure they know exactly what they’re purchasing and consuming from takeaway food businesses.

This amendment to the UK food packaging law was brought about by the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who tragically died after suffering an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a pre-packed meal. The stricter rules about food packaging implemented under the government’s latest regulations will help prevent food-related allergic reactions.

While deaths from food allergies are rare and decreasing in the UK, hospital admissions for food-induced anaphylaxis are rising. So to mitigate the number of admissions to hospitals for avoidable allergic reactions, allergen information is to be made clearer.

How Can You Ensure Compliance with Natasha’s Law?

The importance of detailed food labelling has been made abundantly clear. Yet studies have found that as many as eight in ten food businesses feel unprepared for the latest amendment to food labelling laws, with small, independent businesses feeling the strain more than larger chains. So how can you achieve compliance?

  • Add Stickers to Your Food Packaging — Unbranded packaging is cost-effective, but it relies on the business to add the food name and ingredients list (with the allergens highlighted) to the packaging manually. You can add stickers containing the required information to your food packaging.

 

  • Create Custom Packaging — If you sell large quantities of the same food and drinks items, a productive and cost-effective way to include all necessary information would be to create custom packaging for specific menu items. This will create consistency across your entire range of food and drinks products and ensure that your brand is compliant with regulations.

 

  • Notify Customers about Allergens — Your business will still need to conform to previous allergen legislation, so continue to inform customers about allergens in your food and drinks products. You should also ensure that clear signage remains in place to keep customers in the know.

 

If you’re unsure whether your food requires allergen labelling, use this allergen and ingredients food labelling tool to help you make the right choice for each of your menu items. You can also download official resources to ensure your business complies with Natasha’s Law.

Natasha’s Law and Food Packaging

If you’d like to know more about how we can help your business with custom or branded food packaging, get in touch with our team. We can design packaging that supports your customers’ safety and makes compliance with food packaging regulations easier. You can also visit our online shop to find stock food and drinks packaging that’s safe for use for all kinds of takeaways.

Does your business need to update its packaging to comply with the latest food regulations changes? Contact our team for a free packaging design quote or visit our online shop to discover eco-friendly packaging solutions.

3 Easy Ways to Celebrate Recycle Week in 2021
Ways to Celebrate Recycle Week

Celebrate the nation’s annual recycling event with Takeaway Packaging. Do something different for Recycle Week (20th – 26th September 2021).

Recycling gets a bad wrap. Not enough products and materials are recycled, making the purpose of recyclable packaging a little redundant. Tonnes of waste is sent straight to landfill when it could’ve been recycled or reused, creating innumerable environmental issues and wasting incredible amounts of the planet’s resources.

Recycle Week hopes to change that by promoting recycling to protect the environment and preserve our finite resources. So what’s it all about, and how can you take part?

What Is Recycle Week?

Recycle Week is an annual event organised by Recycle Now. The yearly celebration aims to promote recycling by drawing attention to national — and global — waste management issues that have a detrimental impact on their communities and the environment. 

Businesses and consumers can turn the tide on growing environmental issues, but only if they’re made aware of the importance of recycling and the impact their choices have on the environment. Donors of Recycle Week include some of the world’s most established brands, including Britvic, Co-op, Innocent, Coca Cola and PepsiCo. With support from these huge organisations, Recycle Week is a big deal. So why should your brand get involved?

Why Is Recycle Week Important?

The UK population creates billions of tonnes of waste every year, but hardly any is recycled — or even recyclable. It’s estimated that we use around 35.8 million plastic bottles every day in the UK, but less than half find their way to recycling bins. That means that on average, 16 million plastic bottles end up in landfills daily, which could’ve been used to make clothes, garden furniture or recycled packaging.

If that’s not worrying enough, a brief look at the fast-food packaging waste statistics from recent years will make your stomach turn. So what can be done to counteract such an immeasurable threat to our health and the planet’s health? 

How to Promote Recycle Week This Year

For restaurants, fast-food outlets, coffee houses, street-food vendors and other takeaway businesses, there are several ways to reduce non-recyclable food packaging waste and support Recycle Week:

1. Stop Using Single-Use Plastics

The worst packaging options you could choose are single-use plastics. Plastic bottles and plastic carrier bags stick around for an uncomfortably long time — often for hundreds of years — even though you may only use them for a matter of minutes. Single-use plastics and other non-recyclable synthetic materials cause a significant number of environmental issues, from polluting our oceans to putting our health in jeopardy, so steer clear and opt for more eco-friendly alternatives.

2. Go Green with Recyclable Packaging

Swapping out plastic packaging for recyclable packaging will dramatically reduce the size of your carbon footprint. Your customers will be able to dispose of their takeaways in an eco-friendly way, instead of simply throwing them out with general waste. With grease-proof and water-resistant pizza boxes, you can help improve recycling rates one takeaway at a time, as these high-quality boxes are much less likely to spoil than regular cardboard pizza boxes. 

3. Use Branded Packaging to Promote Recycling 

Want to ensure your packaging gets recycled? Give your customers a nudge in the right direction by promoting recycling with branded packaging. Use the hashtag #recycleweek along with a catchy slogan or some brief instructions on how to dispose of your packaging. This will encourage eco-friendly habits amongst your customers. This is an easy, cost-effective way to start making a difference while promoting your eco-conscious brand.

Celebrating Recycle Week in Style

Recycle Week will be here before you know it, so make sure you’re all set to support one of the UK’s most important environmental awareness days with recyclable packaging. At Takeaway Packaging, all of our packaging products boast a wealth of eco-friendly qualities. They’re recyclable, but they’re also home-compostable and biodegradable. This makes it much easier for everyone to dispose of their packaging in a way that benefits the environment. 

You’ll find our responsibly sourced packaging in our online shop. Our packaging will keep your customers safe as it’s all made from natural, non-toxic materials. Most of our packaging products are already at least 80% recycled too. If you want to make your packaging go further this year, we have plenty of printing options perfectly suited to small runs of branded packaging, and ideal for Recycle Week!

Ready to Step It Up for Recycle Week? Get a free design quote from our expert, in-house team or check out our online shop to celebrate sustainability this year.

Trash Talk: What Does Zero Waste Mean?
What Does Zero Waste Mean

Find out what zero waste really means with Takeaway Packaging. Make a positive change for Zero Waste Week this year (6th – 10th September 2021).

Our current economy is incredibly wasteful. Millions of tonnes of food, packaging and other waste are sent directly to landfills every year, creating innumerable environmental issues and squandering the world’s finite resources. It doesn’t have to be this way.

This year, as part of Zero Waste Week, we’re promoting the zero waste movement to help individuals and businesses become more aware of wasteful practices and improve sustainability. So what does zero waste mean, and how can you make a difference?

What Does Zero Waste Mean?

In plain English, zero waste means that absolutely no waste is sent to landfills. A more detailed definition of zero waste comes from the
Zero Waste International Alliance
: “the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health”.

That’s a bit of a mouthful, but it essentially means that businesses and consumers must adopt a more conservative and eco-friendly approach to protect the environment and our well-being. Fortunately, zero waste principles can be implemented widely across the food and drinks industry, from reducing and eliminating food waste to using responsibly sourced packaging that can be reused, recycled or composted. So how can you kickstart your journey towards a more eco-friendly future?

What Is Zero Waste Week and How Do You Take Part?

Launched in 2008,Zero Waste Week is an annual, week-long campaign that aims to raise awareness about the environmental impact of waste. With over 80 participating countries, it’s a global movement that has inspired millions to act more sustainably. No matter the scale of your operation, everyone is welcome to take part and reduce the amount of waste that’s sent to landfill.

