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Discover our range of sustainable alternatives to plastic plates

Thanks to worldwide publicity surrounding the problems caused by plastic pollution in the environment, increasing numbers of catering businesses are looking for eco-friendly alternatives to plastic plates and other catering disposables.

Who we are

Single Use Alternatives was founded by Adrian and Neil; two brothers who are passionate about enjoying the outdoors and caring for the environment. Concerned about the impact single use plastics are having upon the environment, we decided to offer a range of cost effective high quality, alternative products.

To find out more about our products simply browse through our website. If you have any questions we’d love to hear from you: please complete the enquiry form on our contact page.

At Single Use Alternatives we are a young business, absolutely passionate about making it simple and cost-effective to switch to sustainable alternatives to single use plastics, including polystyrene. We do this by offering a range of great alternatives, available at competitive prices for convenient delivery to your business or home. 

Products made from plants and not plastic

Plastic disposables are widely used by many catering and events businesses, takeaways, cafes and food manufacturers. Unfortunately items such as plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws usually end up in landfill or as pollution in the environment. As plastic can take up to 400 years to fully degrade, the need to find sustainable alternatives is becoming increasingly important. 

Although sustainable alternatives to plastic plates and catering disposables have been available for some time, they tend to be expensive and difficult to source in realistic quantities. You’ll find that we offer something different, with a dedicated range of over 400 products made from plants and not plastic. Our products are affordable, practical and easy to buy in quantities which are right for you; whether you need 100 disposable plates or 1000s!

We have the UK’s most comprehensive website, dedicated to sustainable alternatives to single use plastic catering disposables. From cups, lids and stirrers, through to plates, tableware, sandwich boxes and deli pots, we have everything you need to serve takeaway food and drinks, either in your business or when entertaining at home. 

Shopping with Single Use Alternatives is simple and fuss-free. Our website is user friendly, mobile first and fully secure, with easy account set up, account management and re-ordering. We’re happy to send out free product samples so you’ll have a chance to try-before-you buy, and thanks to our competitive prices, choosing products made from plant based, natural materials is easy on your budget too. 

Our products are made from renewable sources and as such are either fully compostable or biodegradable. For compostable items, we suggest you check locally for compostables collection in local food waste. Alternatively, compostable items can be placed in your garden compost bin, but please note that it will take longer for them to fully degrade. 

Biodegradable items require special industrial composting facilities if they are to fully degrade in a timely manner. At present, this type of facility isn’t available in all areas of the UK, so please check the situation in your area first. 

Get in touch

Choosing our eco-friendly alternatives to plastic plates and catering disposables is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint whilst helping the environment. If you would like to find out more about our products or ordering from us, please get in touch at:


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