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Say aloha to Hula: our new plastic-free cold cups!

Get a taste of island life with our new Hula paper cold drink cups.

These rich colours are mixed within each sleeve you receive: tropical mango, sea green, hibiscus pink, Big Island blue and Vegware green, and printed using water-based inks.

The bold party colours are inspired by Hawaii’s warm hospitality, and a geometric leaf pattern celebrates the islands’ rich vegetation.

Choose from 9, 12, 16 or 22oz sizes to bring a splash of colour to your cold drinks like juice, soda, beer, cocktails or water.

It’s also great for hot snacks like popcorn or fried treats.

Hula cups fit our cold cup lids – available in flat and domed options with you choice of with or without a straw hole. Use the Series number to choose the right lid size.

Made from sustainable board and lined on both sides with plant-based PLA, they’re commercially compostable with food waste where accepted.

Place your order today!

 

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Bristol launch party! Close the Loop & the Composting Collective

Hello Brizzle! Please join us on 8th November to celebrate the Bristol launch of Close the Loop, our composting collection. And the Composting Collective, a bring-back scheme for compostables on the go.

  • Learn how Bristol businesses can compost disposables
  • Q&A discussion on waste issues with other businesses
  • Hear how you can contribute to UK waste policy changes
  • Free event with tipples & veggie nibbles
  • Networking time

When: Thursday 8th November 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Content starts 5:40pm.

Where: Pacific Yoga, Ground Floor, The Brewhouse, Georges Square, Bath St, Bristol BS1 6LA

RSVP: All welcome, but spaces are limited, so register to guarantee your place.

Close the Loop – now in Bristol

Vegware is delighted to launch Close the Loop, its new Bristol composting collection service. This initiative will collect used Vegware takeaway packaging from Bristol businesses, for composting in under 12 weeks at Rose Hill Recycling, Gloucestershire.

Launched last year in Scotland, the award-winning Close the Loop composting collection is now available to businesses in Bristol, as well as Gloucester and Worcester. Bristol sites already using the collection service include UWE, the Wildscreen Festival, and Pacific Yoga.

Join us to celebrate, discuss waste issues affecting Bristol businesses, and hear about how you can give your input to forthcoming government waste policy.

The Composting Collective

This a new scheme launched responding to demand from Bristol’s independent cafés. Participating cafés display the Composting Collective window sticker inviting people to bring in used Vegware for their Close the Loop bin, even if it came from a different café. Collectively, Bristol cafés can then capture compostable disposables for composting. The scheme also aims to encourage people to visit independent cafés over large high-street chains.

Come along and ask all your waste questions. See you there!

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New composting study shows value of compostable packaging as a feedstock

Results of a new six-phase study confirmed that compostable foodservice packaging can be effectively used as a feedstock in commercial composting facilities. The US-based testing showed that foodservice packaging performed as well as wood and other traditional feedstocks.

“Knowing that compostable foodservice packaging not only helps supply desirable food scraps to composters but can also reduce the amount of supplemental feedstocks composters must collect or source is a major benefit,” said Lynn Dyer, president of the US-based Foodservice Packaging.

“While the compostable packaging industry believed that these items had value to composting operations beyond diversion of food waste, there was little data to support this,” said Rhodes Yepsen, executive director of the Biodegradable Products Institute. “The goal of this study was to determine the impact a large volume of compostable foodservice items would have on the composting process, when compared to traditional compost inputs like yard trimmings, straw, wood shavings and grass.”

The Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) conducted full scale parallel operational field tests at two commercial composting facilities in two different US locations. The test sites used two of the most common composting methods in the US: aerated static pile (ASP) and open windrow (OAW).

It was funded by the Foodservice Packaging Institute and the Biodegradable Products Institute, to understand compostable packaging’s real-life impact on composting.

And something interesting for the composting geeks out there… Here the UK, since the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak, catering waste has to be treated at In-Vessel Composting (IVC) or Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facilities to pasteurise any pathogens in animal by-products such as meat or bones. But the US does not have the same Animal By-Product Regulations as the UK, which means that Vegware’s compostable disposables can be composted in the US using methods typical of UK garden waste composting.

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Composting infrastructure webinar with Vegware, BBIA, REA ORG

Confused about composting? Keen to understand recycling infrastructure for compostable packaging?

