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Vegware 2017 highlights

2017 was a massive year for Vegware. We launched our very own collection service, opened a new international office and put a few new products to market. To everyone that has supported Vegware this year, we’d like to thank you for your continued backing and we hope you have a great festive period. Here’s a recap of a couple of our 2017 highlights:

US launch

Possibly our biggest venture of 2017 was the decision to open an office in Huntington Beach, California. Situated on the beachfront, the Californian weather has been a welcome culture change for our British team members who moved over to Surf City. Vegware Packaging Limited started trading at the end of June and our team there has grown from strength to strength. We’re looking forward to seeing what 2018 has to offer.

Close the Loop

 

In September, we launched our Close the Loop collection service in Scotland. The aim of it is to make recycling used Vegware simple. This service is available to Vegware customers in the Central Belt and operates as a simple bin swap: full bins of used takeaway packaging and food waste are collected for composting and clean ones left in their place. Vegware and food waste is taken to a facility near Glasgow where it’s turned into high-grade compost in a matter of weeks.

Due to the success of our Scottish route we’ve already started planning new Close the Loop routes in other parts of the UK for 2018. Watch this space!

Blog highlights

Over 2017 we blogged on a variety of hot topics at the time. We ate a lot of delicious lunches in our quest for the best Sustainable Vegetarian Sandwich in Edinburgh.

Food, not comedy, was on the menu at the Edinburgh Fringe as we sampled the best of the fest in snacks.

Our team at head office took on the challenge to go plastic free over the summer and shared their tips for a Plastic Free July.

Plastic Free July

New films

This year we made a variety of different films and animations. We kicked off the year with an animation concentrating on what we do and how to reduce waste. Later in the year we went to Dundee & Angus College to have a look at their on-site composting. Alongside Tidy planet we were able to see how they turn their food waste and Vegware packaging into high-grade compost.

Our second animation of the year concentrated on the launch of our Close the Loop collection service. Highlighting how it will work and its environmental benefits. Later in the year we helped the 2017 Edinburgh Coffee Festival become the UK’s first compostable coffee festival through Close the Loop. 

Product launches

This year we launched a number of innovative new compostable products. Here’s a selection:

Sandwich sofa

 

Our new cosy sandwich sofa is perfect for traditionally square cut sandwiches. Offering clear visibility as well as a compostable solution to sandwich packaging.

5” burger box

 burger box

Made from sugarcane-based bagasse, this burger box doesn’t trap condensation like plastic. Food stays hot and crispy. Perfect for kids’ meals, budget burgers and side dishes.

Bakery and grill greaseproof

 

Made from sustainably sourced, chlorine free paper. Oven and microwave safe up to 220°C.

6oz kraft hot cup

 

Made from sustainably sourced board with a plant-based lining. Great for flat whites and long black coffees.

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Go plastic free with Vegware

Why do we make packaging from plants not plastic?

Renewable vs finite

First off, conventional plastic is made from oil, a finite resource. With oil running out, it seems sensible to use alternative materials made from renewable resources. Bioplastics are a smart modern solution, which can replace oil-based plastics and function perfectly.

Carbon

Producing oil-based plastics is more carbon-intensive than plant-based alternatives. We have worked with an independent carbon consultant to understand the embodied carbon in different packaging materials. For example:

  • Bagasse is the recycled sugarcane fibre we use to make clamshells. Bagasse has 99% less embodied carbon than polystyrene.
  • Our cups are lined with plant-based PLA, a material with 72% less embodied carbon than PE, the oil-based plastic which lines standard cups.

Our Eco Audits quantify the difference in embodied CO2 per kilo for materials used to create Vegware products compared with their conventional packaging equivalents.

So far in 2017, Vegware’s clients together have saved over 4,700 tonnes of carbon by switching to plants, not plastic. That’s like cancelling the carbon from 2,966 flights from London to New York.

Continue reading Go plastic free with Vegware

New! Sandwich sofa

sandwich sofa

Our cosy new sandwich sofa is perfect for a whole range of traditionally square cut sandwiches.

Offering clear visibility of all delicious fillings, our sandwich sofa will ensure your sandwich gets spotted on the shelf.

This insert keeps both sandwich halves apart to make sure it’s kept delicious, fresh and crisp whilst keeping all fillings intact.

Create the perfect eco takeaway sandwich by combining it with our kraft NatureFlex window bloomer bag.

Made from plant based material PLA, not plastic, our sandwich sofa offers a sustainable solution to sandwich packaging.

Available to order now, ask us for more information or samples over at  info@vegware.co.uk.

Closing the Loop at the Edinburgh Coffee Festival

Edinburgh coffee festival

This weekend, Saturday 14th October, we will be supporting the Edinburgh Coffee Festival as they look to host the UK’s first zero waste coffee festival. It’s no secret that recycling rates of conventional coffee cups in the UK is a huge waste problem, just this week it was reported only 1% of disposable coffee cups are recycled. It’s for this very reason that the festival has decided to use our Close the Loop waste collection service to ensure that all coffee cups used on the day are disposed of sustainably.

