Category Archives: food waste and recycling

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Vegware used to help demonstrate zero waste Christmas recipes!

Celebrity chef Tony Singh and Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, teamed up to offer diners on Edinburgh’s castle street some tasty tips on festive frugality.

The pair served delicious egg-noodle turkey broth and veggie curry in Vegware soup containers from a vintage green Citroen H food van.

These recipes were chosen to highlight the many ways leftovers can be used, as Christmas can lead to over 50,000 tonnes of food and drink being wasted!  Read on below for Tony’s recipes:

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New classroom resources – Bin Detective Primary Kit

Vegware has launched the Bin Detective, a cartoon character with an educational resource kit helping schools teach about recycling. The concept empowers students to become Bin Detectives and change behaviours at school and at home.

The Primary Kit, launched for autumn term 2015, includes an interactive classroom presentation, a poster, and teachers’ notes describing a range of activities. Created by Vegware’s in-house environmental team, based on their experience of communicating about zero waste, it is available for free at

Bin Detective – classroom recycling activities from Vegware on Vimeo.

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Eilidh Brunton, Rising Star

Our group recyVegware_eco_packaging_Eilidh_rising_star_awardcling consultant, Eilidh Brunton, has been named resource Scotland’s Rising Star at the Scottish Resources Conference 2015! The award recognises her achievements in bringing together the waste sector through the efforts of the Food Waste Network. Eilidh has also been a global ambassador for the Scottish waste sector, including being invited to Las Vegas to speak about Scotland’s zero waste journey and food waste regulations at Waste Expo 2015. Eilidh says “I am delighted to have received the award, and really looking forward to continuing to guide businesses and communities on the road to zero waste”.

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Vegware’s guide to the 5p bag charge

England’s single use carrier bags charge came in to action yesterday, so we thought it would be useful to explain how it relates to sales of our products.

The law is mainly aimed at reducing the use of single use plastic carrier bags. All Vegware packaging is made from plants, not plastic, but compostable bags such as our bioplastic carrier are still subject to the charge. However, these can be taken home and reused as a liner for food waste caddies, so represent good value for the 5p spent!

Paper bags are not subject to the charge in England, so our recycled carrier bags are a great option. They’re made from recycled materials already, and can be easily recycled again after use.

Overall, we think the new legislation is great news! In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland usage has dropped by up to 80%! Considering that in 2013 major supermarkets gave out 7.4 billion plastic bags, that’s a huge amount of plastic that might not end up as litter and make its way to the oceans.


Recycling Advisor job opportunity!

We are currently recruiting! A Recycling Advisor is part of the environmental team and is responsible for assisting the development of Vegware’s policy and practice on waste management, and using this knowledge capital to drive both sales growth and the value associated with the Vegware brand.

We’re looking for somebody with a knowledge of waste management and an interest in the organics recycling sector. If that sounds up your street, send a CV and covering letter to and let us know how much we need you!

Check out the full ad here

New and improved sandwich platter range!

Being based in Scotland, we’ve not been outside a lot this summer. Handily, this means we’ve had plenty of time to work on perfecting our sandwich platter range. The fruits of this labour are our new and improved products!

These lines will be available to order from the 10th of August and samples are available now. Read on below for details of their exclusive features!

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Pre-order our special rugby cups!

Our special Rugby cup is available for pre-order. The colourful 12oz double wall cup is made in the British Isles from sustainable and recycled board, and the special design is printed with vegetable-based inks. The plant-based lining has 72% less carbon than the plastic lining on conventional hot cups!

Teresa Suter, our Sales Director says: “We wanted to capture the excitement and energy of the sport. Abstracted action shots show a sportsman at the top of his game, about to score a try. We can see it being a real hit with Rugby lovers.”

We’re expecting these to fly out the doors, so why not order some today?

Having a summer event?

As summer unfolds and people take to the outdoors to enjoy the weather, the opportunities for outdoor catering increase exponentially. With warewashing usually unavailable in pop-up outdoor venues across the country, single use disposable packaging is often the most viable option for traders.

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Vegware provides packaging made from plants that is designed to be recycled with food waste, simplifying waste management for all parties. However, you may not know just how many great products we have for barbecue season. Our wine goblets, rectangular plates and wide bowls are all great value gems that can help events of all sizes go swimmingly:

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Countdown to Pro2Pac and WasteWorks

It is now less than a week to go! We have plenty of reason to be excited; our gourmet range is shortlisted for an excellence award, and we’re hosting a roundtable discussion on barriers to zero waste in foodservice (25/3, 11.45-13.00). Our lovely sales team will also be on hand at the event to answer any questions you can think of! Get acquainted with the gourmet range by checking out our cracking new product demonstration or check out the food waste network website to learn more. Vegware will be exhibiting at stand S2012 of Pro2Pac and the Food Waste Network at stand S1957 of WasteWorks. Come say hello!