Next time you stand in the shower, take a moment to reflect that the warmth you feel is from the sunlight of hundreds of millions of years ago. Prehistoric plants absorbed the sunlight shining onto the earth, and stored it as carbon, which is now being extracted for our comfort and industry in the form of oil, gas and coal. Using these resources is not only driving climate change by putting carbon back into the atmosphere at a much faster rate than present day plants can absorb it, but also we are using them to produce epic quantities of rubbish which will litter the surface of the earth for thousands of years to come.
Modern shopping and eating habits mean that packaging and catering disposables quietly feature in our daily lives. The majority of these kinds of product – cutlery, cups, cling film, sandwich packs and so on – are made from oil-based plastics. Oil is a finite resource, and whilst some of these products can in theory be recycled, they very rarely are due to the expense of separating plastic from food and other kinds of waste. Right now, this waste ends up in landfill sites which are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, as local authorities respond to the government’s landfill reduction targets.
At Vegware, our solution is to take a fresh look at the materials used in disposables and packaging, and replace existing products with low-impact versions. We use either annually-renewable or recycled raw materials, and ensure that our finished cups, plates, takeaway boxes and food packaging are all biodegradable or compostable. This means that Vegware products are cleaner and safer to manufacture, and don’t need to go to landfill after use.
We see that the way forward for food packaging is to produce products which can be disposed of along with any food waste. Then there’s no need for expensive and time-consuming sorting of the different waste streams, or confusion over which bin to use.