While it only runs for seven days of the year, the goal is to encourage more businesses and consumers to adopt a more conservative and strategic approach to waste management the whole year round. So why should you consider changing how your business operates?

Why Is Zero Waste Important?

At present, the UK generates approximately 9.5 million tonnes of food waste a year. Households are accountable for 69% of this waste, but the hospitality and food sector is responsible for around 10% of the total waste created — nearly one million tonnes of waste. What’s worse is that much of this food waste is perfectly edible at the time when it was thrown away.

There are some equally shocking fast-food packaging waste statistics too, from the lack of recycling of oil-based plastic packaging to the amount of packaging waste that’s littered. This makes it all the more important that businesses rapidly change their approach before we end up with an environmental disaster. 

How to Achieve a Zero Waste Status

Whether you’re a street-food vendor or a restaurant, a coffee house or a bar, you can optimise your takeaway business to reduce non-recyclable food packaging waste and support Zero Waste Week. If you’re looking to start your journey towards a zero waste future and contribute to a circular economy, the best place to start is with a waste audit of your business:

Step 1: Take note of all of the ingredients, packaging and other items that are consumed or thrown away for a week.

Step 2: Review your findings to make your operations more eco-friendly. There’s always room for improvement!

Step 3: Implement changes in your business and inspire others to do the same. Saving the planet is a joint effort, after all.

Whether you swap out your plastic packaging for more eco-friendly packaging, start reducing your food waste with apps like Too Good To Go or promote Zero Waste Week with branded packaging, small changes make a big difference.

Eliminating Waste with Takeaway Packaging

At Takeaway Packaging, we’re doing everything we can to minimise and eliminate waste. We’ve developed packaging that can be reused, recycled and disposed of ecologically to help you secure a more sustainable future for everybody. Our responsibly sourced packaging products are made from natural, high-quality materials that keep your food fresh and help to minimise food waste. Make a positive change this year for Zero Waste Week with our expert assistance and awesome eco-friendly packaging.

Want to take part in Zero Waste Week this year? Get a free design quote from our in-house design team, or check out our online shop for green packaging that will help you achieve your zero waste goals.

How to Make Your Home Baking Business Rise (with Branded Packaging)
Branded Packaging For Home Baking Business

Branded packaging can help you transform your casual baking hobby into a full-time career.

Home baking businesses have been on the rise. At the beginning of the first national lockdown in 2020, people turned to their kitchens when other activities were no longer feasible, resulting in an explosion of baking-from-home businesses.

Many people have since turned their back on their careers in favour of their success in home baking, but this has meant competition is fiercer than ever before. With so many home baking businesses popping up all over the country, how can you make your baking brand stand out?

How Can I Make My Home Baking Business Successful?

In 2016, Alana Spencer won The Apprentice, taking her home baking business into the stratosphere. National television might not be your thing, so we thought we’d give you some tips on achieving sweet success without Lord Sugar.

Once you’ve proven your products to your friends, family and neighbours, baking can become a great source of income. When you’re first starting, it can be hard to imagine you’d ever make money from creating and selling homemade baked goods, but we’re here to help you put the “profit” in your “profiteroles”.

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of things you need to consider if you want to start a home baking business or make your home baking business more successful:

1. Set up Your Business Correctly

If your solo baking project is taking off, registering as a sole trader is the best way to ensure you don’t land yourself in trouble with the taxman. If you’re at the stage where you’re formally employing people — not just roping in the help of your partner or kids — it might be better to form a limited company, so speak to an adviser who’ll help you make the right decisions when establishing your business.

There are also many other elements you need to consider, from liability insurance to health and safety standards, which will protect you from any mishaps that can easily occur in the catering industry. It’s also worth considering how you’re going to receive money, as cash makes certain aspects of your business easier, whereas setting up a business bank account will help you keep track of your payments, earnings and expenses.

2. Consider the Logistics of Your Operation

Once you’ve taken care of all the dull — yet necessary — stuff, you can start to think about how your business will operate. Starting locally is a good idea, as you’ll be able to spend a lot less time travelling and more time in the kitchen, doing what you’re best at. It’ll also save you fuel in the short term while your revenue grows. 

Eventually, you might want to consider delivering your baked goods via mail. This isn’t unheard of, as companies like Positive Bakes and Simply Cake Co. have found it a great way to expand their business. But it comes with a few risks, like contamination and lost, delayed, or damaged deliveries. So, to mitigate these risks, you need appropriate packaging.

3. Get the Right Packaging

No matter your ambitions for your business, the right packaging will benefit your brand. Opt for eco-friendly packaging wherever possible to avoid the use of plastic-based products. Not only do plastics harm the environment, but they can also negatively affect people’s health, so steer clear of synthetics at all costs. 

Your packaging is the first thing your customers will come into contact with, even before they take their first bite of your delicious baked goods. First impressions mean a lot, and it might be the difference between keeping your baking business a part-time side-gig or a full-time job.

4. Promote Your Business

So, your doughnuts are delectable, your cakes are ace and your brownies are the bomb; now it’s time to promote your business! You’ll want to explore several marketing angles to see which proves most effective, but one of the most influential and inexpensive ways to promote your brand is with branded packaging

A great custom design will help you build brand awareness, promote customer loyalty and generate brand advocacy — an aspect of your marketing you’ll want to focus on heavily across social media marketing channels. If you’ve created a cool logo or come up with a snappy slogan, incorporate these into your packaging to push your brand further. If you haven’t got this far, our experienced in-house design team would be more than happy to help you create them.

5. Make Your Business Sustainable

Sustainability is a broad term, but it’s something that’ll help you develop your business and make it something you want to continue doing long into the future. In some cases, turning your hobby into a business can make it less fun. The pressure to produce tasty treats 24/7 can make something you used to take pleasure in a chore. To avoid burning out before your business gets going, make what you’re doing is as sustainable as possible. 

That means taking on a sensible amount of orders, carefully managing your budgets and, of course, using eco-friendly products that make your business sustainable in an environmental context. All of our packaging — including our branded packaging — is made from responsibly sourced, non-toxic, biodegradable materials that help preserve the planet’s resources while protecting your baked goods, making us an obvious choice for all your packaging needs.

Ready to take your home bakery to the next level? Get a free design quote from our expert, in-house team and start building your brand today. For everything else, check out our online shop and explore a huge range of sustainable packaging solutions.

What Are Microplastics and Why Are They Harmful?
Microplastics

Microplastics are harmful to the environment and hazardous to health. Find out how to avoid them with Takeaway Packaging.

Plastic causes a lot of problems. It’s a major pollutant of the world’s oceans, it doesn’t degrade for hundreds of years and it’s pretty much everywhere you look. One of the key dangers of plastics is microplastics. So what are they, where do they come from and how can you avoid them?

What Are Microplastics?

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic debris no longer than 5 millimetres in length. Since they’re microscopic, they’re hard to see, making them a dangerous pollutant. Their tiny size makes them incredibly hazardous to all forms of life, from marine animals to humans, as they’re often unwittingly and unintentionally ingested. This can cause a myriad of potentially fatal internal problems.

Where Do Microplastics Come From?

Much of the plastic in the world doesn’t start so small. When larger plastic products degrade, they break down into minuscule pieces. As these pieces get smaller and smaller, they remain as potent as they were at their original size. That means all manner of plastic bottles, takeaway containers and other plastic receptacles are destined for the same fate if they aren’t recycled or disposed of properly. 

Are Microplastics Dangerous?

