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Recycling ideas from the land of the midnight sun

If you thought Norwegian ideas extended as far as A-HA and Fjords you are behind the times. Whilst those nations that hug the Baltic Sea and the bitterly cold Norwegian Sea have small populations with big ideas they also have virtually no litter or waste problems. These nations have, seemingly, cracked the nut that the […]

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Queen to ban plastic straws

The tide against single use plastic straws and plates is definitely gaining momentum and with some exceptionally well placed people leading the charge it will undoubtedly gain even more traction. The news this week that Queen Elizabeth II has ordered her staff to ditch plastic straws, eat from china plates and drink from glass bottles […]

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Sizzling teas to try on Valentine’s Day and er..night too!

  We all hope to receive something special from our love one this Valentine’s Day, but how would you react if you received a box of tea bags? Well if you receive a particular brand of tea bags you should expect to have a wonderful time on Valentines, as this particular brand has been proved […]

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Medway Council becomes a single use plastic free authority

UKVending is proud to have its base in Rochester in the heart of the Medway Towns in Kent. We are also encouraged to read that Medway Council has recently voted to become a single use plastic free authority. So what exactly does this mean for the people and businesses of the Medway Towns, such as […]

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Waste in the sky

Few of us, as we sit in our comfortable airline seats, really think too hard about the impact our flight is having. Be it in the fuel being burnt by the hugely powerful Rolls Royce, Allison or Pratt and Whitney turbine engines or even down to such after thoughts as the plaster stirrers, plastic cups […]

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A whole lotta bottle

The traditional milkman with his electric truck and the clinking and clanking of milk bottles in his cart could be making a comeback. The reason for this apparent about face is all about our over use of plastics and a desire to return to the traditional glass bottle for milk. The current generation probably cannot […]

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Sugar on the high street

The Government’s war on sugar is gaining pace as the threat and implications of the so called sugar tax start to become clear. A large number of high street favourites are already hitting the news headlines for changing the recipes of their favourite products. Paradoxically for a good news item some of the brands, such […]

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EU and Britain working together on plastics

The last year has been a difficult one for the relationship between Great Britain and the rest of the EU nations. Brexit has clouded discussions on many things that all nations of Europe have concerns about including the threat posed to the environment by the uncontrolled spread of discarded waste plastic. The EU in late […]

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2018 the year of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

In 2018 you may hear an awful lot about cookies. Why is that? Well it’s all about a lady who had the name of Ruth Graves Wakefield. In her time Ruth Graves Wakefield was a household name, but now she has slipped from the public consciousness, which is a shame because she is the lady […]

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Flouride in tea

  We often hear about fluoride in our toothpaste providing a healthy addition to our daily oral hygiene routine, but some recently published research has claimed that fluoride in our tea could actually be harmful for us and in particular our bones. The study published in the journal Environmental Pollution states that some teas may […]

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Refill your water bottle here

Can you remember a time when most villages across the United Kingdom had a free to access public water fountain? No? Well I can. I grew up in the early 1970’s and my village was Bearsted just outside of Maidstone in Kent. The water fountain was centrally located on the green and was well used, […]

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Where would be be without Thomas Sullivan? Who?

Well Thomas Sullivan was something of an accidental American inventor, but his impact on the world has been notable particular when you reach for your tea bags. For he is the man credited with inventing the paper bag that surrounds some tea leaves that allows the leaves to infuse the water with such panache. Around […]

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The In-flight beverage experience

This summer sees the 70th anniversary of the first Farnborough International Airshow. Back in 1948 the Hampshire airfield still had one or two craters left over from World War Two German bombing raids but over the seven decades that have followed the world of aviation have moved on considerably. So what is the connection between […]

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Anyone for a tea-tail?

So we’re a few weeks into 2018 and we are starting to see some emerging trends in the tea world and one in particular that has sent our taste buds a tingling here at UKVending. For centuries the makers of tea have been telling us about how useful and versatile a drink it can be […]

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What price a cup of tea in Eastenders?

  Phil Mitchell would surely get this ‘Sorted’ if he were a real person and not an Eastender character. Shock Eastend tea prices. Some eagle eyed viewers to a recent edition of BBC’s Eastenders soap opera were left a little perplexed at the price of a cup of tea in the café in Walford. One […]

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The world’s first vending machine for the homeless

It’s a sad truth about modern life that for everyone who has a warm and welcoming home there are large number of people who have no home at all. Britain’s homeless this winter are headline news with new government pledges to increase funding to provide them with suitable accommodation, but this a long term problem […]

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Is the soft drinks industry bottling it?

As 2017 closed and we started to look forward to what 2018 has in store, it appears that some elements of the drinks industry are decidedly stuck in their old thinking as regards how to dispose of old plastic bottles. The Government is determined to try and stem the flood of plastic waste that ends […]

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Walkers Shortbread celebrates

It’s known the world over as ‘The World’s Finest Shortbread’ and you too can get Walkers Shortbread through UKVending. What is more in 2018 the company behind these delicious shortbread biscuits is celebrating its 120th anniversary. Not bad for a product with just four ingredients: Flour, sugar, salt and pure creamery butter. The story of […]

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The Square Mile Challenge

A new scheme in the City of London is aiming to recycle five million disposable coffee cups this year. If you ever travel into the City of London, you sometimes have to watch where you step because of all the thrown away coffee cups and other debris on the streets. Whilst the refuse collectors do […]

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Happy New Year

Everyone at UKVending we would like to wish all our customers a Happy, prosperous and enjoyable New Year.

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A coffee face off?

No matter whether you’re young or old a mobile phone brings with it one certain temptation – to take selfies. Now imagine you want to combine this skill with your passion for coffee - impossible? Nothing in this world is truly impossible it seems. The so called selficcino has come of age. A central London […]

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