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New honey-coloured Therma bags

Our new Therma bags are great for keeping toasties toasty! Double-layered with grease resistant inner lining, the honey coloured Therma bags are designed with hot cabinets in mind.  

Perforated paper offers breathability, so food stays hot and crispy. Perfect for everything from warm paninis to fried tempura. The gusseted design allows more room for filled toasties and features Vegware’s award-winning Green Leaf band which acts as a visual cue so your customers, staff and waste collectors and processors know it’s a plant-based, commercially compostable product. Made from sustainably-sourced paper. Available to order now!  

Use it! Check it! Bin it! – new activity sheets

There are lots of questions we receive around composting from the youngest of recyclers – also known to us as future Bin Detectives!

What is compost? Why do we recycle? How do compostables help the environment? Which bin do I put them in?

Our new Bin Detective activity sheets answer all these questions, having young recyclers hunt out the answers. From colouring in and sorting sheets, to crosswords and wordsearches, Vegware’s Bin Detective helps recyclers of all ages learn to use, check and bin packaging correctly.

The easy to read sheets are suitable for a wide range of ages, taking young recyclers through the difficulties of recycling mixed material food packaging and the benefits of compost. Plus, top facts on how much energy is saved by recycling your glass, metal and plastic. 

Create future Bin Detectives by downloading activity sheets here!

Independent Bristol cafe composts its Vegware disposables

New case study! Independent Bristol café Spoke and Stringer has switched to Vegware and joined Close the Loop.

Close the Loop is Vegware’s own composting collection service, running in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and the surrounding region. It collects used Vegware and food scraps from Vegware clients, which are then taken to a local composting facility at Rose Hill, Gloucestershire. Used Vegware is turned into nutrient-rich compost for local farmers’ fields.

Spoke and Stringer is conscious about the environment and does whatever possible to reduce waste. “That’s why we’ve chosen Vegware where we can close the loop on all our packaging,” says Emma Linzel, the Operations Manager at Spoke and Stringer.

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Season’s Greetings from Vegware!

Vegware’s 2019 festive cups are now available for pre-order only until Tuesday 1st October.  

This year’s hot cups feature are ever-popular knitted jumper design with a new featured animal – polar bears!

The Christmas cups are eco-friendly double wall hot cups made from sustainably-sourced board, and have a plant-based lining.

Available in 8, 12 & 16oz sizes for all your hot holiday drinks – from toffee-flavoured coffees and cinnamon spiced teas to warmed mulled apple ciders and hot chocolates topped with whipped cream.

Compostable lids are available to purchase separately – use our Series numbers to match your cup to the right lid.

Pre-order yours here today! Please note the cups are only available to pre-order until Tuesday 1st October. When placing your pre-order, please specify your requested delivery date. Our aim is to have all orders fulfilled by the end of November.

A portion of the sales will go towards Vegware’s Community Fund in December, so that we can support our global community even further this holiday season. More news to be shared later this year!

Introducing a new recycling system to a site

You’ve switched your site to Vegware and confirmed with our Environmental team that you’re in one of our composting regions where clients can access our approved collections. How do you ensure the transition all goes to plan?

Whether your site is a small independent café or large corporate site, introducing any new recycling system can have teething issues. It takes time for your site users – staff and visitors alike – to learn a new system. When the new waste stream is for compostable packaging & food waste, Vegware really wants to help our clients get it right. The last thing we all want is to send contamination to a compost facility. Our collective goal is always quality recycling.

The ‘Quality First’ method

For larger sites, Vegware’s Environmental team recommends clients use the ‘Quality First’ method – as these sites have large numbers of staff, visitors and catering outlets – making them more likely to have contamination during the initial transition.

This method means introducing the compostable products, new waste streams and signage – all of which Vegware supplies to our customers, while monitoring the contamination level closely, and only composting it when the behaviour change has been successful.

This allows sites to troubleshoot and address teething issues within any specific areas, teams or contaminants. This means that if the compostable waste is too contaminated, it will – and should – go to incineration during this transition phase. This eliminates concerns of the composting facility receiving compostables that are mixed in with non-recyclables such as plastic-lined coffee cups or non-compostable sandwich boxes. When incinerated, plant-based PLA releases no volatile gases, and produces more heat than newspaper, wood or food waste.

Once the behaviour change activities have been successful, as shown by waste audits, the good quality stream can then go to the composting facility.