Plastics can be extremely hazardous, but microplastics have the potential to cause significantly more harm to the environment and our health:

– Microplastics Kill Marine Animals — When accidentally ingested by aquatic creatures, such as fish, turtles and seabirds, microplastics wreak havoc on their digestive systems. The tiny plastic particles clog their digestive tracts, diminish their urge to eat, alter feeding behaviour and eventually cause starvation, leading many marine animals to a sad and untimely end.

– Microplastics Absorb Harmful Chemicals— Studies have revealed that microplastics absorb toxic chemicals, which makes them doubly detrimental to our health. The harmful bacteria carried by these plastic particles could cause infections or lead to other illnesses, as well as the harm the plastic itself can have.

– Microplastics Could Be In Your Food — Our recent blog post about the dangers of phthalates highlighted issues surrounding reheating food products in plastic containers. Here, microplastics leach into your food and can enter the body, leading to several highly concerning health issues.

Since the dangers of microplastics are so widespread, businesses and consumers must find ways to avoid the use of plastics in everyday products like food and drinks packaging. So how can it be done?

How Can You Avoid Microplastics?

One of the easiest ways to avoid microplastics and mitigate their effects on the environment is to stop using single-use plastic products. Plastic takeaway food and drinks packaging dominate ocean plastic, making it all the more important for businesses offering takeaways to alter their packaging strategies to help protect their customers and the planet.

Doing away with plastic bags, bottles and food containers should be a priority, as these are the most littered items to end up in the world’s oceans. Fortunately, there are some awesome plastic-free packaging alternatives available:

Biodegradable Drinks Packaging — From eco-friendly coffee cups to bioplastic drinks containers, you can easily mitigate non-recyclable plastic waste with our sustainable packaging alternatives for drinks products.

Sustainable Hot Food Containers — You don’t need plastics to protect your takeaway products. Our Kraftware collection is water-resistant, greaseproof and guaranteed to keep your hot and cold food products fresh. They’ll also help your customers stay far away from all forms of microplastics.

Paper Bags and Food Carriers — Made from renewable, responsibly sourced materials that degrade naturally in a short time, our stylish paper bags and plastic-free food carriers make a great substitute for plastic packaging.

Plastic-Free Packaging for a Healthier Planet

Moving to eco-friendly packaging doesn’t mean you need to compromise on quality. All of our super-sustainable takeaway packaging products are made from naturally durable materials like a virgin, unbleached Kraft board, bagasse and even avocado seeds. Not only are they up to the task of delivering eco-friendly meals to your valued customers, but they also help preserve the planet’s resources and mitigate plastic waste, reducing the prevalence of dangerous microplastics.

Say goodbye to microplastics and hello to a healthier packaging solution for your customers and the planet. Check out our online shop and discover our huge range of eco-friendly packaging solutions today.

3 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Plastic Bag Free Day
3 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Plastic Bag Free Day

Discover some easy and effective ways to promote your business on Plastic Bag Free Day with Takeaway Packaging.

On July 3rd this year, the world will be celebrating Plastic Bag Free Day. While plastic bags have been used extensively across the globe to help people carry home their shopping — as well as occupying kitchen drawers and frequently ending up as makeshift bin liners — they have a hugely negative impact on the environment.

On Plastic Bag Free Day, you can help raise awareness about the urgent need to move away from plastics to less damaging, more planet-friendly packaging options. It’s also a great opportunity to promote your brand, so what are the best ways to celebrate Plastic Bag Free Day this year?

What Is Plastic Bag Free Day?

International Plastic Bag Free Day aims to raise awareness about the negative effects of plastic bags on the environment and promote more eco-friendly alternatives. But you might be wondering, “are plastic bags really that bad for the planet?”. 

There’s no denying it — plastic bags are pretty convenient. After all, that’s why they’ve proven so popular for the past few decades. They’re fairly water-resistant, they can be folded or scrunched up to make storage easier and, depending on the kind of plastic bag you get, they’re actually quite durable. Sounds good, right?

Well, plastic bags might have a few advantages, but the production and disposal of plastic bags wreak havoc on the environment. Between their fossil-fuel reliant creation and their centuries-long decomposition, plastic bags are used for just 25 minutes, on average. So, for example, if you used a plastic bag to carry home your shopping, taking 25 minutes, and the typical plastic bag takes 500 years to decompose, it’ll take 10 million times longer for it to decompose. That’s not good…

How to Celebrate Plastic Bag Free Day

There are plenty more frightening statistics about plastic bags, which might be enough for you to never want to touch a plastic bag again, but numbers won’t change the world — action will. So here are some easy ways to get the plastic-free party started:

  • Ditch the Plastic

It might seem like an impossible task to totally remove plastic from your takeaway packaging, but we’re here to help. Consumers prefer paper to plastic, making our eco-friendly paper bags and carriers an awesome alternative for anything your customers need to take away with them to a shady seating area just a few meters away or all the way home to be enjoyed on the sofa.

  • Create Custom Packaging to Boost Awareness

Helping raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic bags is an easy but effective way to score points with your customers. They’ll love that your brand is doing something different to help the environment, and as a result, you’re more likely to get their repeat custom. Of course, your competitors might attempt to do the same, so whatever you do needs to stand out and send a clear message, which is where we can lend a hand. 

Our in-house design team are an expert in creating captivating custom packaging that’ll catch the eye of any onlooker and make people take note of your message. Plus, with super-fast turnaround times, you can get the packaging you need to enhance your branding quickly and efficiently.

  • Help Your Customers Celebrate Plastic Bag Free Day Too!

Sharing is caring, so why not share something cool with your valued customers? Whether that’s insightful facts about how your packaging preserves the planet’s resources or advice on how customers should responsibly dispose of their packaging, it’s a tried-and-tested way of making experiences with your brand memorable. It’ll also help your customers do the right thing, curbing littering, encouraging recycling and promoting home-composting, to name a few.

How Are You Celebrating Plastic Bag Free Day?

Since the introduction of the plastic bag charge in 2015, plastic bag usage has been in decline. It helped people manage their use of plastic bags, promoting reuse and recycling, but it hasn’t totally eradicated the numerous problems plastic presents. This Plastic Bag Free Day, do your bit to encourage the use of reusable, eco-friendly packaging. With so many eco-friendly options to choose from, we guarantee you’ll find exactly what you need to kick-start your plastic-free fiesta you can make last the whole year-round.

Want to get involved? Even if you’ve missed Plastic Bag Free Day this year, you can still give your customers a great guilt-free takeaway experience. Check out our online shop and discover 100% plastic-free bags and eco-friendly food carriers today.

Combatting Littering with Customised Packaging
Combatting Littering with Customised Packaging

Littering is a load of rubbish. Here’s how you can kick it to the curb with the help of customised packaging.

It looks like things are getting back to normal, but if there’s one thing we don’t want to return to, it’s littering. 75% of people globally have admitted to littering in the last five years. While that might come as something of a surprise — given that people generally think that littering is a reprehensible act — Britains parks, beaches, streets, and countryside bear the evidence.

Littering costs local councils £700 million every year and can stigmatise your brand if your packaging is frequently littered, so what can your brand do to help people act more responsibly once they’re finished with their takeaways? 

What Are the Best Ways to Combat Littering?

Takeaway food and drink packaging dominate ocean plastic pollution. It can be upsetting to think that the customers you’re serving might not dispose of your takeaway packaging correctly, but it’s up to you to try and change their attitudes and behaviour and save the planet.

There are some amazing examples of anti-litter campaigns from around the world that have proven incredibly effective at reducing littering in various global communities. Here are some takeaway points you can use to counteract littering:

1. Promote Your Cause on Social Media

You might not want to go as far as calling out litterers on Instagram — even though it might make you go viral — but you can use your platform for good. Giving your followers a gentle reminder to take their litter to the right bin will benefit your business, the environment and your local community. 

