Disposables and single use cups and plates might be one of the most convenient dinnerware options today. Life without disposable restaurant supplies would be much harder, because it's more than just cups and plates that fall under this list – we've got trash bags, food wrap, toilet paper, straws, and much, much more. When it comes to your next catered event, festival or concession stand, we feature a diverse set of disposable cutlery and disposable food containers (like those popular clamshells and multiple-compartment containers) to set you up for success.
Before purchasing disposable supplies, consider what type of food and beverages you'll be serving. For example, paper plates are great for serving both hot and cold food alike (and can be used in the microwave), but you might not appreciate those unsightly grease stains left behind. Plastic disposables, also referred to as premium disposables, are great for being inherently leak-proof, but you'll find that the perks of plastic also come with a price (a high one). If you specialize in take-out style lunches like sandwiches and salads, your disposable supplies will look different than someone selling "to-go" soups. Pick a single use container that's suited to your offerings to prevent leaks or crushed food.
Nowadays, choosing to be eco-friendly or not are over! Manufacturers like Eco-Products specialize in recyclable and compostable options to help you reach your sustainability goals. Most plastic cups, plates and containers are made from post-consumer recycled materials, which means that fewer "virgin" resources were used to make the product in the first place. Best part? These products are typically recyclable themselves, but be sure to check with your local municipality to find out what products they'll accept. Compostable disposable restaurant supplies are a great option for those who have access to commercial composting centers; these kinds of disposable containers are typically made from a renewable resource like sugar cane and are fully biodegradable (which means they will break down into organic material like soil!).
Disposable restaurant supplies aren't just about plastic cups and paper plates. Always have a good stock of items like napkins, paper towels, toilet paper and other restroom supplies for your customers. And don't forget about the smallest guests coming to your restaurant: children. Keep children happy with a pack of soybean crayons, which are non-toxic and bio-degradable. Finally, don't forget to keep trash bags in stock to keep messes at bay; plus don't miss Natur Bag compostable liners to really reach your zero-waste goals!
For more information about disposable restaurant supplies, check out our Disposables Buying guide.