Behaviour change is key

Essentially, behaviour change takes time and key steps must be in place to facilitate the introduction to a new way of recycling. But choosing the right bin – and getting it right – is vital for quality recycling across ALL waste streams.

What can you do to have your site be quick on the uptake for learning the new system? Follow our 5 Steps to Zero Waste to adopt a greener process to your site.

5 steps to zero waste

Click to view a case study from our client, Platform at Argyle Street Arches, to learn more about their experience in launching a new recycling system with Vegware.

Keen to introduce Vegware onto your site? Get in touch today: orders@vegware.co.uk +44(0) 333 055 400.

New film! Contract caterer Elior share why they chose Vegware

To contract caterer Elior sustainability is immensely important. They have a big responsibility to ensure their sites can operate in the most sustainable way possible. In this new film, Elior share their reasons for choosing Vegware catering disposables:

Responsible catering disposables

Elior’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Charlotte Wright, says that, “Vegware gives us the option to have disposables in our business, without the concern of the damage on the environment as the result of the production of plastics.”

Minimising waste

Vegware’s products offer portion control for both the end-user and the kitchen staff, helping to minimise food waste. Andy Ferguson, Elior’s Contract Director, says “Switching to the Vegware cup enabled their client to take 1 million plastic lined cups out of the waste chain.”

Quality product

The Elior team are impressed by the range and quality of Vegware products. “It enhances the food that goes into it,” shares Steven Wells, General Manager, Elior.

Elior use Vegware’s Green Tree collection to highlight their commitment to sustainability. For samples, please contact us here.

We’ve added a new branch to our Green Tree collection – sandwich boxes

Our stylish new sandwich wedges and boxes are part of the premium Green Tree collection. Perfect for a hearty meal or sandwiches to go. The crisp white design carries our on-pack plant-based messaging and the eye-catching Green Tree motif. A clear identifier of a sustainable product.

Made from sustainably-sourced board and fully lined with renewable, plant-based PLA to keep sandwiches fresh for longer. The clear PLA front window and leaf-shaped cut-outs on the side offer extra visibility.

Pair with our Green Tree soup containers, napkins and hot & cold cups for a stylish combo meal with a unified look. See the full collection here.

Award-winning quality by Vegware, made from plants. Commercially compostable where accepted. Order yours here.

Join Vegware at the PAC-12 Sustainability Conference

Our Zero waste Director, Julia Wetstein, is speaking at the upcoming Pac-12 Sustainability Conference, 25-26 June at The University of Washington, Washington, USA. Julia will be presenting research, conducted by CMA and the University of Washington, on the benefits of utilising composting packaging to capture post-consumer waste.  Register for the conference today!

Julia will be discussing compostables on a panel alongside experts from the Composting Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) and University of California, Berkeley. Julia has over 20 years experience in composting, agriculture and implementing zero waste programs. In the Vegware team, she bridges the gap between the foodservice and composting worlds. We catch up with her before the conference:

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Why soils matter

Soils and climate change

Poor soils fuel climate change. There is three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere, and this carbon is released in land degradation.

Land degradation is the process by which the quality of the land is affected by human activity.  According the recent Global Assessment carried out by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), land degradation is responsible for annual global emissions of up to 4.4 billion tonnes of CO2. It releases carbon stored in the soil and it effects the growth of plants, reducing their intake of carbon from the atmosphere.

IPBES’s Global Assessment states that, unless we reduce and reverse land degradation, it is projected that by 2050:

  • 50% of wild creatures will be lost,
  • human migration of people from the driest lands will rise,
  • and crop yields may reduce by up to 50% in some regions.

Addressing land degradation and climate change

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change targeted a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2° above pre-industrial levels. Tackling land degradation could provide over 1/3 of the most cost-effective greenhouse gas mitigation activities needed by 2030 to achieve this goal.

Climate change and land degradation should be addressed together with similar urgency.

According to IPBES:

“Urgent action must be taken to halt, reduce and reverse land degradation. The longer we delay the more costly and difficult restoration becomes. The cost of inaction is at least three times higher than the cost of action. And the benefits of land restoration are many times more valuable than the costs.”

Toil for soil

Among other actions, Vegware believes we can take steps to reduce soil loss and improve soil health in crop lands. Composting used Vegware returns nutrients to the soil, and has the added benefit of improving soil structure, reducing the risk of floods. Now, over 1,200 UK postcode districts have access to a Vegware-approved trade waste composting collection. To learn more, see here.