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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:

Vegware’s compostable spork from Vegware on Vimeo.

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.

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River Cottage event going zero waste with Vegware

We’re excited to announce that we’re helping Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage go zero waste at their Spring Food Fair!

Taking place from 28th – 30th May, the event features live music, craft demonstrations, foraging tours, and lots of local, delicious fresh food. We’re working with the River Cottage team to ensure the whole event is zero waste, through using our completely compostable packaging and expert recycling support:

  • All food served on compostable packaging
  • Goes in the food waste bins – complete with our bespoke signage and posters to help avoid contamination
  • Composted at a nearby composting facility
  • In weeks, our waste turns into compost for Devon farmers

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We’re celebrating #InternationalCompostAwarenessWeek

It’s probably not a big surprise that we love talking about compost. It’s an important resource, returning nutrients to the soil, fortifying plant growth and diverting organic waste from landfill. It’s why we’ve ensured all of our packaging is certified compostable and designed to be recycled with food waste – meaning it continues to be useful even after use.

And it’s not just good for the environment. Due to increasing landfill tax, businesses are increasingly turning to composting solutions for their food waste as a means of saving money.

#InternationalCompostAwarenessWeek aims to showcase the importance of compost and demonstrate it in action. Vegware and the Food Waste Network will be celebrating on Twitter all week with a range of films, infographics and composting facts.

Vegware lifecycle – cup to compost, fork to field from Vegware on Vimeo.

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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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