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Your Guide to Biodegradable Eco Catering Supplies

Your comprehensive guide to the many different options of eco-friendly, biodegradable catering supplies available to you!

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Here at Going Green Solutions, we've been specialising in biodegradable disposable eco catering supplies for more than 10 years. It's just so exciting seeing the range of options increasing, at the same time as seeing prices decrease (as the market grows).

Here's a round up of eco-friendly alternatives to conventional disposable catering ware options.

Biocane Plates, Bowls and Platters.

Oval biocane plate 3 compartment biocane plate Biocane biodegradable disposable plate Biocane soup bowl

Biocane fibre biodegradable disposable plates, bowls and platters are both eco-friendly and user friendly! They are very sturdy (no need to resort to plastic plates just to get one that doesn't sag). We supply the Queen Vic Night Market food traders with these plates every year and they hold huge delicious dinners no problem. They are also made from renewable, plant based waste materials including Bagasse (sugarcane fibre) and other agricultural waste fibres. Bagasse is the fibre left over after the process of extracting sugar from sugar cane....instead of disposing of the fibres, they are collected and turned into fibre products which can basically replace paper pulp products. The same applies to other agricultural waste fibres - they are collected at the end of harvesting and the fibres made into fibre products. Sugarcane and other agricultural waste fibres are annually renewable and 100% tree-free. They are 100% biodegradable and compostable, and the Carbon Emissions related to manufacture, distribution and disposal have been offset through the purchase of carbon credits.

Palm Leaf Plates, Bowls and Platters

Palm leaf serving platter Palm leaf plate round Palm leaf plate heart shaped Palm leaf plate square

If you needs plates, these are our most beautiful eco catering supplies hands down - Palm Leaves from the Areca Palm drop naturally from the trees, are collected, soaked, pressed into shape and trimmed into a plate. Each is completely unique and hand made using no chemicals.

This is not the palm tree that is causing deforestation; no need to worry about contributing to that problem when you choose these plates. The Areca Palm tree (used for these plates) grows wild in India and is also known as the Betelnut Palm.

Palm leaf plates, bowls and platters are 100% natural, annually renewable, completely biodegradable and compostable and chemical free.

Biodegradable disposable Biocup coffee cups

Biocup biodegradable coffee cup Kraft biocup eco friendly dispoiosable coffee cup Art series biocup wide mouthed biodegradable biocup

Did you know that even though conventional take-away coffee cups are mainly paper, they have a thin lining of plastic around them which means they take years to break down? As for polystyrene cups...let's not even go there.

Lucky for us all, there is an awesome and cost comparable eco-friendly option, the Biocup biodegradable disposable hot drink cup. They are made from FSC certified sustainably managed plantation wood, covered in a very thin lining of biodegradable PLA plant based plastic, that is certified biodegradable and compostable. They are also recyclable in many Australian council waste recycling systems (check this list to see if your council accepts them)

100% carbon offset and competitively priced - a brilliant eco-product to replace conventional plastic coated paper hot drink cups. Made with FSC certified plantation wood and coated in plant based PLA, our Eco BioCup coffee cups are biodegradable & compostable, so they leave a smaller environmental footprint. A true eco-friendly alternative.

Biodegradable cold drink cups

PLA biodegradable cold drink cup 360ml buodegradable PLA clear cup PLA cup lid Wine goblet made from PLA

It's hard to believe it - but PLA was invented in the 1800's, even thought it has only started to be used more widely now. When it was invented it was used for medical sutures. So in fact, this amazing plant based bioplastic material has been available for a long time.

Thank goodness it is finally becoming recognised as a viable alternative to petroleum based plastics; another awesome fact about it is that carbon footprint of Ingeo™ bioplastic (which our range of cups are made from) is up to 75% smaller than conventional plastics such as PET. Not only that, but our full range of PLA clear cups is also carbon offset from cradle to grave.

PLA cups come in a huge range of sizes from 30ml (for tastings), through 150ml, 200, 300, 360, 420, 500, 700ml and also wine goblets. Lids to match for all sizes, also made from PLA bioplastic. They can be frozen and used for anything cold including drinks, smoothies, yoghurt, ice-cream and salads. They CAN'T be heated....they are heat sensitive. If you need a hot food container, check out our Fibre lunchboxes and food containers.

