National Fish & Chip Day 2022 – “Fryday” 27th May

National Fish & Chip Day 2022 – “Fryday” 27th May

National Fish & Chip Day

It is time to celebration one of the nations favourite takeaway meals on “Fryday” 27th May… it’s officially National Fish & Chip Day!
Organised by Neoda, National Fish & Chip Day brings together everyone involved in creating this iconic British dish; from Fish & Chip shops, pub chains, restaurants, retailers, to the fishermen and farmers who provide the sustainable and natural ingredients needed to create this family favourite.

Sustainable packaging for fish & chips

Our Enviroware® food packaging range includes bagasse chip boxes, bagasse chip trays and FSC® certified wooden chip forks.

Compostable fish & chip box

13 x 6″ Fish & Chip Boxes

chip tray

Bagasse Chippy Tray 164 x 126x 30mm

wooden chip fork

Wooden Chip Fork 95mm 

6 oz Bagasse portion pot

4oz Bagasse Portion Pot

Looking to buy eco-friendly packaging for serving fish & chips?  You can now order online via our shop

13 x 6″ Fish and Chip Boxes (250 case)

Bagasse Chippy Tray (500 case)

4floz Bagasse Portion Pot (1500 case)

Bagasse Lid for 4 oz Pot (1500 case)



Plastic Packaging Tax UK

Plastic Packaging Tax UK

Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT)

Missed opportunities and a lack of international certification


What is the Plastic Packaging Tax?

The plastic packaging tax (PPT) will apply to manufacturers, importers and users of plastic packaging and will be administered by HMRC. It will impact a wide range of plastic packaging formats and applies to all polymer types, including bio-based and compostable plastics. Within plastic packaging overall, packaging used for foodservice is a tiny proportion.


The tax, to be charged at a rate of £200 per tonne of packaging, will apply to plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content and to both packaging manufactured in, and imported into, the UK. In respect of foodservice packaging, it will apply to items designed to be used in the supply chain to contain food, including cups, bowls, plates, etc – as these are within the definition of “packaging”. This also applies whether or not the packaging can be reused.




recycled plastic cups and food containers
The tax will not apply to Celebrations rPET recycled plastic food containers and cold drink cups as they are made with up to 80% recycled material

Unanswered questions and confusion about the tax

There is still a lot of confusion about what the tax actually is. A lot of people refer to it as the plastic tax, but it is actually the plastic packaging tax. This is an important distinction in foodservice as a lot of people think it’s going to apply to plastic cutlery – but plastic cutlery is not packaging. So, it won’t apply.


The tax comes into effect on 1st April, but businesses can’t register on the government website until that date. At time of writing, HMRC has issued, and then withdrawn, the requirement to provide information on all sales invoices. Currently, as nothing has been confirmed, business will be very reluctant to implement IT changes, with no clear idea of what the final requirements will be.


This all feels very rushed and ill-conceived and while trade associations such as the Foodservice Packaging Association have worked hard to advise HMRC, seek clarity and help their members prepare, there are still a lot of unanswered questions and quite a lot of confusion. In practical and simple terms, and in respect of the impact on the foodservice industry, we – and other responsible manufacturers and distributors – will need to increase prices to absorb the £200 per tonne applied to any plastic packaging which has less than 30% recycled content, as we would with any other tax.


Celebration have delayed price adjustments

“At Celebration we have been able to import a lot of plastic packaging items ahead of the 1st April deadline” says managing director, Nick Burton.  “As I result, I am pleased to say that we will not be adjusting prices, due to the tax, until Friday 1st July. This means that any order received up to and including Thursday 30th June will not be subject to any increase due to the tax.”

A question of certification?

The tax will be payable by businesses which manufacture a finished plastic component or complete the last substantial modification to the plastic packaging here in the UK. But it also applies to plastic packaging imported into the UK, and while some certification programs for plastic postconsumer resin exist, not all suppliers can provide proof of the percentage of recycled content.


If we’re asked to confirm the percentage of recycled content in imported packaging, we have to rely on the manufacturer to prove it, so this is a truly international issue and yet the tax – and the burden of responsibility – is being applied only in the UK.


Another issue facing manufacturers is a shortage of recycled raw materials and the fact that recycled plastic currently costs considerably more than virgin material.


A missed opportunity to promote reusable packaging

In introducing this tax, the government has missed an opportunity to promote the use of reusable plastic products, which make an important contribution to reducing the use of plastic.


