recyclable coffee cups

Delivering eco-friendly catering supplies and compostable coffee cups UK wide

Although increasing numbers of businesses want to reduce our use of single use, disposable plastics; it isn’t easy thanks to the high price of alternatives and the difficulty of buying them in realistic quantities. At Single Use Alternatives we aim to offer something different and you’ll find that our range of sustainable cups, plates and catering supplies is affordable and easy to buy and order in quantities which are right for you; whether that’s 100s or 1000s.

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.

Our product range

Our product range is ideal for use in coffee shops, takeaways, the events trade, cafes or for entertaining at home. Our products are all compostable or biodegradable and made from plants, not plastic. Whether you’re looking for double walled coffee cups for hot drinks, paper cups for cold drinks, plates, food boxes, trays or sandwich bags, we have everything you need to serve and sell takeaway items. 

Buying and ordering from Single Use Alternatives is easy as our website offers simple account management and ordering, with free product samples available to help you choose the best items for you. In addition, we don’t set a minimum order value and our low prices mean you could save up to 20% on wholesale. Last and by no means least, we also offer bulk discounts so the more you buy, the more you save. 

Our products are made from sustainably sourced, renewable plant based materials. This means that by choosing our products over those made from plastic, you’ll be doing your bit for the planet by ‘closing the loop’. When items are made from plant based PLA, less greenhouse gases are created and less energy is used in their manufacture. Once they are returned back to enrich the soil through the composting process, fossil fuels are kept in the ground which is an important objective for net zero and mitigating climate change.

How to recycle our products

Although many of our products might look and feel almost exactly like plastic, they mustn’t be disposed of with other plastic recycling. Instead, our products are either fully compostable or biodegradable. 

Compostable cups and catering supplies can be recycled either by your local council with other compostable waste, or in your garden compost bin. Please note that it will take longer for items to fully degrade when composted at home, as the length of time the process takes depends on the method you use and conditions. 

Biodegradable items should be recycled in one of the special industrial composting facilities used by some UK councils. However, as these facilities aren’t yet available in all parts of the UK, please check the situation where you live first.

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