Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic Packaging for Restaurants

Say goodbye to flimsy plastic bags and Styrofoam food containers with these cost-effective and environmentally safe restaurant packaging ideas.

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With smartphone apps making breakfast, lunch, and dinner delivery as easy as clicking a button, restaurants that do a big takeaway business need to up their packaging game. While it’s crucial that takeout containers are spill-proof and easy to transport, restaurant owners should also consider the environmental impact of their packaging. After all, containers and packaging make up more than 23% of all waste in American landfills. For restaurants looking to go green, here are six eco-friendly alternatives to traditional plastic packaging that will also ensure your food arrives safely at diners’ doorsteps.


1. Soft Loop Handle Take-Out Bags

Traditional plastic bags are anything but durable, and often lead to spills. These
Soft Loop Handle Take-Out Food Bags make a great alternative. The wide bottoms with cardboard inserts easily accommodate food containers and prevent unnecessary messes, while the strong, high-performance plastic is made with recycled materials.


2. Eco-Pak White Take-Out Boxes

After a long day at work, your customers are looking forward to a delicious, no-fuss meal — so imagine the chagrin they’d experience if they were to unpack their order only to find food spilling out of take-out boxes. With
Eco-Pak White Take-Out Boxes, customers can depend on the top lock to prevent spills, as well as an interior coating that makes the containers grease-resistant. Fully recyclable and microwavable, these boxes are a worry-free staple for any food delivery operation.


3. Molded Fiber Clamshell Take-Out Containers

We’re all too familiar with flimsy styrofoam packaging that never seems to close. Enter our
Molded Fiber Clamshell Take-Out Containers. While these containers are fully biodegradable and compostable, they’re still durable enough to protect take-out orders at every stage of the delivery process. These grease-resistant containers can transport food hot or cold, and will even hold up in the freezer and the microwave.


4. White/Kraft Versa Recycled Handle Bags

An eco-chic alternative to plastic bags, our
Versa Recycled Handle Bags are made from recycled materials. These twisted white-handled shopping bags make for great “doggie bags” at upscale restaurants, and can be customized with your restaurant’s name or logo to add a branded touch.


5. Bio-Plus® Earth Kraft Take-Out Boxes

If your restaurant is 100% committed to going green, look no further than these
Bio-Plus® Earth Kraft Take-Out Boxes. Made from 100% recycled cardboard paper and endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association, our Bio-Plus® boxes are biodegradable and chlorine-free. Plus, they can easily hold any food item, whether hot or cold, greasy or crunchy.


6. Molded Biodegradable Fiber Plates

You never know how many hungry mouths are on the other side of a take-out order, so it doesn’t hurt to throw in a few extra plates. Our
Molded Biodegradable Fiber Plates are made from compressed sugarcane fiber, making them fully compostable.

If your restaurant hasn’t already started taking steps towards a greener business model, investing in eco-friendly packaging is a great way to start. With Paper Mart’s lowest price guarantee, you can keep your overhead costs under control — and prevent waste from getting out of hand.


  1. Sophia Emma says:

    Thanks for sharing such beautiful info.

  2. Phyllis says:

    It says there should be a coupon code but I am not seeing it have ribbon in my cart n would love a % off Thanks


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