Reusing and recycling packaging at Inn Supplies

To protect the sustainability of the planet, we understand the importance of reusing as much of our waste as possible.

Diverting used boxes from recycling to reuse is a suitable solution.

Reusing Packing Boxes

What do our parcels contain?

Cases contain products with one VAT invoice attached to a consignment.

Packs and sleeves of products are packed to make one box with one VAT invoice inside.

We do not use bubble wrap or plastic bags inside boxes. If padding is required for the protection of goods inside, recyclable paper will be used.

Reusing boxes for packaging

As some may have noticed, some boxes can arrive in a box different to the product. Although this can cause some confusion, packers reuse boxes to pack goods whenever possible.

The benefits of reusing boxes

  • Reusing boxes reduces waste
  • Reusing boxes helps the environment
  • Reusing boxes reduces cost on business

It is also possible for customers to reuse boxes for their own deliveries. If you do so, please remove the delivery labels from the boxes to avoid confusion with the courier.

A paper-free workplace

At Inn Supplies, we do our best to implement a paper-free working environment.

It makes sense as an online retailer, that we also store information electronically as part of our daily processes. This prevents unnecessary waste and provides less clutter in the workplace.

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of food and drink packaging, we urge others to play their part in protecting the environment.

Christmas / New Year delivery and opening times

Inn Supplies Christmas

Our offices will be closed this year between Christmas and New Year.

As we expect a busy period in the coming weeks, we urge you to place your order well ahead of time.

Christmas / New Year opening and closing times

We will dispatch the last orders on Wednesday 22 December 2021.

We will reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Ordering during the Christmas period

We will still take orders online over the closing period, but we will dispatch all orders when we reopen on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Should you have any questions, please email us and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Differences between 1, 2 and 3-ply napkins

Paper Napkins

The thickness of a paper napkin is referred to as a ply.

Inn Supplies offers napkins in three levels of thickness, and you can be sure to decide on the perfect napkin using this simple guide.

Differences between 1 ply 2 ply and 3 ply napkins

1-ply napkins

1-ply (or single ply) napkins are made of a single sheet of tissue commonly used in outdoor catering, takeaways, and fast-food businesses.

These napkins have a low cost per unit, which makes them well suited to large scale use.

Available in: 30cm

Recommended for: Light use, cafes and coffee ships, takeaways, outdoor events such as festivals.

2-ply napkins

2-ply napkins offer a thicker feel, designed to be used at the dinner table on side plates, or with takeaway foods. An extra layer of tissue helps absorb spills with ease.

Available in: 33cm
Recommended for: Parties, dinners, and events where a thicker quality napkin is required.

We find that 2-ply napkins are the most popular type of napkin because they provide good value for money and suit a wide variety of settings.

3-ply napkins

3-ply napkins are full dinner plate sized napkins, larger than 2-ply napkins.

Offering a soft linen-like texture and a more premium feel, 3-ply napkins have the best ability to soak up spills.

These napkins are often used for front-of-house usage. They are also seen in high-end eateries and restaurants where a thicker more luxurious napkin is required.

Available in: 40cm

Recommended for: High-end restaurants, weddings, and celebrations.

Explained: ‘Plastic In Product’ Logo On Single Use Products

From July 2021, the European Commission’s Single Use Plastic Directive (SUPD) has ruled that all disposable products sold and used in the EU must display a ‘Plastic in product’ logo.

Plastic In Product SUPD Logo

This logo also applies to products which contain no oil-based plastics.

The UK is not required to bring the SUPD into UK law and is not currently planning to implement it.

The government has however implemented policies to reduce single use plastics. This includes regulation to limit the use of plastic straws and stirrers.

Which products are affected by the SUPD?

  • Cotton bud sticks
  • Cutlery, plates, straws, and stirrers
  • Balloons and sticks for balloons
  • Food containers
  • Paper cups
  • Plastic bags
  • Packets and wrappers
  • Wet wipes and sanitary items
Plastic In Product SUPD Logo

Biodegradable and compostable products

The SUPD does not differentiate between products containing petroleum plastics or plant-based plastics, meaning that even a product which is certified as compostable will still need to display the logo.

