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 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
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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 bioplastic eco 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, ecological cups, containers and much more online today.

How to Reduce Food Waste Without Plastic
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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 tonnes 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

Wrapped Up: Why Do We Need Food Packaging?
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From takeaway vendors to supermarket stalls, food and drinks products often come pre-packaged for our convenience.

It’s not uncommon to encounter environmentally harmful packaging that clings to all kinds of fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, snacks and salads. The “lunch on the go” economy alone accounts for 11 billion items of packaging waste a year, most of which aren’t recycled or recyclable.

With such shocking waste statistics, you’re probably asking yourself, “why do we need food packaging?”, but there are few important reasons why the packaging for consumables remains essential for the food and drinks industry. Plus, with more eco-friendly packaging options available than ever before, we can start to reduce the debt we owe to the planet for putting up with our throw-away culture.

Why Do We Need Food Packaging?

It’s crucial to understand why we need food packaging to justify its usage across such a range of sectors. From global exporters to your local takeaway, food packaging provides:

  1. Protection from the Elements

Your food and drinks products frequently travel thousands of miles before they safely reach their destination. Whether it’s apples from America or lettuce from Spain, produce that could easily be damaged need to be protected during transit.

Nearly half of the food we consume in the UK is imported, which means large amounts of packaging are required to ensure that the produce doesn’t spoil before it arrives in supermarkets, shops and grocery stores. It’s a complex logistical process that requires a lot of effort and resources to maintain, so high-quality packaging materials are essential.

  1. Hygiene Safety

COVID-19 has provided continual challenges for the packaging industry, increasing the importance of effective packaging solutions that keep people safe by reducing the likelihood of viruses spreading.

Consumers view packaging as a necessity, with paper packaging being viewed as the safest to use by consumers, mainly because it can easily be disposed of and is generally intended for a limited number of uses. Once the packaging has served its purpose, it causes much less environmental harm when it needs to be thrown away due to its natural biodegradable properties.

  1. Information and Advice to Customers

Food packaging for takeaways is especially important as it gives food vendors an effective way to tell customers what ingredients their products contain. Without the appropriate packaging, consumers wouldn’t be able to find out if the food they’re eating could cause an allergic reaction, which — in some rare cases — can be fatal.

It’s also an opportunity to encourage consumers to recycle or responsibly dispose of their packaging. Various packaging symbols are often used to help consumers decipher what can and can’t be recycled, while the highly recognisable Tidyman logo has been used to discourage littering for decades.

  1. An Enhanced Aesthetic

Custom packaging designs are essential to businesses across the food and drinks industries. Vibrant artwork, catchy slogans and bespoke packaging all play a vital role in driving sales, increasing brand recognition and ultimately determining the success of businesses in a competitive marketplace. Bespoke designs also benefit the consumer, making for a more enjoyable drinking and dining experience.

  1. Sustainability

Not only does sustainable packaging protect the environment, but it also helps to stop foods from spoiling, reducing waste as a result. It’s estimated that over 9.5 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in the UK, so we must conserve as much food as possible to reduce excess food wastage.

It’s also been studied that concerns regarding sustainability have increased amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with non-recyclable packaging being regarded of the highest importance. At a time where single-use products are seeing more use than ever before, consumers have become increasingly aware of the negative impact these items have on the planet.

Is Food Packaging Essential?

Food packaging serves several purposes, from protecting produce and keeping it fresh to helping customers take note of a product’s ingredients. Since food packaging is here to stay, so our attention is turned to reducing the amount of single-use, environmentally harmful packaging. 

With more supermarkets catching on to consumer trends and making efforts to reduce plastic waste, we’re heading towards a greener future, but it’s up to all kinds of businesses to reduce their effects on the environment. As we’ve discussed, takeaway packaging is a crucial area that accounts for a large percentage of the non-biodegradable waste created, so now is the perfect time to switch to more eco-friendly packaging alternatives. 

Interested in protecting the planet with your takeaways? Discover our range of eco-friendly takeaway packaging, and start shrinking your carbon footprint today. If you’re after something extra special, why not check out our custom packaging, perfect for all kinds of cuisine.

How to Make Food Packaging Boxes That Delight
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Food packaging doesn’t have to be bland and tasteless, why not spice-up your takeaway packaging to give your business’s branding a flavoursome lift.

The better a dish looks, the tastier we think it is — that’s just the miracle of the human mind. When we’re presented with something aesthetically pleasing, our brains assume that anything that looks that good must taste fantastic too. That’s why we think every business should know how to make food packaging boxes that show their food in the best possible light.

Recent studies have discovered that eating food with your hands can also make things taste better, which is great news for burger joints, pizza places and all other hands-on takeaway outlets.

So, can you use your food packaging boxes to engage your customers’ senses? If your diners are handed a beautifully presented takeaway, they’ll likely be more impressed with the taste than if it was carelessly thrown together and bundled in unsightly packaging. With custom packaging, you can create unforgettable dining experiences for your customers that’ll leave them wanting to come back for more.

Creating Bespoke Food Packaging Boxes

If you’re on a mission to deliver amazing flavours to the nation, consider swapping out your boring packaging for boxes and containers that will get the desired reaction from your customers. 

There are a few steps you can take to make sure your new packaging delivers:

1 Pick the Right Packaging

This step is straightforward if you’re only selling specific dishes like noodles, but it can be a tricky affair if you’re selling a variety of food and drinks products. Make sure you choose packaging that’s versatile enough to handle your hot and cold food, like takeaway boxes or soup cups that can effectively contain various cuisines.

If you’re selling a variety of drinks, it’s a good idea to have different containers for different kinds of beverages. It’s best to serve your hot drinks in printed paper cups that can handle the heat, but you’re better off with something like an eco-clear cup — made from sustainable bioplastic — for your ice-cold beverages. Each of these containers has biodegradable properties, meaning they won’t leave a lasting impression on the environment.

2 Create a Custom Design

If you’re happy with your business’s branding, then you’re well on your way to creating some dazzling food packaging designs. Simply adding your logo to your food packaging boxes can go a long way in helping people to remember and recognise your brand, as well as increasing the perceived quality of your products. But taking things a step further can cement your position as the top-dog in town.

If your branding could do with a boost, our in-house design team is here to lend a helping hand. As experts in the field of custom packaging for all manner of takeaway outlets, we’ll be able to help create eye-catching artwork that’ll highlight the quality of your offerings.

3 Order Your Food Packaging Boxes

Once you’re satisfied with your new custom packaging designs, go ahead and order your takeaway boxes, noodle boxes, coffee cups or soup containers. A small investment in the right kind of branded packaging can set your business apart from the competition while also helping you to protect the environment. 

Using vegetable-based inks, we’re able to create incredible designs that won’t affect the biodegradable properties of your packaging — a win for your business and a win for the planet too.

