Vegware’s guide to a sustainable holiday season party

The holiday season is a time for reflection, turkey and most importantly of all – parties! No matter what the size the party, every host needs to plan what they’re going to serve and what to serve it in. Whether you’re throwing a party for a small group of friends or a large guest list, our range of compostable catering disposables suits any size party.

Varying from 9-24oz in size, our cold cup range is great for large or small volumes of cocktails, beer or soda. Our compostable cups are made from plant-based material, PLA.

The green leaf band shares your commitment to sustainability so your guests know they’re getting the greenest cup out there. If your drinks require straws then look no further than our range of compostable straws. Great for slurping smoothies or sipping cocktails.

Another popular member of our cold cup family is our PLA wine goblet. At this time of year we usually see it being served with wine, prosecco and eggnog. Just like the rest of our cold cup range, this cup is made from sustainable plastic alternative, PLA.

As everybody knows it’s not just drinks that are essential for a great party, food is too! Complete your sustainable party with our range of plates and bowls. Our tableware range is all made from sugarcane-based fibre, bagasse. A sustainable alternative to using Styrofoam. Great for the likes of BBQs and dinner parties.

Free shipping this December

Tis the season for free shipping! To celebrate the most wonderful time of year we’re offering free shipping across our full range of catering disposables this December.

Whether you’re shoveling snow or relaxing by the beach this December, we’ve got what you need to ensure you have enjoy a sustainable holiday season.

If hot drinks are your thing check out our hot cup range. Perfect for a hot toddy, mulled wine or a morning coffee. If you’re in need of some hot festive drink inspiration have a read of our winter warmers blog.

Make sure you’re party ready for the busiest of seasons with our wide range of eco-friendly cold cups, bagasse tableware and cutlery. Made from plants, not plastic, our catering disposables are not only great quality and stylish. They’re also made from renewable or recycled materials.

For a full view of our catering disposables range check out our online catalog.

Vegware winter warmers

Our bellies are still full of Thanksgiving turkey, which means the holiday season has officially begun! It’s time to put away the turkey sandwiches and bring out the tinsel and mistletoe. Whether you live in sunny California or are already knee-deep in the snow in Michigan, everyone enjoys a winter warmer at this time of year.

We asked our team in Huntington Beach to share their favorite holiday season hot drink recipes.

Mike Bove, VP sales

Hot toddy

1 ½ parts whisky

1/3 parts honey syrup

3 parts hot water

3 dried cloves

Freshly squeezed lemon juice

This festive classic is enjoyed best as a nightcap. It’s guaranteed to warm you up when it’s cold outside. The classic recipe combines whisky, honey syrup, hot water and cloves. Lemon juice is often added and the cloves removed before serving. This is a favourite of our VP of sales, Mike, who enjoys a hot toddy after a busy day in the office.

 

Tony Taylor, sales manager

Eggnog

3 cups whole milk

1 cup double cream

4 eggs, separated

2/3 cup granulated

3/4 cup Bacardi Rum, or bourbon

A firm favourite of Tony’s, eggnog is another boozy holiday favourite. His go-to recipe combines milk, cream, cinnamon and nutmeg in a saucepan. Once that’s simmering, Tony beats four eggs in a separate bowl and whisks them into the milk. You can add either bourbon or rum to your drink to give it an extra little kick; Tony swears by bourbon.

 

Abigail Macleod, general manager

Mulled cider

Traditional cider

6 cloves

1/4 nutmeg

1 orange

1 pomegranate

4-5 tablespoons caster sugar

Ever-present at winter markets across Europe and the UK, mulled cider is Abigail’s festive choice. We think it’s because the combination of warm cider, spices, orange juice and sugar reminds her of her hometown in Scotland and Edinburgh’s famous Christmas market. Easy to make, cider is poured into a large pan on a low heat for a couple of minutes and then spices and juices are added. Whatever the reason, mulled cider is Abi’s ultimate holiday season comfort drink – and we couldn’t agree more.

 

Joanna Snelson, sales manager

Hot white chocolate Russian

1 part Kahlúa

1 part whole milk

1/2 part vodka

Whipped cream & marshmallows for topping

White chocolate powder

If ‘The Dude’ from The Big Lebowski was to pick a hot favourite hot drink we’re sure he’d choose something like this. Selected by Joanna, this hot drink has all the elements of a traditional White Russian. With Kahlúa, vodka, white chocolate powder and whole milk, the hot white chocolate Russian is a delicious warm treat worthy of the holiday season. Heated together in a saucepan and topped with whipped cream, it proves to be a deliciously, simple winter warmer.

