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.