4 Store and Distribute Your New Packaging

It’s important to consider the quantity of the packaging you order. Storing packaging in the right environment can be a bothersome issue for businesses operating in small spaces, but with our storage and distribution service, we can store your new packaging until you need it. When you need more, we’ll send it out to you with next-day delivery so you’re always fully stocked. If you’ve got the storage capabilities, it’s also worth noting that you can design your food packaging boxes to be stackable, saving you valuable space.

How to Make Food Packaging Boxes That Delight

Whether you’re still searching for inspiration or you’re already set on your new branding, let us help you deliver epic takeaways with fantastic branded packaging. No matter what cuisine you sell, the takeaway container can enhance your customers’ experiences, reduce your carbon footprint and set your brand apart from the competition. With an extensive range of fully customisable and eco-friendly products, we’ve got all bases covered.

Interested in taking your food packaging boxes to the next level? Get in touch for a free design quote, and let us help you create amazing packaging your customers will fall in love with.

How Does Plastic Packaging Affect the Environment?
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Plastic packaging has been in circulation for decades, but the environmental effects of wide-spread plastic usage are starting to take their toll on the planet. 

There’s no denying that plastic packaging has proven useful to many businesses and consumers alike, but it comes with an unignorable environmental cost, as well as many other disadvantages that far outweigh its benefits. Read on to find out how Takeaway Packaging is turning the tide on plastic packaging in the food sector.

What Is the Negative Impact of Plastic Packaging?

Plastic packaging comes laden with drawbacks that have a direct impact on the environment and our personal wellbeing.

Littering ruins nature (particularly plastic-based litter).

Littering is still a prevalent issue, even though greater penalties have been put in place in recent years to curb the nationwide problem. Fast-food packaging makes up about one-third of all the most commonly littered items, and since a proportion of that litter is non-biodegradable, it lies strewn across our public spaces for years.

While food vendors aren’t primarily at fault, they also have the unique opportunity to reduce the impact of littering by switching to biodegradable takeaway packaging. This kind of eco-friendly packaging material degrades naturally and at a much faster rate than plastic or polystyrene packaging, meaning that the adverse effects of littering would be much less harmful to the local environment. 

Customised takeaway packaging can also be used to encourage recycling and responsible waste management. By including useful information on the packaging itself, people can be made aware of how to properly dispose of it, nudging people in the right direction.

Plastic doesn’t degrade for hundreds of years.

It can take centuries for plastics to fully decompose. That means that the plastic we use today to protect our food and package our takeaways will likely be around for generations after it has served its limited purpose. Worryingly, single-use plastics make up around 40% of all the plastic waste produced year-on-year, which are predominantly plastic containers, cups and cutlery.

Environmentally safe alternatives — like biodegradable cups and sustainable food containers — have seen a surge in popularity due to their eco-friendly characteristics, providing consumers and businesses with a greener option for their takeaway packaging.

When plastic starts to degrade, it leaks toxins back into the environment.

To add insult to injury, plastics expel toxic by-products like bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer when they start to degrade. It means that as the oil-based materials slowly perish, the chemicals that remain poison the planet. On the other hand, bioplastics break down into purely natural chemicals, leaving minimal trace of their existence behind while still offering similar characteristics. 

Plastic packaging contaminates our food.

Most shocking of all is how plastics can contaminate our food and drinks products. Some forms of plastic packaging release tiny plastic particles — often referred to as microplastics — that subsequently contaminate our food with plastic fragments, causing us to ingest these toxic materials. While the risks of plastic ingestion haven’t yet been fully studied, it’s estimated that people eat around 50,000 plastic particles every year, which isn’t good news for our continued health and wellbeing.

Unrecycled plastic packaging causes harm to animals.

If you were concerned about the effects of plastic on humans, many wildlife species are also directly affected by plastic ingestion. Ocean-dwelling animals regularly encounter plastic and accidentally ingest microscopic plastic particles, which can often be fatal to most marine life. Sea birds are frequently found with bellies full of plastics that they mistook for morsels of food, wreaking havoc on their digestive systems and proving fatal in most cases.

What Can You Do to Reduce Plastic Waste?

You’re probably asking yourself, “how can we reduce the impact of excess food packaging on the environment?”. The good news is that you can do a few things to prevent further plastic pollution as a consumer and as a business. 
Recycling plastics and avoiding plastic-wrapped products is a good start, but why not opt for more eco-friendly alternatives? The remarkable properties of biodegradable and compostable materials — like those used make our takeaway packaging — make them perfect for food and drinks products. Even if they are spoilt and can’t be recycled, they still won’t have such a damaging effect on the environment. From coffee cups to bags and carriers, you can ditch the plastic and start saving the planet one piece of packaging at a time.

Are you ready to make the switch to eco-friendly packaging products and stop the surge of plastic packaging waste? Discover our eco-friendly packaging materials for food and drinks products today.


How Is Food Packaged in Space?
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Astronauts are some of the bravest, fittest and most intelligent people on Earth. But what do they eat and how is their food packaged in space?

While children will have been looking up to the sky to try and spot Father Christmas this December, you might’ve been lucky enough to spot the International Space Station (ISS). This monolithic structure has been orbiting our planet since its launch in 1998, travelling at a staggering 7.66km/s –– just fast enough to keep up with Earth –– as we hurtle through space.

Onboard the ISS, there’s a crew of over 60 people. Each of them spends around six months aboard the station, meaning they’ll need to eat, exercise and work, just like they would back at home. Since they can’t pop to the shops to grab a takeaway 408km up in the atmosphere, food contained in specialised packaging is required to give astronauts the nutrition they need.

How Does Food Work in Space?

In 2004, a cargo delivery to the ISS was delayed, meaning that the astronauts aboard the station had to ration their food intake until more supplies arrived. Your tardy takeaway somewhat pales into insignificance when you realise that running out of food in space has some pretty serious consequences.

While astronauts aren’t allowed certain food and drinks in space, most of the space food available to our galactic travellers is much the same as what you’d expect back on Earth. It wasn’t always the case –– the first man to eat in space had to do so through an aluminium tube.

What Do Astronauts Eat in Space?

Since there are several nationalities of crew members aboard the ISS, the menu is quite varied. Nowadays, astronauts eat a varied diet, from fruit and vegetables to pre-prepared meals –– even desserts! While these space dinners might not be as memorable as your favourite Chinese takeout, they give the astronauts the nutrients they need to stay focussed on their missions.

Now that NASA plans to send it’s new spacecraft, Orion, further into space than any craft before it, there are new challenges to be faced in giving astronauts the nutrition they need. Since Orion will propel the crew at nearly 65,000km past the moon, their food must have a shelf life of over two years; otherwise, the astronauts risk running out of food.

Is Food Packaging in Space Eco-Friendly?

Incredibly, space food packaging is eco-friendly. Even though it’s specifically designed to travel thousands of miles and remain completely protected throughout the entire journey, it’s fully biodegradable. Trust NASA to come up an ingenious, eco-friendly solution to interstellar food packaging.

