It’s been two years since Climate Cafe Pitlochry & District and Handam Refill Station CIC were formed, and what an amazing and exciting two years they have been! For both, our volunteers and community the journey has been challenging and inspiring, filled with lots of enthusiasm and hard work as we have all pulled together to create something truly special. We hope you think so too.
You may have attended one of our meetings or participated in our talks and presentations. Perhaps you came to our Zero Waste Festival in October 2019 to gain more understanding of what it is to be Eco-conscious in the current age or noticed the recycling and composting bins made available in Pitlochry during the New Year Street Party 2020. All these projects are part of our initiative, with lots more ideas for future projects already in place and growing. But we need your help.
And not forgetting our dedicated community Refill Station which now has a permanent and prominent shop location in Aberfeldy town square from which to serve our customers, providing plastic-free shopping in Aberfeldy and local home deliveries up to the Pitlochry area. A shop where you can bring your own containers (and if you forget, we’ll give you a nice recycled glass jar for free or an old fashioned brown paper bag!) and buy dry foods, herbs and spices, pasta, dry fruits, baking ingredients, delicious healthy snacks, eco-friendly cleaning products and much more, all by weight. No waste, no extra unnecessary cost, just what you need in the quantity that you need it, big or small. All to help you reduce waste, refuse single-use packaging, help the environment and save you money!
We would like to open an Eco Hub with a Refill Station in Pitlochry!!! Of course, we are dreaming even bigger than that, but one step at a time for now!
Our vision and mission are to reduce waste on a local level to help our planet on a global level, contributing to this change via a platform of learning and development. Simply put, the new Pitlochry based Eco Hub will be a place where you will collectively be able to find all the information that you need on how to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose whilst also being able to do your plastic-free grocery shopping in the same location.
It will also be the new home to the NeighbourFood Market in Pitlochry
We are planning on organising free workshops, meetings, presentations, holding more Zero Waste Festivals and lots of other projects! And of course, if you have any ideas, we would love for you to share them with us, please get in touch and let us know. But we can’t do this alone, and so we would like to ask for your support to make this dream come true.
A new location starting with an empty building requires a big investment upfront, for not only the premises rent but to furnish the interior and purchase all the equipment from shelves and flooring to weighing scales and glass jars (lots and lots of jars!), all needed to get us started. We have already secured part of the necessary finances and we now need your help with the rest of it.
The Eco Hub and Refill Station will be under the umbrella of our existing Community Interest Company (CIC) of which Handam Refill Station in Aberfeldy is already a part. This means that ALL the profits from its operation are reinvested back into the business or go to support other local projects and organisations so that all the money will stay local and help our Community!
The purpose of this Crowdfunder
Specifically to help with the following estimated costs:
- to create a small kitchen area (required by food and hygiene standards) which will include installation of plumbing and a dishwasher: £1500
- initial stock: £3000
- weighing scales, epos system, and small items such as jars, scoops, spoons and paper bags: £950
Of course, whenever and wherever possible we will try and source all these items second hand to both reduce costs and reuse/ recycle unwanted items from other places and people.
- Donate some pennies or pounds. Purchase one of our great rewards.
- Spread the word by sharing our crowdfunding, video, and liking and sharing our social media pages - see the links below.
- Get in touch if you have any ideas on how to help us achieve our goal - we would love to hear from you!
- Volunteer! Do you have a passion to try and help others move to a more sustainable lifestyle and have a few spare hours a week? Then you will be warmly welcomed and embraced as part of our team who are working hard to promote this.
If you can help in ANY way, however big or small, it will be hugely appreciated by our whole team... dedicated to serving you and our community.
Annual 10% off in our refill stations
low waste dishwashing kitchen set
Plastic-free set for your body