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May bank holiday opening times

As per usual, May is spoiling us with two bank holiday Mondays, this year on the 2nd and 30th of the month. Here’s how to get your orders in around these times:

  • Our offices are closed on Monday 2nd May – there will be no deliveries on this date.
  • Order by 3pm on Thursday 28th April to receive your order in most areas of the UK on Friday 29th April.
  • Any orders placed after 3pm on Thursday 28th April will be delivered on Tuesday 3rd May.
  • Saturday deliveries are available in some areas – check when placing your order at orders@vegware.co.uk or on 0330 223 0400.

We’ll be closed on Monday 30th of May too, so any orders placed after 3pm on Thursday 26th May will be delivered on Tuesday 31st.

Enjoy the break and we’ll see you on the other side!

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University of Surrey chooses Green Tree collection to communicate eco ethos

Vegware_collection_GT_group_W8.5CARRW-GT_VDW-G12_VGGSH2-GT_R500-GT_salad_snack_combo_800xWe’ve just launched the Green Tree collection in honour of our Queen’s Award for Innovation win. This stylish grab & go collection features a word-cloud motif celebrating sustainability and Vegware’s eco credentials – just like our award!

Like all of Vegware’s products, the compostable collection replaces plastics with plant materials with a lower carbon footprint. It’s already in use at the University of Surrey, who chose it for its clear sustainability-focused messages.

Director of Hospitality Simon Booth explains:

“Historically, cost was the most important factor for caterers, but the University of Surrey looks at the whole picture. Landfill costs are only going up, and a solution that removes this factor completely really helps us from a business perspective. 

The University of Surrey is very environmentally conscious. When we realised that over 80% of the landfill waste produced was coming from retail areas, our caterers and estates got together to address the issue. The most positive step forward was to switch to a compostable range of foodservice products. Vegware was the perfect partner as they had the vision to help create the Green Tree collection, which meets all our needs. This year, we’re using the collection for our conferences and location business.”

Interested in the collection? Ask us for free samples at info@vegware.co.uk.

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Vegware wins 2nd Queens’ Award for unique zero waste support – our 60th award!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won our second Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

To make matters even more exciting, it’s our 60th accolade – and it’s awarded on the Queen’s 90th birthday in her 50th award year. First winning in 2013 for Sustainable Development, the latest award is in recognition of the innovative work Vegware is doing to help businesses recycle used packaging and food waste. We’re celebrating with our new film, and by launching our Green Tree collection. Our MD Joe Frankel says:

“Winning the Queen’s Award again is a huge honour. The journey has been fantastic – when we started, the only option for used takeaway packaging was to go to landfill or incineration, as most still does.

But we changed that by creating the widest range of genuinely compostable plastic-free catering disposables, and simultaneously working closely with the waste sector to ensure recycling options for clients all around the UK. With the current appetite for recycling, we are soon announcing a crowdsourcing campaign to create additional composting routes. We are proud to be a sustainability leader in foodservice.”

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers for their ongoing support – we hope you can join us in celebrating this award win.

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We’re finalists in the Footprint Awards 2016 – twice!

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for two 2016 Footprint Awards, in the Innovations in Packaging and Waste Management & Reduction categories.

We’ve been the lucky recipients of three Footprint Awards in the past – two in 2013 and one in 2012. These most recent accolades are in recognition of our innovative, low carbon compostable packaging solutions, and the work Vegware’s Food Waste Network does with our customers to help them go zero waste.

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Vegware celebrates Responsible Business Week with Community Fund film!

Vegware is marking Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week 2016 with a new film on the Vegware Community Fund. The 90-second film meets recipients and explores how the Community Fund supports sustainability non-profits with regular grants or eco packaging donations. During Responsible Business Week 2016 (April 18-22nd), @vegware will also showcase a different Community Fund recipient every day on Twitter.

More information on the Community Fund can be found on www.vegwarecommunityfund.org.

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Vegware to host launch of 2016 VIBES Awards!

Vegware is excited to host the Edinburgh launch of the 2016 VIBES Awards on the 21st April. Taking place at Vegware HQ, the free event will be attended by key players in Scotland’s sustainability sector. It will also provide businesses with the opportunity to hear directly from previous VIBES champions in the capital including us at Vegware, and City Car Club, winner of the 2015 Transport Award.

Read more about VIBES here. The launch event kicks off at 4pm and will feature presentations from Vegware, VIBES and City Car Club. Fancy joining us? Register here or email: vibes@sepa.org.uk.

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New film! #wastenot: the compostable solution to coffee cup recycling

Coffee cup recycling – the compostable solution | #WasteNot from Vegware on Vimeo.

Here’s our new animation – watch and share to help us spread the message far and wide.

There’s been a lot of talk in the news recently on the problem of coffee cup recycling. Hugh’s War on Waste reported the shocking statistic that less than 1 in 400 cups in the UK are recycled, despite many claiming to be recyclable. That’s a big problem when  more than 7 million a day are used, with the vast majority ending up in landfill or incineration. And it’s not just cups – the same applies to a lot of the takeaway packaging we use every day. Continue reading

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We’re hiring! Marketing Communications Manager – maternity cover

Love communicating about issues that matter? We’re seeking an all-round good egg who can apply their extensive knowledge, passion and superior skills to running our fast moving communications and creative teams.

This is an outstanding opportunity for the right person to take a high profile role in one of the UK’s fastest growing firms. If that sounds like you, check out the full ad here.

Vegware 4oz espresso hot cup coffee

New! 4oz kraft espresso cup

The kraft of coffee. The latest addition to Vegware’s Kraft Collection is our 4oz kraft hot cup, the ideal look for artisan coffee.

Pair your carefully chosen beans with this sustainably sourced cup with a compostable lining. Like all Vegware, it can be recycled with your food waste.

Small but perfectly formed, the cup is perfect for espressos, samples and hot sauces. Our kraft cups now go from 4-16oz for all artisan coffee experiences.

On the go? Grab a matching compostable lid.

Order them online or request free samples from info@vegware.co.uk.

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Easter opening times

Happy Easter! Our office will be closed this Friday and Monday, as we will be busy rolling eggs, eating eggs, and making most eggcellent puns.

Here’s the important info about orders and deliveries:

  • There will be no deliveries on Friday 25th and Monday 28th March 2016.  
  • Deliveries on Saturday 26th March will be available in some parts of the UK if order is placed before 2pm this Thursday 24th March – call us on 0330 223 0400 to find out where.
  • Otherwise, all orders placed by 2pm this Thursday will be delivered on Tuesday 29th March.

Have a great Easter – speak soon!