1st Zero waste shop in Chard

by Chard Eco Deli in Chard, England, United Kingdom

1st Zero waste shop in Chard
We did it
On 13th October 2018 we successfully raised £140 with 11 supporters in 56 days

To open the 1st Zero waste store in Chard, providing the community with affordable, sustainable and package free options.

by Chard Eco Deli in Chard, England, United Kingdom


We are Colin and Marisa, we have 2 children and we live in Chard, we love living here the community is amazing and the town is full of history.

Like most people we are very much aware of the plastic and wastage epidemic, beaches that once were picture perfect are now full of trash, the oceans have islands of floating rubbish/plastic, we have all seen Blue Planet and the posts on social media of animals across the world from fish to hedgehogs are being affected and killed by this epidemic.

Plastic has never been fantastic, non degradable packaging is everywhere, the big retailers don't seem to care they are producing tons of waste our planet and the consumers are the ones paying for it.

So we started talking why so much packaging and how great would it be to have one of those general wholesale grocery stores that stock every day staples, all sort of goodies and food wouldn't have to be wrapped in plastic and in the long term that would save money and reduce waste in households.

Just to give you an idea, per year in the UK alone we produce 31 million tonnes of food waste, whilst there's approximately 8.2 million people going hungry. And an estimate of 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year on top of that other pollutants like pesticides also end up in our oceans. It is alarming figures and we want to be part of the change. 

So after a lot of research we came across an old idea, with a new approach, a wave of stores opening all over the country, the Zero Waste shops, this movement has gained momentum in the last few years, immediately we felt that we needed something like this in Chard and that is how Chard Eco Deli was born. 

With your support we will be able to get a shop and set it up with the appropriate equipment like dispensers, scales, jars, shelves and two grind your own nut butter machines.

 We want to fill our store with products like nuts, flours, pasta, dried fruits, oils, spices, snacks,pulses and cereals (to name a few) we are also planning to have bulk cleaning and laundry products, sustainable bamboo toothbrushes intimate hygiene products( like moon cups )and Zero waste cruelty free beauty products. Stock fresh fruit and veg, free from plastic packaging from local suppliers and homemade cakes (baked by Marisa).

We are planning to add workshops for children and adults alike and in the summer make our own dairy free ice cream.Hopefully add a community larder to help reduce food waste and help people in poverty.

There are lots of things that we want to do in our shop to serve our thriving community and we need your help to do it.

After looking at loans we soon realised that it would be difficult for a working family with average wages, no assets and no home ownership to get a loan and build a sustainable business, we are turning to crowdfunding so we can turn this amazing shop from an idea into a reality. 

We believe this can really work and make a difference in our community and in the way people shop.

All we need now is your support, you as a consumer that believes in a better more eco friendly and sustainable way of shopping.

Thank you so much for supporting a shop that wont cost the earth.

Much love,

Marisa, Colin, William and Oliver.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Eco Hero

Have your name written and immortalised in our Chard's Eco Hero Wall of fame.

£10 or more

Eco Superhero

Your name will be on our wall of Eco Heroes and you will get 10% discount on your first shopping with us. Available for fill your own food items only. Excludes cleaning, beauty and health products

£10 or more

£10 Voucher

£10 voucher to spend in store. To be collected in store.

£20 or more

Eco Superhero plus

Name immortalised in our Eco Hero wall, 2 lovely glass jars with lids filled with the goodies of your choice,10% discount on your first shopping, available only for fill your own foods, offer excludes cleaning, health and beauty products.

£20 or more

£20 Voucher

£20 spending voucher. To be collect in store.

£50 or more

Super Hamper

Your name will be on our wall of Eco Heroes and you will get 10% discount on your first shopping with us. Starter hamper with a selection of goodies from our store.

£150 or more

1 year Eco member

Your name will be on our wall of Eco Heroes and you will get 10% discount for a WHOLE YEAR from the day we open shop. Hamper with a selection of goodies from our store.

£500 or more

Lifetime Superhero

Your name will be on our wall of Eco Heroes and you will get lifetime 10% discount. A hamper with a selection of goodies from our shop to start you off on your Zero waste journey with us.

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