Manufacturing the world's best eco products since 2006
Vegware is made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials, and designed to be commercially compostable with food waste, where accepted. Compostables are a practical solution for single-use food-contaminated disposables, allowing foodservice to achieve their sustainability goals.
Vegware uses a variety of renewable plant-based materials to manufacture our product range.
In its finished form, Vegware packaging is compostable in commercial facilities, where accepted.
Paper & card
Sustainably sourced paper and cardboard, using recycled content where we can. Uses include Vegware hot cups, soup containers, paper straws, Bon Appetit bowls, and various takeaway containers.
We use vegetable and water-based inks that have a great print finish.
Our in-house designers can create custom print for a wide range of our products.
Polylactic Acid (PLA)
Compostable bioplastic derived from plant sugars. Glucose is extracted from milled corn. It is then fermented to produce lactic acid, which is processed into a polymer and made into pellets. PLA is used in our clear products like cold cups and deli containers, and to line our board-based products. CPLA is crystallised PLA, used when more heat resistance is needed, like with our lids and cutlery.
Made from a by-product of the sugarcane industry.
Bagasse is a stylish eco alternative to polystyrene suitable for hot and cold food. Made from reclaimed sugarcane, our bagasse uses the dry fibrous residue left once sugarcane has been pressed for juice. A high-heat, high-pressure process is applied to press and shape the fibres. Used to make our takeaway boxes, plates and bowls.
Made from naturally fallen Areca palm leaves in Southern India. Tableware suitable for hot and cold food. Fallen leaves are gathered and cleansed with high pressure water jets. Once dried, they are shaped under heated moulds. There are no coatings, additives or chemicals, just the natural leaf. Used to make our Palm leaf tableware, including plates, platters and bowls.
A clear film made from wood pulp. The wood is sourced from sustainably managed forestry. Cellulose fibres in wood pulp goes through a casting process and regenerates into a certified industrial and home compostable film called NatureFlex. Used for our clear bags and some of our products’ clear windows, it is greaseproof and suitable for hot and cold food.
Vegware holds the deepest set of compostability certification in the sector. Our full product range can be commercially composted with food waste where accepted. Independent bodies have certified our products can break down in under 12 weeks in industrial composting facilties. The most widely used compostability standards are the European EN13432 and the American ASTM D6400. They are largely equivalent, and include the following elements:
Biodegradation – materials turn to soil through microbial action at the same rate as cellulose (paper)
Disintegration – the materials fall into small pieces
Eco-toxicity – seeds can germinate in the resulting compost – i.e. it is useful for plant growth
Heavy metals – the compost is safe to go onto land
Let us answer your questions about Vegware products
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- What is Vegware made from?
- Vegware is made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials. We use a variety of plant-based materials – visit Our materials page for more information.
- Is Vegware food safe?
- Vegware is certified food safe. We hold the market's most comprehensive food migration certification.
- Is Vegware oven safe? Can I microwave or freeze it?
- Vegware is designed for single-use and best stored at temperatures not more than 40°C. We do not recommend our products for use in ovens, microwaves, refrigerators or freezers; when we do, it is clearly stated in the product's description. We encourage customers to request product samples, as each kitchen is different, so samples allow you to test Vegware with your menu offerings.
- Are Vegware products vegan?
- Our products are made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials. We use synthetic glues to bind our materials and have confirmation that they do not contain animal by-products.
- Do Vegware products use genetically modified (GM) feedstocks?
- Some of Vegware's PLA is produced in the USA, and at this time, this country's growing practices can't guarantee that no GM corn has been used in the production of the PLA that goes into our products. However, in the manufacturing process all proteins are denatured, which means that no genetically modified material remains in the finished product since the process changes the structure at cellular level. We have certification to prove this, should you require. Bioplastic technologies are always advancing and our PLA material partners are already seeking access to GM-free materials.
- Isn’t using corn for bioplastics taking up land that could be used to feed people?
- If half of the world’s plastic production switched to crop-based bioplastics, the industry would still only require 3% of the world’s cultivated land. Bioplastics are typically made from materials that are not suitable for human consumption. For example, producers do not use food grade corn in the manufacture, thus it can be grown on outlying agricultural land and not interfere with food production.
- How should I store Vegware products?
- Do not store Vegware near heat – for example not in direct sunlight or near an oven or radiator. Vegware is best stored at temperatures not more than 40°C.
- Are Vegware products made in the UK?
- Vegware is a global brand, operating across a range of markets. As such, our supply chain is spread across a range of territories including the UK and Asia. We manufacture our products close to the source of our raw plant-based materials, so that when transported, Vegware products are in their finished form.
- What's the shelf life for Vegware products?
- Generally speaking, Vegware products have a shelf life of up to one year.
- Why are you products wrapped in plastic? How do I recycle these?
- For hygiene reasons our plant-based, compostable disposables must be wrapped for storage and transportation. Currently, there is no suitable plant-based alternative to conventional plastic wrapping, but it and any bubble wrap can be recycled where plastic bag recycling is accepted. We are actively on the lookout for a more eco option to accompany our plant-based products.