Vegware in live TV debate on waste – Thursday 21st November 10-11am

News item posted on Tuesday, November, 19th filed under all news, food waste and recycling, media

Footprint TV waste debate foodservice sustainabilityVegware knows a lot about waste. Our Communications Director Lucy Frankel joins the big players in foodservice for a live broadcast this Thursday morning to discuss the big picture on waste. Dr Richard Swannell will be announcing WRAP’s latest findings on food waste in UK hospitality, including the true cost of food waste. Lucy will share Vegware’s expertise in zero waste, gained in our experiences through the Food Waste Network. Other panelists include representatives from Pret, Nestle and SWR.

 

Register at www.footprintchannel.tv to watch the debate live at 10-11am this Thursday, or log in any time to watch later.

 

On twitter? Join @vegware in the debate using the hashtag #FPTV

 

 

Vote for Eilidh as Young Recycler of the Year!

News item posted on Tuesday, September, 17th filed under all news, awards, food waste and recycling

Eilidh Brunton, Vegware's Young Recycler of the Year

Please take 20 seconds to vote for Eilidh as Young Recycler of the Year by Thursday 19th. Here’s why…

“Eilidh is a relentless font of information. Through her help I was able to create a proposal to bring our bars waste down to only 5 percent. Eilidh is continuously dropping me ideas for ways to reduce this even further and actively seeks out people to use our waste products, such as a local candle maker who is looking to take our waste wax. Without Eilidh wed still be chucking everything away.” Joseph Dick, Edinburgh microbrewery, The Hanging Bat.

She is a self-confessed bin geek who will cheerfully analyse bin contents, monitor peoples behaviour around bin choice at events (even on weekends), design and evaluate effective signage and communications tools, and take staff through bin tests, seeing if they can get the correct bin for a range of materials.

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Vegware and The Food Waste Network launch ‘Show us you’re green!’ for Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycle Week

News item posted on Friday, June, 14th filed under all news, events, food waste and recycling

As part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycle Week (17-23rd June), Vegware and its sister initiative The Food Waste Network have teamed up to launch ‘Show us you’re green!’ – a campaign to raise awareness about recycling.  The week is packed with social media activities to encourage people to recycle more and take care of their environment.

Vegware staff is also taking part by showing their recycling efforts at home and at work. There’ll be bin amnesties, where staff will turn in their under-desk bins in exchange for a mini cup bin – designed to encourage staff to recycle more efficiently. As part of Greener Together’s ‘Active Travel’ campaign, staff will be walking/cycling to work instead of using public/private transport. On Friday, all staff at Vegware will wear green to show their support for recycle week.

Eilidh Brunton, Recycling Consultant of Vegware and The Food Waste Network said: “Being an eco-packaging company, Vegware has a deep rooted interest in sustainability and issues affecting the environment – in particular recycling and waste reduction. When we heard about Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycle Week getting involved and running our own programme of activities was a no brainer. ZWS are an invaluable organisation offering support and advice to businesses and individuals on all matters involving waste. Our Recycle Week activities aim to involve and motivate both our staff and customers along with our wider social media following by educating on recycling issues whilst making recycling fun.”

Eilidh will give her daily recycling tip of the day on Facebook and Twitter, and on Thursday; there’ll be an opportunity for people to ask Eilidh questions about recycling on Food Waste Network’s Facebook page at 3pm.

Each day represents a different recycling material. There’ll be Metal Monday, Textiles Tuesday, Plastic Wednesday, Packaging Thursday and Food Waste Friday. Get involved with Show us you’re green by following @Vegware and @foodwasteuk on Twitter, and via www.Facebook.com/Vegware and Facebook/foodwasteuk.

Vegware helping Scotland go Greener Together

News item posted on Wednesday, May, 22nd filed under all news, events, food waste and recycling

Although we operate all around the world, our global HQ is in Edinburgh and we are a Scottish company. There’s a fantastic campaign at the moment called Greener Together – it’s bringing together all the best ideas for how everyone in Scotland can make simple changes to make their homes, offices and schools a little bit greener every day.

Our pet topic of course is food waste – how to reduce and recycle it, together with used Vegware. Read their tips about wasting less food and eating in season too.

Through www.foodwastenetwork.org.uk are offering our own support to Scottish businesses to help them comply with the new waste Regs – here’s a Greener Scotland blog entry we wrote about what Scottish businesses need to do, and how we have helped one Edinburgh microbrewery reduce its general waste by 90% AND save money.