The main reason why NASA developed this kind of biodegradable food packaging is because of the limited capacity for waste aboard a spacecraft. Although they originally used metal packaging for long-term food storage in space, trash management posed a serious problem aboard NASA’s spacecraft.

If they could store food packaging more efficiently aboard each craft, it’d save valuable space. Interstellar littering is also out of the question –– jettisoning the crew’s food packaging could interfere with a spacecraft’s delicate systems, meaning they can only fire liquids out into space.

What Does This Mean for the Future of Food Packaging?

NASA’s groundbreaking invention of the biodegradable, long-shelf-life food packaging material has much wider implications than making easy-to-transport space food. The packaging itself is said to be easily scalable, meaning that we could see more of the high-grade environmentally friendly packaging materials used back on Earth in years to come.

It would be a huge benefit to our society while we wrestle with plastic pollution and struggle with food waste. The new technology has the potential to have a broad impact, but for now, eco-friendly takeaway packaging in the form of plastic-free coffee cups and biodegradable pizza boxes are the best answer we have to tackle our global waste problems.

Interested in eco-friendly takeaway packaging that doesn’t cost the Earth? Explore our range of sustainable takeaway packaging, perfect for deliveries and suitable for all kinds of food and drink products.


The Best Packaging Material for Your Products
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With so many packaging options for all kinds of food and drinks products, it can be hard to decide on the safest, most cost-effective takeaway packaging for your business.

Home-delivered food has a huge climate cost, with single-use plastic packaging being the main culprit. This can leave your business in a tricky situation, especially if you’ve relied on plastic packaging up until now. So, what are the best types of packaging available for eco-conscious consumers in the food sector?

What Is the Best Packaging Material for Takeaways? 

Long gone are the days of wrapping fish and chips in old newspapers — a practice that was outlawed in the 1990s amid health and safety fears — but there are still packaging methods that are in use today that are a cause for concern.

Plastic packaging is experiencing a steep decline in popularity for numerous environmental reasons, but recent studies have found that people are also unwittingly ingesting hazardous microplastics all the time. This is mainly down to the use of cheap to manufacture, low-quality packaging materials like the common plastic takeaway tubs we’re so used to seeing our food delivered in.

You might think it’d be perfectly fine to reheat last night’s takeaway in the packaging it came in, but recent studies by the Harvard Medical School have shown that, when heated, chemicals found in low-quality plastic containers can seep out into the food you’re eating. The shocking revelations don’t stop there, either, since these chemicals can seriously affect your liver and kidney functions, your respiratory and reproductive systems and have been linked to metabolic disorders like obesity. As if there weren’t enough reasons to ditch plastic packaging already…

Alternative Takeaway Packaging for Food Businesses

With more bad press surrounding the use of plastic packaging all the time, businesses need a safe, hygienic packaging alternative that won’t affect their customers’ wellbeing or the environment. This has led to a radical rise in eco-friendly packaging alternatives which are now very much in demand, offering all types of packaging for the food and drinks sector.

The materials used in this kind of food packaging don’t contain any harmful chemicals, nor do they leave behind any nasty reminders of their existence once they start to degrade. But these modern packaging options can make packaging your food products a bit more complicated since not all of the eco-friendly packaging options share the same characteristics as plastic.

Eco-Friendly Packaging for the Food Industry

So, what is the best eco-friendly packaging material for your business? The best packaging materials for your needs will depend on the kind of products you’re selling. Different materials have different key properties, so there’s no one-size-fits-all option, but there are a few essential materials to be aware of that are versatile, cost-effective and eco-friendly:

Cardboard and paper packaging is cost-effective, recyclable and biodegradable, making it a popular choice for takeaway food and drinks. Studies have shown that consumers prefer natural packaging like paper and cardboard due to it’s lightweight and eco-friendly attributes. Our paper and cardboard packaging comes from sustainable sources, making our packaging options even more eco-friendly.

Bagasse is a sturdy, biodegradable and compostable material made from sugarcane pulp. As a by-product of sugarcane harvesting, it’s readily accessible and only requires minimal processing to create a highly durable and environmentally friendly packaging solution. It makes an ideal choice for hot food as it has no effect on the flavour of the dishes being served, nor the environment. 

Bioplastics are a popular alternative to oil-based plastics since they share many of the same characteristics but also boast eco-friendly qualities. Our bioplastic cups and containers are biodegradable and highly resistant to liquids, making them ideal smoothies, milkshakes, fresh juices and other chilled beverages.

Making the Switch to Eco-Friendly Packaging

With plenty of awesome environmentally safe packaging options for all kind of food vendors, it’s no surprise that more and more businesses are making the switch to alternative, eco-friendly packaging
From businesses just starting to deliver takeaways to long-standing takeaway food outlets, business owners are recognising both the ecological and economic benefits of swapping out their plastic packaging for eco-friendly alternatives. Biodegradable and sustainable packaging protects people’s health and wellbeing, provides customers with aesthetic alternatives to plastic and helps protect the planet… what’s not to love?!

Are you still using plastic packaging for your takeaways? Start protecting your customers and saving the planet with our eco-friendly takeaway packaging today. Explore our extensive collection or get in touch with us for more information about how we could help your food and drinks business.


Opening up: What Plastic Is Used for Food Packaging?
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Plastic has been used for food packaging for decades, but is plastic packaging the best option for packaging our produce? Find out with Takeaway Packaging.

Since the introduction of the plastic packaging tax — affecting all packaging that doesn’t contain at least 30% recycled plastic — businesses are having to rethink their packaging strategies to avoid added financial burdens.

This is another move by the government that provides a clear incentive for businesses to use recycled plastic packaging — if any at all — and decrease the amount of new plastic packaging being produced. To understand whether or not you’re affected, you might be asking yourself, “what plastic is used for packaging?”.

Why Is Plastic Packaging Bad for The Environment?

First, we’ve got to understand why plastic is falling out of favour. It’s actually pretty simple: plastic packaging is bad for the environment. Not only is it contributing to all kinds of pollution, affecting marine life and spoiling creatures’ natural habitats, but it also doesn’t degrade for hundreds or even thousands of years. This means that the plastic we use today will be around long after we’re gone, marking the planet indelibly for decades to come.

What Plastic Is Used for Food Packaging?

Most of the plastic used for food packaging is made from crude oil, a fossil fuel that’s notoriously bad for the environment. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is typically used for drinks bottles, ready meal containers and produce trays, making it one of the most popular thermoplastics used for all kinds of packaging. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is used to manufacture plastic milk bottles that require more protection, while polypropylene (PP) is also used for trays and salad bowls in some instances.

While some of these plastics are recyclable, it’s incredibly laborious and harmful to extract the raw elements from the earth to create these kinds of packaging. Not only that, the plastic that’s created takes years to degrade. Even when it does, it slowly spills out all of its toxic contents back into the earth. Although we’ve relied on plastic’s practical and durable qualities, it’s clear that there’s a heavy price to pay for its ubiquitous usage.

Is Plastic Safe for Food Packaging?

