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UK regions with trade composting collections for Vegware clients

Here’s the latest list of UK regions with a regular trade waste collection for used Vegware, going to a Vegware-approved facility.

Our waste activism

  • In 2012, when our Environmental team started forging links with the waste sector, compostable packaging was only accepted in commercial waste collections in 2% of UK postcode districts.
  • We’re just an SME, but we now employ three Recycling Advisors to work proactively with clients and the waste sector, increasing the regions where our clients can have used Vegware collected. Read some of our case studies.
  • Our UK coverage is growing all the time. Here’s the percentage of UK postcode districts with a Vegware-approved trade waste collection:
    • 2% of UK postcodes back in 2012 when we started our Environmental team
    • Up to 25% on 1st March 2019
    • Up to 27% on 19th March 2019
    • Now at 38% – updated on 18th April 2019

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Sip & slurp with our new paper straws!

Not all paper straws are created equal! Vegware’s new paper straws are high quality, food safe and keep carbonated drinks fizzy for longer. Made in Britain with 100% premium quality paper.

Strawberry milkshake with our jumbo aqua-striped straw

Available in a range of sizes – our matt black cocktail and highball styles are ideal for sipping cocktails. Our Jumbo and Jumbissimo straws – in aqua or Vegware green stripes – are perfect for slurping smoothies or thick milkshakes. Choose our wrapped, classic white straws for takeaway.

Sturdy and long lasting. Made from sustainably-sourced paper, with on-pack composting messaging in our striped design.

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Guardian Vegware growth business compostable

Today’s Guardian news: 53% growth in one year

Our CEO is interviewed in today’s Guardian. If you’re finding us for the first time, well hello. Here’s a bit more background info.

  • We make plant-based foodservice disposables from lower carbon, renewable or recycled materials.
  • Even with a major shift to reusables, some disposables will be needed. Our entire range is commercially compostable, and we have a dedicated Environmental team who help clients set up composting schemes. Here’s our composting FAQ.

Our business story

  • We are an Edinburgh-based exporting SME whose sales have grown 53% in one year, to £30.7M in 2018/19 from £20M last year (and from £6.9M turnover in 2013/14). We have experienced exceptional growth during 2018 due to 2018’s huge public demand for alternatives to conventional plastics.
  • Export has grown a third for us this last year, now accounting for a third of our sales. We sell to 70 countries worldwide.
  • This last year, our team has grown from 51 to 75 (in staff numbers, not in age…)!
  • Our board has an unusual gender balance – our CEO is the only male, with five female Directors.

Vegware board of Directors female gender Continue reading Today’s Guardian news: 53% growth in one year

Local cafés champion new service to compost disposables

Three Yorkshire cafés lead a campaign to get local businesses to use a new waste collection service for used compostable Vegware disposables. Opposite Cafe, Laynes Espresso and North Star Coffee Shop are keen to start composting their used Vegware. In 6-8 weeks, the waste is turned into compost for use on Yorkshire fields.

The new service offers a composting solution for used Vegware and food waste from cafés, offices, schools and universities in Leeds, York and Harrogate and the surrounding region. Used Vegware is collected by Forge Recycling and taken to The Maltings waste facility, a modified anaerobic digestion plant with a composting phase, near Leeds. Forge Recycling are the only Yorkshire-based ‘total’ waste recycling company who can offer this service. Continue reading Local cafés champion new service to compost disposables

Vegware is exhibiting at HostMilano

Vegware will be visiting Milan to exhibit at HostMilano, the equipment, coffee and food show this autumn. The 41st International Hospitality Exhibition will take place at the Fieramilano exhibition and trade centre from 18th-22nd October 2019. Will you be there? Come say hello!
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HostMilano is the world leading trade fair dedicated to the world of catering and hospitality. Our EU Sales team will be showcasing Vegware’s plant-based compostable catering disposables to over 2,000 professionals in the foodservice industry. Attendees vary from coffee merchants and confectionary experts to professional caterers and pizza and pasta specialists.

Our team will be happy to sample their wares! Visit our stand (L24, Hall 9) to view samples from our range of over 300 plant-based, eco-friendly products including award-winning cutlery, hot and cold cups, tableware and takeaway containers.

