It may not seem like the most "corporate" purchase, but for any business that is hosting a food-related event or for long-term buying, it's important for businesses to think about the type of paper plates they choose, and their impact on the environment, as well as how well the plates will stand up to use. Knowing about some basic key terms related to types of paper plates will help business buyers make better decisions and understand all of the different types of disposables out there.
Wax coating is the process of adding a little waxy finish to paper plates and other paper products. Many types of disposable paper plates have wax coating.
Another very common coating for paper plates is a clay base. We can also see clay coating on some other products like pizza boxes. The clay coating gives the paper a strong and smooth feel.
This term is a very important one in terms of buying paper plates or any other disposable product. Biodegradable means it can be absorbed into the earth by a process of breaking down materials. Whether a product is biodegradable has to do with what it is made of. Paper plates and other disposables should be biodegradable for a better effect on the environment.
Hard paper or cardboard plates
Another type of paper plates is sometimes called "disposable china" and is made with a cardboard type substance. These plates are more durable for when simple paper plates may not do the trick.
Paper plate holders
Paper plate holders are support structures that people put under paper plates to give them a lot more stability when they are loaded down with food. They can be made of wicker, plastic or any other material.
Custom paper plates
Businesses have another option in paper plates: custom paper plates are disposables with the logo or company name printed on, for promotions at a public event or in some other capacity.