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Reusable alternatives to single use plastics

At Single Use Alternatives we know that reducing their carbon footprint and helping the environment is becoming increasingly important to many businesses. We are a young business which is absolutely passionate about making it easy and affordable to switch to sustainable alternatives to the single use items which contribute towards plastic pollution.

From alternatives to plastic cutlery and straws, through to coffee cups and sandwich cartons, our range of compostable food packaging is designed to offer an alternative way to safeguard 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 range of 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.

Making it easier to make eco friendly choices

Although more of us want to make the switch to eco-friendly plastic free products, in reality finding realistically priced alternatives which are easy to buy can prove complicated and time-consuming. It is our aim to simplify ordering and buying sustainable food packaging and as such, we offer a range of cost-effective products which are easy to order in realistic quantities for direct delivery to your business or home. 

Our products are designed to package a huge range of takeaway food and drinks, making them ideal for use in takeaway, catering and events businesses, coffee shops, food stalls and farmers markets, or for entertaining at home. From reusable alternatives to single use plastic cutlery, through to takeaway cartons, food wrapping and trays, cups, lids and stirrers, our products are made from plants and not oil based plastic. 

Ordering from our user-friendly, fully-secure website is easy; with simple re-ordering and account management. We don’t set a minimum order value so you’ll be able to order in quantities which are right for you; whether you need 100 alternatives to plastic cups or 1000s. We’re happy to send free product samples so you can try before you buy and with savings of up to 20% on wholesale prices, the more you shop with us, the more you’ll save. 

Why we need to make the switch

Thanks to worldwide publicity over recent years, we are increasingly aware of the problems caused by plastic waste in the environment. Since plastic was first produced, over 8 billion tons have been produced. Of this, more than 6 billion tons is now either waste in landfill or plastic pollution in the environment. When you consider that plastic takes at least 400 years to fully degrade, it’s clear that something needs to be done. 

The good news is that there is now a wide range of viable alternatives to single use plastics; however these can be expensive and difficult to source. In addition, the various types of new plastics and alternatives to plastics can be confusing. As a result, choosing what might appear to be a more ethical alternative can have other consequences. 

To compound the problem further, approaches to recycling vary between UK local authorities, with processing plants differing depending on where you live. The products are out there and consumers want to buy them but are deterred by difficulties in sourcing them and higher prices. After all, why should we have to pay more for alternatives when the future of the planet is at stake?

At Single Use Alternatives we understand the convenience of single use plastic catering disposables. We also understand that we are not going to be able to remove single use plastics from society completely. This is why we aim to offer an affordable supply of plastic free catering disposables, which are simple to order from one convenient source. 

Who we are

How to recycle our products

Although many of our products look as though they are made from plastic, they mustn’t be recycled with other plastic waste. The products we sell are either compostable or biodegradable. Compostable products can be disposed of with other compostable waste for collection by your local council, or in your garden compost bin. Biodegradable items need to be recycled in special industrial composting facilities. At present, not all local councils offer this type of facility so please check the situation where you live first. 

Get in touch with Single Use Alternatives - cost effective alternatives to polystyrene food trays and packaging

If you’re looking for an affordable, sustainable way to reduce your businesses’ use of disposable items made from polystyrene foam or single use plastic, you’ll find that our products offer the ideal solution. From disposable compostable cups and food trays, through to deli pots and sandwich products, our products will help you protect the planet anddon’t cost the earth. If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with us at:

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