Research has discovered that we ingest thousands of tiny plastic particles every year. These take the form of microplastics that are invisible to the naked eye but still end up in our food and drinks. These worrying findings further indicate that we need alternatives to plastic packaging for our food and beverages.

Most plastics — like those used for drinks bottles or takeaway packaging — aren’t meant to be reused as they slowly start to degrade, even after minimal usage. This increases the odds of ingesting microplastics and means that the packaging we’re left with after ordering a takeaway should go straight in the recycling bin — by all accounts, a pretty wasteful practice.

What Are the Alternatives to Plastic Packaging? 

The good news is that there are plenty of suitable alternatives to plastic. Each can be used in a variety of ways to help protect ourselves and the planet, especially since we’re coming to understand why plastic packaging is so bad for the environment.

Cardboard: Usually made from a high percentage of recycled materials, cardboard makes surprisingly effective packaging. In some cases, it’s reusable, but its biodegradable and recyclable qualities mean that, once it’s served its purpose, it can be easily recycled. It can be lined with bioplastics, making it grease-proof and oil-resistant — perfect for pizza boxes

Paper: Also made from totally natural and sustainable resources, it makes the perfect choice for takeaway bags. While the use of plastic bags is in steep decline due to increased taxes and heightened awareness of their negative environmental impact, paper bags make a perfect eco-friendly solution — ideal for takeaways and deliveries.

Bioplastic: A much greener alternative to regular plastic, bioplastics are made from plant-based materials that degrade naturally over time. They don’t leave behind any nasty surprises when they decompose either, they simply return to the earth as natural elements like water, carbon dioxide and non-toxic biomass. Bioplastics are particularly useful for hot and cold drinks containers, as they can be used as biodegradable coffee cup lids or to line the inside of paper beverage containers.

Glass: While suitable for home use, glass is expensive to manufacture and is fragile compared to its other eco-friendly counterparts. Nevertheless, it’s a great option for storing food in your fridge or for cold drinks if you want to avoid using plastic at home.

What Are the Benefits of Avoiding Plastic Packaging?

With so many alternatives to plastic packaging available, you can protect the environment with each of your takeaways without compromising on quality. Each of the alternative materials we’ve mentioned has their own unique advantages, from being 100% biodegradable to sharing the qualities of oil-based plastic without the environmental cost. Why not make the switch to more sustainable packaging and start saving the planet with your takeaways today?

Do you want to become a more eco-friendly business? Explore our range of sustainable takeaway packaging, perfect for home deliveries and suitable for all kinds of food and drink products.


How to Be an Eco-Friendly Company
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Becoming more environmentally friendly can be a tricky business. Takeaway Packaging guides you through some easy ways to be a more eco-friendly company.

With plastic pollution on the rise, consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious. Businesses are following suit in a bid to retain their customers and prove to the world that they’re protecting the environment with eco-friendly practices.

Why Should You Be More Eco-Friendly?

Eco-friendliness is far from a fad. In a recent study, it was revealed that at least one in three consumers favour eco-friendly purchasing options. Most customers would pay a higher price for products that are better for the environment. With such a dramatic increase in consumer awareness, it’s easy to see why businesses are going green and capitalising on such a valuable market.

That’s before we mention the positive environmental impact your business could have by being more mindful and reducing waste. Replacing one outdated process or substituting one product for a more sustainable alternative could save your company thousands of pounds in the long run.

How Can You Be a More Eco-Friendly Company?

Changing your business practices to become more environmentally friendly might seem a struggle at first, but it’s a cost-effective and future-proof way to ensure you’re doing everything possible to protect the planet. Why not start with a few small changes that will have a positive impact on the environment?

1. Embrace Remote Working

The flexible working phenomenon has swept across the nation since the outbreak of COVID-19. Government-imposed restrictions have forced many businesses to allow home working for the first time. 

More and more companies –– from global enterprises to small to medium-sized businesses –– are embracing remote working, recognising the nascent benefits of allowing staff to undertake their duties at locations of their convenience. Remote working can save businesses money on running costs while helping to protect the environment by reducing the need for commuting.

2. Encourage Eco-Friendly Commuting

Where remote working simply isn’t an option, incentivise your employees to walk, jog, cycle or use public transport to get to and from your workplace, conserving the planet’s resources and reducing pollution. 

Even car-sharing with a fellow staff member to and from work would essentially halve the pollution created by travelling separately. Encourage and reward these practices to save everyone money and protect the environment.

3. Conserve Your Energy

It’s the little things that will make all the difference. Putting your lights on a timer and ensuring that electronic appliances are switched off when not in use can save your business money on energy bills and reduce wasted energy. 

4. Roll Out Eco-Friendly Packaging

Another small change that can boost your credentials as an eco-friendly company is switching to eco-friendly packaging. Replacing your products and packaging with eco-friendly substitutes will dramatically reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste your company produces. Investing in packaging made from recycled materials also means that you’ll be reusing resources that we’ve already produced, using less finite resources and doubling-down on the positive impact your company has on the environment. 

Switching to eco-friendly packaging also provides your company with a great marketing opportunity — share the news that you’re going green for extra customer brownie points! You’ll be able to tap into an eco-conscious market that may have previously disregarded your products, expanding your business’ horizons. 

5. Start Recycling Programmes 

Once you’ve implemented eco-friendly packaging alternatives to become a more eco-friendly company, ensure you’ve got recycling programmes rolled out across your business. According to recent studies, a staggering 91% of plastic isn’t recycled, so make sure your company isn’t contributing to landfills or polluting the oceans by not recycling plastic and other materials.

Going Green: How to Be an Eco-Friendly Company

As a business, focus on protecting the environment makes perfect sense. You could save money, protect the environment and gain customers by investing in eco-friendly packaging solutions and ditching unsustainable practices. We’re all in this together, so becoming more mindful of the environment won’t just benefit your company and your customers, you’ll be making things better for everyone else on earth for generations to come.

Interested in becoming a more eco-friendly company? Why not check out our extensive range of revolutionary sustainable packaging and start saving the planet today.


Peeling Back the Plastic That’s Recycled
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Plastic is used to package pretty much everything. But how much plastic packaging is recycled? Takeaway Packaging looks at how much plastic packaging is reclaimed.

While plastic has unique properties that make it ideal for packaging everyday products, a large percentage of what we use ends up in landfills, pollutes our oceans and spoils the planet. You might be wondering, “how much plastic packaging is recycled?”. It’s recently been revealed that a shocking 91% of plastic isn’t recycled, a figure that really makes you think that there’s got to be a better way forwards.

Why Do We Use So Much Plastic?

Lightweight yet durable, plastic makes a great choice for packaging all kinds of products, from food and drinks to toys and tools. It can be moulded into almost any shape, making it incredibly versatile. But, it comes with one huge drawback: it’s not sustainable. 

