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Our penguin Christmas jumper cups are here!

Penguin Jumper Cup

It’s official, summer is over! Now we can start thinking about the important stuff – mistletoe, mulled wine, snow and most importantly – our all new penguin Christmas jumper cups.

To celebrate the most wonderful time of year, we’ve updated our previous Scandi knit eco cups with a new stylish penguin design, inspired by our pals at Edinburgh Zoo. Like last year, our 8oz comes in classic green, 12oz in red and 16oz in navy. Like all our hot cups, they’re compostable, featuring a lining made from plants, not plastic.

Perfect for all your seasonal hot chocolates and drinks, the range is available with matching compostable lids for any on-the-go festive activities.

You can find the cups on our Hot Cups page under Seasonal Cups. For lids, stirrers and sugar sticks, visit Hot Cup Extras.

Interested in some samples? Speak to us at info@vegware.co.uk.

Zero Waste Week 2017

Zero waste week

This week marks the 2017 Zero Waste Week in which businesses and individuals all over the globe are playing their role in reducing their waste.

At the moment it’s estimated the UK is throwing away £13bn of food away each year which over its lifetime has generated 19m tonnes of greenhouse gases. Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) concluded that preventing this pollution would have been the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the UK road. Alongside this only 1 in 400 coffee cups are being recycled properly in the UK which is only contributing the nation’s waste problem.

At Vegware, we’re committed to reducing waste. That’s why we make compostable packaging made from plant-based materials instead of those made from plastic. Our compostable packaging is designed to be recycled together with food waste and break down in industrial composting in under 12 weeks. We have over a decade of experience in delivering food and packaging waste recycling solutions. Our environmental team help foodservice providers close the loop and join the circular economy and provide step by step support along the way.

To further ensure our products are going to the right place we’ve also launched our Close the Loop Vegware collection service across Scotland’s central belt. Through our service, Vegware customers will be able to ensure their compostable packaging and food waste is being collected for composting. More info on our Close the Loop initiative can be found here.

Reducing your waste doesn’t just need to stop with disposing of your food waste and coffee cups properly. Have a read of the many innovative ways our staff managed to reduce their single plastic use during Plastic Free July. For more information on how you can get involved in Zero Waste Week, head over to their website. Another great way of getting involved is through sharing online how you’re reducing your waste this week through using the #ZeroWasteWeek hashtag.

We’ve been nominated for a Food Made Good Award!

vegware compostable recycling packaging debate

We’re happy to announce we’ve been nominated for the Best Supplier Award at the upcoming Food Made Good Awards.

Hosted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, the Food Made Good Awards are an annual celebration of everything that is great about the food-service industry.

We’ve been nominated for our Close the Loop initiative, a waste collection service for Vegware customers throughout Scotland which ensures their compostable packaging and food waste is collected for composting.

The 2017 Food Made Good Awards will take place on the 5th of October at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Our new composting collection in Scotland 

Vegware’s compostable packaging is designed to be recycled together with food waste. Now we’re making recycling simple, launching our own collection service.

Close the Loop is a waste collection service for Vegware customers throughout Scotland’s Central Belt, ensuring their compostable packaging and food waste is collected for composting.

Our new service will provide a simple zero waste solution for Scotland’s foodservice industry. With collections in the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Falkirk areas, all collected Vegware and food waste will be composted outside Glasgow at Blantyre. Catering waste will help feed Scottish fields; with high-grade compost created in just a matter of weeks.

The service is flexible for customers: there are no contract tie-ins, users can choose their own collection days and they can cancel or add collections with just 24 hours’ notice. We also provide a clean bin with every collection. To make Close the Loop even more of a success we’re also offering expert support in the form of free staff training and bin signage.

At Vegware, we take our producer responsibility seriously. Close the Loop is just one of the innovative ways we go beyond packaging.

If you’re interested in signing up to our collection service in Scotland or if you’d like more information, contact our Environmental Team at environmental@vegware.co.uk or call them on 0131 564 0313.

We’ve been shortlisted for the UK Packaging Awards 2017

Our creative team has been nominated for Design Team of the Year at the upcoming 2017 UK Packaging Awards.

Taking place on the 22 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, Vegware’s creative team has been recognised for its various innovative design projects over the past year.

Communicating Vegware’s key sustainable messages alongside slick designs, these projects included our ‘All about Vegware’ animation, new Leaf Band range for Vegware Packaging Inc in the US, Christmas cups, ‘We use Vegware’ poster range and bin signage designs.

Wish us luck!

We’re hiring! Supply Chain Administrator in Edinburgh

Vegware compostable packaging eco range

Are you looking to for a new career challenge? We’re looking for a Supply Chain Administrator to join our Vegware team in our Edinburgh office.

We are seeking someone who will be able to deliver an exceptional experience to both internal and external clients by sharing responsibility in the smooth running of our supply chain and logistics function.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop detailed knowledge of Vegware’s products, services, suppliers and key clients.
  • Action tasks assigned to you from the supply chain team’s shared mailbox.
  • Ensure Vegware’s internal system relevant to supply chain is kept up-to-date.
  • Be the first point of contact for our Operations team with stock related queries.
  • Highlight any upcoming stock outages in a timely manner to ensure corrective actions can be taken.
  • Manage daily supply chain and logistical challenges, escalating where appropriate to ensure a timely resolution and minimal client impact.
  • Manage our custom print production schedules and ensure internal teams are aware of any changes to planned delivery dates.
  • Liaise daily with our production, logistical and distribution partners.
  • Review, update and maintain product specifications in collaboration with our Communications and Creative team.
  • Compliance reporting and KPI monitoring on both internal as well as supplier and logistics providers performance.

