Ecomart - Zero Waste Shop - West End of Glasgow

by Helen McGeorge in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th March 2020 we successfully raised £10,108 with 146 supporters in 48 days

Raising money to open up a zero waste food refill shop in the West End of Glasgow.

by Helen McGeorge in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us so far and helped us to reach our £10,000 target. However, the extra money will help us make the shop even better. The extra £2000 will help us to pay for the crowdfunding fees as well as give us more finance to help kit out the shop including shelving, more dispensers and more initial stock for when we open!


Welcome

Hi everyone, my name’s Helen. In the past few years I have become increasingly aware of the problems facing our planet and all that call it home. Therefore, I’m really excited to be starting up Ecomart, a business selling zero waste products to help people live a more sustainable lifestyle.                                                  

I believe that it is very important that we all change the way we live and treat our planet to help preserve it for future generations. I want to be able to do something that will help make a transition to a more sustainable lifestyle as easy as possible for everyone.

I officially set up Ecomart in August 2019 and since then have had a couple of stalls and have been working to set up a zero waste shop in the West End of Glasgow. To be able to achieve this I have decided to crowdfund to help fund the new shop. 

What a zero waste shop is

Shopping at a zero waste shop is a great way to help you cut down on the amount of rubbish that you throw out. At Ecomart you will be able to bring one of your own containers to fill up on loose products. Firstly, you weigh and label your empty container. You then fill up on your chosen product before re-weighing your container and getting another label with the cost for the weight of the product that you have got - don't worry, there will be plenty of help on hand to explain everything and it's easy enough to pick up.

              Thank you to the Lavemill Larder in Troon for the photos.


What the problem is

At the moment we are at a critical point in our history, where we must change the way we treat our planet if we want it to survive. Temperatures are continuing to rise with most of the earth’s warming happening in the past 35 years. Ice sheets are melting at an increasing rate with the rate of Antarctica's ice loss tripling in the last ten years. We need to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C from pre-industrial levels and we’re already 1°C warmer, so, if the pace continues, we’ll reach 1.5°C by 2040.

The world consumes 100.6bn tonnes of materials every year. In the last two years alone, consumption has jumped by more than 8%. However the percentage of resources reused has dropped from 9.1% to 8.6%. This means that also the amount of waste human’s throw away every year is increasing. Homes in the UK throw out around 400kg of waste every year.

This huge amount of waste has increased the amount of waste that has been getting into our waterways and by 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the sea. Plastic waste even effects humans as we consume over 50,000 particles of microplastic every year and also breath in over 50,000 particles every year too. 

On top of this, we are destroying many animal's habitats with 1 million species at risk of extinction. 

Why zero waste shops can help our planet

There are now over 270 zero waste shops in the UK and I want to add to this growing number to give 100s more people in Glasgow the opportunity to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Shopping at a zero waste shop can help to make a difference to our planet. It fits into the idea of a circular economy, rather than linear or recyclable meaning that everything is either recycled, repurposed, reused or repaired. It is my hope that eventually everyone will have access to these type of shops and it will become the norm for everyone to shop like this. Everyone starting off small can add up to a big change. 

The average household buys around 104kg of plastic packaging in their weekly shop every year. This amounts to 624kg of CO2 so when shopping, buying products without packaging can make a big difference. 

You can work out how much packaging you buy using this link https://www.ovoenergy.com/plastic-footprint:

Therefore, shopping at Ecomart can help you to:

The shop is for everyone and there will always be plenty of help on hand. There will also be lots of sessions to show people how everything works so no matter who you are, everyone will be welcome. The prices in the shop will also be as competitive as possible. 


What the funding is needed for

To open up Ecomart there are a lot of different things that I need funding  for, including:

My initial target is for £10,000. This is because I am eligible for the RBS Back Her Business, meaning that they will give half of the amount I am trying to fundraise up to £5000 as long as I raise all of my initial target. This also means that it is an ALL OR NOTHING campaign.

However, to open up Ecomart and provide a good range of products, as well as a specialised scale and till to make shopping at Ecomart as smooth as possible I really need to raise my stretch target too, which is £20,000. This will really help to make Ecomart as best as it can be. So please continue to donate and support the crowdfunder even once I've passed my initial target. 


Products that will be stocked

Ecomart will stock a range of different products and I hope to increase the range of products as the number of customers grow. To begin with we will stock food including:

  • White rice
  • Brown rice
  • White penne pasta
  • Whole wheat penne pasta
  • Spaghetti
  • Chickpeas
  • Green lentils
  • Red kidney beans
  • Raisins 
  • Sultanas

Ecomart will also have various herbs and spices  as well as fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables. 

I'll also be selling washing up liquid, fabric conditioner, laundry liquid and have products to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle including bamboo toothbrushes, soap bars, shampoo bars, metal straws and cleaners, washing-pads and many other things. 


How you can help 

There are many ways you can help Ecomart become a reality. 

Every little bit will help, whether that's a small donation, sharing the crowdfunder or getting in contact!

Contact Us

You can contact us in the following ways and also like our social media to stay up-to-date with everything. 