Join a free webinar this Monday 24th September at 3pm UK time, to hear presentations from industry experts including technical experts from the trade association representing the composting facilities. Our Communications Director Lucy will be speaking about UK access to commercial composting. The webinar is hosted by the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA).

If you listen live, you can put your own questions to the panel. To listen back after the event, go to http://bbia.org.uk/webinars/ 

Organics recycling and infrastructure webinar

Speakers:
  • David Newman, Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association
  • Andy Sweetman, Futamura
  • Emily Nichols, REA’s Organics Recycling Group
  • Lucy Frankel, Vegware
  • Charlie Trousdell, REA’s Organics Recycling Group
The webinar will cover subjects such as:
  • recycling options for compostables in the UK
  • industry roadmap for compostable materials
  • the challenges with plastics recycling
  • contamination in recycling systems – plastics, bioplastics, and compost quality
  • the value of compost

Register for free here. You can also watch it later. We look forward to hearing your questions!

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Breaking news! UK Parliament to dramatically reduce plastic use through Vegware compostable products

The UK Parliament will be replacing their single-use plastic food and drink packaging with plant-based Vegware. These products include our certified compostable cutlery, coffee cups and lids, soup containers, takeaway food containers, salad boxes, and drinking straws.

As part of this sustainable switch, Parliament will be introducing new waste bins to capture the used compostable disposables, which will then be sent to an in-vessel composting facility. The used Vegware will first be shredded, and the composting process will start by naturally occurring micro-organisms already in the waste. The process results in high-quality compost being produced that is fit for any garden.

Eilidh Brunton, Vegware’s Group Recycling Consultant, said:

“The UK Parliament choosing and composting Vegware is the highest accolade for compostable disposables as a practical recycling solution in foodservice. It’s an exemplar of best practice, breathing life into circular economy principals, composting biowaste here in the UK to enrich British soils. We are delighted to be a part of this collaboration.”

Compostable products are just one of many measures announced this year by Parliament, with the aim of eliminating single-use avoidable plastics from both Houses by 2019. It has already made reusable coffee cups readily available and, from October, will stop selling bottled water.

To learn more about this news, read the full press release here or get in touch at comms@vegware.co.uk.

Tis the season to pre-order your Vegware 2018 Christmas cups!

Back by popular demand, our penguin Christmas jumper cups return for the 2018 holiday season. Available in 8, 12 and 16oz, our festive double wall hot cups are made from sustainably-sourced board with a lining made from plants, not plastic.

Perfect for all your seasonal hot chocolates and drinks, the range is available with compostable lids for a complete eco-friendly option this holiday season.

To ensure customers have all they need for the most wonderful time of year, please pre-order your cups by Friday, 19th October for delivery mid-November. Orders after this date will be filled while stocks last.

All requests and enquiries can be sent to orders@vegware.co.uk. Order today to avoid disappointment!

Code Product Case count
VDW-8-XM2017 8oz double wall penguin jumper cup, 79-Series 500
VDW-12-XM2017 12oz double wall penguin jumper cup, 89-Series 500
VDW-16-XM2017 16oz double wall penguin jumper cup, 89-Series 400
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Newsflash! First step towards UK garden waste composters accepting Vegware’s cups & lids

Garden waste composting facilities across the UK are now officially allowed to process Vegware’s certified compostable hot and cold cups and lids, if milk and cream are the only animal by-products present. This DOESN’T mean that Vegware cups can go in garden waste bins starting today – it means the facilities are now officially allowed to consider processing it, which is the first step.

It’s not possible without independent certification, but all Vegware’s cups and lids have valid compostability certificates.

Now we can start working through our environmental due diligence programme with the composting facilities and waste collectors. We will announce good news region by region, wherever businesses and householders can start putting Vegware cups and lids in their garden waste bins.

This was a Vegware initiative together with REA’s Organics Recycling Group, approved by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

With well over 100 open windrow composting facilities around the UK, this news dramatically increases the number of facilities allowed to process compostable drinks waste. It adds to the existing 53 in-vessel composting (IVC) facilities licensed to process food waste, over a third of which already accept Vegware’s compostable packaging.

This is a game changer for Vegware’s compostables, expanding composting opportunities for our numerous clients who only serve drinks. We’re growing the UK’s circular economy – disposables made from plants, composted here in the UK, creating compost to feed British fields.

