Ekologi started life as a small riverside workshop in South Wales in 2011, building rustic furniture from old reclaimed pallets. The business made its mark selling rustic spice racks and started to focus on it’s most popular line, which was shelving.
Whilst we still provide rustic shelving and spice racks, we want our shop to be so much more.
After two years of hard work, in March 2020 we opened a retail store, offering wholefood refills and eco toiletries. We happened to stumble upon a niche in flour and other baking goods with the shortages in lock down and make quite an impact in the local area due to the large quantities and ranges of flour we had. Since opening, we have expanded further to sell a section of local produce, art work and crafts and are always looking to improve and expand upon our product ranges.
We're a small team of like minded individuals who want to help reach the Welsh Government's goal of achieving zero waste by 2050, by being at the forefront of innovative and progressive manufacturing and retail methods.
We need your help to make Ekologi a success now that restrictions are lifting, so we can welcome more of you to our shop and hopefully soon, our garden.
What we would like to achieve:
- Offer a wider range of wholefoods at cheaper prices to make healthy and plastic free refills available to our community no matter their economic status. In order to do this we need to seek larger orders from specific wholesalers who can help us with this goal.
- Refurbish our garden area into a community space for our customers to learn how to grow their own food and also enjoy a cup of our speciality teas.
- Hold free and paid-for workshops in store and in the garden on topics such as sustainability, crafts, herbs and tea. We'd also like to make the garden available to local yoga teachers to use for free.
- Turn our middle room into a makerspace for hot desks and for community use of our equipment such as the 3D printer -- at a low cost and discounted rate for students.
- Acquire new equipment for our makers room such as a laser cutter and CNC machine.
- Start specific training for staff to increase our knowledge on technical equipment, so we can offer better guidance and support to people using the equipment
- Focus on creating temporary volunteer work-experience programmes that will give people in the community that are struggling to find employment a better chance at finding work. With relevant experience in retail, food handling, art & design, crafts, woodwork, lab technician work, general building and more, we hope to share our diverse array of collective knowledge with the community. Participants will, in some cases, not only receive relevant experience but also mini qualifications or certificates that can be used to boost their C.V. when seeking employment.
- Hold quarterly exhibitions to continue to support and promote local Welsh artists
- Offer a free waste oil collection service in store
We hope that you can support us in our dream by pledging what you can, to help Ekologi flourish.
We believe in keeping it sustainable, and at the forefront of sustainable living is community. Ekologi isn't just a business model, but an idea. And we'd like to share that idea with everyone.