The applicant

With excellent administration skills you will be detailed orientated and work efficiently to deadlines.

You will be an excellent communicator and be competent working both in a team and on your own.

With customer service experience you will deal with and prioritise large volumes of incoming enquiries whilst providing exceptional customer care.

We are looking for the Supply Chain Administrator to be proficient in Excel.

You must be reliable, articulate and a highly motivated individual with superb interpersonal skills and a passion for the environment.

If you feel you would be a great fit for the Vegware team, go to our S1jobs ad, click on Apply and attach your CV along with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the position. Please state your salary expectations.

New! 5″ burger box

burger box

Introducing the newest member of our bagasse takeaway range – our new     5”burger box.

Made from sustainably sourced bagasse, an eco-friendly alternative to polystyrene, our clamshell burger box is perfect for kids’ meals, budget burgers and side dishes.

Bagasse has great thermal properties and it doesn’t trap condensation like plastic, so food stays hot and crispy. Our burger boxes are also freezer and microwave safe.

Available to order now, ask us for more information or samples over at   info@vegware.co.uk.

Sustainable snacking at the Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe Food

The Fringe is a busy time for everyone in Edinburgh. Thousands of comedians, poets, performers and actors take up their posts in the city for the best part of a month to showcase their talents and make a name for themselves. The Edinburgh Fringe is a unique event which rightly puts the city on the map. With a whole host of exceptional shows and performances taking place, it really is a month to savour.

However, it’s not only performers who have an opportunity to strut their stuff, Edinburgh’s food scene over the month is also one to relish. So much so that we spent a day visiting some of our customers and sampling what treats they had to offer. Here are some highlights for food at The Fringe –

The Gilded Balloon

Edinburgh Fringe Food

The ever-popular Gilded Balloon offers an abundance in performances and shows, and it is also home to a wide range of food and drink pop-ups. We ventured to their Teviot Library Bar to sample their lamb rogan josh. Pictured here in one of our bagasse clamshells, their gluten-free curry with a base layer of rice proved to be delicious start to our afternoon.

The Crema Caravan

Edinburgh Fringe Food

A short walk around the corner to Charles Street and brought us to The Crema Caravan. Famed for its hot-to-go ‘Burnt to Order’ crème brulees. It’s also a great stop for a tea or coffee break during a busy day taking in everything Edinburgh has to offer with drinks being served in Vegware hot cups. Some classic crème brulee flavours you should try include madagascan vanilla, tonka bean and hazelnut praline or salted caramel.

The Mac Shacks

Edinburgh Fringe food

Located just off Underbelly at George Square, we visited The Mac Shacks next. Serving up classic comfort food, macaroni cheese, in a variety of different formats, this ‘shack’ really is worth a trip to. We opted for (pictured) the classic mac and cheese with crispy onions sprinkled on top. Served in one of our soup containers, The Mac Shacks really offers something different from a lot of other pop-ups at The Fringe.

Frisky

Edinburgh Fringe Food

After a busy day of eating and walking around Edinburgh we wanted something sweet to end our day. Frisky’s frozen yoghurt pop-up was exactly what we wanted. We went for the Festival Mess froyo sundae which features frozen yoghurt, raspberry coulis, berries and meringue. Pictured below in one of our soup containers, the Festival Mess definitely delivered the perfect end to a delicious day at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Edinburgh Fringe Food

Plastic Free July Results and Tips

Plastic free july

In case you missed it, last week some of our staff pledged to reduce their single-use plastic use for a week as part of Plastic Free July. The idea around Plastic Free July was to increase awareness around single-use plastic consumption. Below are a couple of great examples of where some of our staff had to come up with innovative solutions to their reduce their daily single-use plastic routines.

The first plastic issue we faced in the office came up on our morning office cup of tea run. Since most teabags contain plastic, some of us gave up tea for the week, however later in the week we discovered there are some plastic-free tea bag alternatives out there. Buying shampoo was another issue due to the plastic bottle most of them come in, however with shampoo bars being readily available in most shops this proved an easy transition.

When doing our shop, many of us opted not to take non-recyclable bags when buying goods, instead taking rucksacks or bags for life. When buying food for pets, Claire from our Creative team decided not to buy the usual bagged salad for her tortoise, Professor Truffles. In doing this she discovered Professor Truffles enjoys dandelion and clover which isn’t just plastic-free, it’s also cost-effective.

In terms of daily grooming, some of us decided to ditch disposable razors and invest in stainless-steel razors with separately sold blades. Not only was this disposable but it also proved to be a cheaper alternative.

We had vegetable boxes delivered alongside our weekly boxes of fruit to the office with everyone making great use of the unpackaged fruit and veg in the office. Lunch times needed a certain creative spark as a lot of the time everything would need to be made in advance. Kate from our Environmental team made bread at home and froze individual slices to keep it fresh. As well as this she had a go at picking her own rhubarb and making jam.

On-the-whole, our staff found the week trickier than they had initially expected, however they were delighted to find out how readily available plastic-free solutions were to find. In some cases we were finding we weren’t only reducing our single-use plastic consumption, we were also saving money.

We very much enjoyed participating in Plastic Free July and we’re happy to say some of our plastic free habits of the last week won’t be short-lived.

New! Printed greaseproof sheets

Introducing the newest members of our greaseproof range – our 400x300mm white greaseproof grill and bakery sheets.

Made from sustainably sourced, chlorine free paper they are both oven and microwave safe up to 220°C.

Enjoy burgers, wraps and BBQ wings to go with our grill sheets and a wide variety of different pastries and sandwiches with our bakery sheets.

Available to order now, ask us for more information or samples over at info@vegware.co.uk.