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Deliciously Ella loves Vegware eco packaging

Deliciously Ella (otherwise known as Ella Mills) is the powerhouse behind three bestselling cookbooks, a world-famous food blog and an Instagram feed that would put your lunch to shame.

On a mission to create a home for her healthy eating ethos,  Ella opened the Mae Deli in December 2015 with her husband, Matthew. The Deli is a cosy clean-eating haven, specialising in the tasty plant-based food Ella is famous for.

The Mae Deli has been using Vegware’s eco packaging since it opened. We caught up with Ella to find out why she decided to use Vegware and what exciting plans the Deli has in store.

Why was choosing compostable packaging for the Mae Deli important to you?

The Mae Deli by Deliciously Ella was started by my husband Matthew and I and our aim is to create delicious natural food, but always in a socially and environmentally responsible way. We focus on building a company that our team members and customers can be proud of. This means using only compostable and recyclable packaging, paying the London living wage and above to all of our team members, and bringing total transparency to everything we do; which includes sharing the recipes to our products.

What kind of responses have you had from your customers regarding the packaging?

Our customers are so pleased when we tell them that we use Vegware’s compostable packaging! We often get so many complaints saying that it’s a shame that we use so much plastic, so when we are able to tell our customers that is actually made out of plant based materials they are so happy. It’s such a great concept and we love that we are able to spread the word and educate people who don’t know what Vegware is.

Have you noticed any difference between plastic packaging and Vegware in terms of quality or how easy it is to use? 

Completely! You may think that since it’s made from plant based material that the quality would be compromised, but it’s actually the total opposite. We find that the Vegware packaging is much more study, durable, and you have perfected the art of sealing the material tightly – which is so important. No one wants salad dressing running through their bag!

What seasonal food trends are you excited about for autumn? 

I love eating seasonally and find that come autumn I start craving heartier warming dishes. We have two new dishes at the deli that I am so excited to be launching soon. One is a five-bean chilli with warming hints of cumin and the other is a black rice dish with amazing autumn veggies like butternut squash and Brussel sprouts. And while I admittedly eat sweet potato all year around autumn gives the perfect excuse for feeling less guilty by doing so.

Our menu is based around vibrant and delicious salads so having packaging that protects and holds the dishes intact is so important and your product does this so well!

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Deliciously Ella recently launched an energy ball line, a skincare  range with Neal’s Yard and a new smoothie recipe book. Find out more at deliciouslyella.com

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Our Christmas jumper cups are back with a new size!

Brace yourself. Winter is coming.

Which can only mean one thing – Vegware Christmas jumper cups are back!

To celebrate the festive season, we’ve launched a new 16oz navy version of our popular Scandi knit eco cups. It joins our classic green 8oz and red 12oz jumper cups, for a perfect line up of festive cheer. Like all of our products, they’re completely compostable, featuring a lining made from plants, not plastic.

Perfect for all your seasonal hot chocolates and drinks, with matching compostable lids available for on the go Christmas shopping.

You can find the cups on our Hot Cups page under Seasonal Cups. For lids, stirrers and sugar sticks, visit Hot Cup Extras.

Want some free samples? Ask us at info@vegware.co.uk.

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Community Fund Focus: Scottish Waterways Trust

The Vegware Community Fund supports sustainability in its broadest sense, offering regular funding or product donations to charities and not-for-profit organisations from Ayrshire to the Amazon. This month’s Community Fund focus is on one of our regular recipients, the Scottish Waterways Trust.

The Scottish Waterways Trust is an independent charity which undertakes innovative canal-based projects for the benefit of local communities, promoting health, wellbeing and conservation of Scotland’s canals. The Trust was established in 2001, and in that time has helped over 136,151 people, investing more than £10 million into hundreds of projects.

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Pita Pit choose Vegware eco packaging to break into UK market

With 600+ stores worldwide, Pita Pit‘s health-conscious fast casual dining has fans across the globe. Serving up fresh, Mediterranean inspired pitas with sustainably sourced ingredients, Pita Pit wanted food packaging that echoed their eco-friendly ethos.

