At SRA supplier Vegware, sustainability isn’t an add-on, it’s what they ‘live and breathe’. The day-to-day business is creating the UK’s only completely compostable food packaging. In 2010, Vegware decided to set up a Community Fund as a simple but effective way of supporting sustainability in the wider community. Vegware gives small monthly grants to non-profit organisations. Unlike many sources of funding, Vegware’s grant is designed to help with core funding rather than specific projects. It is not just a one-off payment but a monthly commitment to help plug a funding gap. Some use it for tea and coffee for volunteers, some for renting portaloos or covering overheads – it’s up to them. All that’s asked for in return is a short monthly update on what they are doing for Vegware’s news and facebook pages.
Says Vegware’s Lucy Frankel: ‘The great thing about our funding model is that it’s very easy to administrate. Potential recipients just fill in a simple form telling us very briefly who they are, what they do and how much they need, between £20-£200 a month. We pick our favourite and start a direct debit. It’s as simple as that!’
As Vegware grows, so will the fund. They currently support ten projects, covering a diverse range of activities promoting sustainability in the widest possible sense. These include training in sustainable land management and agriculture in Swaziland, a healthy eating project in Edinburgh and hardy cyclists delivering local veg in Wales.Lucy adds: ‘Our fund helps non-profits make a difference in their community. It also makes working at Vegware more satisfying, knowing we help alleviate a little financial pressure while the fund recipients focus on delivering their chosen projects.’
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.
Vegware Ltd is registered in Scotland, company number SC331521 at Canalside House, 43-45 Polwarth Crescent, Edinburgh, EH11 1HS. Information on Vegware US, Inc can be found at www.vegware.us.