On the 28th of March Green Up your Act Education attended the Climate Connections event in Brighton. The aim of this event was to bring together people living in Brighton & Hove with people living in other parts of the world to share their experiences and raise awareness of the impact of climate change. At the event we gave advice on seasonal food and also gave away tomato seedlings for people to grow at home. Our efforts were greatly received and the seedlings much appreciated.
Green Up Your Act Education is pleased to confirm that Northlew primary, Exbourne primary school and Black Torrington School in Devon have signed up for four Green workshops to accompany their Eco Awareness days. These schools are in remote areas and find it hard to get representatives to come and help. The Vegware Community fund is being used to help fund these and future workshops which we hope will make a real difference to children’s awareness of green issues.
“Thanks to ongoing funding support from the Vegware Community Fund Greener Leith has been able to hire a very well qualified community gardener to run monthly workshops in two local community gardens. Ben works for as a horticulture tutor at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and is passionate about organic gardening, so we’re really pleased that someone so qualified has come forwards. This month Ben is meeting with the volunteers that are already active in the gardens, with the aim of putting together a planting and workshop schedule for the forthcoming months.
We are plan to launch the workshops next month by planting up a specially designed planter that doubles up as secure bike parking in each garden. As well as providing an extra place for volunteers to get growing in, we also hope the planters will encourage more volunteers to visit the garden on their bicycles.
Lastly, Vegware funding was also vital in helping us to unlock further funding from the Peoples Postcode Lottery Trust. They’ve provided us with funding to plant a Childrens Orchard on Leith Links that will see us plant around 100 rare variety fruit trees with local primary school kids and local community volunteers on the Links. Ben will be helping out during the planting days, and then encouraging volunteers to get stuck into the communtiy gardens after the orchard has been planted. “
Vegware has held Din Certco and Ok Compost certification for hot cups and PLA products respectively since mid-2009. These items have now been approved by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), giving consumers and businesses alike confidence that Vegware US is their trusted source of compostable packaging in the US.
Green up your Acts‘ aim is take the sometimes complex issues of Sustainability and make them easier to understand, so participants of all ages can begin to help make the changes that are necessary for a cleaner, greener world. This is achieved primarily through workshops in schools which engage and inspire through practical activities grounded in science, geography and citizenship.
We are very excited to announce that Greener Leith will be the first charity to benefit from the Vegware Community Fund. The funding will allow Greener Leith to employ a sessional worker to support green fingered volunteers grow more food in local community garden projects. There’s more information here.
This November sees the launch of our new community fund. We will be giving grants to UK-based non profit organisations to support sustainability in the widest sense – any project which aims to enhance the local community and environment, whether built or natural.
The fund is intended to cover core running costs, and it’s our goal to provide a contribution which will allow groups to engage in their chosen task, or as a basis from which to apply from project grants. At the outset, individual grants will be £20-200 per month, paid monthly. For more information including applications, please contact us.
At Vegware, we are fully committed to using the most environmentally-friendly materials and take care of every step of the process. We are pleased to confirm that the board used for our PLA-lined paper hot cups is certified as being sustainable by the FSC and Rainforest Alliance.
By popular request, we’ve added a compostable PLA baguette bag to our sandwich bag range. These are 110 x 350mm, fully compostable, and are made from annually renewable resources. They use a 40 micron white back and 25 micron clear front.
These can be found the bags page of our catalogue.