Disposable compostable tableware: why choose them if you are a catering


Disposable food products, designed to be used only once and then thrown in the trash, are widely used in various fields: restaurants, hotels, health departments, canteens and catering. Someone also uses them at home, especially at parties. It is undeniable how much, especially on some occasions, the use of disposable tableware is an effective choice in terms of hygiene and practicality.

However, we must not forget how much the use of disposable plastic products has an impact on our ecosystem: we remind you that plastic is a highly polluting and non-biodegradable material that will generate a lot of waste and cause problems in terms of disposal.

But don't be afraid! There is no need to give up disposable products: compostable disposable products were born to overcome these important ecological problems.

The compatibility of disposable wooden tableware with catering

Disposable wooden tableware is an excellent solution for catering, as it meets these needs:

  • they are logistically advantageous, no dishes to wash at the end of the service;
  • they do not generate any additional cost in case of breakdowns during the service due to staff or customers;
  • they are stylistically captivating and excellent even in elegant contexts;
  • they are 100% biodegradable and compostable in nature.
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Biodegradable or compostable: the difference between ecological products

Before understanding why the use of ecological products is important, let's first clarify the meaning of biodegradable and compostable. These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they actually express two very different concepts. In fact, biodegradable objects are not always compostable. As we will see, the main difference between compostable and biodegradable is the time it takes for the product to disappear in nature.

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Biodegradable: what does it mean

Biodegradable refers to any material that can be broken down into simple compounds (such as water, carbon dioxide, and methane) by bacteria, sunlight, and other natural physical factors.

European legislation provides that to be defined biodegradable, a product must be decomposed by 90% within 6 months. Therefore, thanks to the action of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms, biodegradable products are easily broken down into less polluting compounds.

Therefore, biodegradable substances are broken down into simpler elements that can be absorbed by the soil, while non-biodegradable substances remain in the soil and are not absorbed, causing pollution.

Compostable: what it means

On the other hand, compostable is defined as what is, at the end of the cycle, converted into compost (a natural fertilizer). This material is not only biodegradable, but also decomposable.

To be defined compostable, at the end of this process the product must no longer be visible. Therefore, a compostable product is a material that becomes compost after its natural degradation: a substance similar to the soil that can be reused, for example for agricultural fertilization or for the repotting of flowers and plants.

Therefore, it is rich in organic elements, which can improve soil structure and nutrient availability.

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Why use ecological tableware for catering

It is therefore obvious that choosing disposable compostable and biodegradable tableware is a choice that has a positive impact on our planet.

Just think that it could take from 100 to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade! By choosing biodegradable and compostable products, on the other hand, you will contribute to protect the environment: just throw the disposable products in the appropriate waste collection stations.

Where to buy ecological disposable tableware

Signor Bio offers a wide range of plates, cutlery, glasses and straws in different formats; produced with the greenest materials, such as wood, sugar cane fiber (bagasse) and paper. Choose alternative materials to plastic, choose to protect the environment.

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