We are looking forward to catching up with distributors and clients and meeting new customers!

For more information about the event, please see here. Ciao!

Trinidad and Tobago government ban Styrofoam packaging

Vegware welcomes news that the government of Trinidad and Tobago have approved a ban on polysterene foam products, such as Styrofoam, which will be implemented in 2019.

Banning Styrofoam imports

Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis says the importation of ‘Styrofoam’ products into the country will be banned. Local polystyrene manufacturers have been given time to make their products environmentally friendly.

Building on change

This builds on action taken in Tobago, where the Tobago House Assembly (THA) passed a motion to phase out polystyrene foam products.

The THA is currently working with the Castara Tourism Association to make the idyllic holiday destination Castara the first Styrofoam-free village in the country.

The Caribbean island of Dominica also implements a ban on Styrofoam cups and containers in 2019, as well as on plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws.

Packaging tax

THA official Linford Beckles suggested there was also a need to address the tax on imported packaging. He said while there are currently, “No taxes on Styrofoam products coming into Trinidad and Tobago,” there are taxes on, “Environmentally friendly alternatives.”

Beckles said the THA is looking at two alternatives to replace the Styrofoam, one is bagasse-based and the other is corn-based.

Vegetarian Pelau box from Aunty Cathy’s Kitchen, Freeport who already use Vegware packaging

How Vegware can help

Our tableware and takeaway boxes are made from bagasse, reclaimed sugarcane, and make an excellent eco alternative to  polysterene foam . Vegware already supply several catering outlets in Trinidad and Tobago. We look forward to working with more restaurants, cafes and on-site catering in the switch to eco-friendly polysterene foam alternatives.

Hobart becomes first Australian city to ban single-use plastic

Hobart City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic by 2020.  Businesses within the Hobart municipality will need to start phasing out single-use plastics in favour of re-usable or compostable packaging.

Vegware is delighted to hear of this first step in Australia, and our operational base in Sydney is poised to support clients transition to compostable packaging.

The city will have a period of public and legislative consultation before enacting the by-law either by late 2019 or early 2020 at the latest. Single-use plastic items such as plastic containers, straws, coffee cups, plastic lids and condiment sachets are on the list to be banned.

Small but significant step

Environment Tasmania Director Philip Cocker said the proposed ban was a small but significant step in environmental sustainability for the city.

“I am sure all Hobart businesses will be able to implement the by-law with positive effects on their businesses,” he said in a statement.

This single-use plastic ban is one way to combat low plastic recycling rates. A new study by the University of Technology Sydney, NSW,  found that Australia is recycling less than one third of its plastic packaging waste. Meaning that reducing single-use plastic is vital.

Vegware packaging at Sush restaurant, Hobart
Businesses already on-board

Some Hobart businesses have already chosen to go plastic-free. Vegware customer Sush, a Hobart sushi restaurant, already has its own ban on single-use plastic containers. As Trish Haeusler, from Plastic Free Launceston, says, “A lot of small businesses are already onto this [re-usable or compostable packaging] because they know customers are demanding it.”

Expanding the ban

Councillor Bill Harvey – who led the charge against single-use plastic – says that this new by-law shows, “That we’re serious about leading by example and this is one of those decisions that will have impacts for councils across Australia.”

Hobart City Council has written to Environment Minister Elise Archer to request the State Government implement a state-wide plastic ban.

Watch this space!

We’re soupa excited for our soup and sarnie combo

Clear CPLA hot lids

We’re soupa excited to introduce our new see through flat soup lids. Our clear lids provide visibility for your hot soups, stews and porridge. Made from plant-based CPLA, a renewable alternative to plastic.

The lids come in two sizes, to pair up with our soup containers. Use the Series number to match the right-sized lid to your Vegware soup container.

Single sandwich wedge

Single sandwich wedge

Fancy soup, but want a little something on the side?  Use our new single sandwich wedge for cold sandwiches – ideal for pairing with warm soups and stews.

The 38mm wide wedge has a back closure for a neater side profile. And is great for fitting more products on the shelf.

Made from sustainable paperboard and lined with a water-based grease-resistant coating. The plant-based PLA window offers great visibility.

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