2. Build the Right Bin-frastructure

Part of the reason people litter is because they can’t find — or sometimes, can’t be bothered to find — a suitable place to dispose of their rubbish. In a 2020 report by WRAP, bins set out by food and drink businesses significantly reduced litter at various entrances and exits to establishments, proving how much convenience plays a part in the responsible disposal of the rubbish.

With this in mind, try to make life that much easier for everyone and highlight your refuse areas. This will allow even the most “care-free” individuals to do the right thing and dispose of their waste responsibly. Not only will this help to reduce littering, but it’ll also boost recycling, helping your packaging go even further than before. 

3. Make It Fun

It’s a little bit cliché, but it genuinely works. Gamification — the act of taking elements from a typical game and repurposing them to enhance an otherwise mundane experience — has proven itself to be a creative and highly effective way to reduce littering. Placing waste bins at convenient locations is the first step, but giving your customers an added incentive to dispose of their rubbish responsibly adds another dimension to waste management. 

From Ballot Bins for cigarette buts to targets in bins in drive-through car parks, there are plenty of ways to make something as simple as waste disposal a memorable experience for customers and members of the public.

4. Lead By Example

Fast-food chains have some of the most heavily littered packagings out of all kinds of takeaway businesses, but KFC is to train all 28,000 of its UK staff to tackle litter. Local authorities had reported an increase in littering since the first national lockdown, spurring the global fast-food chain to respond with their own strategies to contain the problem. 

Similarly, you can help improve your community’s issues with litter through education. Our customisable packaging can include helpful information and compelling reasons to recycle alongside vibrant designs that will capture the imagination of your customers.

For some top-tier content, take some mouth-watering shots of your food and drinks products along with their recyclable or biodegradable packaging. Use these in conjunction with some anti-littering hashtags and politely remind people how your conveniently disposable takeaway packaging helps protect the environment.

Can Customised Packaging Help Reduce Littering?

Littering isn’t just an eyesore; it costs local governments millions of pounds to clean up the mess and has a seriously negative impact on the environment. Plastic waste kills 100 million marine animals every year, most of which could’ve been recycled if it had been disposed of properly. More education and better infrastructure are needed to help people take responsibility for their waste, but you can help make a difference with the way you use your packaging.

Using custom packaging can promote environmental awareness and help your customers create a better community. An eye-catching custom design can significantly benefit your business too. It’ll boost brand recognition and help you outcompete your rivals, allowing you to make your mark as an eco-conscious business that cares about your customers, the community and the planet.

Looking for a cost-effective way to clamp down on littering and boost your brand? Get in touch with our expert design team today via phone or email and get a free design quote.

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Takeaway Business More Eco-Friendly in 2021
3 Easy Ways to Make Your Takeaway Business More Eco-Friendly in 2021

There’s been a huge surge in demand for takeaways over the past year, so what can your business do to mitigate the environmental effects of increased business?

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses within the food and drinks industry to think differently and embracing takeaways has proven a successful means of sustaining business. Now that the doors to pubs, restaurants and other outlets are opening once again, takeaways will remain a valuable income source.

But with increased demand and an ever-changing business landscape comes an array of challenges, from the supply of cardboard to food wastage, so how can you make your takeaway business more economically viable and eco-friendly in 2021?

How to Offer an Efficient Eco-Friendly Takeaway Service

There are several different aspects to consider if you’re planning on becoming a more eco-friendly and profitable business, from using eco-friendly packaging to changing your delivery services. 

At a time when even food delivery giant Deliveroo is yet to turn a profit, we’re here to help you refine your business model, win more customers and score repeat business with a few handy tips:

1. Rethink Your Delivery Transportation Method

Keeping your food hot and fresh for your customers is a huge priority. The speed and efficiency of your delivery service could be the difference between repeat business or a negative review, but using a petrol or diesel vehicle will burn a lot of fuel and further pollute city centres. Since you don’t get a second chance at a first impression, fuel might be a negligible cost, but the environmental impact is something worth considering if you’re making a lot of deliveries all over town.


With the expansion of the ULEZ area in London, electric vehicles provide a much less polluting option for delivering your takeaways quickly without causing too much damage to the environment. Pushbikes are also a great eco-friendly alternative if you’re only operating within a small area, while the option of collection should always be available for customers willing to make the journey to you.

2. Reimagine Your Delivery Strategy

To save fuel and maximise profitability, Uber Eats introduced batched orders, much to the chagrin of thousands of its customers. It’s a delivery method used by the company when multiple orders from the same restaurant are made at the same time. Here, the delivery driver waits at the restaurant until all orders have been prepared. Then, the driver will deliver all of the orders in one trip, saving fuel and reducing the number of journeys taken. 

While this might save on fuel costs and sometimes works out better for the delivery driver, customers are often left waiting for extended periods for their food to arrive. This inevitably results in frustration and disappointment due to delayed orders and cold food, which might leave people wondering why they bothered ordering a takeaway at all.

One way around this tricky situation is to offer delivery slots that are bookable in advance. Takeaways are all about convenience, so this might not work for some businesses, but it will go a long way in helping your takeaway outlet stay on top of orders and keeping customers satisfied — just so long as you can deliver your takeaways on time. Trial some different ordering methods and see which one suits your business best.

3. Reevaluate Your Food Packaging 

The right kind of food packaging will keep your food fresher for longer and help you deliver hot, fresh and delicious takeaways to your valued customers. Although cheap, synthetic packaging might help you make more money per order in the short term, plastic packaging is hazardous to health and is putting people at risk of serious health complications. 

Our eco-friendly packaging is 100% plastic-free and biodegradable, giving you a safe and effective option to protect your customers and the environment. It doesn’t compromise on quality either. You’ll get enhanced functionality and more recyclability from products like our greaseproof pizza boxes and Kraftware, giving your customers a better experience with every takeaway.

Is Your Business as Eco-Friendly as It Could Be?

Whether you’re a large-scale takeaway business serving a huge area or a self-made startup taking your very first orders, you can optimise your operations in numerous ways to keep your customers satisfied and preserve the planet’s finite resources. By reviewing how your takeaways are ordered, packaged and delivered, you can greatly improve your customers’ experience and outshine your competitors with superior eco-friendly service.

Want to give your customers a guilt-free takeaway experience? Check out our online shop and discover our 100% eco-friendly packaging that’s 100% plastic-free.

Phthalates: The Most Dangerous Problem with Plastic Food Packaging
The Most Dangerous Problem with Plastic Food Packaging - Phthalates

Everybody knows that plastic packaging is bad for the environment, but did you also know it is bad for your health?

Businesses have been given greater reason to ditch plastics as more research comes to light regarding the toxicity of plastic packaging. The most recent studies have indicated that the chemicals found in plastics directly affect fertility and that by the year 2045, most couples trying to conceive will need some form of reproductive assistance — such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment — due to prolonged exposure to these chemicals.

Those kinds of statistics are pretty terrifying, but what makes plastics so dangerous, and how can you protect your customers and yourself from the harmful effects of plastics? The answer lies in the use of phthalates.

Cardboard v Plastic PackagingWhat Are Phthalates, and Are They Dangerous?

Phthalates are just some of the chemicals used to produce many different kinds of plastics, from personal care products to food packaging. DEHP is the most common phthalate chemical and is used as a plasticiser to make plastics more flexible and durable. However, phthalate usage has been called into question numerous times. 

