Vegware recognised on environmental leadership including Rising Star award for our eco expert Eilidh!

It’s been another great week for us at awards ceremonies; Vegware won Best Sustainability Initiative Award and Eilidh Brunton, our group recycling consultant, was awarded Rising Star at the FPA Awards.

Our Close the Loop collection service won the Best Sustainability Initiative Award at this year’s Hotelympia FoodBev Awards.The annual awards, organised by FoodBev Media and held in association with Hotelympia, celebrate all that is good about innovation in the global food industry.

Our award-winning service collects clients’ used Vegware and food waste for commercial composting, creating high-grade compost in a matter of weeks. After the success of Close the Loop in Scotland, we’ll be launching the service in regions of England in 2018.

Following this, our very own Group Recycling Consultant Eilidh Brunton collected the Rising Star award at the FPA awards. Awarded for her integral environmental work with Vegware and continued engagement with the waste sector, Eilidh picked up the award at the Grand Hotel Brighton. Well done Eilidh!

These awards follow last week’s success where we were ranked in both The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100and the 2018 Inc. 5000 Europe lists.

Vegware compostable packaging eco range

Vegware brings home two award wins for Britain!

With the recent Olympic, and now Paralympic, Games creating excitement in the air, Vegware is delighted to share we’ve scooped two new awards for Britain as well!

The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 has ranked Vegware as No 77 in its 2018 league table, which recognises Britain’s 100 small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales over the latest two years. In 2017, Vegware opened its new American office in California, while maintaining operational bases in the UK, Australia, and Hong Kong, with distribution throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Caribbean.

Additionally, Vegware has earned position number 3646 in the 2018 Inc. 5000 Europe, Inc.’s listing of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the European continent.

We are honoured to earn these achievements and be recognised in the industry, both back at home in Britain and internationally, for our in-demand fully-compostable products made from plants, not plastic.

Visit us at Hotelympia

Plastic-free solutions at Hotelympia

We’re delighted to share the news that we’re going to be exhibiting at the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality event, Hotelympia. Taking place at ExCel London, Monday 5th – Thursday 8th March 2018, we have a range of exciting new products and a VR experience to share with attendees.

Here’s a taster of what to expect from our stand:

  • VEGWARE-O-VISION! Experience our virtual reality film, taking you on 360º journey from cup to compost
  • Close the Loop – talk to our recycling experts and learn about our new composting collections
  • Product launches – our new green leaf band and Bon Appetit bowls
  • Meet the materials – learn about packaging made from plants
  • Custom print – inspiration for your next designs

If you’re looking for plastic-free solutions, then come talk to us about packaging made from plants. Our stand number is 3910 and is just inside entrance S11.

If you’d like to attend you can register for free today– we’d love to see you there!

We’ve moved office!

On Friday the 19th of January, we move to our new offices. We outgrew our old office overlooking the Union Canal, and can’t wait to welcome visitors to our new bigger shinier home in the centre of Edinburgh.

Our phone number stays 0330 223 0400, and our new HQ address is 39 Melville Street, Edinburgh EH3 7JF.

Here we are on Google maps. Pop in to visit, or send us a postcard!

Vegware compostable packaging eco range

We’ve been shortlisted for an Edinburgh Chamber Business Award!

We were delighted to hear that Vegware has been named as one of the finalists at this year’s Edinburgh Chamber Business Awards.

The awards recognise some of the great work that businesses in Edinburgh have achieved in the last year. We’re up for the Responsible Business Award for our Close the Loop collection service, a waste collection service offering Vegware packaging and food waste collection to customers across Scotland’s Central Belt.

Last year, we won Supplier of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards for our Close the Loop solution. Close the Loop also received a Parliamentary Motion in the Scottish Parliament in the same month.

The awards are taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 8th of February. Wish us luck!

Leithers Don’t Litter

As we start 2018, we like to reflect on our favourite moments of 2017. At Vegware we enjoy supporting important environmental issues, and that includes littering. Throughout 2018 we’re planning a number of anti-litter initiatives and campaigns, so here’s some inspiration from our home city of Edinburgh.

Leithers Don’t Litter are a group who love their local area, Leith, and hate seeing litter. They organise regular clean ups and collaborate with a number of organisations to help make Leith a litter free zone.

Litter pickers deserve a warm pick-me-up, and last year, our Community Fund donated coffee cups to Leithers Don’t Litter for their Earth Day clean up.

On Earth Day, around 60 people came along and collected 70 bags of rubbish. On Edinburgh’s Marine Esplanade they collected a staggering 4-5 tonnes of rubbish!

We have been really enthused by the proactive community work led by Leithers Don’t Litter. We’ll be looking out for their events starting in March 2018, as well as running our own litter pick as part of Keep Britain Tidy. Watch this space!

