Portsmouth's First Plastic-free Community Shop

by Delphine Laveyne in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 13th August 2019 we successfully raised £43,765 with 905 supporters in 56 days

Establishing a not-for-profit plastic-free shop in Portsmouth that will provide a guilt-free, inclusive and accessible shopping experience.

by Delphine Laveyne in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

FAQ

Firstly, we would like to thank all of our supporters for donating to our crowdfunding campaign. We have almost raised 50% of our target which is brilliant!

You may have seen that we've added new rewards for out of towners and tree huggers that will allow us to plant trees on your behalf. Feel free to share this to people you know might be interested in helping us and helping the planet: two good deeds for one :)

Thank you so much for your support!

Here is our FAQ:

Why are we raising £40,000?

We are aware that this looks like a lot of money to raise from the community (sure, it is). And as we've already mentioned, The Package Free Larder is a project run by volunteers with one goal in mind: making plastic-free shopping easy and affordable to everyone. Our aim is to run a not-for-profit social enterprise. And crowdfunding rather than taking a loan will enable us to keep our margins low and offer products at affordable prices.

As we actually need a bit more than £40,000, we'll also be applying to grants as soon as our crowdfunding campaign will be over (and successful).

Why ‘all or nothing’?

We have decided to go with a fixed limit campaign mainly because there is a 3% charge from the crowdfunding host, compared to a 9% charge for open-ended campaigns.

‘All or nothing’ means that if we don't reach the goal then all of the money will be refunded to our supporters and that our crowdfunder will have failed...

What do we need the money for?

Premises (rent & deposit for 6 months, refurbishment…)                                   : £20,000

Point of sale system & Retail scale                                                                        : £  3,858

Food & non-food stock                                                                                          : £  7,000

Legal stuff (insurance, licensing, food safety training, solicitor fees…)             : £  3,500

Specialist dispensers                                                                                              : £10,200

Total                                                                                                                         : £44,558

As you can see, our start-up costs would require us to raise more than £40,000. We are also looking at other type of funding / grants to get the other £5,000 we need to cover all of our start-up costs.

Crowdfunder fees:

Although the amount we are trying to raise seems like a lot, please don't forget that we will have to pay VAT on any pledges that are made and the cost of the rewards themselves (+ postage).

By the end of the crowdfunding campaign, we will also have to pay for:

Crowdfunder fees (3% + VAT)                                                                 : £1,440

Transaction fees (1,67% + 25p + VAT on each pledge)                        : £1,040                                                                                                                                                                                                   (for 800x £50 pledges)

Estimated total fees                                                                                : £2,480       

Example for a £50 donation:

[Crowdfunder fees] £180 + [Transaction fees] £1.30 = £3.10

What we’ll receive = £46.90

Where will we be located?

We are aiming to open the shop in the Southsea area. We are visiting premises at the moment and we hope to be able to find a suitable one by September. We are looking for premises spacious enough to have a small workshop area alongside the shop, affordable and easily accessible (car, bus, bicycle, walking...) with ideally a nearby car park.

Feel free to contact us if you think you can help us with that :)


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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£200 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Macaroon Making Class + Membership +Shopping Kit

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags, 2x 1L glass jars), 4x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year and our eternal gratitude. And a macaroon making class with The Great British Bake Off contestant Enwezor Nzegwu.

£8 or more

High Five!

A personalised thank you message by email and our eternal gratitude!

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Freehand illustration & PFL Membership

The Package Free Larder membership valid for a year entitling you to 10% discount every time you shop & priority booking for our events, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude and one (1) unframed freehand illustration (A4) by a local artist (one randomly selected from elephant, turtle and skull, see 'Updates' section for a visual).

£40 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Yoga class & PFL Membership

The Package Free Larder membership valid for a year entitling you to 10% discount every time you shop & priority booking for our events, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude and one (1) free Yoga class with Portsmouth Yoga Collective.

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Illustration fom Georgia Camden + PFL Membership

The Package Free Larder membership valid for a year entitling you to 10% discount every time you shop & priority booking for our events, a handwritten 'Thank you' note and our eternal gratitude. And a choice of print from Georgia Camden.

£40 or more

Out of Towner / Tree Hugger #1

A handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude and one (1) tree planted on your behalf.

£40 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Handmade Jewellery & PFL Membership

Yoga class & PFL Membership The Package Free Larder membership valid for a year entitling you to 10% discount every time you shop & priority booking for our events, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude and a handmade jewellery from ErinExclusive Creations

£40 or more

7 of 7 claimed

Love Southsea Merch + PFL Membership

The Package Free Larder membership valid for a year entitling you to 10% discount every time you shop & priority booking for our events, a handwritten 'Thank you' note and our eternal gratitude.

