Finding the best products for a foodservice business can be a challenge. There are many things to consider when determining which product is the right fit.

While color and size can be key factors in making this decision, the material of the product is also very important.

Some products are better than others, depending on the application, so it is important that business owners pay close attention to the material of the product they plan to buy.

PET plastic foodservice products:

Plastic foodservice disposables and other plastic products feature a resin ID code at the bottom of each product. This code explains the type of plastic used to create the product, which can make users aware of whether the product is recyclable.

PET (PETE), which is short for Polyethylene terephthalate, is commonly used for plastic cups and clear plastic lids.

According to the American Chemistry Council, PET is a popular material because of its clarity, shatter resistance and leak resistance. This plastic has a relatively low melting point, which allows it to be easily melted down and reused.

PP plastic disposables:

Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic known for its durability. It has a higher melting point than PET, which makes it an ideal material for lids for hot cups, takeout containers and for plastic deli containers.

PP injection molded products are an especially great choice for those looking for a very strong product. These are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.

PP plastic products have a resin code of 5, and are recyclable at most curbside programs.

PLA plastics are compostable

Polylactide (PLA) is an eco-friendly plastic made from corn starch. PLA can be used to make utensils, cups, lids, straws and more. PLA is a great option for those who want make an eco-friendly statement.

Not only does PLA come from Mother Nature, it can be broken back down. PLA plastic products are compostable where facilities exist.

PLA products are best used while enjoying warm or cold foods. This plastic cannot withstand high heat levels.

What plastics products are you buying for your business? Let us know in the comments.