The stated aim of the PPT is “to increase the use of recycled plastic in packaging”, but there is a lack of clarity around reusable packaging, as while plastic storage boxes are exempt, the tax still applies to reusable foodservice packaging. One of our restaurant customers is saving many tonnes of plastic a year by using our microwavable reusable portion packaging instead of single-use plastic packaging. But then you have to consider that the tax is applied on a weight basis, and to be serviceable, reusable packaging is generally thicker and heavier.


If a foodservice operator is looking to understand the issues created by the PPT, they need to work with a consultative supplier to ensure that they’re choosing the right packaging – that’s functional, fit for purpose, popular with consumers and above all, sustainable.





Resurgence in popularity of paper products

Resurgence in popularity of paper products

Disposable Paper Products

Celebrations hygienic paper products are featured in Sustainable Packaging News

Our Managing Director, Nick Burton, quoted that “The pandemic has heightened awareness around hygiene and safety and as a result, we have seen a resurgence in the popularity of paper products and individually wrapped items.”

Hygienic white card glass covers and single-use paper cutlery sleeves have been very popular with food and drink operators since they reopened after the first lockdown.   

Card Glass Covers

Our card glass covers are perfect for protecting drinks from contaminents and spillage. 

Made from thick 250gsm card. Glass covers are available in a wide range sizes from a small 45mm diameter, for champagne glasses, to a our largest 105mm diameter which could be used to cover small bowls of food.  

Choose from white card or kraft brown unbleached card. We hold stock of many sizes in plain white.  The hygienic glass covers can be branded – with ink printed logos, full furface printing and luxury hot foil printing being available. 

Past customers have including hotels, restaurants, drinks brands, golf clubs and private healthcare.  

wine glass covers

Cutlery Sleeves

A neat and innovative way to present diners with cutlery.  Paper cutlery sleeves come pre-loaded with a tissue napkin, simply load with a knife and fork.  A time saving alternative to wrapping cutlery in a disposable napkin.  

Single-use cutlery sleeves are available in a number of standard / generic designs.  They can also be branded with a full colour process design. 

Paper eating kit cutlery sleeve

Plastic Packaging Tax UK

Visit us at lunch! 23-24 September ExCeL

Celebration Packaging is exhibiting on stand G40 at the lunch! event at ExCel in London from 23rd to 24th September and is taking the opportunity to launch a new range of 100% recyclable foodservice packaging products made from recycled material.
“It’s no coincidence that 20th to 26th September is also National Recycle Week and Celebration Packaging is proud to be launching these new 100% recyclable foodservice packaging products which are currently made from up to 80% recycled post-consumer PET waste (rPET),” says Celebration Packaging Managing Director Nick Burton. “By the end of this year, the new range will be manufactured using 100% rPET.“

Towards a 100% circular economy model

“As a 100% recyclable material, rPET has the potential to achieve a 100% circular economy model. In addition, products made from rPET use considerably less energy, and consequently have a much lower carbon footprint, compared to products made from virgin plastics.“
The new rPET range is available in multiple sizes to suit all applications. It includes the Oval, Rectangular and Round Families – high-clarity clear bowls with hinged lids which are ideal for presenting fresh salads and vegetables. The Premium Bowl and Diamond Bowl ranges are available in transparent or black, with matching tight-fitting transparent lids, while Catering Trays are available in a variety of colours, each with transparent covers. In addition to the bowl ranges, a wide range of cups with domed lids are also available.

recycled plastic packaging
Above : a new range of packaging made from recycled and recyclable rPET plastic.

Also on show at Lunch!

Celebration Packaging will also be exhibiting two new additions to its EnviroWare® sustainable packaging range.
EnviroWare® Leakproof Rectangular Bagasse Food Trays & Lids have been developed as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional polystyrene packaging. Made from natural and renewable non-wood fibre bagasse, and commercially compostable, the takeaway food containers are available in three sizes, with a single lid to fit all sizes.

With hygiene at the top of the foodservice agenda, Celebration Packaging’s proven, sustainable EnviroWare® high quality smooth wooden cutlery is now available hygienically packed in plastic-free wrappers. The cutlery is made from wood from sustainable forestry and has full Forest Stewardship Council® chain of custody accreditation, while the unbleached natural brown paper wrapping is plastic-free, wax-free and uncoated. This allows the hygienically-wrapped wooden cutlery range to be composted after use.