£40 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Fresh Bread & PFL Membership

The Package Free Larder membership valid for a year entitling you to 10% discount every time you shop & priority booking for our events, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude and one (1) loaf of fresh bread per week for a month.

£40 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Flowers & PFL Membership

The Package Free Larder membership valid for a year entitling you to 10% discount every time you shop & priority booking for our events, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude, one (1) £10 gift voucher valid on plants and flowers at a local florist and one (1) bee cushion.

£40 or more

PFL Membership

The Package Free Larder membership valid for a year entitling you to 10% discount every time you shop & priority booking for our events, a handwritten 'Thank you' note and our eternal gratitude.

£50 or more

Business Supporter #1

A public thank you on any media we feature, your company logo on our backers wall and our eternal gratitude.

£60 or more

Out of Towner / Tree Hugger #2

A handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude, one (1) tree planted on your behalf and one (1) 'Make you own Beewax Wrap' Kit (medium size).

£60 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Custom Portrait Print, ZW Shopping Kit, Membership

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag), 1x 10% discount token for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year, our eternal gratitude and a custom commissioned portrait print by Alice Tucker Illustration.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Octopus & ZW Shopping Kit #1 (+Membership)

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag), 1x 10% discount token for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year, our eternal gratitude and one (1) Octopus print framed signed What's the point.Creation.

£60 or more

ZW Shopping Kit #1 (Plus Membership)

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag), 1x 10% discount token for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year and our eternal gratitude.

£95 or more

1 of 1 claimed

ZW Shopping Kit #2 + Membership + TWO Gift Voucher

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags), 2x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year and our eternal gratitude. And a gift voucher from TWO Colouring & Hair Design, Southsea for a hair cut.

£95 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Massage & ZW Shopping Kit #2 (+Membership)

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags), 2x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year, our eternal gratitude, one (1) £30 'Portsmouth Massage' voucher and one (1) £10 'Thistle & Ivy' voucher valid on plants and flowers.

£95 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Deluxe Care Products, ZW Shopping Kit, Membership

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags), 2x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year, our eternal gratitude and four (4) Deluxe Care products worth £58.50 (check the 'Updates' section for more details).

£95 or more

Out of Towner / Tree Hugger #3

A handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude, one (1) tree planted on your behalf, one (1) 'Make you own Beewax Wrap' Kit (medium size) and one (1) 'I made it happen' tote bag.

£95 or more

ZW Shopping Kit #2 (Plus Membership)

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags), 2x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year and our eternal gratitude.

£140 or more

Out of Towner / Tree Hugger #4

A handwritten 'Thank you' note, our eternal gratitude, five (5) trees planted on your behalf, one (1) 'Make you own Beewax Wrap' Kit (small and medium size) and one (1) 'I made it happen' tote bag.

£140 or more

ZW Shopping Kit #3 (Plus Membership)

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags, 2x 1L glass jars), 4x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) PFL membership valid for a year and our eternal gratitude.

£250 or more

School Supporter

We will visit your school to talk about sustainable living and social entrepreneurship. And we will add your school's name / logo on our backers wall.

£350 or more

PFL Superstar

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags, 2 x 1L glass jars, 1 beeswax wrap), 6x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, two (2) PFL memberships valid for a year and our eternal gratitude.

£500 or more

Business supporter #2

A public thank you on any media we feature, your company logo on our backers wall and website, rights to use of our logo and our eternal gratitude.

£600 or more

Lifetime PFL Superstar

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags, 2 x 1L glass jars, 1 beeswax wrap), 6x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, one (1) Lifetime Membership and our eternal gratitude.

£1,000 or more

PFL Ultimate Eco Warrior

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags, 2 x 1L glass jars, 1 beeswax wrap), 6x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, four (4) PFL memberships valid for a year and our eternal gratitude.

£2,000 or more

Founding sponsor - Business

A VIP tour of the premises before we open + photo op., a public thank you on any media we feature, your company logo on our backers wall and website, rights to use of our logo and our eternal gratitude

£2,000 or more

Founding sponsor - Individuals

A ZW Shopping Kit (Canvas bag, set of produce bags, 2 x 1L glass jars, 1 beeswax wrap), 12x 10% discount tokens for anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note, a VIP tour of the premises before we open, two (2) PFL Lifetime Memberships and our eternal gratitude.


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