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Think Beyond Disposables: Packaging Material For Food Plates And Trays

When using disposable packaging, one often wonders if it’s a sustainable choice for the environment. What if your disposable packaging material was organic or made of biodegradable materials? Well, as a present-day consumer, you should always check for different kinds of materials available in the market before making a purchase. Let’s talk about the most simple type of packaging like Food plates and trays. These are disposables that are used by households, offices and restaurants as well. From serving snacks, take-outs, dinner or even canteen lunches, throwaway plates and trays are popularly used. They are used so often that one sees it as a convention for certain events. One is always on the lookout for the most trendy packaging to make their food look more appealing but little did you know, it is not only about the look, but the materials used in it which equally matters. Why be stuck with one material for all purposes when you can have it all? Variety is the spice of life and there are a number of materials like paper, bagasse, areca, wood, etc. for your perfect packaging needs. It is your right to be informed, and hence I will take this opportunity to guide you through the world of eco-friendly packaging materials.

Packaging Material #1: Plastic Plates & Trays

These are the most versatile and easily available types of trays and plates used extensively in households and commercial spaces.

‍Packaging Material: Plastic Plates & Trays
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They aren't exactly environmentally friendly but they are very cheap, and hence, used like tea trays, plastic plates for serving snacks at food joints, etc. Plastic packaging is the most preferred material by customers, as it preserves the quality and taste of food while protecting it from external contamination. The material is non-reactive to any eatables and hence prevents food from spoiling internally. As plastic trays come in an array of designs and patterns, they are popular among disposable serving platters. Decorative and yet recyclable, plastic plates and trays make for a great option for many occasions.

Packaging Material #2: Paper Plates & Trays

Talking about cheap and decorative, paper plates are a buzz in parties since childhoods. From serving upma at tea stalls to hor 'd oeuvres at luxury events, paper plates are used by all.

‍Packaging Material: Paper Plates & Trays
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Due to their essential features of being attractive and cheap, paper trays are extensively used as serving trays, especially in homes, eating joints and even at business feasts. Paper plates are not only cheap but the most convenient to use. They can be simply used and thrown in a recycle bag, without causing much damage to the environment.

Packaging Material #3: Bagasse Plates & Trays

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed. When you get what you want, but not what you need. Bagasse plates are the ones that save the trees. While taking less money from the pocket too, you see. The best eco-friendly packaging material you will see in the market is Bagasse. It originates from sugarcane and is used to manufacture sturdy package containers, paper products, etc.

‍Packaging Material: Bagasse Plates & Trays
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It is 100% biodegradable and can be turned into compost. Bagasse may sound too earthy, but they make for some very tantalizing plates. Bagasse trays are popular as they are big, look good, and bear weight as well.

Packaging Material #4: Thermocol Plates & Trays

Thermocol is a non-reactive substance like plastic. It is made up of a polymer of stretch polystyrene which are light in weight and yet stiff in structure. They are made in attractive designs and forms, colours and patterns. There are various merchandize of thermocol like plates, trays, bowls, glasses etc.

‍Packaging Material: Thermocol Plates & Trays
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Serving trays and platters are the most common thermocol products. They are durable and can be stored for a long time for future use. it’s not necessary to throw them after one use, you can reuse it with proper cleansing. Any wet or dry food doesn’t stick to the container made out of an excellent quality of thermocol, making it easy to wash and minimize wastage of food.

Packaging Material #5: Areca Leaf Plates & Trays

Areca leaves are sought from Areca palm trees (commonly known as Supari trees) when they fall to the ground naturally. These leaves are compressed to shape as plates, trays or bowls, according to the specifications of the product. Areca leaf products do not require any added chemicals while manufacturing nor do they give out any unnatural odour post-production. A material very close to nature and yet very feasible for daily use.

‍Packaging Material: Areca Leaf Plates & Trays
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Available in diverse sizes, colors and designs, Areca leaf trays add an ethnic look to your serving platter. While using them, it gives one a very down-to-earth feel and makes you feel closer to mother nature. They are one-time use plates and completely biodegradable. Like bagasse, areca leaf trays and plates can be turned into compost after use. YAY for mother nature!

Whenever you are catering for an event or delivering food to customers, reputable food packaging is a must. It should definitely tick off the following factors such as,

  • Hygiene and sterility
  • Sturdy and capacious
  • Pocket-friendly
  • Appealing to the eye

Well, whatever is your choice, do make it count. Stunning serving plates or Big earthy trays, best quality materials are available here. We suggest you to go for the best of both worlds, eco-friendly and captivating!

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