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Edinburgh Coffee Festival 2017 – The UK’s first compostable coffee festival

This year we teamed up with the 2017 Edinburgh Coffee Festival to help them deliver the UK’s first compostable coffee festival.

Our Close the Loop collection service enabled the festival to use only sustainable compostable coffee cups throughout the event. Close the Loop ensured these cups were collected alongside food waste for composting.

As well as hearing from the festival itself, we spoke to some of our customers to see why they value using Vegware products.

Here’s more on how we got on and why coffee cup recycling is so important.

On-site composting at Dundee and Angus College

For Dundee and Angus College in Scotland, on-site composting provided an ideal solution for them to take control of their food waste, reducing packaging in canteens, and move away from plastics in food service. 

The first thing the College needed was a packaging supplier that could offer a sustainable, compostable solution to aid their on-site composting ambitions.

Why Vegware?

Vegware’s packaging is made from plants, not plastic, and designed to be composted with food waste.  

On choosing Vegware as a sustainable packing supplier, Jackie Beresford at Dundee and Angus College commented:

The quality of the product along with the very good customer service is the reason why we use Vegware and continue to do so.”

Because Vegware’s products are compostable, they can be combined with food waste and processed in Dundee and Angus College’s own composter.

With help from food waste experts, Tidy Planet, the college operates an on-site composter called The Rocket Composter. The Rocket speeds up composting by providing it with a perfect environment in which to thrive; moisture, heat and air is all controlled. 

Dundee and Angus College

How it works

Vegware worked with Dundee and Angus College to create bespoke bin signage in the canteens to reduce contamination. All compostable packaging and food waste goes into one bin – there’s no need to clean, sort or separate any of it.

Food waste and Vegware is gathered, shredded and de-watered together in a macerator. From here on it is combined with other green waste and woodchips inside The Rocket composter. In as little as 14 days the gardeners at Dundee and Angus College have access to a high-quality mulch they can use on the College garden.

Dundee and Angus College

Savings in carbon and cost

The process saves money and carbon, and is easy to manage. It’s a great circular approach that takes place on the same site from start to finish. Coffee cups, coffee grinds and food waste can realistically be handled by the gardeners as a mulch on the ground in 14 days’ time. The system has a 20-year life span, but equipment of this scale can often pay for itself in less than five years. 

Collecting waste and sending it to landfill, a recycling plant or a composting facility can take several trips based on how much waste a business accumulates. By composting on-site, Dundee and Angus College saves both money and carbon. Hugh Crampton from Tidy Planet explains:

“By doing something like this, instantly you’ve reduced two or three vehicles movements per week for the collection of those wastes. If you add that mileage up for a collection vehicle for 20 years and that’s a whole lot of carbon emissions you’ve just avoided.”

Dundee and Angus College

Get in touch if you’d like to discuss on-site composting systems.

Vegware compostable packaging eco range

Watch our new ‘All About Vegware’ animation!

We’re delighted to share our latest film with you. It tells the full Vegware story – what we do, and why we do it.

It explains why Vegware is different to conventional packaging. Being made from 100% plant-based materials, Vegware’s entire range of completely compostable food packaging is designed to be recycled with food waste.

Watch how we do it, and how we can support your business in doing the same.

river cottage vegware compostable recycling festival

New film! River Cottage Fair goes compostable with Vegware

River Cottage’s Spring Food Fair achieved an impressive 72% recycling rate by serving all food on Vegware compostable packaging; their best ever result. Our new film shows you how we did it.

Aiming to beat the UK event average of 15%, River Cottage trialled Vegware’s compostable packaging and recycling support. After the three-day event, 680kg of used takeaway packaging was composted with food waste at Viridor’s nearby composting facility. In less than 12 weeks this soil improver will be available to River Cottage’s gardens and local farmers.

Continue reading New film! River Cottage Fair goes compostable with Vegware

Introducing the Vegware spork!

When a spoon and a fork love each other very much…

We’re excited to introduce you to Vegware’s compostable spork! Get the best of both worlds with one handy utensil. Practical and eco, it’s perfect for on-the-go salads and desserts.

Like all of our products, it’s completely compostable and made from plants, not plastic. It’s also made from 100% recycled materials -some pretty serious eco superpowers for a 5in spork!

We’re spreading the #sporklove with the help of our short and silly film on how it came to be:

Fancy some free samples? Get in touch: info@vegware.co.uk.

Our Hotelympia highlights video!

A HUGE thanks to everyone who came to say hello at Hotelympia 2016 – here’s our short highlights vid!

What happened? Well heaps of friends old and new came to the stand, our black RCPLA cutlery won the Hotelympia Innovation Awards, Eilidh spoke on a panel discussion at Waste-Works, we launched our Tasting Notes and Green Tree collections, and we had a whole heap of fun. See you next show!

Espresso yourself! New Vegware coffee video

There’s a lot of noise around coffee at the moment. With London Coffee Festival and UK Coffee Week going on, we thought we’d team up with Brew Lab coffee bar and Mike “the goose” Gooseberg to make a bit of a song and dance about our preferred black gold. Give it a share if you think a coffee sounds good!

Better yet, it doesn’t just sound good – UK Coffee Week does good by raising funds for Project Waterfall, an initiative established to bring clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the world. Find out more here

Black is the new green – new eco cutlery by Vegware

Meet Vegware’s new cutlery – 100% recycled and compostable, in black.

Made from plants for 90% less carbon than plastic. Cutting edge technology: Vegware’s RCPLA biopolymer is 100% recycled high heat PLA. Heat resistant to 85ºC / 185ºF, certified food safe, and certified compostable.

Black is the new green.

Here is quite possibly the sexiest film ever made about black cutlery.