Society Zero CIC - Mobile Zero Waste Shop!

by Sophie Lejeune in Bishopbriggs, Scotland, United Kingdom

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To create Scotland's first mobile zero waste shop, to bring a zero waste shopping experience directly to you in the community

by Sophie Lejeune in Bishopbriggs, Scotland, United Kingdom

Food shopping with Society Zero CIC is nearly here!

We want to bring you Scotland's first mobile zero waste shop!

For the past year and ever since our first market stall, we have been gathering market research from you, speaking to you all about what you'd like, what you need and what would make living zero waste more accessible to you. The answers were aplenty and the biggest response was - I need a zero waste shop near me!

This is where our team got our eco-friendly thinking hats on and came up with a mobile zero waste shop, just like the fish vans that go around different areas, we thought, well we could do the same but with varied foods and household liquid refills. We want zero waste shopping to be as accessible as possible.

We wanted the mobile shop to be as eco friendly as we could of course, but electric vans on the market were not only extremely expensive meaning we would have to crowdfund more, but they were also tiny, limiting the range of food and products we could sell. Our team also contacted electric bus manufacturers but they never responded or they were still very much in the development stage which wasn't helpful (one day though!). The good news is though, with bringing our zero waste shop to you, there is a lower carbon footprint than everyone driving to a zero waste shop far from their area.

Then, a wonderful Scottish social enterprise based in Arran privately messaged us on Instagram after noticing our post about what our plans were and said their van was up for sale. It was already fitted out with shelving, a fridge and a freezer - too good to be true? Nope! Sophie, our founder, went to visit the van and it was perfect! The only changes needing made were to the top shelving to fit in gravity dispensers and scoop bins but this wouldn't cost as much as fitting out a whole van, phew!

What the money raised be used for?

We've now got our larger unit and base in Huntershill Village and we are now crowdfunding to bring you what you've all been asking and waiting for. The money will be used for:

  • For the van itself including it's MOT
  • Safe upper shelving refit to make way for gravity bins, scoop bins, household liquid bottles
  • Gravity dispensers, scoop bins, produce trays
  • Signage so you know who we are when we're parked up and you can find us
  • Generator for the fridge and freezer

What you will be able to buy from us plastic free at the mobile shop?

  • Pasta, rice, seeds, nuts, pulses, beans, herbs, spices, teas, fruit, veg and more.
  • Vinegars, oils
  • Shower wash, soaps, shampoos and conditioners
  • Refills of household cleaners, washing up liquid and laundry soap

We will bring our sewing bee produce bags along with us and have donated jars for you to refill with should you not have bags or containers with you on the day.

You'll also be able to pay by card too just like you do at our market stalls.

Where will the mobile shop go?

We have loyal customer bases across many council areas in central west Scotland and we aim to have our mobile shop visit all of these areas, with a set day per week, popping up at farmers markets and neighbourhoods which usually have to rely on one single shop. 

  • Glasgow city - specifically north and west Glasgow
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • Stirling

We'll also be bringing our mobile shop to Scapa Fest and some other events throughout the year too. On these days we have the mobile shop away, we'll aim to have a market stall pop up in its place.

Should we reach our stretch target we'll also be able to set up our online shopping system for you to order food to be delivered directly to your door should you miss us on the days we visit your local area.

Our Social Impact

If you haven't heard of who we are and what our mission is - we want to support not only the zero waste movement in and around Glasgow and across the central belt reducing our environmental impact, BUT ALSO, marginalised and disadvantaged communities with personalised support such as donations of reusables, along with the general public through events, workshops and employment opportunities paying the real living wage.

The vision is to have our mobile shop with two members of staff working as well as more staff completing the online orders for everyone. We want to also give our staff drivers licenses as this can be a huge barrier to work for some people and we want to break down these barriers. 

You can read more about our story, what we do and who we are on our website -

How do our customers feel about us?

