Barbecue season is here!

With a long-weekend ahead, it’s the unofficial start of summer and beach season, and our personal favorite, barbecue season!

Whether you call it BBQ, cookout or grill out, Vegware has the perfect compostable catering disposables for all your summer parties and events.

Bagasse tableware

Bagasse is a stylish eco alternative to styrofoam made from recycled sugarcane fibre. Suitable for hot and cold food and sturdier than paper plates.

Gourmet Range

Our elegant Gourmet Range is the first eco spill-proof solution for hot or cold food to go. A unique mix-and-match range of plastic-free lids and bases made from renewable, low-carbon materials. Each size has two depths of base and three lid styles, including our clear PLA lids.

Ice cream pots and spoons

Compostable food containers, in a variety of sizes to accommodate a single scoop or an ice cream sundae. Clear PLA domed and flat lids for cold food, and flat CPLA lids available for hot.

Complement with our award-winning cutlery range that includes these delightful ice cream spoons available in a candy colour mix of options!

As with all Vegware, these products are commercially compostable where accepted.

Happy Barbecuing!

International Compost Awareness Week 6-12th May Vegware’s guide to compostable packaging

To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, we’ve put together this handy Vegware guide to our compostable packaging.

Why use compostable food packaging?
For disposables destined to meet food, it makes sense to use materials that can be recycled together with food. High-quality compost feeds the fields, to grow more food. Yum.

Why isn’t conventional packaging actually recycled?
Recyclables+Food = NOT RECYCLABLE. Used packaging is a mix of materials contaminated with food, and goes to incineration or landfill because it can’t be recycled.

Do plant-based materials work as well as plastic?
Yes, or even better! Bagasse (made from recycled sugarcane fibre) takeout boxes keep heat in but don’t trap condensation like plastic. No more soggy fries. Continue reading

We’re hiring! Inside Sales Representative

We’re on the look out for a talented and ambitious Inside Sales Representative to join our team in Huntington Beach.

The purpose of the role is a combination of customer care, operational support, developing new business and retaining existing business through sales activities. This will mean working with a wide range of clients, both B2C and B2B, ensuring that daily operations are taken care of, incoming enquiries are qualified and developed and cold calling campaigns are executed efficiently.

For more information of the key skills and responsibilities desired see our job advert on indeed.com. 

Join us at Natural Products Expo West

From the 8-10th of March we’ll be exhibiting at the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, Natural Products Expo West.

Taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, we’ll have new products to showcase and expert advice on custom branding and zero waste support. You can find us at Stand N1145.

We’d love to see you there! If you are interested in attending contact us or go to the Natural Products Expo West website.

Vegware Community Fund

Since we opened our Huntington Beach office in June this year, we’ve been humbled by the warm welcome we’ve received from the local people and businesses. So much so that we’re delighted to announce the launch of our Vegware Community Fund in the US.

In 2009, we started the Vegware Community Fund to support sustainability in its widest sense.  Over the past few years we’ve helped out a number of charities and organizations with funding and donations across the UK and now we’re excited to be doing the same in the US. Our community fund extends support to both the built and natural environment, and community projects, by offering monthly grants or regular donations of our eco packaging.

Have a read of our Community Fund blog to see what kind of projects and organizations we’ve supported in the past. For more information and details on how you can apply, head to our website.

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!