Updated: Mar 5
See some of the best places to buy biodegradable and compostable packaging for mobile catering businesses
Compostable and biodegradable packaging is standard practice in the mobile catering industry these days.
It helps the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, is easy to dispose of and helps your business project a positive image.
Moreover, if you want to get into most events you will have to serve your products in sustainable packaging as part of the application process.
So if you are relatively new to this industry and want to know where to get buy biodegradable packaging you have come to the right place.
Below are some of the most well known and established suppliers of compostable packaging selling everything you need for a mobile catering business.
All of the suppliers on the list sell a wide range of disposable biodegradable and compostable packaging.
Sandwich & wrap boxes
Carry packs & bags
List of companies that supply biodegradable packaging
Vegware is probably the most established and well-known supplier of biodegradable and compostable packaging in the UK and were ahead of the trend in terms of sustainability.
They sell pretty much every compostable packaging you can think of, from biodegradable coffee cups to pizza boxes and everything in between.
They also offer a custom print service for putting your logo or message on the packaging.
Nisbets is one of the largest supplier of catering equipment in the UK and is the go-to for a lot of mobile catering businesses.
Over recent years they have also recognised how the market is shifting towards more sustainable packaging and now offer a large range of disposable compostable products.
They sell their own brand of disposable called Fiesta Green and they also stock Vegware's full product range.
This is a relatively new and up and coming disposable packaging company and one I have started to use recently for compostable PLA cold cups for my juice bar business.
Their customer service is great, and they offer a very convenient next day delivery service Monday to Friday on items ordered before 2 pm.
They also offer a custom branded print service on request.
Biopak is another well-known company in the compostable packaging industry and who was ahead of the curve in terms of sustainable disposable packaging.
like Vegware they offer a wide range of disposable compostable packagings such as PLA smoothie cups, biodegradable coffee cups, straws, cutlery and takeaway boxes.
They offer a unique custom design service, where you can create your own packaging in line with your brand image.
They also give you the option to either brand your packaging with an ink stamp or with stickers.
The Compostable Cup Company
The Compostable Cup Company is a smaller and less established version of Nisbets and despite the name sells a lot more than just compostable cups.
They sell a wide range of biodegradable packaging from the likes of Biopak along with catering equipment such as food and drink appliances and cleaning and clothing products.
Enviropack is another large supplier of compostable packaging started back in 2002.
It describes itself as "one of Europe’s leading suppliers of environmentally friendly packaging, offering an unrivalled range of diverse eco-friendly and compostable, biodegradable, recyclable products"
They have a good selection of biodegradable packaging and you should find everything you need for a food truck or food stall business.
And like most compostable packaging companies today, they also offer a custom print service.
For more on mobile catering products and services see our food truck suppliers page.
What is compostable packaging made of?
Compostable or biodegradable packaging (sometimes referred to as bio-plastics is made from a variety of plant-based alternatives (PLA) such a corn starch or wood pulp.
It can be disposed of with food waste and is designed to break down under heat and moisture into compounds that are found in nature such as Co 2, water or biomass.
For more information on compostable packaging visit Repak
Benefits of compostable packaging
There are a wide range of environmental benefits of using compostable packaging
Some benefits include:
Reduces your carbon footprint - Producing compostable packaging requires fewer resources such as water and electricity, in turn, lowering emissions.
Easy to dispose of - Biodegradable packaging breaks down much quicker than plastics and can be disposed of along with food waste.
Is non-toxic and allergen-free - Because sustainable packaging is made from plant-based alternative such as cornstarch it does not have any toxic properties.
Improves business image - Serving food or drink in sustainable packaging can positively impact customers perception
Customers have come to expect their food and drink to be served in compostable/biodegradable packaging.
It is also a requirement set by most festival and event organisers these days that you use sustainable packaging and is an important part of the application process.
However, as compostable packaging is becoming standard practice there are now plenty of companies to choose from.
The companies on the list are just some of the best known and established in the mobile catering industry.