Most of the plastic in circulation today is produced using crude oil, a finite resource that is toxic to our environment. Plastic that’s manufactured using crude oil can take hundreds of years to degrade, meaning it’ll be around for generations to come once it’s served its initial, short-lived purpose. This creates a significant problem, one that’s already being addressed by businesses and governments alike.

Why Isn’t Plastic Packaging Recycled?

Once cardboard and paper are spoiled by food or liquids, they can’t be recycled. But, due to their natural properties, they’re mostly biodegradable. Even though you can’t throw your oil-stained pizza box in the recycling bin, it’ll degrade naturally over a relatively short period, having a much smaller environmental impact than plastic packaging.

This raises the question: why isn’t plastic packaging recycled?

A lack of awareness — Britons are still confused over what can and can’t be recycled. According to a recent study, 57% of people throw out recyclable packaging with their regular waste, assuming some plastic packaging isn’t recyclable when it could, in fact, be repurposed. Another study found that 37% of people didn’t know what the Mobius Loop stood for (the ubiquitous recycling symbol that’s been in use for over 50 years).

A lack of provision — further to this, a lack of public and private recycling facilities means that people don’t have the option to recycle even if they want to. It costs businesses extra to have managed recycling facilities, so most are happy to save money in the short term and stick with general waste management solutions.

A lack of recyclable packaging — even with the best of intentions, there are still plastics in circulation that aren’t yet recyclable. Film lids on salads and soap bottle pumps are among some of the unrecyclable materials that won’t get a second chance at life and will be condemned to the landfill after usage.

What Are the Alternatives to Plastic Packaging?

Fortunately, alternatives to oil-based plastic packaging have been developed in recent years, providing an invaluable substitute to non-biodegradable plastic. In addition to these technological innovations, simple yet effective paper and cardboard options have made a triumphant return, serving humbly as packaging for takeaways, online retailers and a plethora of other products and services.

Bioplastic has almost identical properties to that of oil-based plastics. It’s flexible and sturdy, but the key difference is that it’s made from natural materials, making it naturally biodegradable. This means that once a bioplastic product has served its purpose as a coffee cup or a piece of cutlery, it’ll degrade into naturally occurring elements like water, carbon dioxide and sugar, leaving barely any trace of its existence at all.

A Greener Solution to Plastic Packaging

From the simple to the sublime, there are more and more reasons to ditch plastic packaging. From biodegradable and compostable bioplastics to basic but brilliant paper and cardboard packaging solutions, it’s easier than ever to play your part in protecting the environment. Put your recycling woes to one side and invest in sustainable solutions today.


Do you want to help save the Earth? Check out our extensive range of revolutionary sustainable packaging for takeaway food and drinks and start helping to protect the planet today.

Christmas Cups – Available for pre-order

Our Christmas cups are now available to pre-order and will be despatched on 20th November.

Printed like a knitted Christmas jumper, these retro coffee cups are a popular choice every year. 

You can order these biodegradable coffee cups in 3 sizes from 8oz-16oz and they come in either red, blue or green (depending on size).

Biodegradable lids ordered separately here.

Taking the plastic out of packaging

As with our regular coffee cups, these double wall cups are an eco-friendly biodegradable option.  Lined with an Ingeo PLA Bioplastic lining, instead of oil-based plastic make these festive cups 100% biodegradable and kind on the environment.

Want to know more about Ingeo PLA Bioplastic?

Ingeo™ PLA Bioplastic is a biodegradable material produced from a naturally occurring substance found in plants. PLA is a thermoplastic with the physical characteristics and performance of plastic. The naturally advanced Ingeo™ resins used in food service have a significantly lower carbon footprint than fossil fuel-based polymers. This is because the manufacturing of Ingeo™ PLA emits fewer greenhouse gasses (GHGs) than the comparable manufacturing of all common petrochemical-based products.

The process of turning plants into bioplastic allows us to exclude non-renewable resources (such as oil) from our eco-friendly product range.

POSITIVE PACKAGING – New branding & website now live

We thought now is the time freshen up our corporate identity to align with our growth and change over the last 20 years.

Today Takeaway Packaging is a leading supplier of takeaway packaging products that are functional, sturdy and versatile.

When you buy from us, you can be sure of the highest quality product without the guilty conscience; All the products on our website have been carefully curated to be plastic free and from sustainable sources.  All the packaging products we source for our online store can either be re-used, recycled, composted, or will naturally decompose after use.

New Concept; Making Packaging Positive

As a business we are striving to provide quality packaging products that don’t damage the environment.  By using as many materials as possible that have already been recycled and can be recycled after use, we are contributing more and more to a circular economy.  We feel our new branding concept and marketing message ‘Making Packaging Positive’ helps us to convey this message.

New Logo

We want to portray our positive, friendly and trustworthy values through our logo and newly branded website.  With the help of our marketing agency, a timeless and robust design has been created for us, using a specific colour pallet; Earth Green, Positive Green and Neutral Sand, which we hope conveys our brand Identity and values nicely.

The scope of our new logo will be seen from across all our online platforms, our product range, redesign to our offices and across our service vehicles.

New Website

Due to Covid 19 the year 2020 will be known as a year of drastic change for many businesses. As we adjust to dealing with the pandemic and the resulting advancement of the digital age, the environmental sacrifices we need to make cannot be forgotten.

The website has had a drastic overhaul embracing key features like a clean, easy to navigate layout, improved search function and better-quality product Images.  By integrating features from B2C eCommerce and using them for our B2B platform, we have enabled a simple and hassle-free shopping experience for all.

New Product Ranges

We are continually sourcing and updating our product range to include the best quality, sustainable packaging that you can buy.  Keep checking back to see what new products are available.

Custom Food Packaging & Branding

Takeaway Packaging continue to provide custom made and bespoke packaging including cups, ice cream tubs, food boxes, bags and greaseproof paper. Our team are on hand to offer advice on the most environmentally friendly options available to you.

Which Packaging Materials Are Eco-Friendly?
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There are plenty of different eco-friendly packaging materials to choose from, whether you’re buying in bulk for your business or trying to be a more conscious consumer.

With so many options, it’s good to know what makes packaging materials eco-friendly and which ones are best for you. As experts in the use of sustainable, biodegradable packaging, we’ll be sharing some handy insights on eco-friendly materials, so you can start doing your bit to save the planet today.

What Are Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials?

Eco-friendly packaging materials are safe and sustainable for people and the environment. They’re manufactured from recycled or renewable materials that are biodegradable and produce little environmental waste.

You might hear other terms, like “sustainable packaging” or “green packaging”, but these terms tend to mean the same thing.

Which Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials Should I Use?

Many different materials can be used for eco-friendly packaging, all with different qualities. Some of the easiest, most efficient and environmentally friendly options are:

Paper and Cardboard –– Natural, readily available, reusable, recyclable and biodegradable — paper and cardboard tick all the boxes! They’re perfect for packing items that need to be posted, as well as all kinds of takeaway food and drinks.