It’s believed that phthalates can cause a myriad of serious health issues if they’re metabolised by the body, which is almost impossible to avoid since phthalate-ridden plastic has been in circulation for several decades. The side effects of prolonged exposure to these chemicals include hormone imbalances, reduced sperm count and even lowered IQ of unborn children, to name just a few. 

What’s most concerning is that phthalate metabolites — which serve as evidence that phthalates enter and contaminate the body — were discovered in humans nearly 20 years ago, yet plastic usage is still prevalent in many everyday products.

How Do Phthalates Get into the Body?

Your exposure to phthalates will vary depending on the kind of products you use, but sadly, they’re in pretty much every kind of product imaginable — from hair sprays, shampoos and soaps to food packaging and even children’s toys. So how do phthalates get into the body?

Phthalates can enter your system through your skin or be ingested. Once they enter your body, they’re metabolised — forming phthalate metabolites — and expelled as sweat or urine after around five hours. While it might be good news that phthalates don’t stick around, it’s the repeated and prolonged exposure to phthalates that causes the most amount of damage.

That means that using soap containing phthalates every time you wash your hands or eating food that’s come into contact with plastic packaging will allow more of these dangerous chemicals to enter your body on a regular basis, putting your health and the health of future generations in jeopardy.

What Can You Do to Avoid Phthalates? 

If you’re concerned about the potentially damaging effects of phthalates, particularly if you’re pregnant, there are a few things you can do to limit your exposure:

1. Steer Clear of Plastic Packaging

It’s true that even if you get your milk delivered to your door in glass bottles, it’s quite possible that the milk has already come into contact with DEHP while being processed. It might have been passed through plastic tubes that contain phthalates, resulting in a contaminated product. You can limit your exposure to phthalates by sticking to plastic-free food packaging wherever possible and buying non-GMO, organic produce.

2 . Use Eco-Friendly and Phthalate-Free Products

As mentioned, phthalates can enter the body through your skin. Keeping your eye out for phthalate-free products that you can use at home and for your business — including soaps and cleaning products — will limit your exposure. Glass containers make a safer alternative for storing food at home and are also much more durable than plastic tubs. 

3. Don’t Reheat Food in Plastic Packaging

When plastics are heated, they are more likely to expel dangerous chemicals. While it might be convenient for customers to reheat last night’s takeaway in the packaging it came in, chemicals found in plastic packaging can enter your food during this process. This means that phthalates and microplastics will be ingested. Don’t put your customers’ health at risk and stick to plastic-free packaging for your food and drinks products.

Why You Should Use Eco-Friendly Packaging

Serving takeaways in plastic-free packaging won’t just protect your customers from harmful chemicals, but it’ll also help protect the environment. It’s 100% biodegradable and will degrade naturally over time since it’s made from natural, non-toxic, responsibly sourced materials. 

Eco-friendly packaging doesn’t compromise on functionality either, as it’s made from durable, high-quality materials like Kraft paper and even avocado seeds. If you want to help people limit their exposure to plastic-based packaging and the harm it can cause, plastic-free packaging makes an ideal solution.

Concerned about phthalates and in need of a safer, more effective packaging solution? Visit our online shop and discover eco-friendly, plastic-free packaging perfect for all kinds of cuisine today.

The Best Environmental Packaging Strategies for Food and Drinks Products
coffee shop owners using environmental friendly packaging

Rethinking the way your business approaches takeaway packaging can greatly benefit the environment.

Easter eggs are big business. With around 80 million Easter eggs sold every year, that’s a lot of chocolate and a lot of packaging too. But retailers have been able to dramatically reduce their environmental impact in one of the simplest ways imaginable — getting rid of plastic packaging.

By removing the plastic windows from their Easter eggs packaging, Mondelēz International (the US company that owns Cadbury) removed 5.4 tonnes of plastic from the environment. Opting for open windows and sticking to a paper and cardboard construction, recycling Easter egg packaging was made even easier for their customers. Yet, the overall effectiveness of the packaging wasn’t reduced. It still protected the delicate chocolate eggs during transit and still showcased its products enough for millions of people to buy them — a win-win.

So how else can food and confectionary businesses make their packaging more sustainable without compromising on quality? 

What Are the Best Sustainable Packaging Strategies?

If you’re looking for eco-friendly packaging ideas for food, drinks and more, there are plenty of ways you can start helping to protect the planet while effectively marketing your products straight away:

  1. Eliminate the Use of Harmful Packaging Materials 

First things first, if you’re using non-recyclable or non-biodegradable packaging, your business’s products will harm the environment. Plastic is incredibly harmful to the planet because it doesn’t naturally degrade. Even when it eventually does start to decompose — which often takes hundreds of years — it leaks harmful chemicals back into the atmosphere. 

Minimising the use of these packaging materials or eliminating them entirely should be your top priority to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Global retailers have upped their game and proven that environmentally safe packaging can be effective, so if you’re going to have a chance of competing in supermarkets, shops and online, it might be time to up your game too.

  1. Minimise the Packaging You Use

If you’re striving to be an eco-friendly business, one of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact is by reducing the amount of packaging you use. Not only will this help your business save money on packaging supplies, but it’ll also reduce the amount of packaging that needs to be recycled or disposed of.

Think about the size of each piece of packaging you use, how customers interact with your brand and how each aspect of your vending could be improved. Maybe your burger containers don’t need to be so big, or perhaps your customers don’t always need extra cutlery, so it’s worth reviewing these aspects to incrementally reduce wastage, save money and preserve the planet’s finite resources.

  1. Implement Eco-friendly Packaging Solutions

Swapping out harmful materials for ecological packaging is crucial in your journey to becoming a more eco-friendly business, but what should you use to package your products? Besides, aren’t eco-friendly alternatives really expensive?

Biodegradable packaging from bagasse bowls to biodegradable cups boast many of the same qualities as plastic without the environmentally damaging drawbacks. Plus, your initial investment pales into insignificance when you consider the long-term benefits of using ecologically friendly materials.

Going green can help you get ahead of your competitors because, as more plastic bans are introduced, more companies will need to make the switch to greener packaging, inevitably paying a higher price as they enter the eco-friendly market much later. Plus, you’ll be able to establish better relationships with the ever-growing market of eco-conscious consumers, so you’ll no doubt see a return on your investment within a short time frame.

Sustainable Packaging Strategies for Food Businesses

The most recent innovations in eco-friendly food packaging have provided businesses of all sizes with fantastic opportunities to make their operations more ecological without compromising on the quality of their products. Sustainable packaging materials made from avocado seeds and ever-dependable paper-based packaging are putting an end to plastic, and not a minute too soon.

These innovative packaging solutions tell a hopeful story about how sustainable packaging can benefit the economy and the environment, and now your business can be a part of that story too!

Looking for a better packaging solution for your takeaway food and drinks? Discover our online shop, where you’ll find epic ecological packaging solutions that won’t damage the environment.

Eco-friendly Takeaway Packaging For Summer
a summer day with a person enjoying a smoothis in eco friendly takeaway packaging

Whether it’s a freshly made smoothie in the park or a coffee on the high street, food and drinks vendors will need the right eco-friendly takeaway packaging this summer.

Summer is right around the corner, and with more freedom to hit the park for a picnic or to head into town for a refreshing beverage or two, it’s the perfect time for food and drinks vendors to capitalise on the increased footfall around their stalls.

While restaurants, bars and other food and drinks outlets will eventually be able to host its guests indoors as usual, there will still be a large percentage of patrons who’ll want to take their refreshments away with them.

This, of course, means that vendors will need plenty of eco-friendly packaging for their various takeaway products. So what is the best eco-friendly takeaway packaging for the summer months ahead?

