Jar, a Zero Waste Shop for Plymouth

by Helen in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

£4,694

raised of £20,192 target
155
supporters
23% 13 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £20,192 is pledged by June 9th 2019 at 9:00pm

If we reach our funding goal we will open Jar: an amazing zero waste shop for Plymouth!

by Helen in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Logo that reads 'Zero Waste Shopping Plymouth'






Hello!

We are a family from Plymouth hoping to bring zero waste shopping to our beautiful city through a new shop: Jar.

Shopping in a zero waste shop means bringing your own reusable containers to fill with just as much as you'd like of each food, and paying for your food by weight. Reducing packaging and food waste both have a positive impact on the environment. 

We ran a survey earlier this year to make sure we were on the right track and were overwhelmed by the positive responses from so many of you who want to be able to shop waste-free in Plymouth.

... we've heard from so many people who can't wait to shop like this in Plymouth!

How can you help?


Photo: Gravity dispensers and self-weigh scales at Another Weigh zero waste shop @AnotherWeighPenrith

Fun Stuff We now need your help to buy the zero waste equipment (as pictured) that will make the shop amazing and give you a great experience when shopping with us. In response to your feedback we hope to buy specialist first in first out gravity dispensers and self-weigh scales that will improve the speed and ease with which you can use the shop.

Boring Stuff We'll pay for this, because it's boring! This includes building and business set-up costs, loads of stock to get Jar up and running, and subsidising the first years rent to make sure we have plenty of time to grow the shop to a point at which it is sustainable.

How will the funds be used? All money raised through crowd funding, approximately 50% of our total budget, will be used to fit out the shop.

Image: Chart showing how our funds will be spent, we will contribute 50% for all the boring stuff, 26% of funds raised will pay for the specialist dispensers, 18% for scales and a till system, and 6% for other shop fittings and hardware.


Image: Chart showing how our funds will be spent, we will contribute 50% for all the boring stuff, 26% of funds raised will pay for the specialist dispensers, 18% for scales and a till system, and 6% for other shop fittings and hardware.

Membership

Anyone will be welcome to shop with us, but members will pay a discounted price on dry foods as a thanks for being a regular. Members can also sign up for discounted events, and we would love to stay in touch with you  to help us decide how to grow the shop. You can become a member at a discounted price by joining us now and supporting our Crowdfunder, so why not join us right from the start?

Image: Table of membership prices. Membership gives 10% discount on dry foods, normal price is £30, discounted Crowdfunder price £25. Students & Over 65s pay £20 normally, discounted to £15 for the Crowdfunder.                                                                                                                                        

What will we sell? 

We will stock a wide selection of sustainable products, focussing on things that can't be purchased plastic or waste free in other local shops. This will include store cupboard foods, fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, self care and cleaning refills as well as zero waste home and lifestyle products. 

                                           Jar logo - a line drawing of a mason jar with Refil Refuel Repeat written over a leaf and the word jar incorporated into the bottom line of the jar

Shopping at Jar will help you to reduce your environmental footprint while also supporting local producers and makers, as locally produced is about as sustainable as you can get in terms of food/product miles. We also want to give back to the community by supporting local environmental causes - we will donate at least 10% of our profits to local environmental charities on an ongoing basis.

We believe that access to zero waste shopping in Plymouth will directly help reduce the amount of waste sent for disposal in our city, and reduce the amount that ends up in our streets and on our beaches.

Picture of the sky with 'Help the environment' text

Picture of the sky and fields in the distance with 'Support local businesses'' text

Picture of the sea with 'Good for our community' text

Picture of the sea with 'Reduce waste in Plymouth' text

We will prioritise locally grown produce and locally made products where we can, to support other small businesses. We will also work hard to ensure that our products are sustainable in their production, transport and packaging, and that they come from ethical and cruelty free producers. We will always strive to choose the lowest waste, most ethical products, and make them as affordable as possible to our community. We will provide details of the origins of everything we sell. 

In addition we hope to run workshops about zero waste living, cooking with whole foods, using produce available in our shop, sharing ideas and recipes. 

Photo: Jars and produce bags

Photo: Jars and produce bags

Our zero waste journey so far

We spend a lot of time at the beach, often filling a bucket with litter, and have always been environmentally conscious, but two years ago we discovered the concept of zero waste. The aim of moving towards a zero waste life is to break away from the linear economy (where items are purchased, used, and thrown away) in favour of a more circular economy, where items are bought to last, reused and repurposed. 

It is estimated that each household in the UK produces a tonne of waste each year. All of this waste has to be either sent to landfill, incinerated or recycled. Each of these has an environmental cost, and whenever we are able to reduce or reuse what we buy we make less waste, and reduce the impact on our local and global environment.

