Newsletter: Our NHS tender win, Christmas party and cash for communities

Hello again,

Today is the 307th anniversary of William Tell’s apple-related shooting incident. So without further ado, here’s the Vegware newsletter.

This time: Our NHS tender win, our Christmas party, Joe’s interview, environmental awards, eco J-cloths, £30,000 for one of our community groups, and £100,000 for a Cornwall solar farm.

1. Big news – our NHS tender win

Vegware has been chosen by Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s catering unit to provide completely compostable disposables. After use, all Vegware is composted together with food waste. Over the next year this is set to save 4.4 tonnes of carbon and 5.1 tonnes of virgin materials each, and divert 11 tonnes of packaging waste from landfill. Here’s what Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine wrote about it.

2. The Vegware Christmas party

Roll up, roll up! We’ve had a fantastic year thanks to all our customers and supporters, and want to celebrate by having a gathering with our favourite folk. If you can join us at our Edinburgh HQ on Friday 2nd December 2011, email carol@vegware.co.uk for an invite.

A reminder of our Christmas and New Year opening times are here.

3. Help Wadebridge win £100,000 to become the UK’s first solar-powered town!

WREN is a Cornish community group which is down to the final 6 competing to receive £100,000 of Energyshare funding to create the UK’s first solar farm, creating free energy and local jobs, and generating an annual income for community projects chosen by local residents. Voting takes a moment and will make a huge difference. And if your colleagues, friends and family could vote too, well that would be fantastic! Thank you on behalf of Wadebridge, Cornwall!

4. Compostable J-cloths

Expecting a messy Christmas? Fancy a simple way to green up your kitchen? Our J-cloths are completely compostable, so you can simply throw them in the food waste bin when their wiping life is over. They’re even home compostable, suitable for your garden compost heap. Get in touch for a free sample.

5. Award for the Food Waste Network

As you may know, we can help any UK business find their local food waste recycling services through the Food Waste Network. This impressed the judges of the UK Packaging Awards, and it was chosen as one of the Best Environmental Initiatives.

6. Interview in EatDrinkSleep magazine

This issue of EatDrinkSleep magazine features an extended interview with our MD and founder Joe – you can read it online.

7. Our community fund recipients win Lottery funding

Broomhouse Health Strategy Group, an Edinburgh charity promoting healthy lifestyles, is one of the eight sustainability projects we support through Vegware’s Community Fund. They have had some brilliant news – they have been awarded £30,000 from Comic Relief to fund cookery drop-in sessions over the next two years. Congratulations!

That’s all for now! As always, find us on twitterfacebook and linkedin. Share any interesting pictures with us and we’ll show our 3,000 twitter followers and 600+ facebook likees.

All the best,

Lucy