Coffee cup recycling – it’s time for a change

Have you seen the news? Coffee cup recycling is making the headlines again. Last night on BBC1, Hugh’s War on Waste revealed that almost all of the 7 million coffee cups we use every day in the UK go to landfill or incineration, despite many of them claiming to be recyclable.

“The truth is,” says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, ”they are barely recyclable at all – in the everyday, commonly understood sense of the word. They cannot be recycled through any of the normal public waste collection services – who are consistently diverting them to be incinerated or sent to landfill.”

We believe it’s time for a change.

With 10,000 cups disposed of every two minutes, consumers are demanding action. Here’s our compostable solution:

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New film! River Cottage Fair goes compostable with Vegware

River Cottage’s Spring Food Fair achieved an impressive 72% recycling rate by serving all food on Vegware compostable packaging; their best ever result. Our new film shows you how we did it.

Aiming to beat the UK event average of 15%, River Cottage trialled Vegware’s compostable packaging and recycling support. After the three-day event, 680kg of used takeaway packaging was composted with food waste at Viridor’s nearby composting facility. In less than 12 weeks this soil improver will be available to River Cottage’s gardens and local farmers.

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So long! Lucy’s off on maternity leave…

Yup, today is my last day at Vegware until sometime in 2017 – I’m off on maternity leave. And here’s my fantastic Comms, Creative and Environmental teams in the Edinburgh sunshine – from left to right, here we have Mark, Claire, Ian, Susie, me, Eilidh, Xanthe and Alice. Kate joins the Environmental team on Monday so I guess Mark can photoshop her in soon! And we all miss Claudia, who has left the reigns of the Creative team to Ian so she can go and learn to be a web developer.

It’s great to be going off knowing that everything is in such capable hands, and I’m looking forward to hearing updates about all the exciting recycling projects, photoshoots, films and designs everyone gets involved in.

Lucy x

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The Vegware summer variety show

Thanks to the good old British weather, it might not always be very apparent – but summer time is well and truly upon us.

In between eating lots of ice cream, firing up barbecues and slapping on the factor 50, we’ve been quite busy here at Vegware HQ. Whatever you’re up to this summer, we’ve got you covered.


Catch this summer trend with our Tasting Notes collection. Fresh, funky colours across the whole range make vibrant flavours and textures pop.


Show off your festival food fare in bagasse (recycled sugarcane) takeaway boxes and gourmet bases. We’re also a dab hand at helping festivals go zero waste; here’s our film on how we helped the Edinburgh Mela do just that!

Al fresco dining

Longer days and warmer temperatures are the perfect setting for picnics and barbecues. Vegware’s bagasse (recycled sugarcane) tableware is the perfect accompaniment. It’s sturdier than paper plates, 99% less carbon than plastic and available in a variety of sizes. Putting on something special? Our palm leaf tableware kicks it up a notch.

Events & Leisure

Cold cups are perfect for soda (or something stronger) at stadium events, while our food cartons are available in five sizes for everything from churros and chocolate sauce to hot dogs and fries.

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We’re taking over River Cottage’s Instagram!

Our pals at River Cottage are kindly handing over the reins of their gorgeous Instagram account to the Vegware team this week (18th – 24th July).

In May we helped the River Cottage Spring Food Fair go completely compostable and achieve their best ever recycling rates of 72% – far beyond the UK events average of 15%. We’re launching a new film this week to show exactly how we did it, and will be taking over the River Cottage Instagram feed in the run up to it with lots of sneak peeks, how-tos and Vegware facts. There might even be a picture of us with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, but we couldn’t possibly confirm nor deny such rumours…

Keep an eye out for our film launch and follow @rivercottagehq to see what mischief we get up to. If you don’t already follow us on Instagram you can find us @vegware.

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New souper duper lids!

It might be summer now, but winter is coming, and with it all those delicious soups. We’re updating our flat soup lids with a sleek new design and clearer messaging.

As before, the flat lids are made from CPLA; high heat plant-based PLA with 67% less carbon than plastic. They’re completely compostable yet strong enough to cope with piping hot soup. The updated version shouts the compostable message loud and proud!

Need some inspiration for your soup containers? We’ve got you covered.

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We’ve been shortlisted for the UK Private Business Awards 2016

UK private business awardsVegware has been shortlisted in the Rising Star of the Year Award category out of more than 2,200 entrants. 

We’re Scotland’s 5th fastest growing firm and among the UK’s top 100. Vegware has grown 57% a year on average since 2012, and has received 60 awards and accolades since 2010.

We’ve been shortlisted for the Private Business Award for our innovative approach to sustainable business. Since we started in 2008, we’ve campaigned to change how people think about the disposable products used every day, so we are delighted to get this recognition.

We’ll find out if we’ve won on Thursday 15th September – wish us luck!

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We’re hiring! Client Support Advisor job in Edinburgh

Our team is growing! We’re looking for a new Client Support Advisor for our Operations team in Edinburgh.

Our Client Support Advisors are the first port of call for all customer queries, so we’re looking for someone who can handle a high volume of calls and emails while providing excellent service. You’ll also provide support to our Commercial and Sales teams, and help to keep everything running smoothly across the company.

If you’ve got great customer service skills, love being part of a busy team and you’re a good multi-tasker, we’d love to hear from you.

Apply here! Applications are open until Wednesday 6th July.