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Best of VIBES – Vote now!

We’re a ‘Best of VIBES’ finalist! We’re honoured to be recognised as one of Scotland’s leading Environmental businesses. View all the finalists and cast your vote here!

VIBES are the Scottish Environment Business Awards. We won the VIBES Awards in 2010 and 2013 for our fight against plastic waste – as noted by this week’s news story in The Scotsman.

Vegware are one of ten businesses shortlisted for the ‘Best of VIBES’, as part of VIBES 20th anniversary celebrations this year.

We’re delighted to be part of the VIBES celebrations in this way. It’s a wonderful recognition of our growth and continued commitment to producer responsibility.

Since our 2013 Vibes Awards win, we’ve grown our turnover four-fold. And with our own Close the Loop composting collection service, we’ve composted 182+ tonnes of used Vegware, the equivalent of 15 million coffee cups, since 2017. Cast your vote for Scotland’s best Environmental business here.

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

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Vegware wins Footprint Award for Green Leaf band design and range

Great news! We picked up the Innovations in Packaging award at the 2018 Footprint Awards.

Taking place at The Royal Institute of British Architects in London, Eilidh, our Group Recycling Consultant, and Jack, our Commercial Manager, represented Vegware.

We were recognised for our new Green Leaf band design, soon to be featured on many Vegware stock lines. The design is a stylised leaf pattern to promote your eco ethos. It currently appears on our white embossed hot cups, sandwich & wrap boxes, and the Bon Appetit bowl.

On-pack messaging reads ‘packaging made from plants’ and ‘commercially compostable where accepted’. For clients who can compost, the Green Leaf band is a clear visual cue that provides clarity and reduces bin contamination. The message can also be used on posters and bin signage to assist with behaviour change and help make recycling easier.

Vegware recognised on environmental leadership including Rising Star award for our eco expert Eilidh!

It’s been another great week for us at awards ceremonies; Vegware won Best Sustainability Initiative Award and Eilidh Brunton, our group recycling consultant, was awarded Rising Star at the FPA Awards.

Our Close the Loop collection service won the Best Sustainability Initiative Award at this year’s Hotelympia FoodBev Awards.The annual awards, organised by FoodBev Media and held in association with Hotelympia, celebrate all that is good about innovation in the global food industry.

Our award-winning service collects clients’ used Vegware and food waste for commercial composting, creating high-grade compost in a matter of weeks. After the success of Close the Loop in Scotland, we’ll be launching the service in regions of England in 2018.

Following this, our very own Group Recycling Consultant Eilidh Brunton collected the Rising Star award at the FPA awards. Awarded for her integral environmental work with Vegware and continued engagement with the waste sector, Eilidh picked up the award at the Grand Hotel Brighton. Well done Eilidh!

These awards follow last week’s success where we were ranked in both The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100and the 2018 Inc. 5000 Europe lists.

Vegware compostable packaging eco range

Vegware brings home two award wins for Britain!

With the recent Olympic, and now Paralympic, Games creating excitement in the air, Vegware is delighted to share we’ve scooped two new awards for Britain as well!

The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 has ranked Vegware as No 77 in its 2018 league table, which recognises Britain’s 100 small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales over the latest two years. In 2017, Vegware opened its new American office in California, while maintaining operational bases in the UK, Australia, and Hong Kong, with distribution throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Caribbean.

Additionally, Vegware has earned position number 3646 in the 2018 Inc. 5000 Europe, Inc.’s listing of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the European continent.

We are honoured to earn these achievements and be recognised in the industry, both back at home in Britain and internationally, for our in-demand fully-compostable products made from plants, not plastic.

Vegware compostable packaging eco range

We’ve been shortlisted for an Edinburgh Chamber Business Award!

We were delighted to hear that Vegware has been named as one of the finalists at this year’s Edinburgh Chamber Business Awards.

The awards recognise some of the great work that businesses in Edinburgh have achieved in the last year. We’re up for the Responsible Business Award for our Close the Loop collection service, a waste collection service offering Vegware packaging and food waste collection to customers across Scotland’s Central Belt.

Last year, we won Supplier of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards for our Close the Loop solution. Close the Loop also received a Parliamentary Motion in the Scottish Parliament in the same month.

The awards are taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 8th of February. Wish us luck!

Close the Loop in Footprint’s waste2zero awards!

We were happy to hear this week that we were a runner up for Best Closed Loop Project Award at the Footprint waste2zero Awards. We were nominated for our Close the Loop collection service, a waste collection service offering Vegware packaging and food waste collection to customers across Scotland’s Central Belt.

Earlier in October we won Supplier of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards for our Close the Loop solution. Close the Loop also received a Parliamentary Motion in the Scottish Parliament in the same month.

Vegware compostable packaging eco range

We’ve been shortlisted for a Footprint waste2zero award!

We were delighted to hear that Vegware is one of the finalists at the inaugural Footprint waste2zero award.

The awards recognise excellence in waste management and prevention. Responding to the industry’s demand, the awards aim to give the out-of-home sector a platform to showcase best practice. We’ve been shortlisted for our Close the Loop collection service, a waste collection service offers Vegware packaging and food waste collection to customers across Scotland’s Central Belt.

Earlier in October we won Supplier of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards for our Close the Loop solution. Close the Loop also received a Parliamentary Motion in the Scottish Parliament in the same month.

The winners will be announced at the Ham Yard hotel in London on Wednesday 6th December 2017

Wish us luck!

For a full list of the other finalists head to Footprint’s website.

Vegware wins Supplier of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards

Great news! We won Supplier of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards for our Close the Loop pilot collection service.

Once collected, the waste was composted at a plant near Glasgow and then used on farms within weeks. Two tonnes of food waste were collected during the trial. Following the success of our pilot we’ve now made the service available to all of our customers across Scotland’s Central Belt.

Close the Loop is a flexible and competitively priced service. Clients choose any collection day and have no contract ties. By piggybacking onto existing collections and using trucks that are already on the road, Close the Loop is a carbon-friendly service. Find out more about our service here.

The award is one of three new categories amongst the 17 awards presented by SRA President Raymond Blanc and Vice President Prue Leith, at a special ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall in London.