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How to Reduce Your Restaurant’s Packaging Waste for Takeout

bento box

Takeout orders can easily be the most wasteful part of your operations. That’s because the containers that you use are not reusable, so they are prone to waste. You can reduce the amount of waste you create from takeout orders by taking a few simple steps. Here is how to reduce your restaurant’s packaging waste for takeout. 

Choose the Correct Container

Serving Tray

One of the best ways to reduce packaging waste is to choose the correct container. Containers that do not fit the dimensions and portion sizes for your takeout orders run the risk of creating unused space. In many cases, you’re likely using a container that is too big for what you are selling. 

You can reduce the amount of waste in your packaging by choosing multi-compartment containers. For example, a container that has a compartment for each part of the meal combines the meal into one container, eliminating the need for multiple containers per order. Bento boxes are a good way to do this since they are both practical and stylish. 

Compostable Products

Drink Cups

Takeout containers are thrown away when they are done being used. Plastic containers can sit in a landfill for decades waiting to decompose. If you want to reduce your packaging waste, then choose compostable products. Products made out of natural materials are good options for this. Bamboo is a durable option that makes rigid and reliable serving containers. Sugarcane is also a favorite choice since it has a smooth finish and a unique look to it. Both materials are compostable and breakdown quickly in landfills. 

Recyclable Products

Wood Serving Tray

While some products are not compostable, they can be recyclable. Recycling can help reduce waste that goes to a landfill significantly. If you combine recyclable materials with compostable materials, you can reduce most of your restaurant’s waste. 

Allow Customers to Bring in Own Containers

Covered Serving Trey

While this may not always be possible, you could try to allow customers to bring in their own containers. Many customers who are concerned about reducing waste and helping the environment buy reusable containers to use at home. If you let them bring in those containers, then you can avoid using your containers entirely. Health codes come into question when determining if you can do this in your restaurant. However, if you can keep personal containers away from your kitchen or cooking area, then you should not have a problem using customers’ containers. 

Reusable Cutlery

Wood Utensils

Another way of reducing waste is to offer reusable cutlery kits. Many restaurants offer disposable cutlery options that customers can take with their food. This leads to a lot of waste since they are single-use items. Instead, offer reusable cutlery kits that customers can buy and keep at home. That way, there is no need for disposable cutlery anymore. 

PacknWood has a selection of food containers that are eco-friendly and help you organize takeout dishes effectively. To learn more about our line of green food packaging, email us at to request a catalog.


What Your Restaurant Needs to Be Successful with Catering

restaurant catering supplies

Entering the catering space is a good way to expand your restaurant. However, there are specific things that you need to do to make your catering business successful. If you plan things right, your catering options can make a big difference for your restaurant. Here is what your restaurant needs to be successful.

Good Understanding of Costs

wooden catering plates

One of the most important things that you need to make your catering operations successful is a good understanding of costs. Since you are looking to serve a large number of people in a single event, it is easy to overshoot your costs and eat away at your profits. This problem compounds as the number of people at the event increases. 

When you plan for an event, start by figuring out what your costs are and what they should be. There is a minimum of how much it will cost you to service an event, which is what your costs currently are. Once you know what that is, you can negotiate a profitable price for the service that allows you to increase your costs to provide a better service while maintaining profit margins. That way, you still come in with a profit while being able to spend as much as you need to give the best possible service. 

Beautiful Single Use Catering Supplies

compostable catering plates

The supplies that you use for catering make a significant difference in how people perceive your food. People taste with their eyes and food that looks better tastes better. That means that your food needs something beautiful to be served on. 

Start with the single serve items like trays. Sugarcane and bamboo trays offer a clean and Earthy aesthetic while being sturdy and eco-friendly. Larger trays look better when they are made out of natural materials too. You can also add a little flair elements like bamboo skewers or sandwich picks that give food options a classier look. These little elements can significantly chain how people see your food. 

Active Marketing

compostable catering plates

For your catering business to find new customers, you need to have active marketing. Catering events put your work in front of a lot of potential customers. Include marketing options where you can. For example, you can have your information or logo printed on sealing elements like stickers or bottle wrappers. That way, potential customers will see it anytime that they interact with these items. 

Food Transportation

takeout container carrier

Another thing to consider is food transportation. You want your food to be presentable on arrival. Windowed boxes help with that since it is easier to set up your food and to make a good first impression before the containers are even opened. You can also choose containers with style elements, like specific colors that will help them stand out. 

PacknWood carries a wide selection of packaging containers that you can use to help your catering services stand out. Each option provides a different way of helping your food catch the eye of potential customers. To learn more about our catering and takeout packaging, email us at to request a catalog.