Vegware and marine plastic pollution

A light has been shone on the damage humans are causing to our oceans. Everyone at Vegware shares the public’s sadness at the devastating effects of marine pollution. The pitfalls of plastics have been laid bare, and everyone is looking for solutions. While Vegware’s plant-based disposables are designed to replace oil-based plastics in a foodservice setting, compostable packaging is not the solution to marine pollution. Here’s why.

In summary:

  • Compostable packaging is not designed to break down in a marine environment
  • Waste needs to be disposed of properly, and we support any initiative that boosts recycling and reduces littering
  • Vegware provides a category-wide solution for zero waste in a foodservice environment with managed waste streams

Compostable packaging and the marine environment

Vegware’s catering disposables are designed to break down in under 12 weeks in commercial composting. We hold independent compostability certification and have conducted extensive trials in organics recycling facilities. Successful composting requires warmth, oxygen, microbes and moisture – perfect conditions which are created at industrial composting facilities and in on-site composting systems.

A marine environment however is different, and does not provide the right conditions for compostables to break down. Vegware is against littering in any environment, on land or at sea. We have not tested our products in the sea, and our products do not solve the issue of marine pollution.

At Vegware, we play a positive, active role encouraging zero waste. Our environmental team helps our clients capture used packaging and set up recycling schemes, diverting used Vegware and food waste to commercial composting.

We are pleased that sustainability is at the forefront of public debate, and fully support efforts to protect the environment. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any of these important issues.

Happy Thanksgiving from Vegware

Thanksgiving is a time of year where families and friends come together to share food and drink and reflect on all the things they’ve been thankful for that year. One thing we’re especially thankful for this year is for the warm welcome we’ve received from local businesses and people since opening in Huntington Beach. As a British company, we’ve been incredibly humbled by all the positive messages and feedback we’ve had from HB and beyond.

At Thanksgiving, food is shared and consumed in high abundance and quantities so there’s always likely to be leftovers after dinner. What easier way to share your hard day’s cooking with your family and friends than to send them home with a full stomach and a package of treats to enjoy later.

Thankgiving

Our salad boxes are the ideal size for taking home an array of delicious treats from the day. In this case (see above) we’ve ensured our guests are being sent home with not only extras from dinner but dessert also. With juicy turkey, stuffing, a portion of cranberry sauce and a sweet slice of pumpkin pie. Our smaller boxes also allow you to take home bigger slices of pie as pictured with apple above.

Not only do our boxes offer a great takeout option they also do their part for the planet. Our clear window is made from plant-based PLA which produces 72% less carbon than plastic does. As well as this we use sustainably sourced kraft board with a greaseproof lining. To ensure lids are shut nice and tight there are three handy tabs.

Another great option for packing in extras is our three compartment clamshell box. Made from sugarcane-based material, bagasse. This natural material has great thermal properties and doesn’t trap condensation like plastic which ensures food stays warm and crisp. As well as being microwave and freezer safe, bagasse presents a sustainable alternative to Styrofoam. Food can be re-heated or frozen within the container, meaning it can be enjoyed warm or on a later date.

Our products aren’t only ideal for taking away food they’re also great for plating up. Our bagasse tableware range contains a wide range of bowls and plates ready for dishing up food for larger gatherings and parties. Who wants to spend time cleaning up after dinner or a party? With Vegware you won’t have to. Our cold cup range is perfect for having beer, soft drinks or smoothies and for hot drinks our hot cups present a stylish, sustainable solution. Both feature Vegware’s leaf stripe for easy identification of compostable products.

However you enjoy your Thanksgiving or whatever you eat, everyone at Vegware wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Gourmet Range by Vegware

Introducing our range of plastic-free lids and bases made from renewable, low carbon materials. Suitable for a variety of hot and cold food, our Gourmet Range is designed to serve up a wide range of delicious sides, dips and dishes. Here are some of the most innovative ways we’ve seen our range used.

Vegan Burrito Bowl

This hearty dish includes all the necessities needed to create a healthy vegan burrito. With space for guacamole, tomato salsa, black beans, wholegrain rice, peppers and salad, the 22oz Gourmet base allows you to stack up on a range of fillings without having to separate them. Providing the perfect basis for any wrap or Mexican themed meal.

Nachos

  

Our 18oz/550ml Gourmet dipping base delivers the perfect shape for dipping chips and veg. The base provides all the necessities needed for a portion of nachos. With a handy compartment designed for sweet or savoury dips, our dipping base delivers the ideal guacamole or salsa accompaniment every nacho lover needs.

Salads

Our Gourmet base and clear PLA lid combo presents a great takeout option for a range of different salads. As pictured above, our bases and lids offer a sturdy, stylish and sustainable alternative to the on-the-go salad. Our clear PLA lids create clear visibility for any delicious sides or salads.

