FIRST MILE AND VEGWARE TEAM UP TO BOOST COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING RECYCLING

Vegware is joining forces with leading recycling company, First Mile, to provide a UK-wide end-of-life solution for its compostable foodservice disposables using RecycleBox, First Mile’s low cost, courier-led recycling service.

First Mile currently collects over 25 material streams in London and Birmingham, including Vegware’s compostable packaging, but has now introduced RecycleBox to provide a national solution for those items not collected by local councils and other waste companies.

This service is especially important for those items that require separate collections to be recycled effectively. Compostable packaging is a great example of this as it must be sent to a specialist facility to be organically recycled, and should not be put in mixed recycling.

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New Kraft Food Trays

Serve street food in sustainable style with our new food trays!

Perfect for serving warm savoury macaroni & cheese, loaded fries and nachos, chicken wings and corn dogs, or sweet treats like doughnuts, churros, and cookies.

Available in a variety of five sizes: Size 25 / 0.25lb, size 100 / 1lb, size 200/2lb, size 300 / 3lb, and size 500 / 5lb. Made from clay-coated paperboard – they are food safe and grease resistant.

A kraft board with Vegware’s striking Green Leaf pattern to promote your eco ethos. Clear on-product messaging and visual cue for ‘compostable’. For clients who compost, it can be used on matching posters and bin signage to simplify recycling and reduce contamination.

Award-winning quality by Vegware, made from plants. Commercially compostable with food waste where accepted.

Order yours today!

Vegware comment on Efra report

At Vegware, we aren’t pretending to be a solution to littering or marine pollution, and advise our clients clearly on our straws page and our website composting FAQs. But in foodservice, compostable packaging is the only quality recycling option for food-contaminated mixed materials.

The EFRA committee states that compostable plastics have been introduced without the right waste infrastructure, but the same is still true of most forms of plastic waste, even with a 70-year head start. How much of the UK’s plastic waste actually gets reprocessed, not just exported to become another country’s problem? Continue reading Vegware comment on Efra report

The Gallery Collection

We’re excited to introduce our limited edition eco embossed hot cups: the Vegware Gallery Collection. The Gallery Collection of artistically designed hot cups is a collaboration between Vegware and Edinburgh-based Coburg House Studios.  

Our new compostable hot cups are available in 8, 12 & 16oz, and each size features a mixed case of up to three designs. Made from two layers of sustainable board lined with PLA, a renewable material made from plants. The embossed outer layer reduces the need for a clutch.  

The nine designs, three for each size, are printed with water-based inks, making them commercially compostable with food waste where accepted. Lids are available separately. Use the Vegware Series number to match your cup to lid.  

Want to espresso yourself? Order your Gallery cups today 

Vegware’s European Warehouse – successful first 6 months

Our new European warehouse celebrates a successful first six months in operation. A partnership with the Raben Group, our Dutch warehouse is a central hub to better service mainland and Northern European clients. Our HQ is in Edinburgh; this new Eurozone logistics centre is part of the company’s Brexit-readiness. 

Located in Brabant, near the Dutch border with Germany and Belgium, the Raben location offers strong transport links throughout mainland Europe. This new warehouse joins  Vegware’s UK and US hubs already servicing Vegware clients in 70 countries worldwide.  

A third of Vegware’s sales are to outside the UK, with other European countries accounting for 87% of exports.  We had a 53% increase in sales from 2018 to 2019, with a 25% growth in European sales. “We’re delighted to be able to better support our clients with quick service, with many European customers getting orders straight from our Dutch hub,” says Mark Badzmirowski, Vegware’s Sales Manager Europe. “It’s given us the opportunity to grow sales and allay our clients’ Brexit concerns. We’ve seen an increase in opportunities and sales, with new customers pleased we have a warehouse in mainland Europe.”  

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West Coast of Scotland – let’s compost your used Vegware

Fort William, Lochgilphead, Oban, Stranraer, Girvan, Ayr & Inverclyde – our Close the Loop trade waste collection service is available in your area.  

Close the Loop  

Close the Loop is Vegware’s own trade composting collection service, turning used Vegware into high-grade compost in a matter of weeks.  

We launched Close the Loop in 2017 in central Scotland, with its success we expanded into South England with Bristol, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Now, we’re expanding our Scottish service into the West Coast: Fort William, Lochgilphead, Oban, Stranraer, Girvan, Ayr & Inverclyde. Read more here

Composting your Vegware products 

All our products are commercially compostable with food waste. Our Environmental team’s award-winning support includes consultancy, staff training, bespoke bin signage and communications for an easy transition to zero waste.  

If you’d like to hear more about our composting collection, or just talk about plant-based packaging, get in touch!

New 4oz gelato pots

Scooper good news! New eco 4oz gelato pots. Perfect for cold gelatos, ice creams and sorbets. Or use for warm desserts, snacks, sides or sauces. Sturdy and leak-proof – they’re the cherry on top.  

A crisp white design featuring our Green Leaf band  and on-pack eco messaging – showcasing your commitment to sustainability with your customers. Made from sustainably-sourced board with a plant-based PLA lining, and commercially compostable with food waste where accepted.  

 Order yours here!  

US Customer Spotlight: Airports Going Green

Teamwork makes the green work! 

Vegware helped Airports Going Green divert 634lbs of food scraps and used Vegware from landfill to create 159lbs of compost for Georgia farmers’ fields.   

The annual AGG conference brings together hundreds of aviation leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world to exchange sustainability knowledge. In its 11th year, the 2018 AGG was held at the Omni Hotel – CNN Center and hosted by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). 

Working with partners – for composting, food donation and waste, and recycling & sustainability – CompostNow, Goodr and Rubicon – Vegware’s Zero Waste Director, Julia Wetsein, prepared a full zero waste plan to help conference hosts meet their sustainability goal: Divert food scraps, unused food safe for human consumption, and used Vegware disposables away from landfill and to places where it can best help the local community while contributing to its circular economy. 

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New honey-coloured Therma bags

Our new Therma bags are great for keeping toasties toasty! Double-layered with grease resistant inner lining, the honey coloured Therma bags are designed with hot cabinets in mind.  

Perforated paper offers breathability, so food stays hot and crispy. Perfect for everything from warm paninis to fried tempura. The gusseted design allows more room for filled toasties and features Vegware’s award-winning Green Leaf band which acts as a visual cue so your customers, staff and waste collectors and processors know it’s a plant-based, commercially compostable product. Made from sustainably-sourced paper. Available to order now!  

Use it! Check it! Bin it! – new activity sheets

There are lots of questions we receive around composting from the youngest of recyclers – also known to us as future Bin Detectives!

What is compost? Why do we recycle? How do compostables help the environment? Which bin do I put them in?

Our new Bin Detective activity sheets answer all these questions, having young recyclers hunt out the answers. From colouring in and sorting sheets, to crosswords and wordsearches, Vegware’s Bin Detective helps recyclers of all ages learn to use, check and bin packaging correctly.

The easy to read sheets are suitable for a wide range of ages, taking young recyclers through the difficulties of recycling mixed material food packaging and the benefits of compost. Plus, top facts on how much energy is saved by recycling your glass, metal and plastic. 

Create future Bin Detectives by downloading activity sheets here!