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Alternatives to Disposable Packaging

Alternatives to Disposable Packaging

When using disposable packaging, one often wonders if it’s a sustainable choice for the environment.
What if your disposable packaging material was organic or made of biodegradable materials?

Well, as a present-day consumer, you should always check for different kinds of materials available in
the market before making a purchase.

Let’s talk about the simplest type of packaging’s like Food plates and trays.

These are disposables that are used by households, offices and restaurants as well. From serving snacks,
take-outs, dinner or even canteen lunches, throwaway plates and trays are popularly used. They are
used so often that one sees it as a convention for certain events.

One is always on the lookout for the most trendy packaging to make their food look more appealing but
little did you know, it is not only about the look, but the materials used in it which equally matters.

Why be stuck with one material for all purposes when you can have it all?

Variety is the spice of life and there are a number of materials like paper, bagasse, areca, wood, etc. for
your perfect packaging needs. It is your right to be informed, and hence I will take this opportunity to
guide you through the world of eco-friendly packaging materials.

Paper Plates and Trays

 paper plates and trays

Talking about cheap and decorative, paper plates are a buzz in parties since childhoods. From serving
upma at tea stalls to hor ‘d oeuvres at luxury events, paper plates are used by all.
Due to their essential features of being attractive and cheap, paper trays are extensively used as serving
trays, especially in homes, eating joints and even at business feasts.

Paper plates are not only cheap but the most convenient to use. They can be simply used and thrown in
a recycle bag, without causing much damage to the environment.

Bagasse Plates and Trays

Bagasse plates and trays

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed. When you get what you want, but not what you need.
Bagasse plates are the ones that save the trees. While taking less money from the pocket too, you see.
One of the best eco-friendly packaging materials you will see in the market is Bagasse. It originates from
sugarcane and is used to manufacture sturdy package containers, paper products, etc. It is 100%
biodegradable and can be turned into compost. Bagasse may sound too earthy, but they make for some
very tantalizing plates. Bagasse trays are popular as they are big, look good, and bear weight as well.

Thermocol Plates and trays

Thermocol plate

Thermocol is a non-reactive substance like plastic.
It is made up of a polymer of stretch polystyrene which are light in weight and yet stiff in structure. They
are made in attractive designs and forms, colors and patterns. There are various merchandize of
thermocol like plates, trays, bowls, glasses etc. Serving trays and platters are the most common
thermocol products. They are durable and can be stored for a long time for future use. It’s not necessary
to throw them after one use; you can reuse it with proper cleansing. Any wet or dry food doesn’t stick to
the container made out of an excellent quality of thermocol, making it easy to wash and minimize
wastage of food.

Areca leaf plates and trays

Areca palm leaf plate

Areca leaves are sought from Areca palm trees (commonly known as Supari trees) when they fall to the
ground naturally. These leaves are compressed to shape as plates, trays or bowls, according to the
specifications of the product. Areca leaf products do not require any added chemicals while
manufacturing nor do they give out any unnatural odor post-production. A material very close to nature
and yet very feasible for daily use.
Available in diverse sizes, colors and designs, Areca leaf trays add an ethnic look to your serving platter.
While using them, it gives one a very down-to-earth feel and makes you feel closer to Mother Nature.
They are one-time use plates and completely biodegradable. Like bagasse, areca leaf trays and plates
can be turned into compost after use.

Whenever you are catering for an event or delivering food to customers, reputable food packaging is a
must. It should definitely tick off the following factors such as,

Hygiene and sterility
Sturdy and capacious
Appealing to the eye
Well, whatever is your choice, do make it count. Stunning serving plates or big earthy trays. One of the
best quality paper food trays are available at
We suggest you to go for the best of both, eco-friendly and captivating!

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