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Vegware responds: Parliament debate on banning non-compostable packaging

A recent petition was circulated which called the UK government to ban all non-recyclable and non-compostable packaging in the UK. Garnering over 75,000 signatures, it was selected for debate on 23rd January – if you missed it, you can catch up here or read the response.

Vegware welcomes debate and we were delighted to see the issue of recycling taking such a major platform. We would however like to see more leadership from government to create a roadmap to maximum recycling. We have no doubt manufacturers would respond to this with the innovation and flair that exists in the industry.

Our focus is foodservice where compostable packaging is the right solution. Other types of packaging need to be treated differently and we must recognise this as we devise the best way forward for each waste category.

The debate raised many valid and relevant points around the environmental contribution of effective packaging, for example in preventing food waste in the supply chain. There were also some familiar objections to compostable packaging raised which we would like to comment on.

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Vegware featured in the Design Museum!

We’re delighted to be featured in the Design Museum as the UK’s first compostable packaging.

Our colourful Tutti Frutti ice cream spoon is sitting proudly in their permanent ‘Designer Maker User’ exhibition. One of our designers, Alice, was excited to spot it on a recent visit – just look at that smile!

It’s a huge honour to be recognised for our design work and innovation in such a prestigious setting.  If you’re in the London area, check out the museum in its swanky new location in Kensington.

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Christmas opening times and last order dates

It’s that time of year again! Before we all get in to the serious business of stuffing our faces with mince pies and squabbling with distant family members, make sure you’re stocked up on Vegware for the Christmas period.

We’ll be closed from the 24th – 27th December and the 31st December – 2nd January. The last order dates to guarantee delivery before Christmas are:

UK

Pallets – 1pm Tuesday 20th December

Parcels – 3pm Wednesday 21st December

Europe 

Pallets – 1pm Monday 12th December

Parcels – 1pm Thursday 15th December

Need an emergency delivery between Christmas and New Year? Drop orders@vegware.co.uk an email for more information, or call us on 0330 223 0400.

The Vegware team wish everyone a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year!

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We’re Manchester Coffee Fest’s official sustainability partner!

We love a good coffee festival. Alongside the amazing smells and sights of coffee being made and the delicious samples on offer, it’s great to see new trends and innovation on the coffee scene. That’s why we’re delighted to announce we’re Manchester Coffee Festival’s first ever official sustainability partner!

Sustainability is a new focus for the festival. Spurred on by reports earlier in the year of coffee cup recycling issues, festival organisers Cup North decided it was time to take action. As well as inviting Vegware to be their official sustainability partner, the festival has also created the Vegware Sustainability Hub – an area dedicated to workshops and talks on waste and recycling issues in the coffee industry.

Taking place on the 5th-6th November, the festival will also bring together independent coffee shops, roasteries, importers and baristas from across the north of England for a weekend of talks, tastings and even a coffee-themed cinema.

Don’t miss Vegware’s workshop on coffee cup recycling, explaining the issues the UK currently faces and the compostable solution. Hosted by our Recycling Advisor Kate Chambers, you can catch us at 12pm on Saturday 5th and 2:30pm on Sunday 6th November.

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We’ve been shortlisted for the Scottish Business Awards!

It’s time to get the glad rags on again! Vegware are delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the Green Business of the Year at the Scottish Business Awards.

The award ceremony, taking place on the 17th November, features Academy Award winning actor, producer and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as the keynote speaker.

The award “recognises the businesses which have shown outstanding leadership in achieving environmental goals alongside its business objectives”. We’ve been nominated for our innovative solution to zero waste in foodservice – using only compostable packaging, and recycling it with food waste.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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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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.

Streetfood

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.

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Vegware’s Carolyn wins silver medal at Gardening Scotland 2016

There are plenty of hidden talents in the Vegware team – and one of them just won an award! When she’s not crunching numbers in our Accounts team, Carolyn King has been honing her gardening skills. This weekend saw her and the Penicuik Horticultural Society win the silver award at the Gardening Scotland Festival for their sustainably minded masterpiece, complete with Vegware cups.

The piece was inspired by Major Tim Peake’s tour of duty to the International Space Station, and the beautiful images of Earth he shared from space. Using cups donated by our Community Fund,  recycled milk cartons, water bottles and discarded objects, the piece focuses on sustainable living and caring for the Earth’s ecosystem.

Well done Carolyn!

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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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