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Make The Switch From Single-Use Plastic To Compostable Tableware At Your Business.

02-22-2022

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In today’s consumer-centric world, we're surrounded by plastic. It’s in the single-use packaging we discard daily, in the goods that fill our stores, in the fibers of our clothing. There is scarcely a habitat or species on earth that has not, in some way, come into contact with plastic and, ultimately negatively been affected by plastic pollution.

The creation of plastic products, and in turn plastic waste, has catapulted in the last couple of decades. Cheap to make, durable and long-lasting, plastic production has soared from two million metric tonnes in 1950 to over 300 million metric tons in 2017, becoming a global industry valued at $522.6 billion that is on track to double in size by 2040.

Plastic is such a problem due to how long it lasts and how little we can actually repurpose it. The worst characterization of plastic we have allowed to flood our lives is single-use plastic. After using a piece of plastic for anywhere between 2 seconds to 5 minutes, it is thrown away only to sit in a landfill or the natural environment for hundreds of years to come. To be exact, plastic takes around 450 years, and once it’s broken down into microscopic parts, it still remains an issue seeping into our water and food chain. In fact, most plastic that doesn’t end up being recycled or in a landfill heads straight to our waterways and oceans.

This plastic is at a crisis level with billions of pounds floating around in convergences that make up roughly 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces. Once in the ocean, the impact it has on ocean life is direct, devastating, and deadly. Hundreds of thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, seals, whales, porpoises, sharks, fish, and other marine species are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it. There are also increasingly undeniable effects of the plastic in our food chain ending up in the bodies of human consumers. Plastic has infiltrated all corners of the world, including the food we eat and the water we drink.


Now, you may be thinking to yourself, how can I help this problem and do better in my own life? Eliminating daily single-use plastic items in your home or at your job is the perfect place to start! Single-use tableware is one of the many plastic products that is contributing to the plastic problem - yet one that can be swapped to a more sustainable and healthy material.

Globally, billions of plastic forks, knives, spoons, bowls, plates, and trays are produced each year to fuel the takeaway food industry and stock hotels, hospitals, offices, and schools.


Seeking alternatives that only last as long as we need them is an important part of changing the way humans impact the environment long term.

The question is not what can we do, but what will we do. Thankfully, there are a lot of options available for anyone wanting to reduce their plastic consumption. Finding reusable or compostable alternatives is the best first step.

Benefits of compostable tableware for your business:

Make an even bigger impact

Between bottles, bags, packaging, and food operations, an office can accumulate a lot of plastic materials. For reference, the average person uses 156 plastic bottles per year. According to the Plastic Waste Makers Index, only 20 petrochemical companies are responsible for 55% of the global single-use plastic waste produced each year. We can’t rely on only individual product changes, we must make these switches at larger organizational scales.

Debunking the myth: Isn’t plastic much cheaper, though?

At SellSage, we make the shift to better materials easy! We don’t want you to have to choose between cheap unsustainable options or more expensive green alternatives. Our wholesale prices for organizations make our products incredibly affordable! It is true that often more environmentally friendly alternatives come with a cost, but SellSage is ensuring that this is not the case anymore.

Shifting to sustainable plastic-free tableware brings a ton of benefits to businesses, including:

  • cost savings
  • efficiency improvements
  • enhanced brand reputation
  • more engaged employees
  • increased sales

We’ve seen that upping your eco-friendly game instantly improves a company's reputation and the positive sentiment employees feel about working there. Younger generations are also much more likely now and in the years to come to buy only from companies who are actively doing their part to decrease waste and preserve the environment. A green corporation that can prioritize a healthy planet along with its bottom line is more of a trustworthy and long-lasting corporation in the eyes of a consumer and investor.

So… what is holding you back? Are you ready to make the switch?

Contact us today, we can’t wait to support you in your mission and make your company more sustainable!

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