Compostable tableware saves washing up at Kidsfest

Press release   •   Dec 04, 2012 16:14 GMT

The phrase ‘from garden to plate’ took on a whole new meaning for visitors to Todmorden Kidsfest, who enjoyed delicious refreshments served in compostable tableware.

For as well as sampling delicious home-made goodies from the Incredible Edible Todmorden community initiative, they discovered that their used plates, cups and cutlery might find their way back to local vegetable plots as nutrient rich compost.

Vegware, the UK’s first and only completely compostable food packaging company, supplied all the cups, plates, straws and glasses for the popular annual Kidsfest event, which was attended by more than 400 people.  The used tableware and cutlery were then taken to TEG Environmental’s composting plant in Todmorden where it will be processed and transformed into compost that could find its way back to Todmorden as a soil improver.

Vegware’s catering disposables are plastic-free, made from eco-friendly plant materials. They are all certified compostable, but the Edinburgh firm asked TEG to trial their products to ensure they break down successfully in TEG’s composting process. TEG suggested that to make the trial more viable, Vegware could donate products to be used for serving food at Kidsfest.  TEG is already supplying compost to the Incredible Edible team to help enrich the soil in preparation for next year’s crops of fruit and vegetables, grown all round the town to support the local community.

“This seemed like an ideal opportunity to help support a great local event and to create the necessary critical mass for us to conduct a worthwhile trial on behalf of Vegware, said Amy Glover, TEG’s Commercial Manager.  “Calderdale Council already uses TEG to process the local community’s food and garden waste, so the use of compostable tableware at this event gave an added dimension to the local recycling drive – and saved the organisers a lot of washing up!”


 Further information from:       Ann Gronback, Solus Public Relations

Tel: 01565 755713 / Mobile 07768 885468



Lucy Frankel, Vegware Communications Manager

Tel: 0845 643 0406 / Mobile 07906 635 139



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Vegware is a pioneer in the development and manufacture of eco friendly catering disposables and food packaging. Our products are stylish, functional, economic and sustainable. The Vegware range spans cutlery through to tableware, napkins hot and cold drink cups, and takeaway packaging. Our products are represented in Europe and North America.

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