Solution: Compostable packaging. Owner: Vegware. Strategy: Recycle.
Vegware is a food packaging company that produces 300 types of takeaway packaging products. These include cups, cup lids, straws and other containers.
Products are typically made from a combination of paper and cardboard. Some also use bio-plastics (primarily Polylactic Acid). Vegware prints using vegetable-derived and water-based inks.
Vegware uses only plant-based and renewable materials. These include sugarcane, cassava, corn, sugar beet, bagasse and vegetable oils. The materials can be industrially composted at a high temperature alongside food waste.
Products are available across the United Kingdom and France.
Vegware sells their products to over 70 countries.
Potential circular economy impact
Vegware offers a less wasteful alternative to plastic packaging. If paired with a dedicated collection system, the materials can be transformed into compost. This reduces waste in landfill or incineration. It also drives down associated greenhouse gas emissions.
People: Vegware staff; café or restaurant staff.
Resources: Vegware products; collection bins.
Technology: Machinery for processing and packaging transformation; composting facility.
Implementation: Agreements with venues; bin installation; agreement with composting facilities.