Corn Starch –– Ideal for items that have limited use, such as food and drinks. It can be used to make less harmful packaging “peanuts” that protect items sent through the post. It’s also biodegradable, leaving a limited impact on the environment.

Biodegradable Plastic –– Commonly used in postage envelopes or bubble wrap for bulk mailing, this type of plastic starts to decompose when it’s exposed to sunlight. It makes a good alternative to traditional, non-biodegradable plastics and is more resistant to liquids than paper or cardboard –– great if you need some added durability. 

All of these materials have numerous benefits, from protecting the environment to securing those all-important packages. But what can they do for your business?

The Benefits of Using Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials for Businesses

Besides the environmental benefits of eco-friendly packaging materials, other advantages extend to your business and your customers, too:

They’ll improve your brand’s image, attracting more customers, giving everyone a cleaner conscience.

They’ll draw more conscious consumers to your business; a rapidly growing market across all sectors.

They can be reused, saving you money on buying more materials and reducing waste. 

They have more sustainable production, so you can continue to manufacture products while conserving energy and natural resources.

 With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why eco-friendly packaging makes a great choice for your business. You can save money, build a conscious consumer-base and manage your business’ environmental impact by switching to more sustainable packaging.

If you’re a consumer, it can be less simple. How can you find out if your favourite brand is using sustainable processes and materials?

How to Choose Eco-Friendly Products and Services

Whether you’re doing the weekly shop or looking up a new product, there are a few things you should do before making your next purchase:

Look out for certification marks –– Some are well established and easily recognisable, like the Fairtrade mark or the Leaping Bunny logo, but you might not notice others at first glance. Take some time to get acquainted with more eco-friendly certification marks to make sure your next purchase avoids harming people, animals or the environment.

Do some research –– Look up different brands and see if they can back up their claims for being environmentally friendly. “Greenwashing” is sometimes used by manufacturers that want to tap into a more quality-conscious market, without taking steps to be kinder to the environment or their workforce. A simple web search can help you find the truth about a company’s ethics and processes.

Ask yourself, “Could this be more eco-friendly?” –– Consider how much packaging your product comes with and what it’s made of. If you’re buying particular products regularly, think about ways you could be more environmentally friendly, like using zero-waste shops for your regular food shopping or buying from companies that use eco-friendly packaging.

It can be hard to be fully conscious of everything you buy. If you’re ever in doubt, follow these steps to ensure you’re contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly society. With greater awareness of sustainable packaging and recyclable materials, we can all be better friends to our planet.

Takeaway Packing’s Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials

Finding quality, eco-friendly packaging can be difficult. Our mission is to provide non-toxic, biodegradable food packaging that protects the environment. Whether you’re grabbing a coffee or tucking-in to a tasty burger, we can help you be more green.


Let us help your business save money and become more sustainable with your packaging.

Has the UK Plastic Bag Charge Worked?
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As of October 5th 2015, the five pence fee for plastic carrier bags came into effect in England, requiring all supermarkets and large stores to charge a minimum of 5p for every plastic carrier bag they give out. 

The primary aim was to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags — and the many problems they cause — by encouraging people to reuse bags.

Since the law’s introduction, there have been more developments, from increasing the UK plastic bag charge to 10p per bag and extending the law to all shops (not just supermarkets) as of April 2021. 

The government is also looking to introduce more laws banning other single-use plastics, which make up a significant proportion of the world’s plastic production.

But the question is, has the UK plastic bag charge worked? The short answer is…“sort of”.

The UK Plastic Bag Charge and the Environment

The good news is that the introduction of government policies has heightened public awareness of the issues surrounding the use of plastic bags, as well as other single-use plastics.

Most people living in the UK are now actively trying to cut down on the plastic they use and would support further government policies to reduce plastic usage (including doubling the 5p plastic bag charge).

In addition, half of Brits say they would pay more for products with eco-friendly packaging, whilst two-thirds of Britons think that all UK companies should be required by law to use packing that isn’t harmful to the environment.

With such support behind less harmful ways to pack our shopping and carry it home, it’s important to find out how much of a difference the plastic bag charge is making to our environment. 

This poses a challenging question: how can we measure the success of the plastic bag charge?

Plastic Bags: Past, Present and Future

To answer this question, we need to understand the lifespan of your typical plastic bag.

Plastic bags used by UK supermarkets are made with polyethylene (or polythene), a product of the fossil fuel industry. This kind of plastic can take over 20 years to degrade, meaning that the plastics we use today will be around long after we are gone.

From the moment we buy them, plastic bags have uncertain futures. Once they’ve fulfilled their initial purpose, it’s left to the consumer to decide their fate.

Sadly, the vast majority of plastic bags end up in landfill. The current rate of plastic production paints a bleak picture — with the production of plastics set to double by 2040. If this continues, people will be putting an enormous, unmanageable strain on our planet’s ecosystem.

So what other options do we have when it comes to plastic bags? 

The easiest option is to reuse the bags we buy as much as possible. Once the bags we own inevitably break, we then must find a plastic bag recycling facility where the bags can be repurposed.

With bans on plastic bags in Kenya, as well as in New York and California, alternatives are required before our reliance on the ubiquitous plastic bag returns. Using more durable plastic bags is part of the solution, but it doesn’t resolve the wider issue surrounding the use of plastic.

These bans have focussed the world’s attention on other plastic products. Plates, cups, cutlery, straws and bottles make up about 40% of the plastics manufactured worldwide. 

Along with the charge to use plastic bags in the UK, the government will introduce a ban on plastic straws in October 2020 as part of an effort to reduce our reliance on these kinds of plastics. 

It’s a step in the right direction, but what does this mean for the future of plastics?

Has the UK Plastic Bag Charge Made a Difference?

With a heightened awareness of the waste created by plastic bags and single-use plastics, as well as a progression towards more eco-friendly packing options, are we making a difference to the environment?

In some ways, it’s too early to tell. In other ways, it’s clear that we are becoming a more environmentally conscious society. Whilst we are a long way away from becoming plastic-free, the UK’s plastic bag charge is promoting more and more innovative solutions to our current plastic usage.

Takeaway Packing: The Antidote to Single-Use Plastics

Takeaway Packaging makes products that protect the environment.

We have a diverse range of biodegradable food packaging that’s helping street food vendors and independent foodies protect the environment as well as benefit their customers. From Ice Cream Tubs to Noodle Boxes, we cater to all culinary disciplines. 

Our certified eco-friendly food packaging exclusively uses natural resources for guilt-free takeaway consumption, all of which are fully personalisable. Add fresh logos to Takeaway Boxes or sassy slogans to Printed Bags for really radical recycling.

Interested in helping the environment and making your business a viable option for the conscious consumer? Take a look at our eco-friendly products today.

Can You Recycle Food Packaging, Containers and Trays?
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Whether you’re grabbing a snack from a street stall or browsing the supermarket aisles for a convenience meal, it can be confusing to know which parts of a meal’s packaging can be recycled and which can’t. 