Visitors to lunch! will also see a new range of small, reusable hinged-lid food containers. Developed alongside two popular high street food chains as a solution for pre-portion control in busy kitchens, they are made from durable translucent polypropylene
(PP). Dishwasher-friendly and designed to be reused time and time again. When they reach end-of-life, they can be recycled.

The future of sustainable food packaging

“As this will be the first ‘live’ event in the sector since the pandemic, the Celebration Packaging team is excited to have the opportunity to meet existing and new customers on stand G40 at lunch!,” says Nick Burton. “We have many new products to show, alongside our new rPET range, and we look forward to discussing visitors’
future requirements for more sustainable food packaging.”

Celebration launches disposable paper cutlery retail packs

Celebration launches disposable paper cutlery retail packs

Celebration Packaging has launched its proven disposable and fully recyclable paper cutlery range in convenient retail packs.

“We’ve been supplying our award-winning disposable paper cutlery to the foodservice and takeaway sectors for quite some time, but we are now making the products available to the general public through retail channels,” says Celebration Packaging Managing Director Nick Burton. “Packs of paper knives, forks and spoons are already on-shelf with a leading retailer in Norway, and will soon be available here in the UK.”

Available in convenient packs of 20 knives, forks or spoons. Celebration Packaging’s recyclable EnviroWare® paper cutlery is made from paper produced from sustainable forestry and has full FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) chain of custody accreditations.  Celebration Packaging is BRCGS (Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards) certified, and the sustainable paper cutlery has been vigorously tested to meet relevant EU regulations, and is free from Bisphenol A.

The outer packaging is own-label branded to fit in with retailer’s existing retail homeware and picnic ranges, and enables consumers to see at a glance that the cutlery is environmentally friendly.

“In the foodservice and takeaway sectors, we’re seen as the paper cutlery experts,” says Nick. “Immediately after launching the range in 2019, we won an award in the Innovation Challenge at the lunch! show at ExCel, London. The judging panel said: ‘The EnviroWare® paper cutlery is a real contender for the future of foodservice cutlery’. We are excited to now make these sustainable products available through retail channels.”

Celebration Packaging’s recyclable EnviroWare® paper cutlery is now available in retail packs of 20 knives, forks or spoons, and can be own-label branded.

An alternative to plastic cutlery

In Europe, a ban on the sale of single-use plastic cutlery comes into force on 3 July. In the UK, while a ban on the supply or sale of single-use plastic straws and cotton buds came into effect last October, the banning of other single-use plastic items is still being debated.

“Disposable, but fully recyclable paper cutlery provides a perfect solution for consumers wanting to play their part in reducing single-use plastic packaging,” says Nick. “Many people think the focus on sustainability is something new and are then surprised to discover that we launched our EnviroWare® range over 13 years ago.”

Hygienically Wrapped Paper Straws

Hygienically Wrapped Paper Straws

Following the success of EnviroWare’s® Wrapped Wooden Cutlery range last year, we are expanding our range of hygienically wrapped foodservice disposables.

Celebration has recently invested in the installation of a new Wrapping Machine. As a result, a new range of Individually Wrapped Paper Straws is now available.

Individually wrapped paper straws in white paper wrapper
Selection of Enviroware® Individually wrapped paper drinking straws.

About EnviroWare® Wrapped Paper Straws

Sustainable FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) paper straws and their white paper wrappers are free from any coating or wax, making them recyclable. Furthermore, Paper straws are Din Certco Seedling certified (7P0818) as being commercially compostable. Made from high-quality, thick gauge paper, these sturdy straws will not collapse or go soggy in drinks. Also, the drinking straws are Vegetarian Society approved!

Straw types

The stock range of wrapped paper straws will include standard length straws and jumbo straws. Colours include – black, white and red & white stripe.

PSB19764WRWP197mm Standard Wrapped Paper Straw – Black6mm dia x 197mm long250 bag x 16
PSB23083WRWP230mm Jumbo Wrapped Paper Straw – Black8mm dia x 230mm long100 bag x 10
PSST19764WRWP197mm Standard Wrapped Paper Straw – Red & White Stripe6mm dia x 197mm long250 bag x 16
PSST23083WRWP230mm Jumbo Wrapped Paper Straw – Red & White Stripe8mm dia x 230mm long100 bag x 10
PSW19764WRWP197mm Standard Wrapped Paper Straw – White6mm dia x 197mm long250 bag x 16
PSW23083WRWP230mm Jumbo Wrapped Paper Straw – White8mm dia x 230mm long100 bag x 10