The Best Eco-friendly Takeaway Packaging for Summer

No matter what refreshments you’re serving, eco-friendly packaging will impress your customers, helping generate brand awareness, recognition, loyalty and advocacy. It’ll help prove to consumers that your business is doing everything it can to protect the environment, helping you tap into the unrestricted growth of the eco-conscious market while preserving the planet’s resources.

Some of the best sustainable packaging options for summer include:

  1. Clear Biodegradable Eco Cups

These transparent cups are great for all kinds of cold drinks that’ll provide your customers with the ultimate guilt-free refreshment on a hot summer’s day. From smoothies and fresh juices to milkshakes and iced coffees, all of our cold beverage containers are made from a clear bioplastic –– manufactured using plants instead of oil — making them 100% biodegradable and the perfect choice for your environmentally aware business.

Available in a range of sizes — and with a range of flat or domed lids — you can switch up your serving style depending on the kind of drinks your customers purchase, giving you some added versatility behind the drinks counter.

  1. Eco-friendly Ice Cream Tubs

It’s not summer without ice cream, so serve up some delicious scoops with extra sustainability. Made from paperboard coated in PLA bioplastic, our eco-friendly ice cream cups are biodegradable, compostable and perfectly suited to all kinds of ice cream. Clear recyclable lids are also available, which are ideal for takeaway orders.

Give your customers something to use to tuck into their delightful treats with our range of eco-friendly cutlery — including eco ice cream spoons — available in various styles to match your brand’s aesthetic.

  1. Sustainable Coffee Cups

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate or any other hot beverages can keep you hydrated on a summer’s day. Even though it might be warm outside, you’ll likely get your fair share of hot drinks orders. It’s often debated whether or not a hot drink can cool you down, but whatever you believe, it’s important to have the right eco-friendly takeaway options on the menu.

All of our coffee cups and lids have the same characteristics and functionality as your average, non-sustainable takeaway products, but they have the added benefit of being 100% recyclable and biodegradable, giving your customers every opportunity to dispose of their cups responsibly.

  1. Paper Bags and Cardboard Food Carriers

From sandwich bags for freshly prepared savoury snacks to gable boxes for the ultimate picnic experience, we’ve got you covered. All of our food carriers are biodegradable, meaning that your customers don’t have to fret about recycling the packaging if it gets spoiled.

With a range of cost-effective SOS paper bags, twisted handle bags and grab bags — all available in an array of sizes and styles — you can give your customers exactly what they need to take away their food and drinks without coming into contact with plastic or worrying about hygiene.

  1. Environmentally Friendly Extras

Sometimes it’s the extra bits and pieces you need that tip the balance from being eco-friendly to not-so-eco-friendly. Our paper straws and compostable drinks holders can keep your drinks orders flowing without affecting your reputation as an environmentally conscious business, while our compostable condiments sachets help to mitigate non-biodegradable waste at a granular level.

Not everyone carries around their own reusable spork or has a handkerchief handy, so stocking up on super sustainable wooden cutlery and eco napkins will enhance your customer’s takeaway experience.

Custom Packaging for Takeaway Products

Since all takeaway outlets are keen on making a strong comeback as soon as the national lockdown is lifted, why not make a splash with some brand new custom packaging? Give your customers something to shout about with a new design that’ll attract all the right attention. At such a crucial time, don’t leave the success of your takeaway business to chance and invest in personalised packaging that’ll set your brand apart.

Whatever packaging you need, get your summer off to a great start with packaging products that won’t harm the environment. Your customers will love your eco-friendly approach and the planet will thank you too. With so much to look forward to in the coming months, cementing your brand’s success the sustainable way with the best green packaging available.

Looking to stock up on the best eco-friendly takeaway packaging ahead of a busy summer? Explore our online shop and buy high-quality, biodegradable cups, containers and much more online today.

 

How to Reduce Food Waste Without Plastic
a reduced to clear section in a supermarket - a blog about reducing food waste

Food waste is an issue of epic proportions. What can businesses and consumers do to make their food go further and reduce food and packaging waste?

Nine hundred million tonnes of food is wasted globally every year. The majority of the waste is created by households, with the restaurant and retail sectors following close behind. The accompanying packaging waste problem is detrimental to the environment, as a huge amount of food packaging is either unrecyclable, not recycled or non-biodegradable. This is especially true for a vast array of takeaway packaging.

UK households could save £700 a year if they only bought the food they ate. There are numerous environmental implications of wasting such vast quantities of food too — whether it’s purchased in supermarkets, grocery stores or from takeaway services — so how can we reduce food waste to help save the planet?

How to Reduce Food Waste at Home

Since most food wastage occurs at home, you might be wondering how to store food without plastic and still keep it fresh. Plastic zip lock bags often have faulty or ineffective seals that frequently break and plastic sandwich bags are prone to tearing, dramatically reducing your food’s shelf life. 

Glass containers and beeswax wraps make for much safer food storage solutions at home, while Kraft tableware and biodegradable cutlery made from natural resources make highly effective takeaway packaging for all kinds of cuisine. 

There are a few ways you preserve food at home while avoiding using plastic-based products:

1. Don’t Buy More Food than You Need To

It’s easier said than done, especially if you’re shopping while you’re hungry, but over-ordering can leave you with a fridge full of food that quickly goes out of date. Fruit and vegetables are best eaten fresh and will usually only last a few days, even in optimal conditions. Although it might require more effort in the short-term, doing smaller food shops more regularly can help you stay fully stocked and save you money on wasted food over the year.

2. Avoid Duplicate Purchases by Keeping Track of Your Food Stocks

We’ve all been there. You buy milk, take it home and make a cup of tea, only to realise that there’s a carton of milk sitting in the fridge that was only opened yesterday. Unless you were planning on having a pint and a half of milk with your cereal each morning, this could easily create wastage. Keep your shopping lists up to date and communicate with others in your household to make sure you aren’t wasting money on duplicate purchases; it’ll pay dividends in the long run

3. Keep Track of Expiry Dates

Keeping track of when your food goes off can help you decide what needs to be eaten before its expiry date. Most foods are suitable for freezing, which can help to reduce wastage dramatically.

Expiry dates shouldn’t be confused with best-before dates. Expiration dates help you to understand how long a product is safe to consume, whereas a best-before date merely indicates that products won’t be as tasty or in such good condition after a certain date. If a food product is passed its best-before date, it’s still safe to eat; it just might not be as aromatic or nutritious as it was when it was still fresh

4. Get Savvy with Meal Planning

Planning is a great way of making sure that you’re only buying exactly what you need to make your next meal. Batch cooking is also an effective way of reducing food waste, allowing you to cook and prepare food items that might be near their expiry date.

5. Make Sure Your Fridge Is Cold Enough

Cool your fridge down to at least 5°C. Although this lower temperature will require slightly more power, it’ll help preserve your food for a lot longer. The average UK fridge temperature is almost 7°C, so check your fridge settings and start saving more food right away

6. Make the Most of Your Freezer

Your freezer can save you hundreds of pounds a year when utilised to its full potential. If you’ve got plenty of leftovers after mealtime, use eco-friendly containers to freeze what you haven’t eaten for another day. If you’ve got too much food in the fridge that’s approaching it’s expiry date, whether that’s meat, fruit or even milk, put it in the freezer before it starts to spoil. Once foods have passed their expiry date, they’ll be no good, frozen or unfrozen.

How Can You Reduce Food Packaging Waste?

