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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. 

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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.

River Cottage Spring Food Fair 2017

River Cottage Spring Food Fair

We were lucky enough to visit River Cottage’s Spring Food Fair for the second year running. Working alongside Vegware last year, River Cottage achieved a 72% recycling rate by serving all food on compostable packaging. With UK events averaging around 15% for recycling, our Vegware team went to River Cottage with the intention of building further on last year’s success.

River Cottage Spring Food Fair

Vegware’s packaging is made from plants, not plastic, and it’s designed to be recycled with food waste. This means food doesn’t need to be separated from its packaging as it can all be recycled together. This is something our Vegware team wanted to communicate to everyone attending the event.

River Cottage Spring Fair Festival

Vegware’s team oversaw River Cottage’s recycling and made sure contamination was kept to a minimum through our clear bin signage, posters and engagement with visitors and stall holders throughout the event site. As well as this, our team were on hand to answer any general questions attendees had about how to recycle their Vegware. We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend at River Cottage Spring Food Fair and we’re looking forward to seeing our Vegware waste returning to River Cottage as fresh compost.

River Cottage Spring Food Fair

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Vegware featured in the Design Museum!

We’re delighted to be featured in the Design Museum as the UK’s first compostable packaging.

Our colourful Tutti Frutti ice cream spoon is sitting proudly in their permanent ‘Designer Maker User’ exhibition. One of our designers, Alice, was excited to spot it on a recent visit – just look at that smile!

It’s a huge honour to be recognised for our design work and innovation in such a prestigious setting.  If you’re in the London area, check out the museum in its swanky new location in Kensington.

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New film! University of Cambridge go compostable with Vegware

Two years ago, the University of Cambridge decided to make their catering more sustainable. Now, every month, they save 1.5 tonnes of carbon and recycle all of their food waste and packaging.

How? By switching to Vegware’s compostable packaging, creating clear bin signage, training catering staff and engaging students.

Find out more in our latest film!

Let us know what you think @vegware.

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Christmas opening times and last order dates

It’s that time of year again! Before we all get in to the serious business of stuffing our faces with mince pies and squabbling with distant family members, make sure you’re stocked up on Vegware for the Christmas period.

We’ll be closed from the 24th – 27th December and the 31st December – 2nd January. The last order dates to guarantee delivery before Christmas are:

UK

Pallets – 1pm Tuesday 20th December

Parcels – 3pm Wednesday 21st December

Europe 

Pallets – 1pm Monday 12th December

Parcels – 1pm Thursday 15th December

Need an emergency delivery between Christmas and New Year? Drop orders@vegware.co.uk an email for more information, or call us on 0330 223 0400.

The Vegware team wish everyone a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year!

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When will the Christmas cups be back in stock?

Phew! Our Christmas cups have been even more popular than usual this year. Despite our elves’ best efforts, we are now officially out of stock of the 12oz and 16oz cups. Bah, humbug.

But never fear! We still have stock of the green 8oz cups (although they’re flying off the shelves!).  We’ll also have very limited supply of the red 12oz and navy 16oz cups available from the 7th December – plenty of time to go before Christmas.

Thank you for your patience! We’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused. Drop us an email to info@vegware.co.uk if you have any other questions.

Customer Focus: Pumpkin Brown & plant-based food

Pumpkin Brown opened its doors to Edinburgh in Summer this year. Serving up plant-based organic food, free from wheat, dairy or refined sugar, the cafe was born out of a passion for good, healthy food on the go.

Amanda Brown founded the cafe and decided which packaging to use early on. She explains, “From the very beginning we wanted to use Vegware, it was a non-negotiable. It aligns with our brand ethos which is very important to us.”

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Pumpkin Brown enjoy getting creative with their food, promoting healthy eating that looks and tastes great. From colourful chia pots, to vibrant matcha lattes, to fresh healthy salads, the cafe uses a wide range of Vegware with most of the food pre-packaged so customers can grab and go. Amanda explains, “We think plant-based food served in plant-based containers is surely a great match! The Vegware range is great, there is tons of choice and it’s easily branded. We love it in our fridge.”

Despite only being open for four months, the cafe has been so popular that Amanda is now looking for a second location in Edinburgh. She explains how Vegware is an important part of their popularity: “Our customers love that we use Vegware – in fact they virtually demand it! A lot of them simply wouldn’t buy our food if we served it in non-compostable packaging as they feel so strongly about the over use of plastic today.”

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Fancy seeing more of their amazing food? Check out our new Green Tree collection film, all of which was filmed at Pumpkin Brown. And don’t forget to check out their Instagram for some serious food envy.

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New! Black compostable hot cup lids

We’re delighted to introduce Vegware’s compostable black lids for hot drinks.

We made the lids to meet demands of the artisan coffee market and contract caterers for a black lid that looks great, but doesn’t compromise on eco credentials.

Sleek and stylish, the matte-finish lids can withstand heat up to 85°C. Made from plant-based CPLA, the black lids are certified compostable and much lower in embodied carbon than conventional plastic lids.

Available in two sizes to fit 8 – 20oz cups. Like all of Vegware’s packaging, they’re designed to be recycled with food waste.

Want to up your coffee game? Contact us at info@vegware.co.uk for samples and more information.

 

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We’re Manchester Coffee Fest’s official sustainability partner!

We love a good coffee festival. Alongside the amazing smells and sights of coffee being made and the delicious samples on offer, it’s great to see new trends and innovation on the coffee scene. That’s why we’re delighted to announce we’re Manchester Coffee Festival’s first ever official sustainability partner!

Sustainability is a new focus for the festival. Spurred on by reports earlier in the year of coffee cup recycling issues, festival organisers Cup North decided it was time to take action. As well as inviting Vegware to be their official sustainability partner, the festival has also created the Vegware Sustainability Hub – an area dedicated to workshops and talks on waste and recycling issues in the coffee industry.

Taking place on the 5th-6th November, the festival will also bring together independent coffee shops, roasteries, importers and baristas from across the north of England for a weekend of talks, tastings and even a coffee-themed cinema.

Don’t miss Vegware’s workshop on coffee cup recycling, explaining the issues the UK currently faces and the compostable solution. Hosted by our Recycling Advisor Kate Chambers, you can catch us at 12pm on Saturday 5th and 2:30pm on Sunday 6th November.