Sugarcane Plates/Bowl by Sucadrop, Teardrop Small – Pack of 50


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The Sucadrops product line was designed by Dutch designer Annelies Hermsen in close cooperation with top chefs to meet their specific needs and desires.

Shortly after graduating from the design academy in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Annelies Hermsen started working as a food designer.

Considering the environment she grew up in there is no surprise she chose the gastronomic path when opening her own studio. Growing up among pots and pans in her parents Michelin star restaurant “Toine Hermsen”, Annelies gained a lot of knowledge and experience in creating and presenting dishes. As of 2005 Annelies has been developing new food concepts and consults the hospitality industry and catering companies by giving culinary advice, assisting with the creation of new recipes and presentation. Still, she found time in her busy schedule to design the Sucadrops line for Natural Tableware.

“When designing Sucadrops, I found my inspiration in nature: seeds, drops, eggs, they all have beautiful and elegant shapes and are in many religions the symbol of a new beginnings. Since Sucadrops is made from organic waste material, it is completely durable and can be composted after use. Sucadrops literally close the circle of life and represents the ongoing process of new beginnings.

In the design process I of course looked at trends and developments in the hospitality industry where there is a visible increased demand for sustainable and organic products with a natural look and feel. Sucadrops accommodate many of the whishes chefs have who are looking for exceptional tableware to present their creations on in a coherent manner.” – Annelies Hermsen

Dimensions 149 x 118 x 63mm 355ml

Approximate capacity when filled to the brim 500ml

Product Packaging

Our food contact items are packed in a lightweight polythene/plastic wrapper which performs the function required to ensure the goods are hygienically protected in transit and, most importantly, are fit for food contact.

We keep all our packaging to the bare minimum required to ship them. For example, we ship our plates in case sizes of 100 – 1000 and inner packs of 25-50 to cut down on the use of packaging. Supermarkets will typically pack in packs of 8-10 plates.We have not yet found a suitable alternative to plastic or polyurethane for the hygienic shrink-wrap which protects our food contact products from moisture and bacteria.

We have explored the following options:

  • Biodegradable starch-based substitutes in the past but they are very brittle and have no stretch capability so they crack and split during the movement in transit which means that the plates arrive with the hygienic seal compromised and are also not protected against any moisture in the air. Biodegradable plastic is made from the same materials as conventional petroleum-based plastics, but with different chemicals. These extra chemicals cause the plastic to break down more rapidly when exposed to air and light. Some biodegradable plastics fragment rather than biodegrade, due to the addition of oxidizing agents. By fragmenting, rather than degrading, they break into small pieces which can pollute soils. Biodegradable plastics are impossible to recover for recycling and aren’t suitable for composting.
  • Card/paper-based packaging for the inner packs has been rejected as it does not adequately protect the products from moisture, neither does it maintain the integrity of the hygiene standards at the point of packing. It also increases the carbon footprint of the products as it increases the weight and size of the packs which reduces the quantity we can ship in a container. Transporting these items is a significant part of the carbon footprint.
  • We have recently explored the potential of compostable film made from potato starch which is now being used by some publishing houses for magazine wraps. Unfortunately, this film has a short shelf life and will not withstand the humid conditions in countries such as India and China where we source most of our tableware.




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