It's time to get smart about your takeout, now more than ever. Your paper packaging doesn't just need to be practical, but safe too.
Every year, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic winds up in the world's oceans.
From plastic water bottles to microplastics, these materials leave our beaches covered in garbage and pose a hazard to sea life and ocean plants.
Restaurants and other commercial businesses can do their part to reduce ocean pollution by choosing paper packaging for takeout containers. Keep reading to learn more about why you should make the switch, and how to choose healthy paper food products for your business.
1. Save Money with Paper Food Products
The U.K. government recently passed packaging laws involving plastic products. If a product contains less than 30 per cent recycled materials, it will now be subject to additional taxation.
While this tax is paid by manufacturers or during import, this additional tax will no doubt be passed on to the restaurants and other buyers, upping the cost of plastic take out containers.
2. Not All Paper Containers are Created Equal
While paper cups and other takeout containers are better for the environment, not all of the options available are better for the customer.
For instance, low-quality paper boxes may sag or tear under the weight of the food.
When shopping for paper take-out containers, make sure that you're investing in quality rather than choosing your cheapest option.
3. Consider the Use Before You Buy
How your customers will use the paper products you provide should dictate which ones you choose.
Consider your take-out cups. Thin paper cups may scald your customers when filled with a hot liquid. While you can sometimes solve this issue by adding a paper sleeve, this also increases your costs.
If you know that your customers will be taking hot beverages with them, choose a cup that will hold up without burning your customers' hands. A cup with a rippled side wall will protect your customers' hands without requiring an extra sleeve.
4. Check Whether They Can Be Composted
Some paper take-out food containers and cups are coated with materials that can't be recycled. This defeats the purpose of switching to paper in the first place.
Double-check that the products you're buying can be recycled. Look for a label that states that the product is 100 per cent compostable, recyclable, or biodegradable before you buy it.
5. Look for Natural Materials
Just because a material can be recycled doesn't make it safe. You have a duty to your customers to make sure that the products they are using are safe and healthy.
Paper take-out products made from all-natural materials can help you do just that.
Choosing the Right Paper Packaging for Your Takeout
Paper packaging for take-out containers and cups is a better choice for the environment and for the health and safety of your customers. With a little research and a knowledge of what makes a good paper container, you can choose the best option for your restaurant or other commercial business.
If you're ready to make the switch to paper packaging, check out our selection of 100 per cent recyclable paper take-out containers today.