Soup and chip cups

Biocup soup cup Biocup soup cup kraft Biocup chip cup Biocup soup cup lid

Made the same way as our Biocup hot drink cups, our soup and chip cups are also made from 100% FSC certified wood pulp lined with biodegradable and compostable PLA bioplastic. Designed for hot foods, they can also be used for all manner of cold foods and look really great with salads, yoghurt and ice-cream.

Fibre lunch boxes and take-away containers

Biocane hot dog box 750ml lunchbox base square biocane lunch box base biocane fibre lunchbox with lid

Just like our range of biocane plates, bowls and platters, our Biocane fibre lunchboxes and take-away food boxes are made from annually renewable, plant based materials and are 100% biodegradable and compostable after use. They come in a huge range of sizes and shapes, with and without lids, with and without compartments.

Kraft, PLA lined lunchboxes and sandwich trays

Brown kraft FSC lunchbox Brown kraft FSC lunchbox with window Sandwich wedge Sandwich platter box

An alternative to the Fibre Biocane lunchbox range, our Kraft lunch boxes are a classy way to serve take-away meals. Made from certified FSC wood pulp and lined with Ingeo PLA bioplastic, they are biodegradable and compostable, as well as being carbon offset.

Clear PLA deli bowls and food containers

Bioplastic PLA deli container Clear PLA deli container Clear pla lid for deli bowl Clear pla sushi container

Guess what - here is the perfect replacement for lots of your plastic take-away containers! Just as with our clear PLA cold drink cups, our cold food deli containers and salad bowls are made from 100% Ingeo bioplastic, and are certified biodegradable and compostable. They can be frozen but not heated (they are heat sensitive and will buckle and melt if left in direct sunlight or exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees). Great for salads, storing leftovers in the fridge or freezer, dips, ice-cream and desserts.

FSC Birch wood catering cones, trays and boats & bamboo skewers

FSC wooden cups FSC wooden catering cones FSC wooden boats Bamboo skewers

For something that looks just that bit more special, but still eco-friendly, our wooden range is made from certified FSC birch wood. Biodegradable and compostable after use, they are a gorgeous and natural look for your next event. NB: we sell these by the box only, not by the sleeve.

Eco-friendly, biodegradable disposable cutlery options


 PSM cutlery CPLA bio cutlery PLA stirrer Wooden cutlery

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to eco-friendly disposable cutlery options. All of them is a better option that plastic; all are sturdy and user-friendly, and people are usually pleasantly surprised at how affordable they are!

PLA & CPLA cutlery: both are made from 100% plant based bioplastic, and are therefore certified biodegradable and compostable.

PSM cutlery: made from 70% bioplastic with 30% conventional plastic mixed in. This makes them a little cheaper and also a bit more flexible. These are certified biodegradable but not compostable (because of the 30% conventional plastic).

Wooden cutlery, chop-sticks and coffee stirrers: are made from certified FSC birch wood and are also (as with all our catering ware range) carbon neutral.

Napkins and other paper consumables

FSC lunch napkins FSC white napkins Facial tissues post-consumer recycled Kitchen towel post consumer recycled

Everything you require in terms of paper consumables has a beautiful eco-friendly alternative. Basically, you want to choose either post-consumer recycled paper fibre options, or products made from certified FSC materials. Our range covers everything from cocktail, lunch and dinner napkins (in white, natural and black, quarter fold or eighth fold, one or two ply), facial tissues, toilet tissue and kitchen towel. There are so many alternatives to check out, we recommend you go to our webpage to see what your options are.

We've tried to showcase the huge range of eco-friendly, biodegradable disposable catering ware options for you here - but please, if you have any questions at all just call us on 03 9718 0126 and our friendly staff will talk you through all the options available and help you find the best match for your needs :-).

If you want to know more about what biodegradable and compostable means, or more about what products might best suit your , check out these other blog posts:

Bioplastics - are we using food to make them?

Degradable, biodegradable and compostable - what's the difference?

Which biodegradable catering products are the easiest to compost at home?

How compostable is compostable catering ware?

What does compostable mean?


Lucinda, Sean, Annette and Holly

Going Green Solutions team



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