We’re creating a refill station on wheels that will visit different community hubs around Plymouth and Devon providing you with a place to shop plastic-free where you may not already have access to a Zero-Waste store.
By having our shop on wheels, we can target communities around Plymouth and parts of South Devon that don’t currently have access to a Zero-Waste store. But we need your help to get started!
- Encourage Plastic Free Shopping
- Strengthen Community Bonds
- Reach Those in Isolation, Less Abled or Elderly
- Engage Children Educationally
- Encourage Healthy Eating
- Help Meet Devon’s Recycling Targets of 65% by 2035
Did you know that 100% of baby sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs? By reducing our plastic, we reduce its impact on our planet and its inhabitants.
The van is a key component to achieving our mission. Creating Zero-Waste options that are accessible in places they weren’t before will allow us to reduce waste, save energy and provide for our community.
This one's for you to decide!
In our survey, we asked where you'd like the van to visit - as you can see from the map, there were a lot of suggestions.
At the moment, based on interest and support, you can expect to see us across Plymouth, including Plymstock, Elburton, Sherford, Plympton, Mutley Plain and Peverell as well as further afield in some of the bigger towns within South Devon for example Ivybridge, Dartington, Bovey Tracey and Tavistock.
We’re relying on you guys to let us know where you’d like us to go. The more support we get from a community, the more likely we are to visit.
Naomi Hammonds, the founder of Earthkind is the driving force for this campaign.
Through her travels, she has seen first hand what plastic pollution can do to the environment.
This really hit home.
As a Devonian, she wants to do whatever she can to protect her community and its beautiful surroundings - thus Refills on Wheels was born.
Crowdfunding allows us to reach our customers before we start, giving them the opportunity to have their say - enabling us to build exactly what the community needs.
It also allows us to tap into grant funding that wouldn’t otherwise be available.
The money we raise from this all-or-nothing campaign will be used to purchase the necessary items to get this project rolling!
- Securing the Van
- Carefully Selected Food Items
- Fitting out the Van with Zero-Waste Dispensers (gravity dispensers)
- Zero-Waste Essentials
- Your Favourite Items
We cannot complete this all-or-nothing campaign without your support. That’s why we’re offering some incredible rewards!
For the Devon-based donors - you can choose to join the Earthkind Club, a Green School visit or enjoy a unique Earthkind: Refills on Wheels experience at your home.
If you’re not in Devon, but still want to support us on our journey then you can select the Three Trees Planted option to have 3 trees planted in your name, The Three Trees & a Tee, or our Loud & Proud option where your name will be seen at the door every time someone enters.
Are you a part of an Eco-Friendly business?
We’re offering Sponsorship/Pledge Benefits for Businesses!
Why is this good for you?:
- You’ll receive advertising for A WHOLE YEAR to thousands of people at stops and while we drive around doing our thing.
- We’re in touch with your ideal customers - sustainable shoppers in carefully selected areas.
- This is an opportunity to sponsor and support another eco-friendly business.
Q: Would you be competing with other Zero-Waste shops in the area?
A: No. Our focus is reaching communities that do not already have Zero-Waste stores available to them.
Q: Will you have Gluten-Free options?
A: Yes, we will do everything we can to accommodate our guests - including some GF options.
Q: Will all of your items be environmentally friendly?
A: Yes! Everything we offer will be carefully selected.
Q: Why a van and not a shop?
A: So we can bring the shop to the less accessible areas and cover more space. The van will be running with the planet in mind, with a minimal carbon footprint.
Q: How will you reduce your own carbon footprint?
A: Our routes will be carefully planned out to ensure minimal miles are driven each day. We will also offset our carbon emissions through services such as toilet twinning and planting trees. Our goal is to become climate positive!
Thanks for reading this far! If you want to follow our journey or have any questions, get in touch with us:
Email: [email protected]