 "Such an impactful company in so many ways. They help keep me on track with working towards zero waste. The information, the products but most importantly the INSPIRATION. Love the way Sophie encourages people to do the right thing and understands it is enough to do what you can - makes you more able to question your decisions without feeling guilty if you can't do it all. THANK YOU SO MUCH. This is the company to follow if you are serious about doing your bit" - Givie Lane on Google

"A fabulous organisation who I always find to be so encouraging and actively supportive of every small step we can take to benefit our environment. They are brill at putting on events and sharing information that helps you to move forwards, as well as giving access to, and more knowledge about, products that make a difference" - Kairos on Google

" A brilliant company with enthusiastic and passionate people selling all the good stuff. Lots of help and advice fr making the various changes to live a more sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle" - Jenny on Google


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more

Events/workshop ticket

You can use this reward for one event that is ticketed should the value be no more than £40. We will be hosting many more events and workshops across Glasgow and central west Scotland including but not limited to; film screenings, beeswax wrap making workshops, DIY cleaning and beauty products, upcycling workshops, zero waste community dinners etc. When booking the event, please email us with your pledge reward to let us know ahead of time.

£7 or more

0 of 150 claimed

Handwritten thank you note on wildflower seedpaper

We will thank you with a handwritten note on seedpaper that you can plant, helpful for pollinators

£7 or more

Bamboo Toothbrushes

Gift yourself 2 bamboo toothbrushes while you support our crowdfunder!

£15 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Make your own beeswax wrap kit

Receive a beeswax wrap kit including a block of beeswax, secondhand fabric, oil and instructions so you can make your very own beeswax wraps!

£30 or more

Totes amazing

We'll gift you with one of our tote bags as well as some produce bags from our sewing bee!

£30 or more

Gift voucher

Treat yourself or a friend to a gift voucher to spend at our mobile or online shop

£30 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Physics tutoring

Need some or know someone who could benefit from physics tutoring? It's coming up for exam time and our volunteer Lewis is available to help you or someone you know pass those exams

£30 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Sourdough workshop

Learn how to create and grow your starter and bake yourself some amazing, wholesome fermented bread with our volunteer Sophie. Spaces are very limited so grab this reward while it's still here! Group class expected to happen in Glasgow, in January.

£40 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Drumming lesson

Our volunteer Lewis, along with his skills in Physics is also a drummer! Fancy learning how to drum? Grab this reward while it's hot!

£50 or more

Discount voucher

Treat yourself to 30% discount on plastic free shopping via our mobile or online shop

£100 or more

Discount voucher

50% discount voucher to be used at our mobile shop or on our online shop

£150 or more

Zero Waste Hero

-Seed paper thank you note -Large certified fairtrade organic cotton shopper tote -Produce bags, -Bamboo Toothbrush -Safety Razor Kit OR Menstrual Cup OR Cloth Sanitary Pads (indicate preference via email) -Stainless Steel Straw with cleaning brush -Reusable Coffee Cup -Stainless Steel water bottle. Preferably collect from us at a market stall to reduce your carbon footprint or email us to arrange a collection

£200 or more

Let's reforest!

We will plant 100 trees in your name, in cooperation with the Forestry Commission and Eden Project.

£200 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Adult weekend ticket to Scapa Fest!

The amazing Scapa Fest has kindly donated two full weekend adult tickets to Scapa Fest | Sustainable living in action taking place on 1-3 May 2020 on the shores of Loch Fyne, where we'll also be bringing our mobile shop!

£200 or more

0 of 50 claimed

A bigger thank you and more!

Get your name on the inside of our mobile shop along with a handwritten note, and a thank you hamper from us

£250 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Com(munity) dine with us!

Join us for an outdoor community zero waste meal with us to celebrate our mobile shop! We will be using surplus food to create this meal and will host it out in a community garden or the forest. A truly special experience for all! Spaces are limited.

£400 or more

VIP Zero Waster

Receive a zero waste hero kit. A discount code valid up to 6 months, Publicly named thank you as a backer via our blog. Please collect reward in person to reduce your carbon footprint or contact us via email

£1,200 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Founding sponsor - Get your name on our van!

We'll advertise your business name everywhere we go with our mobile shop! You'll also get a year long discount code for your shopping with us

£1,500 or more

Corporate Founding Sponsor

We want to help you and your staff live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. If you sponsor us, get in touch of how best we can help your business be greener as we have various options to suit different companies

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