‘Latte levy’ report is well intentioned, but industry proposals and initiatives will be more effective at tackling recycling.

  • Vegware welcomes the much-needed focus on recycling, but instead of charging consumers, Vegware supports reforms to have industry pay for recycling
  • State-of-the art cup recycling can be complemented through the use of compostable foodservice packaging; compostables can Close the Loop for all foodservice waste
  • Packaging company Vegware to expand Close the Loop composting collections

Vegware wholeheartedly supports any initiative that boosts recycling. The public and businesses are all eager for a solution. The UK Environmental Audit Committee has recommended a 25p ‘latte levy’ on any disposable coffee cup. Whilst the report raises many valid points about the challenges we face, we do not see a ‘latte levy’ as the most effective way forward. Vegware support’s the Foodservice Packaging Association’s response, ‘Why charge consumers 25 pence a cup when industry is willing to provide funding for recycling’. In addition, Vegware would like to highlight the opportunity that compostable packaging brings to recycling of all foodservice waste, not only cups.

In 2017 there were great strides in recycling used coffee cups by major chains and independents alike. Food contamination is cited in the report as a major issue. To complement cup and other dry recycling, industrial composting is a form of recycling with a major role to play here. If all disposables are compostable, all foodservice waste – the cup, lid, spoon and sandwich wedge, leftover crusts and mayo – can be composted together, and food contamination is no longer an issue.

Vegware takes its producer responsibility seriously, and offers expert environmental support to help foodservice clients recycle used Vegware and food waste. Launched initially in Scotland in 2017, Vegware’s Close the Loop service collects used compostables and food waste from Vegware clients, taking it for commercial composting. Now that we have a successful model to roll out, Vegware will be announcing good news in other areas of the UK in 2018.

To see a true shift in foodservice recycling and litter reduction, Vegware believes a comprehensive raft of improvements are needed to recycling systems and major public awareness campaigns. We welcome ambitious plans and are keen to drive innovation and collaboration in the packaging and recycling sectors.

Vegware 2017 highlights

2017 was a massive year for Vegware. We launched our very own collection service, opened a new international office and put a few new products to market. To everyone that has supported Vegware this year, we’d like to thank you for your continued backing and we hope you have a great festive period. Here’s a recap of a couple of our 2017 highlights:

US launch

Possibly our biggest venture of 2017 was the decision to open an office in Huntington Beach, California. Situated on the beachfront, the Californian weather has been a welcome culture change for our British team members who moved over to Surf City. Vegware Packaging Limited started trading at the end of June and our team there has grown from strength to strength. We’re looking forward to seeing what 2018 has to offer.

Close the Loop


In September, we launched our Close the Loop collection service in Scotland. The aim of it is to make recycling used Vegware simple. This service is available to Vegware customers in the Central Belt and operates as a simple bin swap: full bins of used takeaway packaging and food waste are collected for composting and clean ones left in their place. Vegware and food waste is taken to a facility near Glasgow where it’s turned into high-grade compost in a matter of weeks.

Due to the success of our Scottish route we’ve already started planning new Close the Loop routes in other parts of the UK for 2018. Watch this space!

Blog highlights

Over 2017 we blogged on a variety of hot topics at the time. We ate a lot of delicious lunches in our quest for the best Sustainable Vegetarian Sandwich in Edinburgh.

Food, not comedy, was on the menu at the Edinburgh Fringe as we sampled the best of the fest in snacks.

Our team at head office took on the challenge to go plastic free over the summer and shared their tips for a Plastic Free July.

Plastic Free July

New films

This year we made a variety of different films and animations. We kicked off the year with an animation concentrating on what we do and how to reduce waste. Later in the year we went to Dundee & Angus College to have a look at their on-site composting. Alongside Tidy planet we were able to see how they turn their food waste and Vegware packaging into high-grade compost.

Our second animation of the year concentrated on the launch of our Close the Loop collection service. Highlighting how it will work and its environmental benefits. Later in the year we helped the 2017 Edinburgh Coffee Festival become the UK’s first compostable coffee festival through Close the Loop. 

Product launches

This year we launched a number of innovative new compostable products. Here’s a selection:

Sandwich sofa


Our new cosy sandwich sofa is perfect for traditionally square cut sandwiches. Offering clear visibility as well as a compostable solution to sandwich packaging.

5” burger box

 burger box

Made from sugarcane-based bagasse, this burger box doesn’t trap condensation like plastic. Food stays hot and crispy. Perfect for kids’ meals, budget burgers and side dishes.

Bakery and grill greaseproof


Made from sustainably sourced, chlorine free paper. Oven and microwave safe up to 220°C.

6oz kraft hot cup


Made from sustainably sourced board with a plant-based lining. Great for flat whites and long black coffees.