So you’re getting savvier with your food shopping, you’re throwing less food away and the planet is starting to become a better place. But what about all that food packaging? Your takeaway still comes in plastic containers and there’s still an abundance of non-recyclable plastic that wraps around your supermarket shopping.

As a consumer, be conscious about how your food is packaged and take note of whether or not it’s recyclable, compostable or biodegradable. Check to see if you have a zero waste shop near you, and take along your reusable bags and containers to minimise the amount of packaging waste produced.

For businesses, eco-friendly takeaway packaging is essential for making the right impression on your customers, as well as helping to preserve the planet’s resources. Don’t carry on using the same old plastic packaging that damages the environment with excessive waste; make the switch to more Earth-friendly packaging solutions and start making a difference today.

Are you an eco-conscious business looking for a better way to package your takeaway food products? Why not check out our online shop, full of awesome innovative packaging solutions that are much better for the environment.

The Facts: Fast-Food Packaging Waste Statistics
a rubbish bin overflowing with fast food packaging and other rubbish

Fast-food packaging waste is a global problem, but how bad is the current situation?

Whether you live in a city centre or further afield, you’ve no doubt come across your fair share of litter. Last year, littering was on the rise as lockdowns eased and people started to venture out. The break from isolation was welcomed by many, but a minority left behind their rubbish for others to deal with.

The unsightly images of littered locations featured fast-food packaging, drinks cans and plastic bottles as the primary culprits, but these kinds of issues — and this kind of waste — has been a prevalent problem for years. Fast food restaurants and outlets produce a tremendous amount of packaging waste, but how bad is the packaging waste problem, and what are the latest fast-food packaging waste statistics?

Fast Food Packaging Waste in Numbers

In the UK, it’s estimated that consumers who purchase fast-food for lunch generate about 11 billion items of packaging waste a year. The survey of 1,200 workers found that the average lunch order had four packaged items, including sandwiches, crisps and snacks. You might be thinking that four individually wrapped food items don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but let’s look at the bigger picture.

Over a week, these people could produce 20 separate items of non-recyclable packaging waste. In a month, that average might easily equate to 80 or more missed opportunities to reuse or recycle food packaging. 

This means that the average person who bought their lunch every day from a supermarket, fast-food outlet or other takeaway services could generate nearly 1000 separate pieces of rubbish per year. The worst part? Most of this packaging isn’t recycled or recyclable.

What Are Fast Food Companies Doing About Packaging Waste?

Those numbers leave something of a bad taste in your mouth, so what are fast-food businesses doing about the problem? Surely they’re the ones who should be held accountable for producing unrecyclable, non-biodegradable waste? The internationally recognised fast-food chain McDonald’s produces about three tonnes of packaging waste every minute, almost two million tonnes of packaging waste a year. That’s a lot of rubbish, a lot more than what meets the eye when littering is rife.

How Can Fast Food Companies Tackle Packaging Waste?

It’s clear to see that businesses have a significant environmental problem on their hands, so you might be asking yourself, “are fast-food companies doing enough to solve the packaging waste problem?”. McDonald’s latest statement about its packaging and waste management processes is hopeful, stating that the company aims to “source 100% of our guest packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025”. 

Other fast-food restaurants are also trying to tackle the environmental issues that fast-food packaging creates. PepsiCo stated in 2019 that it encourages “conservation of natural resources, recycling, source reduction, and the reduction of landfill wastes”, but it’s not clear how much progress has been made by the owner of both KFC and Taco Bell.

While the food-on-the-go market continues to rise, more waste is being produced than ever before. So what can smaller businesses do to counteract the harm of an ever-growing market of convenience-hungry consumers?

Eco-friendly Packaging Products and Waste Reduction

When you’re dealing with a problem of such magnitude, it’s easy to ask “why use eco-friendly products?” and “what good will it do?”, but it’s important to remember that whatever positive change you can bring about will make a sizable difference to your business, your customers and your community.

You’ve probably heard that environmentally friendly packaging can be used effectively to reduce fast-food packaging waste, but how? 

Recyclable, recycled, biodegradable and compostable packaging:

1) Reduces the amount of non-recyclable waste produced by businesses and consumers, decreasing the number of waste products that end up in landfills.

2) Puts more emphasis on sustainability and sustainable culture, encouraging recycling and using renewable resources to create packaging.

3) Helps businesses win more environmentally conscious customers, allowing them to diversify their markets and appeal to wider audiences.

4) Is more aesthetically pleasing and often more practical than it’s non-sustainable counterparts.

While eco-friendly packaging might not change the world overnight, it tackles the highly significant environmental issues caused by single-use plastic packaging. The low recyclability and lack of reusability of plastic containers — like those that often accompany your takeaway food — are some of the most harmful examples of poorly thought-out packaging. But the good news is that there are better alternatives available, and more innovative and eco-friendly solutions are always being developed.

What Does the Future of Fast-Food Waste Look Like? 

The future of fast-food waste looks to be in safe hands since the global fast-food packaging waste problem has inspired some of the brightest minds to try and solve the issue. The latest developments in biodegradable packaging are a ray of hope, offering incredible packaging solutions that large scale businesses could implement in just a matter of years.

Eco-bowls made from sugarcane pulp and biodegradable spoons constructed using avocado seeds are readily available for environmentally conscious businesses to take advantage of. With so many exciting developments and innovations already in the works, who knows what exciting ideas we’ll be presented with that’ll help us all move towards a greener future.

Changing the World, One Takeaway at a Time

If you’re an eco-conscious fast-food service, what can you do right now to turn the tide on fast-food packaging waste? Investing in eco-friendly packaging products like grease-proof pizza boxes or biodegradable Kraftware is an excellent place to start. Global fast-food giants are beginning to follow suit, but a healthy planet is a shared responsibility between businesses of all sizes, as well as their consumers.

Not only can you reduce your carbon footprint with eco-friendly products like those previously mentioned, but you’ll also be helping society as a whole to pay more attention to the products they buy and how they dispose of their packaging. 

Do you want to start making a difference with your takeaways? Check out our eco-friendly packaging products, perfect for all kinds of takeaway cuisine. Save on packaging costs, reduce waste and help to protect the environment with our recycled, recyclable, compostable and biodegradable packaging solutions today.

How to safely dispose of non-recyclable plastic
volunteer helping clear up non-recyclable plastic

 

Non-recyclable plastic creates a huge environmental problem that needs to be addressed by businesses and consumers alike.

We’ve all seen harrowing images of wildlife and oceans affected by plastic waste. We’ve also seen the pledges by big-name brands to reduce their plastic packaging production and usage. While it’s been reported that multinational companies aren’t doing enough to tackle the problem, it’s clear that a serious global issue exists. 

What’s not so clear is how we deal with non-recyclable packaging. After all, there are only so many ways that non-recyclable plastics can be reused. Is throwing it away the right thing to? If it can’t yet be recycled, what can you do with non-recyclable materials? 

What Can You Do with Non-recyclable Plastic?

There is a vast number of items we regularly use that can’t be recycled due to the kind of plastic the product or its packaging is made from. In most cases, it isn’t economically or environmentally viable to recycle plastics such as film lids, plastic bags or plastic wrapping such as cling film. 

These kinds of plastics can clog the processing machinery at recycling facilities, interfering with the recycling process. It’s for this reason that it’s actually better to dispose of these kinds of non-recyclable plastics in your general waste rather than your recycling bin, as uneconomical as this practice may seem. 

Which Plastic Cannot Be Recycled?

It’s quite simple to figure out which plastics can’t be recycled. Keep your eye out for signs and symbols that indicate whether or not your salad, snack or sandwich is packaged using recyclable materials. 

