The Organic Food Store's Zero Waste Project

by Angela Dyas in Romiley, England, United Kingdom

The Organic Food Store's Zero Waste Project
We did it
On 21st April 2019 we successfully raised £2,560 with 54 supporters in 56 days

My aim is to support the residents of Greater Manchester and East Cheshire in their quest to reduce their plastic and food waste.

by Angela Dyas in Romiley, England, United Kingdom

My Vision

I wish to adapt this already ethical business to help the public in their mission to reduce their plastic and food waste. This would be done by installing a range of zero waste dispensers (pictured above) in the shop. Customers would then be able to bring their own containers/bags to fill or even choose to have loose foods delivered.


ABOUT THE STORE

The Organic Food Store is an independent ethical shop based just outside of Stockport, Manchester. At present the store services local shopper's and provides a delivery service to the residents of Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and the High Peaks with offerings of loose organic fruit and vegetables alongside a vast range of other organic foods and environmentally friendly household products. www.theorganicfoodstore.co.uk

 

The introduction of a cleaning product and toiletry refill scheme (pictured below) has proved extremely popular along with loose soaps, bamboo toothbrushes and bulk buys as customers are doing their best to reduce their household waste. To expand this, the installation of the zero waste food dispensers and food bins will make it possible to offer package free goods such as: grains, pulses, cereals, nut/seeds, dried fruits, flours, and pasta etc. And allow customers to buy just the amount they need so saving money and preventing waste.


Why Crowdfund?


In order to make this change my small store needs funds. A bank loan was considered though repaying one would only push up the prices of the products which really goes against the whole idea so here I am asking those that would benefit to help. 

How will the money be spent?

I estimate the cost of purchasing up to 20 gravity dispensers and a further 10 scoop dispensers (below) is £2,000.

On top of this there is the cost of installing the dispensers and the signage.  The remaining funds will be used towards the purchase of food storage bins. These items will start me off and from then on profit created from the sales of loose goods can be used to expand this offering and improve the store for a better shopping experience. 




What happens to the money if the target is not achieved?

If the target of £2500 is not reached, then all monies will be automatically refunded to donators.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 will get you...

10% discount off loose fill dry goods for 1 month.

£20 or more

£20 will get you...

10% discount off loose fill dry goods for 2 months.

£50 or more

£50 will get you...

10% off loose fill dry goods and cleaning product refills for 3 months

£100 or more

£100 will get you...

10% off loose fill dry goods, cleaning product refills for 6 months.

£500 or more

£500 will get you...

10% discount on loose dry goods, cleaning and toiletries refills for 1 year.

£1,000 or more

£1000 will get you...

10% off loose fill dry goods, cleaning product refills and fruit and vegetables.

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