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Eco-Friendly Catering Disposables To Beat The Single-Use Ban

Eco-Friendly Catering Disposables To Beat The Single-Use Ban

Some observers feel that UK consumers live in a ‘throw-away’ society, and perhaps nowhere is held up as a better example of this than the Catering & Hospitality industry. Takeaway food packaging is as disposable as the food and drink it contains. But all that plastic is wasteful in other ways too. It cannot always be recycled so it is seen as being harmful and polluting to the environment.

All this will change from October 2023, when hospitality businesses will no longer be able to supply single-use plastic plates, trays, cutlery or bowls. The Government ban, which has been generally well-received, also extends to some other containers using certain types of polystyrene.

A greener alternative

If you’re wondering what catering and hospitality outlets will use instead, then there are already many ‘greener’ options available. The industry has been ahead of this for some time (the UK is by no means the first to ban single-use plastics).

Progressive catering suppliers, like Envibe, have evolved their ranges to favour more sustainable products.  This means that businesses looking for eco-friendly catering consumables and disposables are well served, especially for everyday essentials including:

Pizza Boxes & Burger Boxes

Both these are available in corrugated kraft, made from sustainably-sourced paper. Designed to keep the heat in, they are strong enough to protect your meal whilst remaining light and compact so any delivery driver can easily transport them.

Envibe also offers burger boxes made from bagasse, a breathable material made from recycled waste sugarcane. These emit less carbon in production than polystyrene alternatives and are sure to become even more popular amongst burger chains as the ban gets nearer.

Coffee Cups

Disposable coffee cups from Envibe are also available in materials that won’t harm the planet. Our popular Double Wall Bio Cups are 100% recyclable, and made from sustainably-managed forestry with either FSC or PEFC accreditation.  We can also supply lids made from the same material, or ones made from bagasse, which can be composted within 12 weeks of use.


Not to be confused with serviettes, which are normally made from fabric, napkins tend to be made from paper. They are pretty much universal for any takeaway, and normally one of the items that take-out customers are likely to request if not automatically included with their purchase. All Envibe napkins are 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. They come in different ‘ply’ thicknesses, and with varying numbers of folds, both factors which affect the price. Like all Envibe’s consumables and disposables buyers can choose from a range of colours and opt for either plain, or printed if they wish to add their logo or brand message.


Envibe offers drinking straws made from 3 ply, fully recyclable and biodegradable paper. Not so long ago most straws were made from plastic but Government legislation banned the use of single-use plastic straws some time ago.  If you must have plastic straws amongst your restaurant disposables, and don’t want an unwelcome inspection,  make sure that one of your staff has Envibe’s special brush to clean reusable straws.

A surprising, but legally-acceptable alternative material for paper or plastic straws is glass – and Envibe has that too.

Till Rolls

If paper napkins are regarded as an essential disposable, then how about till rolls? Not everything’s computerised these days and most people like to get a receipt. Envibe supplies thermal and kitchen till rolls, an easy add-on when you’re placing a larger consumables order.

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