In this blog, answer the question “can you recycle food packaging?” and teach you how to decipher between sustainable, smart packaging and plain, old plastic. 

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Photo by Viktor Talashuk on Unsplash

Tip #1 Read the Label 

It sounds simple but food labels generally have all of the information you need. You just need to know how to decode it. If you’re not familiar with recycling signs in the UK, read our blog The Recycling Sign on Packaging, Explained. Here, we discuss what each symbol means, as well as a breakdown of different plastic numbers and what they stand for. 

Food packaging may also have written instructions, as well as visual cues. Often, convenience meals will have handy instructions like “film not recyclable” to direct you. 

Look for this information within the fine print on the reverse side of the packet. 

Although every meal is different, most packaged meals in the UK have a combination of some elements that will be recyclable and some that won’t. If a product is 100% recyclable, it will often be highlighted on the front of the packaging. Even so, 100% recyclable items will often house multiple components that require disposal in different bins depending on their materials. 

Takeaway packaging is a little trickier since it’s often given without instruction. If you’re not confident about deducing which materials have been used, your best bet is to ask your vendor. Since the vendor will work with a packaging supplier –– like us –– they should know the full waste credentials of their product. 

Tip #2 Buy from a Sustainable Store

Stepping into a supermarket can be overwhelming. Juggling priorities such as pricing, prep time, nutrition and sustainability is tiring, meaning we sometimes buy the wrong things. A meal might tick a few of our boxes –– affordable, takes less than 10 minutes to cook and is relatively healthy –– but it might miss the mark when it comes to packaging. 

To make things easier, you could consider shopping at a sustainable supermarket such as a no-waste store or a supermarket with eco-initiatives. But, how should you choose? 

Shopping at a store that is generally better at providing sustainable options will take the personal pressure off this priority so you can spend more time monitoring your grocery bill and diet plan. The same goes for ordering from environmentally friendly takeaways and restaurants. 

Tip #3 Think about the Contents 

Even environmental packaging can quickly become hard to dispose of if grease or food remnants contaminate its surface. Materials like card may not be accepted at recycling facilities if they’re covered in dirt. Remember, always wipe your packaging clean before disposal. 


For this reason, dry foods are generally a safer option. If it’s a toss up between dry popcorn and cheesy nachos, this could be the deciding factor. 

However, you should never miss out on your favourite meal in the face of sustainability. Wet foods found in takeaways and convenience meals should be equipped with thoughtful packaging that can present an effective barrier against grease. Using materials such as bioplastic and PLA lining ensures card and other soft materials are made more sturdy. A water resistant, plastic-like lining protects the outer packaging making it more durable. That’s why we use bioplastic PLA or PLA lining to protect our compostable cups, as well as our cold food containers and hot food containers

Tip #4 Pick the Appropriate Bin 

Putting recyclable items in the incorrect bin is the equivalent of failing at the final hurdle. 

An otherwise recyclable item won’t be recycled if you don’t fulfil your responsibility of putting it in the right recycling bin. The BBC shares the life cycle of an aluminium can if put into the incorrect bin. Spoiler alert! Your recyclable item will, most likely, be diverted to landfill and take a lifetime to decompose. 

Worryingly, an estimated 30% of recycling rubbish that arrives at sorting facilities is incorrectly placed, meaning many of us are failing to recycle correctly. 

Public bins are often colour coded to make this job easier unless they’re a general waste bin, in which case you should avoid putting recyclable rubbish into it. 

At home, you can make recycling easier by opting for a sectional bin that has compartments for glass, paper and general household waste. 

Tip #5 When in Doubt, Buy Glass

If you’re feeling stuck and aren’t sure what’s most sustainable, glass is always a great, fail-safe option. Although glass items are often more expensive, they’re always 100% recyclable and can make excellent containers to reuse in your home. Plenty of dessert, condiment and toiletry brands exclusively use glass to package their products. 

While this swift solution works for supermarket products, it’s not so simple for takeaways. 

That’s where we come in. Our smart packaging solutions use innovative materials to make takeaways both environmentally friendly and user friendly. Choose from containers made from sugar cane and coffee cups made from plants. Plus, all of our products can be customised with good-for-the-planet veggie inks. 

Can You Recycle or Reuse Plastic Takeaway Containers?
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Wondering what to do with all those leftover plastic containers from your Saturday night takeaway? We’ll tell you whether you can reuse and recycle such containers, as well as what’s a better alternative for totally guilt-free takeaways.

Can You Reuse Plastic Takeaway Containers? 

If you’re the sort of person who likes to get the most for their money or likes to reduce waste from an environmental standpoint, you’ll be wondering what you can do with those plastic containers and lids that so often make their way into our household. 

It’s the morning after the day before and you’re tackling last night’s mess. 

Somehow you’ve amassed four or five plastic containers complete with lids. They seem perfect for boxing up leftovers and other snacks lying around your house. But is it safe to use them? 

It all depends on the type of plastic. 

Some plastic containers have a recycling symbol on their base and a number indicating which type of plastic it’s made from. If your container has this, you’ll be able to do some research to determine whether it’s indeed safe. 

If your container draws a blank, your best bet is to dispose of it. 

Some plastic containers can leach harmful chemicals into their contents. A great example of this is polyethene terephthalate (PET), which is one of the thinnest plastics commonly used for water bottles and salad boxes. There’s a good chance that the unknown material is PET since it’s the world’s most commonly used thermoplastic polymer

 

Anything that’s styrofoam also can’t be reused for the risk of bacterial contamination. Since styrofoam is a foam, there is plenty of small spaces within the material to trap bacteria from food and the environment. 

As an eco-activist, it can be difficult to accept that all we can do is throw away some plastic items. Most of us immediately want to find some alternative use for such items to increase their lifecycle. However, the truth is that reusing plastic takeaway containers will do more harm than good and can directly impact your health. 

Can You Recycle Plastic Takeaway Containers? 

Since you can’t reuse plastic takeaway containers, what about recycling them? 

Again, it comes back to the recycling symbol and number indicator on the base of the product. Here’s what each one means:

NumberProductRecyclable?
1PET or PETEOnly curbside recycling programs will take these, so long as they’re rinsed and clean of any food. Do not throw in general recycling.
2HDPETakeaway containers in this form can be recycled through curbside recycling programs. Film and thinner products can’t be.
3PVC or VIt’s unlikely that this plastic-type can be recycled. That said, it’s always worth checking with your local council. 
4LDPEThis material isn’t widely recycled unless the store does a return program or your local council has a specialist facility. 
5PPLike PET, these containers can be recycled through curbside recycling programs. Do not throw in general recycling. 
6PSIt’s unlikely that this plastic-type can be recycled. It can be difficult to dispose of since it’s a foam product. 
7MiscellaneousIt’s unlikely that these plastic types are recycled since they have a broad classification. This numbering might refer to plastic film present on takeaways or a small portion of the packaging. 

So, not all plastics are created equal. 

However, they all require some additional effort to recycle in that they need to be entered into a specific recycling program instead of tossed with general recycling waste. 

