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Case studies

Our Beyond Packaging team is always happy to go that extra mile for our customers. From custom branding to assisting with recycling and the composting of our products, we’re always on hand to ensure our customers are making the most of our sustainable products. Check out our case studies below to view some of our work and collaborations.



Serving sustainable scoops at The Ice Box


The Ice Box has been a Brooklyn, Connecticut institution for over 40 years. The ice cream parlor opened in 1978 in a renovated gas station, where it’s still located to this day. They use Vegware as part of their sustainability plan – read the full story here.


Local resident Jenn Nemeth landed her first job at The Ice Box in 1998. In 2018, 20 years after joining the team, Jenn went from employee to owner, purchasing The Ice Box and making her own sweet sustainable switch to its operations. One of her first business decisions, was to use Vegware.


Jenn and her husband Matt discovered Vegware in its early days in the mid-2000s and began using Vegware at home gatherings and parties. They even served their wedding meal on Vegware for the outdoor affair!


Having a personal passion to reduce plastic has led to The Ice Box being an eco-conscious business for the Brooklyn, CT community. Jenn regularly receives positive feedback from customers on both the quality of her ice cream and the Vegware packaging! Download the full case study here.





Landmark event composts in Cardiff


For more than four decades, the Volvo Ocean Race has tested teamwork to the limit, and provided a human adventure like no other. The 2017-18 edition proved no different. Teams crossed four oceans and travelled 45,000 nautical miles around the world, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.


This included Cardiff – Wales’ sporting capital, and now, a historical sustainable stopover for the world-renowned event.


There is heightened awareness around the limitations of plastic recycling and the growing problem of plastic pollution at a global level. The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race brought sustainability to the forefront, mandating a plastic-free environment across all Host Cities.


Cardiff Harbour Authority and the City of Cardiff Council embraced this sustainable mission for the Cardiff Race Village. The team immediately researched all the aspects of hosting a plastic-free event. The added challenge? A 14-day stopover, open to the public, with 180,000 attendees.


The Solution: Vegware’s fibre-based products and beyond packaging environmental support. We made education a top priority,  training the event team and working with them to inform the attendees.


Read more about the sustainable solution and result, hearing from Cardiff Harbour Authority’s Environmental Officer and Volvo Ocean Race’s Sustainability Programme Manager.





Composting Vegware disposables at the University of the West of England 


A longtime client, the University of the West of England has been using our plant-based food service packaging as part of its Sustainability Plan for many years.


This year (2018), with our expansion into Bristol for Vegware's Close the Loop composting collection service, the University is now turning its catering 'waste' into quality compost for Gloucestershire farmers.


Vegware catering disposables are commercially compostable with food waste. That means there's no need for sorting, and the used compostable packaging - from cups and straws to takeaway boxes and cutlery - can all go together without removing the ketchup and leftover chips. An added bonus is that once food and disposables share one bin, other dry recycling bins are cleaner and easier to recycle.


With 30,000 students and 3,000 staff, closing the loop is making a difference to the University's environmental footprint, while contributing to the circular economy.


The University's Sustainable Projects Officer shares his thoughts HERE on implementing the new waste stream onto the site.





Platform Street Food Market at Argyle Street Arches, Glasgow


Argyle Street Arches is a historic venue in the atmospheric arches below Glasgow Central railway station. In 2018, the iconic site reopened to be given a new lease of life, and with it, a view to become the city’s greenest venue. CLICK HERE to read the full story and see the 5 steps Platform and Vegware took to create a sustainable street food market.


Platform was determined to offer Glaswegians a fiercely independent alternative to generic, mass produced foods by way of a new street food market: Platform at Argyle Street Arches. The indoor market brings together some of Scotland’s best independent street food traders every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with food available to sit-in or to-go. And now they compost all their used disposables, with the help of Vegware's Close the Loop composting collections.






Edinburgh International Book Festival - A zero waste story  


Working with the Edinburgh International Book Festival's recycling team, our Close the Loop composting collection service helped the festival go zero waste. Watch below to find out how.







 On-site composting with Vegware, Tidy Planet and Dundee & Angus College 


One of the most sustainable ways to dispose of your Vegware is to compost on site. We visited Dundee and Angus College to view how their Vegware products go full circle from waste to newly generated compost.










How to make your cafe sustainable - The Green Tree Collection


The Green Tree collection is Vegware’s practical, eco solution for takeaway food. Amanda and Sean at Pumpkin Brown cafe in Edinburgh are committed to making their business sustainable, and told us why the Green Tree collection is the perfect fit for their delicious dishes.







River Cottage goes compostable 


Vegware worked with River Cottage to make their Spring Food Fair as sustainable as possible. By using Vegware compostable packaging and with our recycling support, they achieved a whopping 72% recycling rate - far beyond the UK event average of 15%.  







Edinburgh Mela - zero polystyrene, zero waste  


Edinburgh Mela's Director Chris Purnell explains why and how the this multicultural performing arts event has banned polystyrene and gone completely compostable - for a zero waste festival.







University of York Students’ Union & compostable cups 


University of York Students' Union (YUSU) goes completely compostable with custom coffee cups by Vegware.