We’ll be at the Edinburgh Coffee Festival on the day to ensure all packaging is being put into the right bins and we’ll also be on hand to answer any questions traders and the public have. Our team has provided consultancy, signage and training, and all traders throughout the day will be using compostable cups, lids and assorted disposables. We’ll also be holding a workshop on the issues surrounding coffee cup recycling.

Close the Loop is a waste service which is flexible and competitively priced. Clients choose any collection day and have no contract ties. This new service now means that composting collections are available to businesses across Scotland, taking used Vegware and food waste for industrial composting into high-grade horticultural compost.

Edinburgh Coffee Festival organiser Martin Dare, said:

“We understand the challenges of recycling coffee cups, but it’s only through working with Vegware that we have found a solution to allow Edinburgh Coffee Festival to truly go zero waste. Cups are talked about the most, but making everything compostable keeps recycling simple. The measures we’re taking at the Festival are designed to demonstrate to a wider audience what compostables can achieve.”

The Edinburgh Coffee Festival is a celebration of Scotland’s vibrant coffee scene with a host of exhibitors, talks and demonstrations taking part across the day. Ticket information is available here.

Watch our Close the Loop video.

Vegware wins Supplier of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards

Great news! We won Supplier of the Year at the Food Made Good Awards for our Close the Loop pilot collection service.

Once collected, the waste was composted at a plant near Glasgow and then used on farms within weeks. Two tonnes of food waste were collected during the trial. Following the success of our pilot we’ve now made the service available to all of our customers across Scotland’s Central Belt.

Close the Loop is a flexible and competitively priced service. Clients choose any collection day and have no contract ties. By piggybacking onto existing collections and using trucks that are already on the road, Close the Loop is a carbon-friendly service. Find out more about our service here.

The award is one of three new categories amongst the 17 awards presented by SRA President Raymond Blanc and Vice President Prue Leith, at a special ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall in London.

Sustainable street food packaging

Street food packaging

Who doesn’t love street food? Whether it be at a market, festival or event, few people can resist delving for delicious street food goodness.

Consumers love it because it’s authentic and they can be assured their food is being cooked and served safely, as this is often done in front of them. As more cuisines and food types travel, consumer tastes continue to develop and this is a demand street vendors recognise. You may think this demand only relates to food, however packaging is now an issue many people are taking note of.

Due to numerous high-profile campaigns in the news on environmentally focused issues, consumers are now also conscious of the environmental impact of the packaging they’re using. The spotlight is on items like coffee cups, plastic straws and polystyrene based takeaway boxes.

At Vegware, we’re committed to making our products from organic materials. We believe it’s better to use plant-based materials for our products rather than depleting oil-based finite resources. For example, the manufacturing of our coffee cups, lined with PLA, produces 72% less carbon than plastic.

Walking around music festivals and, most recently, the Edinburgh Fringe we’re always delighted to see the innovative ways our customers have been using our products to serve up their delicious treats. This is especially the case for our soup containers, we’ve seen them plated up with a variety of treats from mac and cheese, to ice cream, all the way to chicken wings. We’ve also seen our food cartons filled with falafel salads and audacious stir fries. For more substantial dishes like curries and burgers, our bagasse takeaway boxes provide a soggy-free base which often isn’t the case in polystyrene based alternatives.

Are you using our Vegware packaging for your event or food stall? Tag us on Instagram or use the hashtag #vegware and show us how creative you are.

Thinking about using Vegware for your food truck or stall? Contact us for samples or have a browse of our catalogue.

Vegware launches Scotland-wide collections to boost food and compostable packaging recycling

 

We’re happy to announce we’ve launched ‘Close the Loop’, a new composting collection service for our catering disposables. This new service now means that composting collections are available to businesses across Scotland, taking used Vegware and food waste for industrial composting into high-grade horticultural compost. Launched to mark Recycle Week and International Coffee Day, Close the Loop enables foodservice to recycle all takeaway packaging, not just cups.

Starting on our home turf, we’ve launched our own collection service to demonstrate producer responsibility and make collections accessible to businesses all over Scotland. We run the service ourselves and Close the Loop understands the best facilities to process compostable packaging and food waste. Waste from the Central Belt is composted at GP Green Recycling, near Glasgow. Initial Close the Loop clients include the Glasgow Science Centre and independent Edinburgh cafes Union of Genius and Pumpkin Brown.

“Our Scottish customers are delighted to have a solution for composting their packaging that’s easy to adopt and manage, and gives them the confidence that their waste is going to the right place,” said Eilidh Brunton, Vegware’s group recycling consultant.