These guys don’t belong with your flattened cardboard boxes. 

If you want to recycle plastic takeaway containers, make sure they are thoroughly rinsed to remove any food or residue. This is a must for recycling facilities that may fail to accept your items if dirty. Recycle Now suggests using the remains of your soapy dishwater to clean items before disposal, as well as removing any cardboard or paper sleeves. 

What’s a Good Plastic Takeaway Container Alternative? 

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You might be thinking that fish and chips wrapped in paper or pizza served in cardboard is a much more environmentally-friendly way to eat takeout. 

Unfortunately, a lot of the time recycling facilities will reject such containers as a result of potential contamination. 

Contamination refers to lasting residue like grease on the material that interferes with the recycling process. Instead, truly recyclable takeaways need to be made from durable materials that are either similar to plastic or lined with a coating, allowing us to wipe away any leftovers.

As a consumer, you’ll need to be more vigilant about which takeaway packaging is recyclable. If you’re a takeaway provider, you’ll need to change the way you package your food. 

Looking for a Good Alternative? 

We serve some of the biggest names in the British takeaway industry. They use our products because they’re designed to be guilt-free. You can choose from both hot food containers and cold food containers that use a range of sustainable materials, all accepted by recycling facilities. Materials such as PLA bioplastic give you all the benefits of plastic — durability, transparency, versatility — without actually being plastic. We also sell tougher versions of cardboard such as unbleached Kraft board and foam container alternatives like bagasse

 


Shop our eco-friendly food packaging now with free next-day delivery on orders over £100.

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How to Reduce Your Firm’s Food Packaging Waste?
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With a forced break from the office, most of us are taking the time to reflect on bad business practices — especially those with environmental consequences. 

We’re already shedding light on unnecessary business travel and pollution-promoting commutes. 

But what about office food waste? 

If your staff fridge is always stocked up with snacks and drinks for your team Google-style, it’s time to figure out how to reduce food packaging waste. A fifth of UK waste comes from food packaging with more than 30 per cent of landfill waste being packaging-related. This is sufficient reason to start taking action against the number of containers and bottles we throw out each week. 

Although most of us already have a good recycling system for our team to use, the problem is less about recycling and more about the reduction of packaging as a whole. 

Read on to find eight different ways you can reduce food packaging, without reducing any of the fun that comes from a mid-shift snack. 

  • Monitor food consumption 
  • Hire event caterers  
  • Choose ethical takeout 
  • Support local greengrocers 
  • Buy in bulk 
  • Make cooking fun 
  • Consider remote working  
  • Make your own takeaways

Monitor Food Consumption

The truth is, you might not even realise the amount of food that your firm collectively consumes. 

It’s much easier to gauge how much food you use in a week at home. You’ll need to put more of a conscious effort into figuring out how much food your company truly uses.

To do this, you might want to do a basic stock count at the beginning of the month and compare this with a stock count midway through the month. This will give you an estimate of the rate of consumption and whether your order frequency is too high. 

If you check the use-by date on each item week-by-week, it will instantly become clear if you’re wasting some food items and their packaging in the process. 

This step doesn’t require a change in any aspect of sourcing food — whether it’s from a wholesaler or a recurring supplier — it just forces you to be realistic about the volume of food you need to purchase. Plus, it might allow you to remove items from your order that aren’t favourites amongst your team.

Hire Event Caterers

Want to put on a special lunch spread for your team? Try to steer clear of pre-packaged buffets. Although it can be tempting to buy a commercial lunch in this fashion, the amount of plastic containers and cling film involved isn’t worth it. 

Instead, hiring event caterers who can make trending graze boards, tasty mocktails and request-driven food can be just as affordable and much more bespoke. In doing this, you’re making lunch feel a little more exclusive and interactive than it otherwise would. Plus, the ingredients used in this scenario are likely to be fresh and local. 

After doing some research, you’ll find that most caterers offer corporate packages as standard so you aren’t approaching anyone with a foreign idea. 

Choose Ethical Takeout

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If your office is in a crowded marketplace like London, there will be plenty of takeaway options vying for your attention. 

Apart from menu quality, you’ll want to learn to judge takeaway providers on their environmental status. Do they serve dishes in flimsy plastic and styrofoam? Or do they sport biodegradable food packaging? Do they deliver by bicycle? Or a less environmental mode of transport? 

These are all pointers to think about to make sure when you’re buying a Friday feast, you’re doing it from a reputable retailer that will help reduce your waste journey.

Support Local Greengrocers

If you’re used to shopping at one of the big six for your staff fridge staples, you might reconsider supporting a local greengrocer that offers package-less produce, as well as refill schemes. 

The ideal when reducing food packaging waste is to pick products with zero packaging or natural packaging.

If you can, only buy loose fruits and vegetables and use refillable jars and tubs to stock up on seed mixes and dried fruits for the canteen. 

Buy in Bulk

If you can’t buy everything from your local greengrocers without packaging — such as cartons of milk and spreads — try to buy these items in bulk. 

Buying larger tubs and bottles results in less packaging overall and often saves on cost. 

Where possible steer away from individually packaged items like juice cartons and carbonated drink cans. Instead, encourage your team to pour drinks from a large container into a glass to save on waste. The same goes for individually packaged snacks like flapjacks or cakes. A local bakery or supermarket will have whole options that can be sliced into portions later.

Make Cooking Fun

Most of us revert to buying takeout food or delivery — after all, we don’t all have time to cook a three-course meal from scratch during our workday. 

However, there are some simple lunch ideas that are feasible to cook — or rather build — at your desk. These include poke bowls, rice wraps and deli boards. For this, you can buy a bunch of fresh ingredients and have more control over the amount of food packaging involved in your meal. 

Cooking can also act as a great team-building activity that’s inclusive and doesn’t require you to source an outside venue. 

Consider Remote Working

A simple way to reduce your firm’s waste is to remove the idea of office-centric work. In remote work, employees are able to work from their home environment and of course, will source their food as part of this. 

While you can’t control the volume of packaging that your employees personally produce, this is a great way to remove reliance on a fully stocked fridge, as well as substantially reduce your operating costs. 
With the rise in remote working during coronavirus, many people are expecting to see remote working as a staple of the future of work. From an environmental perspective, this also removes the need to commute to work, reducing everybody’s carbon footprint.

Make Your Own Takeaways

Can’t get over that feeling of having already prepared options in the fridge? 

Your go-to might be to food prep and make your own takeaways to sit in the staffroom throughout the week. Buy our eco-friendly cold food containers in bulk where you can pre-portion granola and yoghurt pots, salads and cold pasta for any hungry coworker to enjoy. 

We sell deli bowls complete with lids made from 100% compostable and biodegradable material, as well as a whole variety of bagasse containers suitable for finger foods like tacos, sushi and veggie chips. 


Want to try your hand at DIY takeaways? Take the first step to streamlining your food packaging waste by picking up eco-friendly food packaging.