Switching to Vegware offers real environmental benefits - by the kilo.
We believe it's important to quantify your environmental improvements. Vegware invoices therefore feature three key figures - our Eco Audits. Here's what they are, and how we calculate them...
Per kilo of resin, the carbon footprint of conventional plastic (PET) is 3.4kg, whereas for our bioplastic (PLA) it's 0.75kg1. We assume that we are swapping a PLA product for an equivalent plastic product which was made in the same place and transported in the same way, which gives us a carbon saving of 2.65kg per kilo of finished product. Our invoices show the carbon saved from switching to a clean bioplastic.
Virgin material saved
Many of our products are made from recycled material. We track the total weight of non-virgin material used for each order.
Potential landfill diversion
Landfill is the most expensive destination for UK waste, so recycling is cheaper and greener. Vegware packaging is certified compostable and can be organically recycled together with food waste. Many of our products are also suitable for recycling. This figure tells you how many kilos of used packaging you can divert from landfill. What's more, our Food Waste Network helps any UK business find its ideal food waste recycling partner.
Our running daily totals for all our customers together are displayed on our homepage.
Your individual Eco Audit figures are shown on all invoices, and Eco Audit statements can be created for an time period by logging into your account. We are also happy to email or send these to you on request.
We are proud of our customers' Eco Audits! Together all our UK customers saved...
110 tonnes of carbon and 100 tonnes of virgin materials in 2010
260 tonnes of carbon and 200 tonnes of virgin materials in 2011
464 tonnes of carbon and 366 tonnes of virgin materials in 2012
In 2013 we are aiming to save 750 tonnes of carbon and 600 tonnes of virgin materials!
1. Industrial Biotechnology, Volume 3, Number 1, 2007, Page 58-81. “The eco-profiles for current and near-future NatureWorks polylactide (PLA) production”. Vink E.T.H. et al.