It’s also handy to know about the classification system used to identify different plastics if you’re ever in doubt about whether your packaging can be recycled or not. All plastic products are accompanied by a Resin Identification Code (RIC), a number between one and seven that describes the kind of polymer the plastic resin is made from. 

Typically, products with numbers one and two can often be recycled, numbers three to six can sometimes be recycled, while products with number seven attached to them are rarely recyclable. It’s worth checking what your local council’s recycling scheme covers, as most will differ depending on the facilities available.

Recycling Plastic and Non-plastic Packaging 

By opting for products that are packaged without plastic, you’re avoiding creating any unnecessary waste that’d otherwise end up in landfills. But if you’re looking to recycle as much of your household waste as possible, be aware that it’s not just plastics that cause recycling issues. Broken glass and oil-stained pizza boxes can’t be reused, but it’s labour-intensive for recycling plants to separate them from items that could otherwise be recycled. 

In this instance, it’s not uncommon for recycling facilities to reject entire loads of perfectly recyclable packaging which has been deemed “contaminated” by these non-recyclable items. This means that even the most diligently cleaned food packaging that’s ripe for recycling is thrown out with the other contaminated waste, ending up in landfill sites across the country. To avoid this from happening, make sure to only recycle clean and sanitised packaging. Otherwise, you might be doing more harm than good.

What Happens to Non-recyclable Plastic?

Nearly all non-recyclable plastics end up in landfills — along with a large percentage of contaminated recyclable packaging. This is a major problem because most plastic products take hundreds of years to decompose. As these materials start to degrade, they leak harmful chemicals back into the environment, making their impact on the planet doubly worse.

Plastic waste also ends up in the oceans, causing a great deal of harm to marine life. Waste from boats is responsible for almost half of the pollution in the North Pacific Garbage Patch, but wastewater, wind, rain and floods carry plastic waste from the land into the oceans, especially lightweight items, such as plastic bags, straws, cotton buds and food packaging.

Plastic Pollution and Non-recyclable Materials

The bad news is that there’s no practical way to deal with non-recyclables other than reusing them or disposing of them properly in general waste. 

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Scientists are working on implementing plastic-eating enzymes that can dramatically speed up the decomposition process of plastic bottles, reducing the significantly damaging effects of overfilled landfills. But that doesn’t mean we’re totally off the hook, the key to making progress is to be proactive about our consumption of plastics and other non-recyclable waste. 

Until single-use plastics are eradicated, it’s unrealistic to boycott all of the everyday items that we rely on. Some plastics can be useful and shouldn’t be disregarded — not until we have cost-effective, reliable and sustainable solutions — but there are plenty of viable alternatives for some of our most commonly used items. 

Many of these alternatives have many practical and environmental benefits, like our range of eco-friendly takeaway packaging, perfect for all kinds of takeaway food and drinks products.

What Is the Future of Plastics and Non-recyclables?

The government encouraged businesses and consumers to curb their plastic usage with the introduction of the plastic bag tax — first introduced in 2015 — which is set to double in 2021

This legislation puts more emphasis on reusable bags, helping to reduce the amount of single-use plastics that need to be created. The sale of single-use plastics such as cotton buds, straws and drink stirrers are also to be banned in 2021, further reducing the amount of single-use plastic items in circulation.

With more similar plastic bans on the way and the most recent introduction of the EU plastic tax, it’s safe to say that plastics — recyclable and non-recyclable — are on the way out (and good riddance). 

How Can You Reduce the Amount of Plastic?

Until we’re completely free of plastics, avoiding them altogether can be a challenging task. But there are several realistic and easily manageable suggestions you can start today:

1. Avoid Buying Bottled Water

Plastic water bottles make up a huge percentage of the total global plastic waste, but there are plenty of reusable water bottles available to buy, most of which are made from a variety of eco-friendly, recycled and recyclable materials. You can start reducing your plastic consumption simply by taking your reusable water bottle with you when you’re out and about, saving you money on buying bottled water and reducing plastic waste, recyclable or otherwise.

Over 20 thousand businesses are operating as “Refill Stations in the UK, including brands such as Costa, Starbucks and Greggs, so keep your eye out for the Refill logo for places that’ll help you stay hydrated without creating unnecessary waste.

2. Get a Reusable Coffee Cup

All kinds of coffee shops welcome customers to bring in their reusable coffee cups. Not only does it save businesses money on extra packaging costs, but it also helps to reduce waste. Plus, you can usually get a discount on your purchase by using your own reusable hot drinks container, something offered by most of the major coffee shop chains as well as independent businesses. Before you know it, your new sustainable coffee cup is paying for itself.

3. Start Using Alternatives for Food Preservation

As mentioned, most recycling facilities won’t accept cling film for recycling as it can cause issues with the recycling machinery. But, it’s also been documented that plastic food containers — like those used by takeaway outlets — can harbour bacteria and even leak plastic particles into the food you’re reheating, which isn’t good news. They’re also frequently recycled without being cleaned out properly, meaning that contamination can lead to more recyclable materials going to waste.

Glass food containers are much sturdier and more durable than potentially harmful plastic takeaway tubs, while wax wraps make an excellent eco-friendly alternative to cling film that can be reused again and again.

4. Avoid Products Containing Microbeads

The government first pledged to ban plastic microbeads in September 2016, following a ban in the US in 2015. The ban is now in force after it was discovered that thousands of tonnes of plastic microbeads from exfoliating face scrubs and toothpaste washed into the sea every year, causing a great deal of harm to marine life that ingest these tiny plastic particles. 

This new legislation means that you can’t buy products that contain these tiny-but-terrible microplastics in the UK, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for products containing harmful plastics abroad

5. Try Out Tote Bags

Plastic bags create a huge amount of avoidable landfill waste and don’t go the distance in terms of usage, usually perishing within only a few uses. That makes eco-friendly tote bags a must-have item for anyone who wants to do their bit to help reduce plastic waste. They’re fairly cheap, will last you a long time and have the benefit of being 100 per cent biodegradable.

6. Get Loose with Your Fruit and Veg Shopping

Loose produce is no different from the fruit and vegetables covered in layers of plastic. Supermarkets are slowly reducing their use of single-use plastics in the sale of fresh produce, but many have a long way to go before they’re having an impact. Be kinder to the planet and opt for loose fruit and vegetables that aren’t pre-wrapped in plastic. Use paper bags to carry your goods when necessary — paper is much less harmful to the environment due to its natural biodegradable properties.

How to Deal with Non-recyclable Plastic

The best way we can deal with non-recyclable materials is by reducing our consumption and avoiding these kinds of packaging altogether. 

The good news is that there are plenty of easy ways to reduce plastic consumption without completely changing the way we live our lives. All that’s required is a greater consciousness of packaging waste that’s inevitably created as we consume all kinds of products. After all, packaging serves a valuable function, keeping our products protected and produce fresh. By following the steps outlined above, we can all work towards a greener future. 

How Businesses Can Help Save the Planet

The best way businesses across all industries can help consumers is by encouraging the use of eco-friendly packaging. Educating customers about the benefits of using reusable, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable materials for everyday items like takeaway food is not only a great way to help people protect the environment, but also makes an effective marketing angle. 

Allowing consumers to help save the planet with their purchase of sustainably sourced products and packaging is the perfect way to win eco-conscious customers, raise brand awareness and make people think about the future they want. You can start today with our awesome range of environmentally friendly packaging for all kinds of takeaway food products available in our online shop.

 Are you ready to start ditching the plastic and start going green? Explore our range of eco-friendly takeaway packaging products and discover a new realm of possibilities for a much greener future.

Updated March 2021