Category Archives: Eco-Friendly Tableware

Our New Line of To-Go Packaging Hits The Streets

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There’s no question that food trucks are here to stay.  A natural evolution of the restaurant industry, the mobile food industry continues to undergo major growth around North America.

From small suburbs to major cities, more and more people continue to embrace food trucks as a new way of eating. We love it because it’s fast, convenient, and affordable. And the diversity and quality just keep getting better.

According to Ross Resnick, founder of Roaming Hunger, from 2011 to 2013, there was nearly a 200% increase in the number of food vendors entering the industry. He estimates that by 2017 there will be more than 20,000 trucks nationwide. To hear more on this, click here.

What do we think when we see those statistics? You can probably guess. That all of those people eating all of that food on-the-go requires a lot of disposables and produces a whole lot of waste.

And whether you are a restaurant OR a street vendor, we also understand how valuable presentation is to bringing in customers.

As the industry grows, more food truck owners are starting to go green, taking steps to be more environmentally responsible. To meet the demands of their eco-conscious customers and also cut costs, sometrucks are:


Using alternative fuel (turning leftover cooking oil into biofuel)


Building solar-powered kitchens


Serving local organic ingredients


Choosing recyclable and biodegradable to-go packaging


This inspired our designers to develop the new Street Food Collection!

Check out our bamboo leaf boats and wood cones, news printed containers, bagel boxes and crepe holders, and more — all recyclable and biodegradable.

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For our complete new Street Food Packaging Collection, click here.

For our complete line of Take Out Packaging, click here.

Plus:  Visit the US Food Trucks at the 2015 World Fair!

Estimated to bring together 144 countries and 30 million visitors, the 2015 Expo Milano, to take place in Italy this summer, will address the challenge of how we are going to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050. Food trucks (along with flying acrobats and vertical gardens) are slated to be one of the features at the extraordinarily ambitious US Pavillion where visitors will be able to experience and taste the rich diversity of the US. For more information and the latest news on this huge event, you can visit www.expo2015.org/en.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Receptions

When couples are getting married, they have to think about the kind of ceremony they want to have to celebrate what should be the happiest day of their lives. More and more couples decide to have an Eco-friendly wedding and it is a great think!

If you are a caterer or an event planner, you are more and more likely going to be asked to organize a “green” reception and you need to be prepared for that. Sending Eco-friendly invites, choosing Eco-friendly venues, dresses or rings, getting the guests green favors and going on a green honeymoon will be on the couple’s to-do list, but organizing the green reception and dinner will be on yours and here are a couple of ideas for you to do so in a fancy and original way.

  • When it comes to food and drinks, use local vendors and go organic! Having an organic menu doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing your clients’ budget but it definitely means making them happy. Use locally grown food and organic products and make sure that you let your clients (and their guests) know about it!
  • If you use disposable items for the reception, make sure they are eco-friendly and biodegradable. The best example is of course when it comes to appetizers… You will need skewers! It is easy to have a classy and romantic presentation while staying Eco-friendly. Take a look at these skewers: From classic elegant skewers with white pearls to colorful flower skewers through romantic heart shaped skewers, you can find the perfect wedding skewers and be sure they are 100% Eco-friendly as they are made of bamboo. When it comes to sign clips, not only they are a great way to indicates your clients’ guests where they will sit but it is also a great Eco-friendly favor idea if they let their guests know that they can take them with them.

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  • Still regarding appetizers, you may be looking for an original dish to serve them. Why not choose these beautiful wooden boats or bamboo boats? You can be sure that most of the guests have never seen that and they will all love it. Biodegradable and Eco-friendly, they are a great disposable option for weddings!

Make sure you recycle, compost and dispose everything in the smartest way possible and you can be sure that your clients will be satisfied clients!

Check out all of our other Eco-friendly products at www.packnwood.com.

Cones And Mini Fryer Baskets: Perfect French Fries Displays

The snow is back! When the weather is cold and snowy, everybody would rather be inside and have a delicious hot comforting meal than walking around outside in the wind and go grocery shopping.

fries-picWhat is the American’s number one comfort food when it comes to meals? Yes, you got it, French fries of course! Americans love French fries and it is also one of the most popular side dishes in the world. Easy and cheap for businesses to make, hot crispy French fries are definitely one of the most satisfying food you can get, especially when it is cold outside!

Served as they do it in Europe – with cooked mussels or with a fried egg on top or with grilled steak – or simply the American way – as a side, covered in ketchup or other dipping sauces – so many people love French fries that restaurants keep re-inventing them.

On average, Americans eat about 29 pounds of French fries per year!