  • info@ecomart.uk
  • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ecomartuk
  • Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ecomartuk/
  • Twitter – https://twitter.com/ecomartuk 

   Thanks for reading this and for your support!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

2 of 40 claimed

£50 Reward

An Ecomart branded tote bag and a handmade bag for straws with a metal straw and cleaner. You will also get your name on our sponsor thank you board. You will be able to collect your reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A metal straw. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£7 or more

£7 Reward

A metal straw and cleaner. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£7 or more

£7 Reward

A bamboo toothbrush. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£8 or more

£8 Reward

LoofCo washing pad. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£8 or more

£8 Reward

A soap bar. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A shampoo bar. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Come and visit us in the shop once we're open and we'll say a personal thank you to you!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A tin of toothtabs. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A bag to keep your straws and cutlery in. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£12 or more

£12 - plantable thank you card

A plantable thank you card which you can pick up from the shop once we're open! If you would like us to write a different message (e.g. if you want to make a pledge in someone else's name) then please let us know and we'll be happy to amend our thank you note.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A bamboo toothbrush and tooth tabs. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A bag for your straws and cutlery, a metal straw and cleaner. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A huge thank you for your support towards Ecomart. Your name will go on our sponsor thank you board!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

You will receive an Ecomart branded tote bag as well as your name on our thank you sponsor board! You will be able to collect the bag from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

5% voucher off your first shop.

£40 or more

2 of 40 claimed

£40 Reward

An Ecomart branded tote bag and a metal straw. You will also get your name on our sponsor thank you board. You will be able to collect your reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£50 or more

3 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward A - Businesses

An Ecomart branded tote bag, a thank you mention on our social media pages, your business name on our sponsor thank you board and 1 months free advertising in the shop. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward - University Society

Opportunity to host a free stall in our shop, 6 months free advertising space on our board and your society name on our thank you sponsor board. As a very recent graduate I'm very keen to collaborate with clubs and societies so even if you're unable to donate £50 or £100 please get in touch if you're interested in some form of collaboration.

£60 or more

1 of 15 claimed

£60 Reward

A mini zero waste kit including an Ecomart branded tote bag, a bag for straws, metal straw and cleaner, a bamboo toothbrush and a LoofCo washing-up pad. You will also get your name on our sponsor thank you board. You will be able to collect your reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£80 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£80 Reward

This will allow you to sponsor one of our dispensers meaning that your name will go onto the dispenser. You will also get your name on our sponsor thank you board. If you would like a different name from the one you use when you donate please message us to let us know what you would prefer.

£100 or more

2 of 15 claimed

£100 Reward

Our larger zero waste starter kit including an Ecomart branded tote bag, bag for straws, metal straw and cleaner, a bamboo toothbrush, tooth tabs, a LoofCo washing-up pad and a shampoo bar. You will also get your name on our sponsor thank you board. You will be able to collect your reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£100 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£100 Reward - University Society

A reward for university societies. A zero waste starter kit, ideal as a raffle prize, opportunity to host a free stall in our shop, a years free advertising space on our board and your society name on our thank you sponsor board. As a very recent graduate I'm very keen to collaborate with clubs and societies so even if you're unable to donate £50 or £100 please get in touch if you're interested in some form of collaboration.

£100 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£100 Reward - Businesses

A mini zero waste starter kit, including an tote bag, bag for straws, metal straw and cleaner and a bamboo toothbrush. Also a thank you mention on our social media pages, your business name on our sponsor thank you board and 2 months free advertising in the shop. You will be able to collect the reward from the shop from the first day of opening although we can post if needed. Please give us a message if you do require postage.

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£200 Reward

A kit including a branded tote bag, bag for straws, straw and cleaner, bamboo toothbrush, tooth tabs, washing-up pad and shampoo bar. You will also get your name on one of our dispensers and on our sponsor thank you board. If you would like a different name from the one you use when you donate please message us and you will be able to collect your reward from the shop from the day of opening. Please give us a message if you require postage.

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward - Businesses

You will receive a thank you mention on our social media pages and your business name on our sponsor thank you board. You will also get three months free advertising inside the shop.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward - Businesses

You will receive a thank you mention on our social media pages and your business name on our sponsor thank you board. You will also get 5 months free advertising inside the shop.

£500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

Our larger kit including a tote bag, straw, bamboo toothbrush, and shampoo bar. You will also get your name on one of our dispensers and on our thank you board, as well as 10% off your first shop and we will be forever grateful! If you would like a different name from the one you use when you donate please message us and you will be able to collect your reward from the shop from the day of opening. Please give us a message if you require postage.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£1000 Reward - Businesses

You will receive a thank you mention on our social media pages and your business name on our sponsor thank you board. You will also get a years free advertising inside the shop.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£1000 Reward

Our larger kit including a tote bag, straw, bamboo toothbrush, and shampoo bar. You will also get your name on one of our dispensers and on our thank you board, as well as 20% off your first shop! If you would like a different name from the one you use when you donate please message us and you will be able to collect your reward from the shop from the day of opening. Please give us a message if you require postage.

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