Close the Loop is a disruptive model, a waste service which is flexible and competitively priced. Clients choose any collection day and have no contract ties. By piggybacking onto existing collections and using trucks that are already on the road, Close the Loop is a carbon-friendly service.

We’ve set up zero waste systems with collections for clients around the UK, including corporate clients from London to Aberdeen, and food fairs at River Cottage. Dundee and Angus College composts its disposables on-site, creating quality mulch in 14 days for its horticultural courses.

Our group recycling consultant, Eilidh Brunton, explained: “There are now some initiatives to separate out and recycle plastic-lined paper cups. That is a good start, but what about the lid, tea bag, stirrer, spoon and sandwich box? In reality, used takeaway packaging is a mix of materials contaminated with food, and goes to incineration or landfill. Our approach is simple: if it’s all made from plants, not plastic, and can be composted together with food waste, then there’s no sorting. All used takeaway items go together with food waste, and can be processed at industrial composting facilities around the UK in under 12 weeks. Catering waste can create high-grade horticultural compost, to feed the next generation of plants.”

Edinburgh Coffee Festival, on 14th October 2017, is aiming to be the UK’s first zero waste coffee festival, with support from us and Close the Loop. Our Environmental team has provided consultancy, signage and training, and all traders will be using compostable cups, lids and assorted disposables. All food waste, coffee grounds and used Vegware will be collected in Close the Loop bins and composted near Glasgow into high-grade horticultural compost.

Edinburgh Coffee Festival organiser Martin Dare, said: “We understand the challenges of recycling coffee cups, but it’s only through working with Vegware that we have found a solution to allow Edinburgh Coffee Festival to truly go zero waste. Cups are talked about the most, but making everything compostable keeps recycling simple. The measures we’re taking at the Festival are designed to demonstrate to a wider audience what compostables can achieve.”

We’ve made a short animation for social media introducing Close the Loop and exploring why recycling goes beyond cups.

Zero Waste Week 2017

Zero waste week

This week marks the 2017 Zero Waste Week in which businesses and individuals all over the globe are playing their role in reducing their waste.

At the moment it’s estimated the UK is throwing away £13bn of food away each year which over its lifetime has generated 19m tonnes of greenhouse gases. Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) concluded that preventing this pollution would have been the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the UK road. Alongside this only 1 in 400 coffee cups are being recycled properly in the UK which is only contributing the nation’s waste problem.

At Vegware, we’re committed to reducing waste. That’s why we make compostable packaging made from plant-based materials instead of those made from plastic. Our compostable packaging is designed to be recycled together with food waste and break down in industrial composting in under 12 weeks. We have over a decade of experience in delivering food and packaging waste recycling solutions. Our environmental team help foodservice providers close the loop and join the circular economy and provide step by step support along the way.

To further ensure our products are going to the right place we’ve also launched our Close the Loop Vegware collection service across Scotland’s central belt. Through our service, Vegware customers will be able to ensure their compostable packaging and food waste is being collected for composting. More info on our Close the Loop initiative can be found here.

Reducing your waste doesn’t just need to stop with disposing of your food waste and coffee cups properly. Have a read of the many innovative ways our staff managed to reduce their single plastic use during Plastic Free July. For more information on how you can get involved in Zero Waste Week, head over to their website. Another great way of getting involved is through sharing online how you’re reducing your waste this week through using the #ZeroWasteWeek hashtag.

We’ve been nominated for a Food Made Good Award!

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We’re happy to announce we’ve been nominated for the Best Supplier Award at the upcoming Food Made Good Awards.

Hosted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, the Food Made Good Awards are an annual celebration of everything that is great about the food-service industry.

We’ve been nominated for our Close the Loop initiative, a waste collection service for Vegware customers throughout Scotland which ensures their compostable packaging and food waste is collected for composting.

The 2017 Food Made Good Awards will take place on the 5th of October at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Our new composting collection in Scotland 

Vegware’s compostable packaging is designed to be recycled together with food waste. Now we’re making recycling simple, launching our own collection service.

Close the Loop is a waste collection service for Vegware customers throughout Scotland’s Central Belt, ensuring their compostable packaging and food waste is collected for composting.

Our new service will provide a simple zero waste solution for Scotland’s foodservice industry. With collections in the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Falkirk areas, all collected Vegware and food waste will be composted outside Glasgow at Blantyre. Catering waste will help feed Scottish fields; with high-grade compost created in just a matter of weeks.

The service is flexible for customers: there are no contract tie-ins, users can choose their own collection days and they can cancel or add collections with just 24 hours’ notice. We also provide a clean bin with every collection. To make Close the Loop even more of a success we’re also offering expert support in the form of free staff training and bin signage.

At Vegware, we take our producer responsibility seriously. Close the Loop is just one of the innovative ways we go beyond packaging.

If you’re interested in signing up to our collection service in Scotland or if you’d like more information, contact our Environmental Team at environmental@vegware.co.uk or call them on 0131 564 0313.