No time to waste – sign up to WRAP’s voluntary agreement on Hospitality and Foodservice

News item posted on Thursday, January, 17th filed under all news, food waste and recycling

If you know anything about Vegware, then you’ll know we’re passionate about sustainability. That’s why we’re a founding supporter of WRAP’s new voluntary agreement on Hospitality and Foodservice. This voluntary agreement is bringing together the whole foodservice sector to work towards two targets:

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Vegware signs up to WRAP waste agreement

News item posted on Wednesday, June, 27th filed under all news, events, food waste and recycling

WRAP logoVegware has joined forces with some major names in catering and has signed up to WRAP’s Hospitality and Foodservice Agreement, launched today. It aims to unite the sector in achieving targets to prevent waste and reduce waste to landfill. Vegware helps foodservice operators meet the landfill diversion target, as our certified compostable foodservice packaging can be recycled with food waste after use. We have pledged to support WRAP with our Food Waste Network, a new service to help any UK business find its ideal food waste recycling services. (more…)

High praise from WRAP…

News item posted on Tuesday, June, 26th filed under all news, awards, food waste and recycling

Marcus Gover, Director of WRAP, likes what we are doing. He was the Chair of the judges in this year’s BCE Environmental Leadership Awards. He said: “The judges liked the way Vegware focuses its compostable packaging on the catering and hospitality sectors. These sectors currently recycle little of their food and packaging waste. Vegware is helping these sectors to capture both packaging and food waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill. We also particularly like the Food Waste Network they have set up so that customers can find their local food waste recycling services.” What a nice man.

Only April FOOLS pay LANDFILL tax…

News item posted on Thursday, March, 29th filed under all news, food waste and recycling

Vegware_compost_1101_floweryheart_800xOn Sunday 1st April 2012, landfill tax rises yet again to £64 per tonne. You may not be aware, but this affects every single business and local authority all over the UK. Landfill is already the most expensive destination for UK waste, but we still send 55% of our waste to clog up the few remaining big holes in the ground. Smart businesses are reducing costs and going green by maximising recycling.

The average office or caterer could recycle pretty much everything, but the key first step is introducing food waste recycling. It is common sense – if all the messy food residue is in its own separate bin, the rest of the average bin is much cleaner and far easier to recycle. Sending zero waste to landfill is now the eco-friendly way to start reducing waste management costs. (more…)

Plastic additives headed for a ‘breakdown’? – my tuppence-worth

News item posted on Thursday, December, 15th filed under all news, food waste and recycling, media
Both oil-based PET and genuinely compostable bioplastics have their own recycling process. Recycling these materials creates recycled plastic, or nutrient-rich compost – both of these are useful end-products and have a market value. By introducing biodegradable additives to oil-based plastic, it confuses the consumer, and messes up both of these systems. This is simply a bogus green marketing ploy with no real benefit to the environment.
All Vegware products are totally plastic-free and have certification to prove they are can compost in under 12 weeks. All our products are designed to break down together with food waste, and in the UK we help all our customers set up food waste recycling so they can go zero waste to landfill. Vegware US also has links with many composting facilities. 90% of all waste could actually be recycled, so stuffing useful and valuable waste into landfill is economic and environmental madness.

There’s an article in Packaging Digest on ‘degradable’ oil-based plastics which have a biodegradable additive thrown into the mix, so they will break down into smaller bits of plastic when in landfill. Here’s my comment!

Both oil-based plastic and genuinely compostable bioplastics have their own recycling process. Recycling these materials creates either recycled plastic, or nutrient-rich compost – both of these are useful end-products and have a market value. By introducing biodegradable additives to oil-based plastic, it confuses the consumer, and messes up both of these recycling systems. ‘Degradable’ plastic is simply a bogus green marketing ploy with no real benefit to the environment.

All Vegware products are plastic-free and have certification to prove they are can compost in under 12 weeks. All our products are designed to break down together with food waste, and in the UK we help all our customers set up food waste recycling through the Food Waste Network so they can go zero waste to landfill. Vegware US also has links with many composting facilities. 90% of all waste could actually be recycled, so stuffing useful and valuable waste into landfill is economic and environmental madness. – Lucy Frankel

Find your local food waste recycling services for free

News item posted on Wednesday, November, 16th filed under all news, awards, food waste and recycling

Want to start saving money and going green by recycling your business’ food waste? Find it all a bit confusing? Let us help! Vegware has long had links with the UK’s food waste recycling sector, and now we have a new sister project, the Food Waste Network (formerly known as the Vegware Composting Network). We’ve opened it up to anyone in the UK, whether they’re a Vegware customer or not. Just email your postcode and telephone number to composting@vegware.co.uk and we’ll link you up with your local food waste collection services. Or you can ask to speak to Eilidh or Lucy when you phone us on 0845 643 0406. The UK Packaging Awards 2011 thought it was such a good idea that it was a finalist in their Best Green Initiative award!