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Greener Leith – March update

“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 Community Fund Announced

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.

Bioplastic baguette bags

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.

BS8901…a new standard for sustainable events

The British standards institute has launched BS8901, which sets out the requirements for planning and managing a sustainable event.

Gatherings such as festivals and sporting events enrich our cultural life, though can have negative environmental impacts due to the amount of waste. There are many steps which organizers can take to minimize this, and we at Vegware see it as very positive that event organizers are being asked to plan for this from the outset.