This applies to biodegradable paper cups and biodegradable soup cups for example.

Unfortunately, this may present conflicting messages on the product. But the SUPD requires such products to display a logo, even though they contain no oil-based plastics.

For information about the logo and product which may be affected, please contact us.

Guide: How to choose plastic pint glasses

With so many plastic pint glasses available to buy, which ones do you choose?

Every glass is different, so we’ve put together a guide to help you make the right choice when buying your glasses.

Quality is guaranteed with all the plastic glasses at Inn Supplies – no matter what the type is.

Low-cost glasses

Low cost pint glasses

For many, the price is the most important factor.

Flexi pint glasses provide value-for-money and feature a slightly opaque appearance.

Made from polypropylene, the plastic has a high degree of natural flexibility which makes it very resistant to cracking or other similar damage. When squashed, it leaves no small shards of plastic.

These types of glasses are used throughout Europe and deliver a consistent value, year-in-year-out. Glasses are CE Marked and suitable for commercial use.

Eco-friendlier glasses

Biodegradable pint glasses

PLA biodegradable pint glasses offer a great environmentally friendly alternative to traditional oil-based plastic glasses.  

Perfect for beer, cider, or any cold drinks, these glasses are made from PLA, a renewable material which will degrade in landfill. Glasses are CE Marked and suitable for commercial use.

Strong glasses

Strong pint glasses

Katerglass pint glasses are widely known as one of the strongest pint glasses available.

These glasses offer unparalleled strength because they are made from tough polypropylene plastic. Slightly flexible, glasses offer a premium feel.

Thick sidewalls guarantee durability and rolled rims remove sharp edges. Glasses are CE Marked and suitable for commercial use.

Unbreakable glasses

Reusable pint glasses

If your pint glass must be reusable and unbreakable, a crystal polystyrene or polycarbonate glass is the one to choose.

Reusable pint glasses come in two ranges.

Our ECON range includes cost-effective “light use” products, whilst the ELITE range offers a more premium and heavier feel. Glasses are CE Marked where stated and suitable for commercial use.

Find further information about the differences between ECON and ELITE here.

Sizes available

  • 8oz – Soft drinks
  • 10oz – Half pint to brim
  • 12oz – Half pint to line
  • 20oz – Pint to brim
  • 22oz – Pint to line
  • 40oz – Oversize 2 pint

Visit the website to find great prices on pint glasses and half pint glasses today.

For special prices with bulk orders and pallet quantities, please contact us.

Are cup carriers recyclable?

Cup carriers have become a must-have for coffee shops and fast-food businesses.

Carriers available on the market today are commonly made of pulp fibre, which is made by combining water and recycled paper. This also includes recycled newspapers and similar recycled materials.

Made from such sustainable material means that they are recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable.

The natural insulating properties of these carriers also makes them perfectly suited to hot drinks, tolerant up to 100°C.

An eco-friendlier solution to plastic

A cup carrier can hold similar qualities to plastic. But perhaps not as strong as a plastic carrier, it is still sturdy for all types of drinks and flexible by design.

4 cup carriers with cafe mocha and weave ripple cups
4 cup carriers alongside cafe mocha and weave ripple cups

It doesn’t contribute to landfill, leaving no unnecessary waste.

How to recycle cup carriers

Moulded pulp can be recycled using your local council recycling scheme or composted at home.

Even if it isn’t recycled, moulded pulp can biodegrade in as little as 6 months.

Our 2-cup carriers and 4-cup carriers are frequently bought with ripple cups for takeaway coffee, and wooden stirrers.

Wooden cutlery packs now available in smaller volumes

We are pleased to offer wooden cutlery packs in packs of 25 and 50 for our customers.

Each pack contains a fork, knife, and spoon, all ethically sourced and made from virgin grade birch wood.

