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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.

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New! Clear PLA lids join the Gourmet Range

Introducing our completely clear PLA gourmet lids! They’re the latest addition to our mix & match Gourmet Range.

The practical lids are perfect for showing off cold takeaway food – think salads, sushi and desserts. Easy to use, the tight fit of the lids helps food stay fresher for longer. They’re made from plant-based PLA which contains 81% less carbon than plastic, and like all of Vegware’s products, they’re completely compostable.

Joining the bagasse and window lids, the PLA lids are the third style of lids available for the Gourmet Range. The range also includes two depths of base per lid size. The PLA lids are currently available in sizes 3 and 4, with size 5 available from mid-July.

Get your free samples at info@vegware.co.uk!

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New! White ice cream spoons

It’s officially summer time! To celebrate, we’ve launched a new set of 3in PLA white ice cream spoons, perfect for cold treats. As if we needed any more excuses to eat ice cream…

The smooth white finish has a classic ice cream parlour feel and complements whatever flavours and toppings you choose. Made from plants, not plastic, the spoons are still strong enough to scoop copious amounts of your favourite ice cream or sorbet to your mouth. Like all of Vegware’s products, they’re also completely compostable.

It’s only fair that you test them with many different kinds of ice cream, so say hello at info@vegware.co.uk to get your free samples.

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Vegware’s Carolyn wins silver medal at Gardening Scotland 2016

There are plenty of hidden talents in the Vegware team – and one of them just won an award! When she’s not crunching numbers in our Accounts team, Carolyn King has been honing her gardening skills. This weekend saw her and the Penicuik Horticultural Society win the silver award at the Gardening Scotland Festival for their sustainably minded masterpiece, complete with Vegware cups.

The piece was inspired by Major Tim Peake’s tour of duty to the International Space Station, and the beautiful images of Earth he shared from space. Using cups donated by our Community Fund,  recycled milk cartons, water bottles and discarded objects, the piece focuses on sustainable living and caring for the Earth’s ecosystem.

Well done Carolyn!

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We’re hiring! Recycling Advisor job in Edinburgh

Seeking a bin enthusiast to join Vegware’s Environmental Team! This team provides our zero waste support services, supporting our clients to recycle their used Vegware together with food waste. That means building an excellent understanding of the waste and resources sector, maintaining our Food Waste Network database, supporting our sales team, and visiting clients and recyclers all over the UK to offer support.

In addition, this role involves managing Vegware’s internal environmental performance and training, and supporting our UK and global team with environmental information.

You’ll need great people skills, an eye for detail, and an inventive attitude to problem solving. It also helps if you are equally cheerful with complex spreadsheets or getting up close and personal with bins.

If that sounds like you, get in touch! Read the full job description and apply here.  Watch this film to see one of the Environmental Team’s recent success stories…

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Vegware is making waves in Barbados

Sun, sea – and Vegware! Campaigners in Barbados have been calling for ways to reduce polystyrene on this Caribbean island. Around seven 40-foot containers of polystyrene products go to their landfills every week, putting a huge strain on the environment and the limited available landfill space.

Vegware’s bagasse takeaway boxes and tableware are made of recycled sugarcane, which can be composted in home or industrial composting. Once it’s broken down, the resulting compost helps plants to grow. Bagasse also has 99% less carbon than polystyrene – so it’s eco friendly from start to finish.

Bico Ltd, the leading manufacturer of ice-cream and frozen desserts in Barbados, have been spreading the word about using Vegware. Edwin Thirwell, Executive Chariman explains:

“We know about the health and environmental risks posed by polystyrene packaging which is widely used in Barbados on a daily basis, and we must do what we can to reduce these risks and protect consumers. We have found a solution in Vegware, and we are urging the public to pay attention to the effect of their choices on our natural environment and their personal health.”

Read more about Vegware’s compostable solution in Barbados in the Barbados Advocate, Loop News Barbados and Barbados Today.

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Vegware wins Footprint Award for helping Aramark site go zero waste!

Exciting news! We won the Waste Management and Reduction award at the Footprint Awards last night for helping Aramark catering go zero waste at BNY Mellon.

The award is in recognition of the work Vegware did with no fewer than five companies to help Aramark eliminate landfill waste  from their catering operations at BNY Mellon. This was achieved by organising the recycling of our compostable packaging with foodwaste, providing fertiliser for local farmers and bio methane to heat homes in London.

Despite facing stiff competition, Vegware were delighted to walk away with a prestigious Footprint award. The judges commented that the work showed ‘great collaboration and great initiative’! 

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Introducing the Vegware spork!

When a spoon and a fork love each other very much…

We’re excited to introduce you to Vegware’s compostable spork! Get the best of both worlds with one handy utensil. Practical and eco, it’s perfect for on-the-go salads and desserts.

Like all of our products, it’s completely compostable and made from plants, not plastic. It’s also made from 100% recycled materials -some pretty serious eco superpowers for a 5in spork!

We’re spreading the #sporklove with the help of our short and silly film on how it came to be:

Fancy some free samples? Get in touch: info@vegware.co.uk.

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Beauty Kitchen use Vegware packaging for Holland & Barrett product launch

Beauty Kitchen focus on the power of nature in their natural beauty product range, making fun and affordable products that don’t cost the earth. Their green outlook led them to using Vegware’s compostable packaging for their products – proving that Vegware isn’t just for food!

For the launch of their ‘Inspire Me’ range in Holland & Barrett, they chose Vegware deli containers to show off their new baby bath bombs. Made from PLA, a plant based material with 81% less embodied carbon than plastic, the transparent deli containers are the perfect way to show off the cosmetic company’s products while staying sustainable.

Jo Chidley, Beauty Kitchen founder explains, “We chose to work with Vegware because they are eco-friendly, but the packaging still looks professional and stylish. The team are also a real pleasure to work with!”

Download the full case study for free here.