Changing To Compostable Food Packaging


In 2019, we are seeing a huge shift around the world where many businesses are starting to change their disposable plastic packaging to a sustainable alternative such as compostable products. Today in Ireland, it is said that 22,000 plastic coffee cups are disposed of every hour and it’s still evident that many take-away restaurants or outdoor eatery’s still remain using non-compostable products as part of their everyday services. While these statistics have not vastly dropped, it’s obvious that many bars, hotels & restaurants are making a conscious effort to support this movement to a more sustainable Ireland, enforcing rules such as paper straws only or banning straws completely from their establishments or many using 100% compostable coffee cups.


While changing consumable’s to a compostable alternative, it’s important to ensure you are disposing of them correctly! We are all guilty of this – we grab our morning coffee and it’s served in a compostable cup to our delight – but many simply forget that in order for the product to 100% compost, it needs to be exposed to moisture, oxygen & bacteria in order to breakdown! Due to the lack of awareness, many people throw their compostable products into a general waste bin, which ends up in a landfill – not the right conditions for the product to compost. In order for your compostable products to correctly decompose, they can be placed in your brown bin without the need to rinse or separate from food waste. Compostable waste breaks down naturally and makes its way back into the earth, in return providing nutrients for new plant growth.


At Hugh Jordan, we believe it’s essential to begin phasing out any of your plastic or disposable products in order to not only be prepared for the EU single-use plastic ban which is anticipated to be enforced by 2020, but to be aware of the impact it’s having on the environment and to try make a change. From this incentive, we have devised together our new brochure for all our compostable food packaging, with everything ranging from bespoke coffee cups, cold cups, straws, soup containers & trays. Our products are 100% compostable and are made from three different materials: PLA, Bagasse & Palm Leaf. When switching to compostable products, one main query a lot of customers have is “What exactly are those products?” and this is an understandable query, given how new & innovative these materials are.


What is PLA?

Ingeo PLA is a unique bio-based material, manufactured by NatureWorks LLC in the USA, resulting from the sugar that naturally occurs in plants. Ingeo is made from dextrose (sugar) which is processed from field corn (maize), the most economically feasible source of plant starches. The production of the Ingeo bioplastic uses less the 0.04% of the annual global corn (maize) crop, which doesn’t impact immensely to world food prices or supply of corn.


The production of Ingeo uses less fossil fuel resources & generates fewer fossil fuel resources alongside reduced greenhouse gasses in comparison to most traditional plastics. By design, using Ingeo results in 75% less greenhouse gases than the oil-based PET or PS plastic it replaces, even if both end up in landfill (NatureWorks LLC 2015).


If you’re searching for an alternative to coffee cups, cold cups or lids, we have a wide range of products made from PLA to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Our Edenware Compostable 8oz Coffee Cups & matching Compostable Lid is ideal to help you on the way to changing to Polyactic Acid (PLA) packaging. Within our sustainable range, we also have cold cups & lids such as our 7oz, 10oz, 12oz, 20oz & a wide range of lids, all available to shop here.  We also include an extensive range of compostable food containers from the Kraft range, which are products such as food containers, soup containers, sandwich wedges & more, made from unbleached paperboard with a PLA lining. Explore our Kraft products here.


What is Bagasse?

Moulded fibre products are made from natural non-wood fibres (not from trees), deriving from fast growing plants such as bamboo, sugarcane & reeds. Once these plants have had their juice extracted, the leftover residue (often referred to as bagasse) is processed into a fine paper pulp which is then put into moulds, pressurised and dried to create environmentally friendly packaging. The water used during this manufacturing process is also re-used & recycled.  


Bagasse is mostly used for take-away food containers or plates such as our 9” plate, 7” plate, 12oz bowl and the regular & 2 compartment food containers.


What is Palm Leaf?

Palm Leaf plates & bowls are created from unused leaves from the Adaka Nut Palm and are made in India. The process to make this material is by the collection & cleaning of the leaves followed by a mechanical compression into the mould at 120 degrees Celsius to create the finish and finalised product. The beauty of the palm leaf design is how each piece has its own individual pattern & unique structure.


If you are searching for a rustic, stylish & 100% compostable way to serve food in your outdoor eatery or food stall, this beautiful collection is available online now by clicking here.



If you’re searching to swap to compostable products, shop our full range online now by clicking here. We have an extensive range of products for take-away food establishments including cutlery, cups, plates & more. We’d love to hear how you’re business is getting on with swapping to compostable products; let us know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram! Also, if you’re looking for tips or advice on compostable products, call us today on 01-862-7333 or get in touch with us on any of our social platforms.