Ria-Plenish, The Refill Shop in Brampton (Cumbria)

by Maria Stundon in Brampton, England, United Kingdom

Ria-Plenish, The Refill Shop in Brampton (Cumbria)

£4,150

£6,000 stretch target 6 hours left
103% 80 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £4,000 is pledged by 17th May 2021 at 11:12am

Ria-plenish would love to make your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable by adding self service scales to the shop!

by Maria Stundon in Brampton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any extra funding will go towards a dairy and non dairy milk refill machine, extra storage & dispensers, a wider choice in eco-friendly & reusable products... oh & lots more chocolate ginger and yoghurt coated banana chips!!


About Ria-plenish 

3 years ago, I decided to become a vegetarian and from that, I started to think more about what I was purchasing and my shopping habits. I have always tried to avoid waste, recycle as much as I could and try to buy products as plastic free as possible. I often struggled with this because supermarkets don’t always offer plastic free alternatives and I ended up buying fruits and vegetables in plastic wrappers and getting big (plastic) packages of products I only needed a little of. 

No matter how hard I tried, my waste bin was always fuller than I wanted it to be and then I came across a zero waste shop which changed my way of shopping completely. I was able to refill my rice, pasta, washing up liquid, shampoo and much much more. 

I then started to shop locally at the farmers makets for my fruit and veg and I saw a drastic change in my waste at home! This made me very happy (small things in life) so I decided to contribute to the solution at a higher level and opened my own refill shop. In doing so, I not only managed to reduce my own waste but I’m offering the same opportunity to our community to help make substantial contribution to the waste problem by shopping packaging free at Ria-plenish. 

The shop was born from a desire to do better, to use less, to think about how we consume. If we reduce our waste, reuse instead of single-use, refill & recycle, then we believe the world will be a much nicer place. 

Our number one focus is to work for a cleaner planet in order to protect the livelihood of future generations. Ria-plenish products combine ethical sourcing, sustainability and durability for less environmental impact. 

It’s not just about offering environmentally friendly and socially responsible products - we strive to inform and inspire the community to embrace sustainable lifestyle. 

How does it work?

Quite simple really

1. BYOC (bring your own container)

2. Tare (weight and set your container to zero)

3. Refill! (You can fill as much or as little as you need) 

4. Re-weigh & Pay

5. Smile (because you’ve helped make the world a more beautiful place)  

You can use any container you like, we’ve had all sorts, one customer used a milk carton for fabric conditioner (I reminded her not to confuse it for milk at home!) This way of shopping benefits the shopper and the planet. It’s perfect for those items you only need a small qty of for that recipe you are trying out and you don’t need to feel guilty about adding to your carbon footprint! It’s a win win! 

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What is the money for?

Since starting Ria-plenish in January 2020, I’ve been on a mission to listen to my customers, taking on board every suggestion so I can help them create negative waste and positive impact. The first step to exceeding my customers expectations is knowing what they are - I am big on feedback!

For those of you who have been a customer from the beginning, will know that together we’ve hit milestone after milestone, to the point where I couldn’t have imagined being where I am today. It really does take a village! 

From a market stall, to a physical shop, from manual receipts to an efficient point of sale system, and from a small shop to a larger store.. we always make it happen together! 

To enable an easier and more enjoyable shopping experience, Ria-plenish requires self service weighing scales. 

The scale prints labels on request i.e. barcoded tare labels for containers, finished labels with price and ingredients, allergens, recipe ideas and instructions for products. How amazing does that sound? 

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Why crowd fund?

This last year has been tough for everyone. When I started my Ria-plenish journey I knew I’d face difficulties with a start up business and possibly some challenging times, but I could never imagine what was coming my way. 

This year has taught me lot of life lessons which I am incredibly grateful for. However, starting a business and then being hit with a global pandemic was... well challenging. 

But, where there is a will there’s a way! One of the biggest things I’ve learnt from this year has been to be smart enough to know when I need help and brave enough to ask for it. We’ve also learnt that together we are stronger, which leads me to crowd funding! 

By crowdfunding we are getting the community involved and offering our customers the opportunity to really be a part of Ria-plenish.  

What's in it for you?

You get to continue shopping at a local, eco friendly & sustainable business but in an easier and more enjoyable environment and access to a wider choice of products. Remember shopping zero waste will help save the planet!

You will also receive a reward for donations - details of each reward are on the right of this page! 

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Thank You

I would like to thank anyone reading this crowd funder, as well as those who are able to donate (and please only donate if you are comfortable doing so) 

I’d also like to thank my loyal customers for the confidence you place in me every day, seeing you come through my doors with your refill containers and your passion to do better for our beautiful planet, in turn helps me refill my drive to keep doing what I’m doing. 

Lastly, I would like to thank my family and friends for believing in me and their continued supportive words. I still can’t quite believe I have my own business but I couldn’t have got started without them, especially wihtout a few special people, you know who you are. 

I feel so lucky to be able to say I started a business during a pandemic and survived but of course, I wouldn‘t have been able to do that without my loyal and lovely customers. I am forever grateful for your support and look forward to meeting all my new customers yet to visit! 

Remember, when you support my local business, you support my dream and allow me to continue doing what I love. THANK YOU! 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Go Green

£20 will contribute to a larger selection of refill & eco-friendly products. You will receive a one off 10% discount in store or online!

£10 or more

Thank you! You’ve been added to a prize drawer!

£10 will help us buy jars for display. To say thanks, you will be added to a prize drawer to win a eco start up package worth £25!

£50 or more

Wow, I finally remembered my containers!

Stocking more products is great, but we need something to put them in! £50 will help purchase additional scoop bins and dispensers, making it easier for you to shop! In return, you will receive 10% off for one month!

£100 or more

You are an Eco Warrior!

I’m so proud of you! You should give yourself a pat on the back for helping to save the planet! For your generous donation, you will receive 10% off for one month and a eco start up kit!

£200 or more

Zero Waste Hero

Look at you go! You are a zero waste hero who deserves a super hero reward for being extremely generous to the planet and Ria-plenish, you will receive 10% off for one month, a market shopping bag and a VIP eco start up kit!

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