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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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New film! University of Cambridge go compostable with Vegware

Two years ago, the University of Cambridge decided to make their catering more sustainable. Now, every month, they save 1.5 tonnes of carbon and recycle all of their food waste and packaging.

How? By switching to Vegware’s compostable packaging, creating clear bin signage, training catering staff and engaging students.

Find out more in our latest film!

Let us know what you think @vegware.

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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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When will the Christmas cups be back in stock?

Phew! Our Christmas cups have been even more popular than usual this year. Despite our elves’ best efforts, we are now officially out of stock of the 12oz and 16oz cups. Bah, humbug.

But never fear! We still have stock of the green 8oz cups (although they’re flying off the shelves!).  We’ll also have very limited supply of the red 12oz and navy 16oz cups available from the 7th December – plenty of time to go before Christmas.

Thank you for your patience! We’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused. Drop us an email to info@vegware.co.uk if you have any other questions.

Customer Focus: Pumpkin Brown & plant-based food

Pumpkin Brown opened its doors to Edinburgh in Summer this year. Serving up plant-based organic food, free from wheat, dairy or refined sugar, the cafe was born out of a passion for good, healthy food on the go.

Amanda Brown founded the cafe and decided which packaging to use early on. She explains, “From the very beginning we wanted to use Vegware, it was a non-negotiable. It aligns with our brand ethos which is very important to us.”

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Pumpkin Brown enjoy getting creative with their food, promoting healthy eating that looks and tastes great. From colourful chia pots, to vibrant matcha lattes, to fresh healthy salads, the cafe uses a wide range of Vegware with most of the food pre-packaged so customers can grab and go. Amanda explains, “We think plant-based food served in plant-based containers is surely a great match! The Vegware range is great, there is tons of choice and it’s easily branded. We love it in our fridge.”

Despite only being open for four months, the cafe has been so popular that Amanda is now looking for a second location in Edinburgh. She explains how Vegware is an important part of their popularity: “Our customers love that we use Vegware – in fact they virtually demand it! A lot of them simply wouldn’t buy our food if we served it in non-compostable packaging as they feel so strongly about the over use of plastic today.”

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Fancy seeing more of their amazing food? Check out our new Green Tree collection film, all of which was filmed at Pumpkin Brown. And don’t forget to check out their Instagram for some serious food envy.

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New! Black compostable hot cup lids

We’re delighted to introduce Vegware’s compostable black lids for hot drinks.

We made the lids to meet demands of the artisan coffee market and contract caterers for a black lid that looks great, but doesn’t compromise on eco credentials.

Sleek and stylish, the matte-finish lids can withstand heat up to 85°C. Made from plant-based CPLA, the black lids are certified compostable and much lower in embodied carbon than conventional plastic lids.

Available in two sizes to fit 8 – 20oz cups. Like all of Vegware’s packaging, they’re designed to be recycled with food waste.

Want to up your coffee game? Contact us at info@vegware.co.uk for samples and more information.

 

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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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Supersize your salad with our new 48oz deli container

Salad lovers, rejoice! Our hinged lid deli container range has proved so popular we figured it was time to up the game and launch a larger size.

The 48oz container is perfect for generous portions of salads, deli treats and desserts. Light, strong, and stackable, the containers have a tight seal to keep food fresh. Like all of our products, they’re also completely compostable and made from plants, not plastic.

Bestselling cookbook author Deliciously Ella uses our hinged lid deli containers in The Mae Deli. In our recent interview with her she commented that, “We find that the Vegware packaging is much more sturdy and durable than plastic. Vegware have perfected the art of sealing the material tightly – which is so important. No one wants salad dressing running through their bag!”

As a nod to Deliciously Ella’s amazing food, we made her pomegranate, parsley and buckwheat salad to show off the new deli container. Check out the recipe here.

Grab your samples of the new deli container at info@vegware.co.uk.

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 sturdy, 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