My name is Virginie, and I run The Olive Tree with my husband Costas his mum June (the 90 year Duracell battery) and my three boys Mikael, Lucas and Angelo.
After watching "Climate Change - The Facts" by David Attenborough. We realised that we really are running out of time to protect our planet and we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and cut our plastic waste.
We want to see a flourishing clean earth, with animals and plants prospering. Free from pollution, plastic waste and where humans have a low impact on this wonderful planet.
We are on a mission in the short term to reduce our plastic waste in our shop and be part of the plastic-free revolution. In the long term we want to be fully zero-waste.
What we've done so far
We have now established ourselves for over 26 years, supporting a proactive and concerned community to make decisions that are better for our planet and for themselves.
We already have refillable cleaning products, loose fresh fruit and vegetables. Our cafe uses environmentally friendly coffee cups, food-trays and our juice cups are biodegradable. We also don't purchase plastic bags thanks to our "bring in and re-use your plastic bags" system.
This is on the back of having high standard Organic food, which means our food is produced in harmony with nature without the use of pesticides and intensive farming.
Our mission - What we want to do!
Our next step is to reduce the amount of single use plastic we use to package wholefoods. To do this we will use the money we raise to invest in food dispensing units called gravity feeders. We will store all our legumes, grains, nuts and seeds in these units allowing customers to bring in their own containers or use paper bags. This will mean the end to single use plastic on these foods and move our shop and community closer to being fully zero-waste.
To kickstart our project we need £2,130 to be able to purchase our first dispensing unit. This will allow us to dispense: rice, oats, various muesli and beans.
The second £6,190 will allow us to invest in a second and third dispensing unit. This will allow us to move the rest of our wholefoods over, allowing us to dispense: Lentils, Grains, Nuts, Seeds and Dried fruit.
If we raised more then the above, we would invest this into reducing waste in other areas of the shop, like body care (shampoos, conditioners etc) as an example.
If you believe in zero-waste in the community, then please support us in raising funds for our dispensing units.
All our thanks!
Virginie, Costas, June and Boys
The Olive Tree