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Eco-friendly alternatives to single use plastic cutlery

Single use disposable items such as plastic cutlery, cups and lids are widely used in takeaway businesses, coffee shops, cafes, events businesses, food stalls, outside events and more. Unfortunately, plastic disposables such as these are adding to plastic pollution in the environment.

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 offer over 400 dedicated products, designed to provide affordable, sustainable alternatives to single use plastic cutlery and other disposable items. With products ideal for serving a huge range of takeaway food packaging items, from hot and cold drinks, through to sandwiches, hot food, cakes, confectionery and much more, we aim to make it easy to switch to plastic-free disposables. 

Our products

Our user-friendly, fully-secure website is dedicated to sustainable alternatives to plastic disposables. Our products are all 100% oil based plastic free and are instead made from plant based materials, such as wooden cutlery, compostable cups, Biopac deli, Vegware takeaway trays and coffee cups. Equally as durable as their plastic counterparts, the products we supply can help you reduce your carbon footprint whilst also helping the environment.

It is our mission to make it as easy as possible for businesses and individuals to choose eco-friendly alternatives to plastic catering disposables. We do this by offering competitive pricing, with no minimum order value. This means that you’ll be able to order in quantities which are realistic for you; whether you need 100 cutlery sets or 1000s. Free samples of our products are available and with simple account set up and management, placing an order with us is quick, secure and easy to do.

Catering disposables made from renewable sources

When you consider that since it was first manufactured, more than 8 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced, with the majority being made for just one use, we need to change our ways. Although we understand that we won't be able to remove plastic disposables completely from society, we can provide cost-effective, practical alternatives. 

To help reduce environmental impact, our products are either fully compostable or biodegradable. Some of our products might look very similar to plastic, but they mustn’t be disposed of with other plastic recycling waste. 

Instead, for compostable items, please check locally for compostables collections in local food waste. Alternatively, home compostable items are also suitable for home composting, but please note that the process will take longer, as the time required depends on the method you use and environmental conditions. 

For biodegradable items, these need to be processed in special industrial composting facilities if they are to fully degrade in a timely manner. At present, not all UK local authorities have this type of facility so again, we suggest you check the situation in your area first. 

Contact Single Use Alternatives

We know that we’re not going to change the world overnight. However, we’re hoping that by encouraging businesses and individuals to choose sustainable alternatives to single use plastic cutlery and catering supplies, this will result in a big win for the planet. 

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