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Vegware wins 2nd Queens’ Award for unique zero waste support – our 60th award!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won our second Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

To make matters even more exciting, it’s our 60th accolade – and it’s awarded on the Queen’s 90th birthday in her 50th award year. First winning in 2013 for Sustainable Development, the latest award is in recognition of the innovative work Vegware is doing to help businesses recycle used packaging and food waste. We’re celebrating with our new film, and by launching our Green Tree collection. Our MD Joe Frankel says:

“Winning the Queen’s Award again is a huge honour. The journey has been fantastic – when we started, the only option for used takeaway packaging was to go to landfill or incineration, as most still does.

But we changed that by creating the widest range of genuinely compostable plastic-free catering disposables, and simultaneously working closely with the waste sector to ensure recycling options for clients all around the UK. With the current appetite for recycling, we are soon announcing a crowdsourcing campaign to create additional composting routes. We are proud to be a sustainability leader in foodservice.”

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers for their ongoing support – we hope you can join us in celebrating this award win.

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Hugh's war on waste wastenot cup recycling compostable

New film! #wastenot: the compostable solution to coffee cup recycling

Here’s our new animation – watch and share to help us spread the message far and wide.

There’s been a lot of talk in the news recently on the problem of coffee cup recycling. Hugh’s War on Waste reported the shocking statistic that less than 1 in 400 cups in the UK are recycled, despite many claiming to be recyclable. That’s a big problem when  more than 7 million a day are used, with the vast majority ending up in landfill or incineration. And it’s not just cups – the same applies to a lot of the takeaway packaging we use every day. Continue reading New film! #wastenot: the compostable solution to coffee cup recycling

Cup recycling and Hugh’s War on Waste – the Vegware view

This week, everyone has suddenly realised that conventional plastic-lined cups are rarely recycled – something we’ve known for a long time. Hugh’s War on Waste has done an excellent job of highlighting the challenges of recycling conventional foodservice packaging. This is a problem that Vegware solves.

“The truth is,” says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, ”they are barely recyclable at all – in the everyday, commonly understood sense of the word. They cannot be recycled through any of the normal public waste collection services – who are consistently diverting them to be incinerated or sent to landfill.

Hugh’s War on Waste focused on coffee cups (as did the Guardian, the Daily Mail, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show and more). But it’s about more than just cups – it’s the same issue for all takeaway packaging. 

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Conventional packaging uses various materials with mixed recycling streams, but compostable packaging is designed for food waste recycling

Conventional takeaway packaging uses a mix of materials (plastic, card, films, metals). Conventional coffee cups are lined with plastic, and sandwich boxes are card with a plastic window. Separately, plastic and card are easy to recycle. But combined, the card contaminates the plastics recycling and the plastic contaminates the card recycling. Then in use, add in the food inevitable residues. The result is a recycling problem – the reason why most UK foodservice packaging goes to landfill or incineration.

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Big Issue Change Please Vegware compostable cup coffee

Change Please! Big Issue to use Vegware coffee cups

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be working with The Big Issue and Old Spike Roastery on their exciting new project, Change Please.

If you didn’t catch it on Famous, Rich and Homeless (BBC1) last night, Change Please is a groundbreaking new project training homeless people as baristas before offering the living wage for their work at pop-up coffee carts on the high street. The project also aims to find them full-timeVegware Big Issue Change Please cups coffee compostable employment in the coffee industry within six months.

With sustainability and social-consciousness at the core of the project, it’s no surprise that Change Please have chosen Vegware cups. Made from renewable materials, with 72% less carbon in our plant-based cup lining than conventional coffee cups, the cups and their matching compostable lids ensure that Change Please can deliver their project in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Keep an eye out for their eye-catching cups at a coffee cart near you, and be sure to tweet @ChangePlease and @Vegware.

Scotland’s 5th fastest growing SME, and a place in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100!

Vegware has been ranked amongst the UK’s fast growing businesses in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. We have grown by 57% a year over 3 years and staff numbers rose from 9 to 41 during this time. This means we are invited to Sir Richard Branson’s Oxfordshire home for the Fast Track 100 awards dinner!

Deloitte also placed us in the 2015 Technology EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Fast 500, cementing our place as one of the fastest growing businesses around!

Managing Director Joe Frankel is delighted with the progress, saying: “It has been a fantastic journey. When we started, sustainability was a niche concern. Now Vegware’s eco catering disposables are used at 50% of the UK’s universities, swathes of Canary Wharf, and at corporate restaurants and artisan cafes all around the UK. We are active in five continents, and have won over 50 awards. Product innovation is one key factor to our continuing growth – such as our new colourful Tasting Notes collection, and our innovative Gourmet Range for hot food to go. But the real key to our success has been our proactive team. We are proud to be the leaders of our field, and our growth trajectory proves that we have taken sustainability mainstream.”

Vegware used to help demonstrate zero waste Christmas recipes!

Celebrity chef Tony Singh and Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, teamed up to offer diners on Edinburgh’s castle street some tasty tips on festive frugality.

The pair served delicious egg-noodle turkey broth and veggie curry in Vegware soup containers from a vintage green Citroen H food van.

These recipes were chosen to highlight the many ways leftovers can be used, as Christmas can lead to over 50,000 tonnes of food and drink being wasted!  Read on below for Tony’s recipes:

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Eilidh Brunton, Rising Star

Our group recyVegware_eco_packaging_Eilidh_rising_star_awardcling consultant, Eilidh Brunton, has been named resource Scotland’s Rising Star at the Scottish Resources Conference 2015! The award recognises her achievements in bringing together the waste sector through the efforts of the Food Waste Network. Eilidh has also been a global ambassador for the Scottish waste sector, including being invited to Las Vegas to speak about Scotland’s zero waste journey and food waste regulations at Waste Expo 2015. Eilidh says “I am delighted to have received the award, and really looking forward to continuing to guide businesses and communities on the road to zero waste”.

Newsletter: On ITV’s BBQ Champ! Plus new tutti frutti spoons and a Bristol office

Vegware newsletter eco packagingHello again! 

We’re on ITV’s BBQ Champ tonight! Plus: new products including tutti frutti ice cream spoons, an Edinburgh festival banning polystyrene, and our new Bristol office…

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Vegware on ITV’s BBQ Champ!

Our products are going to be on TV tonight! Our palm leaf platters, which are made from fallen palm leaves, will be used in the second episode of the ITV show BBQ Champ. See if you can spot them when the show airs tonight at 9:00pm. We thought we’d celebrate by having a barbie ourselves and taking some snaps of the platters in action!

Watch the show and tweet @vegware with your reactions!

How it’s made: Bagasse vs Polystyrene infographic

Here at Vegware, we often get asked about how our eco-materials are made, and how they compare to plastics like EPS (expanded polystyrene). All of our packaging made from plants comes from renewable sources, so we made this infographic about how bagasse and EPS are made to help spread the word! Give it a click to learn more!

an infographic explaining bagasse vs polystyrene plastic production and how bagasse is made from renewable plant sources where polystyrene is made from fossil fuels
Bagasse and polystyrene come from very different sources – renewable plants vs fossil fuels. Here’s how they’re made.