So if you are a business that is not serving fries yet, you may want to reconsider! And if you do, how about some originality in your display? Fries are delicious but if they are presented in a fun way you can be sure your customers will remember and enjoy it and more likely come back.

One of the most original fries serving idea is to do it in Mini Fryer Baskets. Not only your customers will have never seen it before, but it is also extremely convenient and awesome looking. Served as a side in a Wooden Tray with a Greaseproof Paper Liner, French fries have never looked so cool and yummy.

Another great idea that will also set you apart from competition would be to serve your delicious fries in Bamboo or Wooden Cones. Original, and Eco-friendly, fries look just as delicious as they taste! You are also sure to make an impression!
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Don’t forget that even though everyone loves fries, you still have to do everything you can to be different and stay a step ahead of your competitors and here’s your chance to do so!

Check out all of our other Eco-friendly products at www.packnwood.com.  

NYC Bans Foam Takeout Containers

On June 27th, we talked in our article New York Foam Ban Coming Soon about how NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been taking initiatives to try and make New York City more environmentally friendly by following California action and ban Styrofoam and foam food takeout containers.

Polystyrene foam – referred to as Styrofoam – is a cheap, light and strong material mostly used for takeout food containers. It is however extremely bad for the environment as it not recyclable, mostly ends up in landfills and lives for over 500 years. This is why about a hundred cities – including San Francisco, Seattle and Portland – have already banned foam food containers. In its last legislative session the New York Council also unanimously voted the ban of Styrofoam containers, making NYC the largest city in America to implement such a ban.

This ban is however a compromise for now and will only take effect next year. Why? Opponents of the ban, mostly container manufacturers, say that such a ban will hurt small business who rely on foam for its low cost and won’t be able to afford more Eco-friendly solutions. Dart Container Corporation, one of the largest makers of foam products, spent almost $1 million with the American Chemistry Council to try to block legislation and stop the ban. They managed to get a deadline – January 1rst, 2015 – to prove to the sanitation commissioner that foam can be collected and recycled in an economical way – something that has not been successfully done by any municipality so far. If they can’t prove it by this deadline, the law will take effect in July 2015.

More and more cities are taking the Eco-friendly direction when it comes to food containers and your city might be the next one to implement the ban. Chicago for instance is already also proposing a ban on the containers.

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If your business uses foam products it is time to go ahead of the ban and move on to more Eco-friendly products. If you are nervous that your cost are going to increase dramatically, don’t worry. There are plenty of affordable Eco-friendly options that you can take a look at. Not only your customers will love your new Green image, but your image will also get better, allowing you to slightly increase your prices and cover the pricing difference.

One of the most economical Eco-friendly option you can go for is of course sugarcane.

Light, resistant and cheap, sugarcane product also have a very upscale image and are 100% compostable.

Take a look at our sugarcane products at www.packnwood.com and take your first step towards sustainability! 

Eco-Friendly Superbowl Party Tips

You know it, the Super Bowl is coming up. Everyone is talking about it and it is the perfect opportunity for you to host a great party and have your favorite people coming over for the day. If you are planning on hosting a party, here are a couple of tips about how to do it successfully.

football-3-585061-mFirst of all, forget the “football fans only” party. The Super Bowl is pretty much an excuse to get together, have a few drinks and enjoy each other, it is not only about football. Don’t forget about those friends who know nothing about football but will make the party more fun! Invite your family, your friends, and your colleagues… anyone you feel like hanging out with!

Once you are done with the invites, it is time for you to get your place ready and set everything up. Clean a little, set up several screens if you can – especially if you are having a lot of people over – set up your furniture and make sure everyone will be able to sit down and see the screens… You can also decorate your place with teams’ colors to set the mood. You are almost ready!

Besides the actual game, the most important thing is… YES, the food and the drinks! You don’t want a bunch of hungry football fans on a Super Bowl Sunday, so you have to make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks – alcoholic and non-alcoholic – to please all of your guests. Wings, onion rings, nachos, sliders… Possibilities are endless and your only job is to make sure you serve everything in appropriate tableware. Because it is already a lot of work to have people over, you want to make it as easy as possible to clean everything up after the party. That is where disposable plates and dishes come in handy.

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But before going for disposables, you have to think about the environment and make sure you pick Eco-friendly ones. Biodegradable, compostable or at least recyclable, you thankfully have plenty of great options to make your life easier while still respecting the environment. Go for sugarcane plates, palm leaf dishes or bamboo cutlery and stay green even when enjoying football.

One last thing, think about recycling and set up different trash cans to incite your guests to be careful and mindful about it. It’ll also make the cleanup easier when the party is over!

Check out all of our Eco-friendly products at www.packnwood.com