Since expanding into the UK in 2013, Pita Pit have been using a fully customised range of completely compostable Vegware packaging in all of their stores. With 5 stores already open, a further 20 are set for the coming year. Pita Pit explain, “We’re a new brand in the UK and Vegware’s custom print service has been a fantastic marketing tool for us to help establish brand recognition!”

Thanks to their three bin system – a first for a UK high-street chain – Pita Pit ensure that recycling rates are high in their stores. A policy has been introduced in-store where staff strike up a conversation with customers about the compostable packaging . This helps to build a relationship with the customer, communicate the company’s environmentally friendly ethos and keep recycling contamination low.

Download the full case study here.

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New product! Gourmet dipping bases

Our exciting new addition to the Gourmet Range – dipping bases! We’ve taken our much-loved gourmet bases and added a built-in compartment for sweet and savoury dips – from guacamole for nachos to chocolate sauce for strawberries.

Available in 12oz and 18oz sizes to fit size 3 and 4 lids respectively, the bases are made from bagasse (recycled sugarcane) which has 99% less carbon than polystyrene. Like all of Vegware’s products, they’re also completely compostable.

Mix and match with our three Gourmet Range lid styles for hot and cold food on the go.

Ask us for samples!

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Coffee cup recycling – it’s time for a change

Have you seen the news? Coffee cup recycling is making the headlines again. Last night on BBC1, Hugh’s War on Waste revealed that almost all of the 7 million coffee cups we use every day in the UK go to landfill or incineration, despite many of them claiming to be recyclable.

“The truth is,” says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, ”they are barely recyclable at all – in the everyday, commonly understood sense of the word. They cannot be recycled through any of the normal public waste collection services – who are consistently diverting them to be incinerated or sent to landfill.”

We believe it’s time for a change.

With 10,000 cups disposed of every two minutes, consumers are demanding action. Here’s our compostable solution:

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New film! River Cottage Fair goes compostable with Vegware

River Cottage’s Spring Food Fair achieved an impressive 72% recycling rate by serving all food on Vegware compostable packaging; their best ever result. Our new film shows you how we did it.

Aiming to beat the UK event average of 15%, River Cottage trialled Vegware’s compostable packaging and recycling support. After the three-day event, 680kg of used takeaway packaging was composted with food waste at Viridor’s nearby composting facility. In less than 12 weeks this soil improver will be available to River Cottage’s gardens and local farmers.

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So long! Lucy’s off on maternity leave…

Yup, today is my last day at Vegware until sometime in 2017 – I’m off on maternity leave. And here’s my fantastic Comms, Creative and Environmental teams in the Edinburgh sunshine – from left to right, here we have Mark, Claire, Ian, Susie, me, Eilidh, Xanthe and Alice. Kate joins the Environmental team on Monday so I guess Mark can photoshop her in soon! And we all miss Claudia, who has left the reigns of the Creative team to Ian so she can go and learn to be a web developer.

It’s great to be going off knowing that everything is in such capable hands, and I’m looking forward to hearing updates about all the exciting recycling projects, photoshoots, films and designs everyone gets involved in.

Lucy x

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The Vegware summer variety show

Thanks to the good old British weather, it might not always be very apparent – but summer time is well and truly upon us.

In between eating lots of ice cream, firing up barbecues and slapping on the factor 50, we’ve been quite busy here at Vegware HQ. Whatever you’re up to this summer, we’ve got you covered.

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Catch this summer trend with our Tasting Notes collection. Fresh, funky colours across the whole range make vibrant flavours and textures pop.

Festivals

Show off your festival food fare in bagasse (recycled sugarcane) takeaway boxes and gourmet bases. We’re also a dab hand at helping festivals go zero waste; here’s our film on how we helped the Edinburgh Mela do just that!

Al fresco dining

Longer days and warmer temperatures are the perfect setting for picnics and barbecues. Vegware’s bagasse (recycled sugarcane) tableware is the perfect accompaniment. It’s sturdier than paper plates, 99% less carbon than plastic and available in a variety of sizes. Putting on something special? Our palm leaf tableware kicks it up a notch.

Events & Leisure

Cold cups are perfect for soda (or something stronger) at stadium events, while our food cartons are available in five sizes for everything from churros and chocolate sauce to hot dogs and fries.