By: Sabrina Huda Sanchez
As more cities begin to ban single-use plastics, the push for environmentally friendly restaurant supplies is bigger than ever. Alternative materials such as compostable PLA (Polylactic acid) or biodegradable bagasse are typical replacements and soon to be expected in every food service establishment. Whether your legislature has already approved a deadline or you want to be proactive for the cause, here is a simple guide on eco-friendly alternatives you need to make the switch and go green.
Common take out containers are made out of Styrofoam or plastic, both of which contain harmful chemicals and do not decompose in landfills. These Karat Earth items are perfect alternatives:
The Karat Earth containers are also available in other sizes and in either natural or kraft colors.
Most restaurants, food trucks and food kiosks need disposable cups to serve beverages both for dine-in and take-out orders. Cold beverages like soda and beer are either poured in a clear plastic cup or a plastic-lined paper cup to prevent condensation. The key issue in both those options are the unwanted plastic materials. Switching to cups made with plant-based material like PLA gives a feel of plastic but is commercially compostable!
Single Use Utensils
Unless your customers are eating pizza or a sandwich, they will need utensils. Unfortunately, it is difficult to recycle small plastic utensils so they all end up in landfills. To combat this issue, compostable plant-based materials can be used to provide a durable functional option.
Karat Earth PLA utensils are available in multiple weights from medium to heavy.
Plastic straws were among the first single-use products to gain widespread concern and city bans. Many customers prefer to sip from a straw as opposed to drinking directly from a glass and straws are essential for enjoying a beverage on the go. Karat has 3 options to eliminate the troublesome plastic straw.
Karat Earth paper and PLA straws are available in multiple sizes and can be found either wrapped or unwrapped.
Foam plates are great for buffets, barbecues and tailgates but foam goes straight into landfills when finished and does not decompose. Selecting biodegradable bagasse plates is the sustainable option to continue serving meals on single-use plates.
Karat Earth plates are available in multiple sizes and can be found in natural or white colors.
A growing number of companies are stepping up their contribution to mitigate their environmental impact. Making the switch to eco-friendly alternatives does not have to be significantly more expensive. LollicupStore offers competitively priced products and no minimum order amount. Your customers and the Earth will appreciate your business going green. For more information about Karat and Karat Earth products, click here to contact us.