Ekologi: Sustainable living

by Lewis Reid in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Ekologi: Sustainable living
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There's no better time to shop locally and sustainably. That's why we're aiming to provide a community space for all things eco and creative

by Lewis Reid in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

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.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Pamper a plenty for twenty

Have a guilt free pamper with a bamboo toothbrush and case, Bamboo cotton swabs and a choice of a soap, shampoo or conditioner bar from Welsh Valley Soapery

£5 or more

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Keep us alive for five

Can you donate five pounds to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£10 or more

Keep it zen for ten

Chill out with a 100g bag of one of our speciality teas and 5 reusable cotton tea bags

£13 or more

Bakers dozen

Bake up a storm with - 1K Bread flour - 1K Self raising flour - 1K granulated sugar - 200g Cacao powder - 200g baking powder - 50g dried yeast - 6 eggs Pick up this reward in store only

£25 or more

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Pamper your plants

Macrame Plant hanger of your choice made by Rhi Christie Design

£30 or more

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Feeling dirty for thirty

Keep on cleaning with - Ecover toilet gel - Ecover washing up liquid - Ecover cream cleaner - 500ml refill of bio D washing up liquid - 500ml refill of bio D fabric conditioner - Reusable sponge X3 Pick up this reward in store only

£40 or more

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Feeling Naughty for forty

Get your jig on with: - Five Vegan, chemical free condoms - 50g horny goat weed powder - 50g Bee pollen - Three bee's wax candles - 100g Valerian tea to soothe the secret parts - One tiny pot of welsh lady jam ;')

£50 or more

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Are you nifty for fifty?

Place on an evening macrame workshop in store when lock down lifts; including materials, pot and plant. Refreshments and snacks provided! Pick up this reward in store only

£50 or more

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It's getting Spicy

Your name will be inscribed on our pledge wall and you'll receive one of Lewis's personalised spice racks!

£100 or more

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100% love and affection

Your name will be inscribed on our pledge wall and you'll get a personalised Rustic Wine Rack and Spice Rack made my the man himself, Lewis

£200 or more

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Spice up your life

Your name will be inscribed on our pledge wall and you'll receive two personalised spice racks made by Lewis. 20 full spice jars included

£500 or more

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Life time supporter

Your name will be inscribed on our pledge wall and you'll receive a life time discount card for 10% off in store! Access to 5 paid workshops free of charge!

£1,000 or more

Life time supporter level two

We'll inscribe your name on our pledge wall and you'll get a lifetime 10% discount card to use in store. Access to 10 paid workshops free of charge.

£1,500 or more

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Give a Chick a Home

One of our goals is to rehome abused battery hens. For a £1500 donation, you can guarantee this part of our project gets the go-ahead. And for your donation, we'll name the chicken run after your family name and enscribe it upon a plaque for all of the general public to see in our garden. What's more, you'll also get your name on our pledge wall in the shop and access to 10 workshops free of charge. A legacy at £1500, it doesn't get much better!

£2,500 or more

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A Wholesome Legacy

For a pledge of £2500 you can guarantee our first goal of making wholefoods available to all walks of life, a reality. Our plan is to seek larger quantities from new suppliers, which will see an improvement in both quality and price. We'll slash many of our prices - some as much as 50%. In order to do this, we'll need a large investment to make it a reality. For your help with this goal, we'll name our wholefods section after your family name.

£7,500 or more

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Secret Garden Legacy

Fund our community garden project to guarantee it gets the go-ahead and we'll name it after your family name. We'll have a crest designed and made by one of our makers and place it upon the iron gate we'll be fitting. The garden will be facing a lane at the rear of the shop and will be seen by many passers by, not to mention everyone that visits our garden.

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