We’re supporting IGD’s new Working on Waste campaign

News item posted on Monday, July, 21st filed under all news, food waste and recycling

UntitledWe’re supporting IGD’s new industry wide initiative to reduce household food waste. The campaign –Working on Waste, is delivered in collaboration with WRAP and will bring together food and grocery companies from across the UK during October for a month of co-ordinated industry activity.

 

This is a fantastic campaign to get consumers and employees on board to think about ways of reducing food waste in their homes. IGD have put together a fantastic toolkit full of all the guidance, information and materials you need to help get your organisation involved.

 

We’ll be sharing heaps of tips, advice and competitions throughout October – so keep an eye out!

 

In the meantime, if you fancy joining us and getting involved, then you can register your interest here.

 

Community Fund – Rhubarb Farm – June Update

News item posted on Thursday, July, 10th filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

P6120020_thumbJune was a busy month for activities at Rhubarb Farm.

 

18 DWP staff came from 6 locations across the UK to do a day’s volunteering and built the first stages of 2 new outdoor pizza ovens.  Getting their socks and shoes off to paddle the clay mix was certainly different from their normal work routine!

 

And we ran two 2-day taster courses for people seeking work.  On the first day they did horticultural activities and the 2nd day they picked crops and then cooked a meal.  Everyone loved it.  The best comment was from a long-term alcohol misuser who said the course was infinitely better than a day’s drinking!

We’ve been named Solution of the Year in the 2 degrees Champions Awards!

News item posted on Thursday, July, 10th filed under all news, awards

10458096_658081574266682_1793688377970534276_nThe 2 degrees Champions Awards 2014 recognises innovations in sustainable business and we’re delighted to announce that Vegware was named  ‘Solution of the Year’ at the glitzy award ceremony at Wembley stadium last night! We’re over the moon to have been recognised amongst so many other fantastic sustainable businesses.

 

Here’s our Sarah picking up our award :)

 

Thanks to everyone who voted for us and to everyone who grabbed a camera phone and snapped a selfie in honour of #TeamVegware!

 

Community Fund – Batley Girls’ High School – July Update

News item posted on Monday, July, 7th filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

UntitledWhat a fabulous time of the year!  The cooler damp days finally giving way to these longer and warmer summer ones . Students able to relax a little following the busy exam season. The summer holidays not far away and it’s a similar story here on the farm. However it’s our busiest time of the year. The grass is growing as fast as we can find time to cut it. The ducklings and hen chicks progressing to adulthood. And that brings my thoughts to our progressive students!

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Community Fund – Royal Edinburgh Gardens – July Update

News item posted on Monday, July, 7th filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

This year has been a very different year to other in the gardens. Due to funding from Scottish Natural Heritage we have been able to roll out a complex series of courses called Green Learner early in the year. However a very new pressure has been dealing with the transition of the Community Garden being closed in Autumn. Cyrenians and a number of other partners are working together in the Greenspace:Artspace Public Social Partnership to develop a new Growing Space within the hospital grounds which Cyrenians will play a large role in once it is on the ground.

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Community Fund – Fundacion Fauna de la Amazonia – June Update

News item posted on Wednesday, July, 2nd filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

P5290001More news from the Ecuadorian jungle and its surrounds…

 

Well, today, in Puyo town, three young local girls were spotted with a very large beetle that they had found on a small tree in the centre of the main square. This beetle measured approximately 8.5 cm (3.35 in) by 6.00 cm (2.36 in). The girls did appear to be at a loss to know what to do with their find, so it was very positive that they were happy to be part of a ‘rescue plan’ with their parents’ agreement.

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New case study on Penair School

News item posted on Wednesday, June, 25th filed under all news, Case studies

_DSC1790We’ve just popped up another new case study on our website.

 

Read all about how switching to Vegware’s eco disposables has not only helped Truro’s Penair School achieve the Eco Schools Green Flag Award, it has also served as a great educational tool to teach students about sustainability!

 

All our case studies are free and available to download here.

Community Fund – Broomhouse Health Strategy Group – June Update

News item posted on Wednesday, June, 25th filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

10293611_660234377363641_6293761760814945541_oOur Fruit and Veg Shop continues to bring in lots of new faces, and on any sunny days we are encouraging local people to join our volunteers for a chat about our services and a free cup of tea at our “Community Corner” just outside the shop.  Its a way of creating more awareness of all the services we run, and giving the volunteers a greater role in helping to signpost local customers.

 

We held our AGM this month, and were delighted to have over 30 people attend, including clients, volunteers and workers from partnership organisations.  Before the actual meeting we ran a cooking taster session that helped put together the buffet we all enjoyed after the AGM.  We also ran a Walking Group taster session, that was just wonderful in the gorgeous weather.

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Community Fund – Greener Leith – June Update

News item posted on Wednesday, June, 25th filed under all news, Vegware Community Fund

image001Last week members of Greener Leith went to view their newly installed met mast on the site in the Highlands where they propose to build 2 community wind turbines.  The mast will measure the wind strength over the next year  and if strong enough should make the building of two wind turbines feasible.  ”Seeing the mast installed is very exciting and really brings home to us that the project is underway” said Carolyn Bell one of Greener Leith’s directors.

 

The community wind project is in partnership with Pedal, a community group in Portobello and Scene, a company specialising in community energy generation projects    and consists of two x 74 meter high wind turbines  whose income of approximately £5-7 million over the next 20 years will go to benefit community projects in Inverness-shire, Portobello and Leith.

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New case study on cafe ODE

News item posted on Tuesday, June, 24th filed under all news, Case studies

CAFE_ODE (Vegware)We’ve just popped up a new case study on our website. Read all about how cafe ODE - the UK’s Sustainable Restaurant of the Year winner in 2013 & 2014, have found compostable packaging to be an integral part of their sustainability story.

 

All our case studies are free and available to download here.