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Who are Purple Planet Packaging?
Husband and wife team Mark and Joanna Farr bought Devon-based Purple Planet Packaging in 2019 with a view to a lifestyle change and a better work/life balance in which to raise their growing young family.
The business, now based in Coventry in the West Midlands is one of the UK’s Leading Environmentally Friendly Packaging Specialists.
Being fully independent allows Purple Planet Packaging to work freely with the world’s leading specialist Eco Friendly packaging manufacturers and UK importers. This allows us to offer over 400+ certified compostable products under one roof so we can recommend the most appropriate products without bias.
Here at Purple Planet we recognise that in an ideal world everyone would use our eco products 100% of the time. However for a variety of reasons this isn’t always possible so we are also able to source and supply other products whilst encouraging you to try some of our comparable products so that the customer can see for themselves the quality and value our items represent.
With years of experience, and a family run business we are proud to supply the UK food-service industry, we fully understand the needs of the growing artisan café chain, the independent street-food vendor, the outdoor event caterer and the food festival manager more than most when it comes to compostable catering disposables.
Our plant-based products are made from annually renewable plant crops like corn, sugarcane, and potatoes. The waste materials from these crops (i.e., the natural starch produced from corn and the fibers from sugarcane known as bagasse) can all be made into packaging and are a great alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics.
The products we sell are independently certified 100% compostable by world-recognised authorities including OK compost by Vincotte and The Biodegradable Product Institute (BPI). This allows our packaging to be disposed of with general food waste after use and processed back into natural compost in under 12 weeks at an approved composting facility.
Purple Planet Packaging stock the widest range of stock compostable catering disposables in the UK and offer custom printing together with a comprehensive bespoke packaging and design service.
Purple Planet Packaging customers benefit from ordering all their Eco Friendly packaging from one place with no need to contact numerous different suppliers and factories. It also means customers receive one invoice with one payment and because of our buying power, Purple Planet Packaging can often broker better deals for our clients then if they went direct to the supplier or factory themselves.
Purple Planet Packaging have been working and developing products with some of the world’s leading sustainable packaging manufacturers over the past few years. All our manufacturing partners are industry leaders in their respective specialist fields. Our fully compostable range is made from 100% plant-based materials including corn-starch (PLA/CPLA/RCPLA), sugarcane bagasse, paperboard and birchwood from sustainably managed forests and recycled paper pulp.
As Purple Planet Packaging only work with the best, our customers are guaranteed the best. The product lines we stock have been individually selected in terms of quality, aesthetics, value for money and eco-credentials by a team of independent industry experts. Before a product is allowed to be listed, is put through a series of internal tests and assessments which include:
Quality – How does the product look and feel? Like a quality item, worthy of serving the finest food? What is the thickness, durability and suitability of the material? Does it make the grade?
Eco-Credentials – Is the item certified 100% compostable by an independent, recognised, approved and respected composting association? No certificate, no listing, simple.
Practicality – How does it perform in a high-speed serving situation? Is it easily assembled or difficult to open quickly?
Functionality – How does the packaging perform in terms of holding the food and keeping the temperature correct? Allowing it to breathe but still stay warm for long enough? How does it travel?
Aesthetics – how does the product look? Like a quality item with a natural yet up-market finish? Does it represent your brand well?
This strict elimination process allows Purple Planet Packaging to select only the finest quality products from the “also-rans”. Cream will always rise to the top and only the best makes it into our exclusive “eco-chic” range.
All our manufacturing partners are proud to stand behind their products with a full manufacturer warranty. This means that all products supplied by Purple Planet Packaging carry a full “no quibble” refund or replace policy, so in the unlikely event you should be unsatisfied with any item or there is a fault with any goods, we will refund or replace without any fuss. (Re-stocking fees apply)
Our stock items are all available for same day dispatch. We offer a next-day UK mainland delivery service as standard on all orders placed before 2pm and can dispatch goods for delivery to Europe within 2-5 working days.
Short on storage space? No problem, Purple Planet Packaging offer a full warehousing & logistics service with weekly pallet storage rates starting from as little as £3 per pallet per week. Custom printed stock and other goods can be held at our main UK warehouse and dispatched on demand to any number of UK or European outlets. We can handle all customer requirements ranging from 1 to 100 individual site deliveries per day, 6 days a week. (Charges may apply).
We do not use automated phone messages or take several days to respond to emails. We aim to answer the phone and you get to speak directly with an experienced, friendly member of the team here in the UK, who can get things sorted for you. Our staff care about what they do, the service they provide and the products they supply.
Our creative team can also assist with custom printing and bespoke packaging, so if you have an idea you’d like to explore please get in touch. Let our growing business help and support yours!