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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. 

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.

Vegware is SME of the year!

Award-Winner-Email-Footer copyWe won! Vegware is now the proud owner of a rather fetching Scottish Business in the Community award for SME of the year!

SBC is one of The Prince’s Charities and Scotland’s leading organisation in responsible business practices. The awards celebrate companies of all sizes across all sectors, supporting and developing business practices that enrich Scotland’s communities, conserve and improve the environment and achieve long term sustainability. In short, helping better business make Scotland a better place in which to live and work.

Jane Wood, CEO of Scottish Business in the Community, said: “This is the first year we’ve opened the Awards to all businesses in Scotland. There’s a huge amount of excellent work around the responsible business agenda taking place within our communities. Picking a winner was incredibly difficult, but we are delighted to have Vegware as our SME of the year”.


Tasty new photography for National Picnic Week!

Vegware is celebrating this national picnic week with a collection of photographs showing how our bagasse tableware is perfect for picnics! Bagasse is a great material, and our range is formed from leftover sugarcane fibre after it has been processed.  As well as being sturdier than paper plates, it is extremely low carbon (99% less than polystyrene), suitable for all foods, wet or dry, and completely compostable! So if you’re heading out to the park, beach or wherever your blanket takes you this summer, check out our bagasse collection! Our picnic pics will be published through our twitter and facebook, we’d love to see yours too!