Until recently, most of the thousands of tonnes of disposable plates, cups and cutlery consumed every year in Europe was made from plastics, while only a small number of these products were fully biodegradable. As people have become more conscious of our impact on the environment, we have gradually changed the composition of these products and opted to use more environmentally-friendly materials. This trend is on the increase. We are firmly committed to sustainable materials at García de Pou, and paper/cardboard is the best example of them.
We’re adding new equipment in 2018 and 2019 to increase production and meet customer demand even faster. However, another of our goals is to strengthen our resolve to comply with the proposed European Directive of 28/05/2018 on reducing the environmental impact of certain plastic products that suggests a number of items will soon be banned. This clearly highlights the need to prepare a decent offer of carton packaging and alternative materials.
At García de Pou, we are firmly committed to more sustainable materials. As a result, we have numerous machines focused on the manufacture of paper/cardboard products; materials that are environmentally-friendly and capable of replacing plastic.
Work on expanding the installations at our factory in Ordis is moving along at a good pace. Two new warehouses have been built to streamline the depot and order picking area. This will double our storage capacity, provide easier access to a larger number of items and optimise the direct preparation of orders. Our final goal is to guarantee immediate supply to our customers regardless of the volume ordered and to reduce order preparation time to a minimum.
People like enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner outside during the summer. Bars, beach bars and restaurants with a terrace, swimming pools, tourist resorts and campsites all become highly popular for pleasant outdoor evenings in the company of friends and family. In order to enable this type of business to offer the best possible service, we present a range of high-quality tableware for outdoor use.
We’re still talking about the new features and product range expansions in our catalogue. As part of the continuing replacement of plastic products with environmentally-friendly products, we now present new items made from PLA, wood, carton packaging and bamboo.
We would like to highlight the new line of products made from PLA, a material that besides being made from 100% natural resources such as corn starch, sugar cane or manioc, is the most mature bioplastic in the market. It is a strong and robust biodegradable and compostable material with an elegant appearance that is suitable for food products and freezing. PLA has become a perfect alternative to oil derivatives for disposable products given that it helps care for the environment (it can be treated as organic waste) and reduces our carbon footprint. In our new catalogue, you will find a range of PLA cups and cutlery (pg. 119).
Our policy of respect for the environment gets stronger every year. We have been awarded environmental certifications that demonstrate our firm commitment to replacing plastic products with environmentally-friendly products. All this is clearly reflected in our new catalogue.
We have been awarded the prestigious ECOLABEL certificate for the majority of white tissue, single colour and recyclable napkins; the environmentally-friendly products we manufacture include rolled up towelettes, sachet wipes and Flush-Linen hand wipes, which are fully flushable, 100% biodegradable, 100% natural, contain no chemical binders, and are compostable and FSC/PEFC certified.
Our Barcelona store welcomes installation by artist Joan Bennàssar as part of Beehave project by Fundació Miró
Our most loyal customers will have seen that García de Pou often tries to bring art into our everyday lives. We are always looking for ways to ensure that the beauty of art is somehow manifested at our company through one or another of its various disciplines: design, painting, sculpture or, on this occasion, video art. The Fundació Miró and the artist Joan Bennàssar chose us as partners for the “Beehave” project.
The highlights from our participation in the Milan HOST 2017 Fayre.
Garcia de Pou took part in the well-known Host Fayre of Milan, (October 20th until October 24th), which has become a world reference in the HoReCa sector after holding 40 editions.
As we told you in a previous article, Garcia de Pou began its exporting career in 1986. Today this activity creates 40 % of our total sales. The Italian market is our third largest, after France and Portugal.
Napkins speak for your restaurant
Taking the starting point that you have discarded cloth napkins to use in your establishment due to the high cost of washing and ironing and the excellent alternatives of disposable products. It’s important to see what type of disposable napkin is best aligned with the message of your business. Napkins transmit if your business wants to project an image of concern for the environment or if your approach is more focused towards the customer’s experience, if your decisions are closely tied to budget criteria, or if, for example, you want to project an image of esthetic sensibility and taste for innovation in every detail.