Wooden Cutlery Packs

Easy to store, wooden cutlery packs have helped prevent unnecessary contact during lockdown and have been popular for takeaways and delivery businesses.

Bulk cases of 500 packs are also available at a discounted price online.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I buy wooden cutlery?

If you are looking for wooden cutlery, then look no further than Inn Supplies.

We offer a vast range of recyclable cutlery at affordable prices. This includes all types of cutlery as well as bamboo skewers, chopsticks and toothpicks.

Can wooden cutlery be recycled?

Yes it can.

Is wooden cutlery biodegradable?

Our wooden cutlery pieces are made of virgin grade birch wood which means it can biodegrade within months of disposal.

Beer gardens expected to be back open in April

Beer Garden Catering Supplies In Lockdown

Pubs and restaurants could be able to serve outdoor meals and drinks in April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in his four-step “road map” on Monday.

The PM said from 12 April, Brits will be able to meet in beer gardens with the Rule of Six or a larger group of no more than two households.

This will be followed by the opening of pubs and restaurants indoors on 17 May, with social distancing restrictions remaining in place.

Unlike before, however, there will be no curfew, or substantial meal rule, but customers must remain seated and not order at the bar.

Other venues due to open on 12 April include non-essential retail, hairdressers, salons and attractions such as zoos. Gyms will also reopen, although indoor mixing will not be allowed.

The prime minster stated that the lifting of restrictions will be made on the latest data at every step outlined in the road map.

Do you need a supplier?

Inn Supplies is continuing to supply businesses within the hospitality sector.

Visit the website to find great prices on disposable and reusable catering supplies today.

Inn Supplies unveils a brand new website for 2021

Inn Supplies Launches New Website

Today, Inn Supplies is proud to unveil its brand new website.

After several months of speaking to customers and designing, we’re proud of the work that has been done to modernise our web presence. The website has been designed to better reflect our expertise in disposable catering supplies.

A whole new experience

A host of features promise to make the website more user-friendly. This includes a brand new and speedy interface, updated content and an easier navigation system to find products more quickly.

Inn Supplies Launches New Website

Everything at your fingertips

Our website is now fully mobile-friendly, which makes it easier to search for products and make orders with the click of a button.

We’ve also improved the customer account interface. This allows registered users to make repeat orders, access invoices, update information, manage reviews and newsletter subscriptions.

Quick tips

  • Are you searching for a SKU? Type it in the search bar
  • Are you looking for a product with a specific size e.g. 12oz? Type it in the search bar for quick results
  • Do you need a lid to fit your cup or container? Look on the same page for the recommended lids to fit
  • You can chat to our representatives on the website Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Your opinions matter

We will always try to improve the experience our customers have when visiting our website. If you have any comments we’d love to hear from you, so feel free to email us on

Discounted catering supplies for January 2021

Businesses have suffered a great deal during this pandemic.

We wanted to make things easier for business owners up and down the country, so we cut 10% off on selected products as we reopened for business in the New Year.

Great deals

Leak-proof boxes

Takeaway food boxes

Our leak-proof boxes come in a variety of sizes and feature an interlocking lid which keeps its contents secure. Suitable for hot food, the boxes are microwave safe for convenience. Biodegradable options are also available.

Great for: Food delivery businesses.

Plastic containers

Plastic food containers

Plastic containers with matching lids help keep food secure. This makes them great for storage as well as delivery. These containers are also microwave and freezer safe.

Great for: Restaurants, kitchens and food delivery businesses.

Sauce pots

Sauce pots and containers

Our sauce pots continue to be best-sellers during lockdown. They come in 2oz and 4oz sizes and keep condiments such as ketchup and mayonnaise secure inside.

Great for: Restaurants, cafes, mobile caterers and food delivery businesses.

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Hoping for a better year ahead

We are back open for business and dispatch orders while we can do so safely following government guidance.

Orders are delivered in 1-2 working days with standard shipping and next day for an additional fee. Orders over £100 qualify for free shipping.