Disposable flatware is essential to many establishments, especially those offering take out or casual catering services. It provides your customers with every convenience possible, while the style you choose acts as a direct reflection of your business. Give your guests a quality and sturdy feel with heavy weight plastic flatware, or make a difference in the environment with an eco-friendly option. Choose from a variety of different colors as well, from sleek black, to classic white, to versatile clear.
Biodegradable – A product is considered biodegradable if it can be naturally broken down by microorganisms, such as bacteria or fungi, over a period of time. Products that are biodegradable are usually made from plant or animal resources.
Compostable – Items are considered compostable when they can decompose and decay into water, carbon dioxide, or nutrient-rich, reusable biomass, at the same rate as paper without releasing harmful toxins.
Degradable– Degradable products are oil-based and cannot break down naturally like biodegradable items can. Rather, degradable products are broken down through chemical reactions in anaerobic environments. Their decomposition results in water, carbon dioxide, biomass, or trace elements.
Recyclable – Recyclable simply means that a product can be reused and made into something else, something new.
Renewable – A product is renewable if it comes from a tree, plant, or other living organism that is capable of regenerating itself. The production of renewable materials will therefore not deplete the renewable resources they come from. Renewable resources are also biodegradable.
Heavy Weight vs. Medium WeightWhile perusing our site, you may find yourself asking, "What's the difference between heavy weight plastic flatware and medium weight plastic flatware? How do I know which one I want to choose?" The difference is rather easy to explain. Heavy weight plastic utensils have a greater density. This makes them feel heavier, therefore giving your customers a greater sense of quality and value. Since heavy weight flatware is denser, it is also ideal for tougher and heavier foods, such as meats and pastas.
In contrast, medium weight flatware has a lighter density than its heavy weight counterpart. Since they don't have quite as weighty a feel, they won't necessarily convey that same sense of quality to your guests. However, since they have a lighter density, medium weight flatware is a more cost effective choice. Also, medium weight flatware is ideal for lighter fare, such as salads and desserts.
When trying to decide what flatware would be the best for your establishment, take into consideration what feeling and atmosphere you would like to convey to your customers, as well as the different kinds of food that your menu is comprised of.
Why Go Green?We feature a variety of eco-friendly flatware options on our site. But why go green? Biodegradable and compostable flatware can be more expensive than regular plastic flatware. So what are the benefits for you and your establishment? What's in it for you?
The main benefit is that using biodegradable and compostable flatware is great for the environment. Since it easily breaks down and decomposes, eco-friendly flatware helps to reduce landfill waste. Minimizing waste build-up as much as possible helps sustain the environment for future generations.
What will helping sustain the environment give you other than a peaceful state of mind? It will help to build your reputation with your customers! When customers see that you are using eco-friendly products in your establishment, they'll appreciate the fact that you're doing your part for the environment. This will make them more likely to support and promote your restaurant, cafe, or other establishment. The additional sales and free advertising by word-of-mouth that you can get by using green products could outweigh their higher cost.
Bioplastic vs. WoodSay that you decide to go with an eco-friendly flatware option for your establishment. We have bioplastic environmentally friendly items available, as well as wooden utensils for you to select from. Which one should you choose? It really all depends on your establishment and your individual preferences.
Biodegradable and compostable plastic flatware is made from bioplastics, which are sustainable plastics made from some form of biomass, such as vegetable fats, oils, cornstarch, etc. Flatware made from bioplastics offers your customers generally the same look and feel as regular plastic flatware. However, bioplastics cannot be used in high heat settings, and while they do decompose in waste landfills, the amount of time it will take for them to break down will vary from brand to brand.
In contrast, wooden utensils, such as bamboo, can be used in high heat environments. They are also burnable and can be broken down right away without any waste buildup. Wooden utensils do offer a different, more organic "look" to your customers which may or may not be congruent with your establishment's atmosphere. Not quite as sturdy as bioplastics, they are recommended for lighter fare and take out meals, and can even be used for tasting samples!
Individually Wrapped FlatwareIndividually wrapped plastic flatware also promotes sanitation. While packing up your customer's to go order, you don't have to worry about grabbing the wrong end of the spoon, fork, or knife. Because everything is neatly contained in its packaging, it won't get contaminated and your customers will know that they're getting perfectly sanitary utensils.
Serving Utensils, Bread Knives, and Spreadersdisposable serving utensils. From larger serving spoons and forks to tongs and ladles, there is something for every dish. Plastic bread knives and sandwich spreaders are likewise available.
Ideal for catering, buffets, and banquets, these serving utensils help to reduce stress and minimize clean-up. Since they're disposable, all you have to do is put the utensils out for your guests to use, and then throw them away once your customers are finished. Also, you won't have to worry about losing or leaving anything at catering events since these low-cost serving utensils are easily replaceable.