Leafy Seadragon Refill - ZeroWaste in E.Yorkshire!

by Leafy Seadragon Refill Co. Ltd in Hornsea, England, United Kingdom

£7,927

raised of £10,000 target
104
supporters
79% 13 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by November 6th 2019 at 8:01pm

Our mission is to make packaging free shopping a reality for East Yorkshire, setting up a mobile refill van visiting markets and villages.

by Leafy Seadragon Refill Co. Ltd in Hornsea, England, United Kingdom


Leafy Seadragon Refill Co. Ltd

We are opening the first zero waste mobile refill shop serving the East Riding of Yorkshire! Customers will be able to refill their own containers to stock up on dried foods, household cleaning products and toiletries.  We will be both affordable and convenient by bringing packaging free shopping to your local town or village.

Why?

The growth of single use plastics is threatening our planet.  Our beaches and landscapes are littered, our waste streams and landfills are clogged, our marine life is being injured and poisoned and human hormones are being disrupted.

Our community and our children are spending their spare time litter picking, but are we too busy mopping up the floor, to turn off the tap

Alan Cookson, an environmentalist from Wales who dedicated himself to cleaning beaches is hanging up his litter picker because of a "losing battle".  He says "It breaks my heart to stop, but I have three children who have missed too many [weekends] with their dad because he was fighting something he thought we could beat."

So, what about recycling?

Government figures show that a total of 171,529 tonnes of waste was collected from residents in East Yorkshire between April 2016 and March 2017.  This equates to around 110,000 tonnes being recycled and 60,000 tonnes going to landfill.  

Just because we throw it away, doesn't mean it goes away.

Small ripples make big waves

Our local community is working hard to help fight the battle against waste. Plastic Free Hornsea keep the local coastline, and town, clean with the beach hut providing buckets and litter pickers to volunteers. Surfers Against Sewage have also recently awarded many local businesses 'Plastic Free Approved Status'. Hornsea even featured in The Guardian as part of their article 'Plastic-free coast: 10 seaside communities to visit in the British Isles'.

People in our region are passionate enough about the environment to be the best recyclers, but what if we stop mopping up and turn off the tap instead.  Can you imagine if we all came together to cut out single use plastics from our shopping?   "East Riding residents produce the least amount of waste in the country!" is a much more satisfying headline. 

We had an amazing response to our recent survey, which showed 97% wanted to shop plastic free.  We realise that, not only do we personally want to shop plastic free, a lot of local people want to be able to do the same.  We are firm believers that many people making a small change will have a huge impact.   

What can we do?

Shop smarter!

We have found there is little or no opportunity to shop plastic free for our store cupboard items, cleaning products and toiletries in our area. The nearest refill shop to us is The Bishy Weigh in York (1 hr away). 

Rather than waiting to see if anyone else would do it, we took advice from Earth.Food.Love in Totnes - "If not me, who? If not now, when?"

How can we do it?

As refill shops in East Yorkshire are so few and far between, we were unsure of where to open a shop.  Rachel then had the brainwave one sunny afternoon on the beach - 'a van!'. This was when we discovered The Green Weigh in Bridport. Their concept is brilliant, and by having a shop on wheels we can serve all the towns and villages in East Yorkshire.


We will attend regular markets in Beverley, Cottingham, Driffield and Pocklington, as well as stopping at street trading locations throughout the region.  

We plan to stock a variety of products:

We are both very passionate about enabling our community to shop sustainably and believe being environmentally friendly should not cost you the earth. We have sourced local and ethical products where available and will bring them to you at an affordable price.   

Who are we?

We are cousins Rachel and Emily who live in Hornsea, East Yorkshire who share a passion for all things environmental.

Emily Alexander "I am a mum to two young children (aged 4 and 2), and currently work part time as an Environmental Project Engineer.  It is a job I have worked hard at for over 10 years, since completing my BSc degree in Environmental Science in 2007, but I feel it is now time to try and make more of a difference and give something back.  I am extremely excited about our refill shop, and am looking forward to working closely with the brilliant local community my children are growing up in. I also love to drink tea."

Rachel Beck "I live in Hornsea with my husband Stuart.  Our children both attended school in Hornsea, but have now flown the nest and are "living the dream". I currently work in the office at Hornsea Community Primary School and am encouraged by the children's awareness of environmental issues and their willingness to make a difference.  I started reducing the single use plastics in our home a few years ago and have recently dabbled in making my own cleaning products.  I'm really looking forward to stocking washing up liquid refills on our van, and might even date my bottle so I can see how many years my single use plastic bottle can last."