Cakes and sandwiches

 

The versatile 18oz/550ml Gourmet dipping base, seen earlier showcasing nachos, can also be used for a variety of Danish pastries and cakes. Pictured here we have some fluffy British scones with tasty cream and jam for spreading taken from a traditional afternoon tea. To add that extra bit of sophistication see (below) how our 22oz Gourmet base can be used for displaying sandwiches.

Vegware at Airports Going Green

This year’s Airports Going Green conference is being held November 12-15 in Dallas Texas at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. We’re pleased to say we’ll be exhibiting throughout at the conference offering Vegware as a sustainable packaging solution.

A range of social, environmental and economic topics will be discussed at the conference and we’re excited to be part of it.

Our plant-based packaging is an ideal food packaging solution for closed systems like airports. Vegware catering disposables are compostable and designed to be recycled with food waste which means there’s no need to clean, sort or separate any of it prior to recycling.

Our unprecedented engagement with the waste industry allows us to work with waste haulers to ensure compostable packaging and food waste is collected for composting. We’re also the experts at providing on-site composting solutions.

If you’re attending the conference make sure to come by our stand and say hello!

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Go Bears! Vegware supports Cal’s Pac–12 Zero Waste Bowl

California Memorial Stadium hosts the Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl this Saturday October 21st. And Vegware is proud to support with our eco disposables.

Vegware’s compostable serviceware will be used throughout the luxury suites this Saturday. All our foodservice cups, cutlery, plates, bowls and containers are made from plants, not plastic. After the game, off it goes for composting together with food scraps, to help feed American soil and nurture future generations of plants.

The California Golden Bears host the Arizona Wildcats. And here’s the film that fans will see on the stadium video board!

Let’s Protect Bear Territory! Cal Zero Waste is leading great green partnerships to protect the planet too. UC Berkeley is all about sustainability, and Vegware is so proud to be supporting this fantastic initiative.

What’s the Pac-12 Zero Waste Bowl?

It’s a fun challenge where Pac-12 universities compete to divert the most waste from landfill at a selected home game.

In addition to overall waste diversion rate, the universities are scored on innovation, partnership and participation, and fan engagement. We love what UC Berkeley is doing!

If you’re on twitter, follow @CalAthletics #AZvsCAL and of course @CalZeroWaste! Follow the game live on Pac-12 Networks and KGO 810 AM.

Cal 💚 Zero Waste

Want to know how crazy UC Berkeley is about zero waste? Here’s a film about the Recyclemania Game Day Recycling Challenge 2015 – what amazing engagement throughout the Cal community!

Vegware is also delighted to support the UC Berkeley’s Chou Hall Zero Waste Project. We’ll write more about that soon!

International Coffee Day

International coffee day

International Coffee Day is a day of celebration for everything coffee. With around 150 million Americans drinking 400 million cups of coffee a day, it’s fair to say the US is one of the leading consumers of coffee in the world.

A morning cup of coffee is a worldwide routine which goes back hundreds of years, whether that be through a cup of joe at home or a takeaway cup on the morning commute. The problem with the latter is the environmental impact that unsustainable cups are having on the planet.

The main issue with a lot of takeaway coffee cups is that they aren’t recyclable.

How you ask?

These coffee cups contain a plastic lining, designed to make them waterproof, which is extremely difficult to remove and prevents the cup from being recycled easily. Other cups are made from Styrofoam, a material which is not widely recycled.

So, what’s Vegware’s solution?

Our coffee cups are made from sustainably sourced board and lined with plant-based material – PLA. In production, PLA creates 72% less carbon than plastic which makes it an environmentally friendlier alternative.

Contamination is a big problem in the recycling of coffee cups. Some are made from conflicting materials which can’t be recycled together. For example, traditional plastic can’t be recycled with Styrofoam. With Vegware there’s no need to separate any conflicting materials with our coffee cups, because there are none! We present an eco-friendly circular solution to the coffee cup recycling debate. Our cups are made from materials which are designed to be recycled with food waste where facilities exist. The result of this waste is then to return nutrients to the earth through creating high grade compost.

 

Interested in finding out more about our cups or some samples? Speak to our Huntington Beach based team at us.info@vegware.com or (844) 610 0915.

Free shipping throughout September

Free Shipping USA

To celebrate the beginning of fall we’re offering free shipping on all orders throughout the month of September. Whether you’ve ordered from us before or you’re a new customer, everyone is eligible to make the most of free shipping this month, regardless of the size of your order.

We understand how important sustainability is in today’s marketplace and that’s why our products are made plants, not plastic.

From sustainable coffee cups to stylish take-out containers, browse our catalog to view our wide range of eco-friendly disposables.

So, what are you waiting for? Order now to make the most of our limited time free shipping offer.