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TYPE OF FACILITY FOOD WASTE RECYCLING FACILITIES GARDEN WASTE COMPOSTING FACILITIES
PROCESS In-vessel composting (IVC) and some anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities with a composting phase

 

Open windrow composting (OAW)

 

SUITABLE PRODUCTS BY VEGWARE · Vegware’s full range of plant-based compostable foodservice disposables · All Vegware hot cups – single wall, double wall

· All CPLA hot cup lids

· Clear PLA cold cups and lids

· PLA-lined paper cold cups

· Wooden stirrers (pure untreated wood, so no certification required)

Vegware’s compostability certificates for these products are available on request

CLIENT USAGE Any food or drink, including animal by-products such as eggs, meat or bones Strictly DRINKS ONLY, with MILK or CREAM as the ONLY animal by-products
COLLECTED IN Vegware’s range of certified home compostable biobags
OTHER ALLOWABLE WASTES · Used coffee grounds and loose-leaf tea

· Tea bags and coffee capsules with a valid compostability certificate

· Garden waste can be processed at all composting facilities

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What’s 79-Series? A new easy way to match cups & lids!

At Vegware we want it to be easy to find the right size lid for your cup or soup container. We’ve got a new simple system. We have updated our product names to add a Series number for the lid fit, such as 69-Series, 89-Series, or 115-Series.

For example, you spot our new ‘8oz white embossed hot cup, 79-Series’. Then browsing the hot cup extras, you can see it fits these lids:

  • 79-Series CPLA hot cup lid
  • 79-Series CPLA hot cup lid, black

You’ll see our Series numbers in our hot and cold cups, soup containers and Bon Appetit bowls. To let you into a secret, the number is the lid’s diameter in millimetres.

Here’s a handy guide to our cup and lids. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday to us!

This week at Vegware we’re celebrating our first birthday in the US! It seems just like yesterday we opened our office in Huntington Beach.

Our first year has seen us add some new faces to our growing team and increase our supply of products across the country from coast to coast. Our Zero Waste Director, Julia has had a whirlwind year working closely with clients and composters to set up zero waste programs.

With a wide range of businesses now seeking plastic-free packaging alternatives, we’ve seen a surge of interest in our compostable solution and this has created some amazing opportunities for us.

Our solution is simple as our founder and CEO, Joe Frankel explains:

“You can’t recycle food with plastic in it, and you can’t recycle plastic with food on it. Moving to compostable catering disposables means that food and packaging waste can be recycled together. We believe compostables are the only true recycling solution for the category. That’s why we don’t make or sell anything that’s plastic.”

Just as the last year has flown by, we’re sure the next will follow suit. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us in this time and look forward to seeing what the future has to hold!

Vegware wins Sustainability Award at British Renewable Energy Awards

It was another great week at Vegware as we picked up the Sustainability Award at the 2018 British Renewable Energy Awards.

Taking place at The Savoy in London, Kate from our Environmental team represented Vegware.

The award recognised Vegware for our product innovations, environmental expertise and sustainable services over the last year. Vegware also consistently meets the circular economy’s three principles.

1 – Design out waste and pollution 

Vegware products are designed with recycling in mind. They’re compostable in finished form and designed to be recycled with food waste.

2 – Keep products and materials in use

Recycling used Vegware captures post-consumer food waste that would otherwise be lost from the system. The products are recycled within the UK (not exported) so the end product created – high quality compost – stays within the UK.

3 – Regenerate natural systems

The compost which is created from recycling food waste and used Vegware is used to return nutrients to the soil.

Here’s a few highlights that attributed to the win.

Product innovations

In 2018 we’re rolling out our Green Leaf band design throughout our stock lines. The design is a stylised leaf pattern to promote your eco ethos. For clients who can compost, the Green Leaf band is a clear visual cue that provides clarity and reduces bin contamination.

Environmental expertise

Our Environmental team offers zero waste support every step of the way for Vegware customers. Their unprecedented engagement with the waste industry allows them to work with waste hauliers to help compostable packaging and food waste be collected for composting.

Sustainable services

Last year we launched our very own composting collection service, Close the Loop. The service collects used Vegware and food waste across Scotland’s Central Belt and Bristol. Benefits of the service include:

  • Flexible, with no contract tie-ins
  • Competitively priced
  • You choose your collection days
  • Option to rearrange at short notice
  • Provides a new clean bin with every collection

Interested in learning more? Get in touch with our Environmental team on environmental@vegware.co.uk