We love Earth Food Love, the UK’s first zero waste shop in Totnes, and have long wished a similar shop would open in Plymouth. Last year we decided we could be the ones to do it! We got in touch with the growing, and very supportive, community of people opening zero waste shops up and down the UK to learn from their experiences, and Jar was formed.

Much single use packaging, especially plastic, can't be recycled, and where it can be, recycling also carries an environmental cost. In a zero waste shop you can buy products in your own reusable containers so you only take home the food, and nothing else to throw away. This is beneficial to the environment if the zero waste shop can purchase the products either in non-plastic packaging, or in bulk such that packaging is reduced, or best of all in returnable packaging that is reused by the distributor or manufacturer. More and more manufacturers are coming on board with circular supply of goods, where containers can be returned and reused. This saves both the environmental cost of producing the packaging and the cost in throwing it away or recycling it.

We are really enjoying our journey to reduce waste; by making one small change at a time, it feels achievable. We look forward to sharing tips and ideas for reducing waste and would love to bring together the local community to help each other make better choices.

Thanks for reading! Please follow our journey and feel free to contact us using...

Facebook @jarplymouth

Instagram @jarplymouth

Email info@jarplymouth.co.uk

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Jar Membership!

Jar membership valid for one year from our opening day, at a reduced price (normal price £30). Entitles you to 10% discount on any dry foods every time you shop. We will add your name to our Crowdfunder artwork that will take pride of place in the shop for everyone to see!

£10 or more

Double High Five!

A huge thank you for helping open a zero waste shop in Plymouth, 10% off dry foods on your first shop, and your name added to our Crowdfunder artwork that will take pride of place in the shop for everyone to see!

£15 or more

Pilgrims Reward!

Out of towner but still want to support us? We will send you a Jar recycled cotton tote bag via first class post, to enjoy some sustainable shopping closer to home! If you're ever in Plymouth pop in to see us for a small surprise gift and find your name on our Crowdfunder artwork, that will take pride of place in the shop.

£15 or more

Jar Membership! (Students and Over 65s)

Jar membership valid for one year from our opening day, at a reduced price (normal price £20). Entitles you to 10% discount on any dry foods every time you shop. Simply bring along proof of entitlement the first time you come. We will add your name to our Crowdfunder artwork that will take pride of place in the shop for everyone to see!

£18 or more

Bottle for Life Reward!

A Jar branded bottle for life, insulated to keep cold water cold for up to 24 hours (and hot for 12). Doubled-walled, stainless steel Jedz bottles are leak free, condensation free, and BPA free. What's more for every bottle sold Jedz donate £1 to safe water initiatives! For a photo of the bottle colours, please check the Crowdfunder updates. To be collected from the shop from the first day of opening.

£50 or more

15 of 25 claimed

Jar Reward! (Plus Membership)

A set of 3 large Le Parfait Super Preserve jars (3l, 2l and 1.5l, current online total price £35.35), plus Jar membership for one year from our opening day, giving you 10% off dry foods in the store every time you shop. Everything can be collected from the shop on our first day of opening. We will add your name to our Crowdfunder artwork that will take pride of place in the shop for everyone to see!

£60 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Green Schools Reward!

Are you a school that wants to support local green initiatives? Sponsor one of our food dispensers by raising £60 and we'll attach a plaque with the name of your school, and invite you in to visit us when we're open to talk about reducing waste and the positive impact on the environment. We will add your name to our Crowdfunder artwork that will take pride of place in the shop for everyone to see!

£100 or more

1 of 30 claimed

Business Reward!

Are you a like-minded company who would like to support our green venture? In exchange for your donation we will add your name to our wall of thanks for at least a month, mention you on our Facebook page and you will have our eternal gratitude for helping us get up and running. We will add your name to our Crowdfunder artwork that will take pride of place in the shop for everyone to see!

£200 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Jar Hero Reward!

A zero waste luxury gift pack including a set of 3 Le Parfait Super Preserve jars (3l, 2l and 1.5l, current RRP £35.35), a cotton produce bag set, a lunch tin, travel cutlery, a reusable cup and a drinking bottle, a mention on our wall of thanks and a 5 year membership giving 10% discount off dried foods in our store. Everything can be collected from the shop from our first day of opening, and we will add your name to our Crowdfunder artwork!

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Lifetime Jar Hero Reward!

A zero waste luxury gift pack including a set of 3 Le Parfait Super Preserve jars (3l, 2l and 1.5l, current RRP £35.35), a cotton produce bag set, a lunch tin, travel cutlery, a reusable cup and a drinking bottle, a mention on our wall of thanks and a 25 year membership giving 10% discount off dried foods in our store. Everything can be collected from the shop from our first day of opening. We will also add your name to our Crowdfunder artwork!


Let's make 'Jar, a Zero Waste Shop for Plymouth' happen

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