What is the money for?

The money raised from pledges will be spent on our specialised van and equipment;

  • Purchasing and fitting out our van;
  • Gravity dispensers, scoops, jars and cleaning equipment;
  • Till & tare scales; and
  • Initial order of stock - including dried food, loose tea, spices, and refills for toiletries and cleaning products

Money for nothing - no thank you!!

We have an array of wonderful rewards for your pledges, from becoming 'Friends' of Leafy Seadragon giving you mates rates, to super sponsorship packages for businesses. Check them out!

Spread the word!

Please share this with all of your friends and family, and even Kev next door, to make this an accessible way of shopping for the community in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Together we can make a difference!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Winner-Winner

Pledge £10 and get a £10 voucher to spend on refills on the van! You get your money back and reduce your waste! Win for you - win for the planet.

£1 or more

5 of 25 claimed

Pebbles in the Pond!

Your £1 donation could be worth a staggering £100! 25 people pledging just £1 will take us over the 100 backers mark which will trigger another £2,500 pledge from NatWest 'Back Her Business'. The 'Reward'? Knowing that you really did make a big difference! Collect your choice of a pat on the back, high five, fist pump, handshake or hug when we are up and running.

£5 or more

Small Ripples Make Big Waves!

That warm feeling you get when you see our van passing your way and knowing you were a part of it! Not only will you have our thanks, but the thanks of everyone who is able to shop plastic free. Come along and receive your pat on the back, high five, fist pump, handshake or hug (whatever your preference) when we are up and running.

£8 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Duffy's Lucky Escape Signed Book

A signed copy of the beautifully illustrated Wild Tribe Heroes children's book 'Duffy's Lucky Eascape!' To be collected from our refill van

£8 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Marli's Tangled Tale Signed Book

A signed copy of the beautifully illustrated Wild Tribe Heroes children's book 'Marli's Tangled Tale' To be collected from our refill van

£8 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Nelson's Dangerous Dive Signed Book

A signed copy of the beautifully illustrated Wild Tribe Heroes children's book 'Nelson's Dangerous Dive' To be collected from our refill van

£8 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Buddy's Rainforest Rescue

A signed copy of the beautifully illustrated Wild Tribe Heroes children's book 'Buddy's Rainforest Rescue!' To be collected from our refill van

£12 or more

5 of 15 claimed

Pack of 3 Cotton Drawstring Produce Bags

A pack of 3 small, medium and large drawstring cotton produce bags, perfect for carrying home your dried food refills, made from upcycled material and lovingly made by Emily. As featured in one of our recent Facebook/ Instagram posts!

£20 or more

Mates rates! (6 months)

Become a friend of Leafy Seadragon and get mates rates giving you 10% off refills! (Valid for 6 months)

£25 or more

£25 credit in our shop

£25 voucher to spend on refills in our shop!

£30 or more

Mates rates! (12 months)

Become a friend of Leafy Seadragon and get mates rates giving you 10% off refills! (Valid for 12 months)

£40 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Best buddies!

Become best buddies with Leafy Seadragon and get super mates rates giving you 20% off refills! (Valid for 6 months)

£75 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Star on a Jar!

Sponsor a jar and get your name and logo on one of our large jars in our refill van for all our customers to see!

£100 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Zero Gravity!

Sponsor a gravity dispenser and get your name and logo on a gravity dispenser in our refill van for all our customers to see!

£250 or more

1 of 2 claimed

LIMITED OFFER! Early Bird Business Buddies

For a limited time only, we are offering 2 businesses the opportunity to advertise on our van at half price! Your company name and logo will appear alongside ours on the side of the van and we will also give you a 1 year membership card giving 10% off refills

£500 or more

£500 Sponsorship package!

Your company name and logo on our van! We will also give you a 1 year membership card giving 10% off refills

£1,000 or more

£1000 Super sponsorship package!

Your company name and logo on our van! We will also link from our website to yours and give you 2 x 1 year membership cards giving you 10% off refills. Eternal thanks will be thrown in!!


Let's make 'Leafy Seadragon Refill - ZeroWaste in E.Yorkshire!' happen

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