Zero Waste Refill and Eco Lifestyle Shop in Ware

by Kirsty Taylor-Moran in Ware, England, United Kingdom

Zero Waste Refill and Eco Lifestyle Shop in Ware
We did it
On 10th April 2020 we successfully raised £9,140 with 168 supporters in 35 days

We want to open Ware's first zero waste refill store, helping the community to reduce our collective plastic and packaging waste.

by Kirsty Taylor-Moran in Ware, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra funding stretch target will all go towards nice-to-have extras: A fresh nut butter machine and a non-dairy milk maker for oat and almond milk refills!

What is Sugar & Scoop?

This year we want to bring a zero waste and eco lifestyle shop to Ware, but we need your help to make this a reality. We want to re-establish mindful shopping and eliminate the use of single-use plastics from the food shopping experience. Sugar & Scoop will be your local refill shop, allowing our community to shop locally, shop ethically and reduce waste.

Ware and the surrounding villages need an eco-friendly alternative for buying everyday necessities. Plastic waste is having a devastating effect on our planet, and one easy change we can make is with our weekly shopping. Supermarket products are over packaged and lots of this cannot even be recycled.  

Our aim is to provide a simple and affordable way for the people of Ware to reduce the single use plastic in our food and household shopping. We believe plastic has its place, but that isn’t in your rubbish bins. 

Why zero waste?

There is no planet B. As local residents it is becoming increasingly important to us to do what we can, not only for our lovely town, but also our environment.

We are horrified by the scale of waste we produce on a daily basis and the limited choice we have as consumers in opting out of single use plastic. After making all the ‘easy’ changes, like switching to a reusable coffee cup, buying loose fruit and veg, and using cloth nappies, we have become increasingly frustrated with the changes we haven’t been able to make because of prohibitively high costs or poor availability. 

Every time we buy something, we are voting with our money. More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year, a refill shop is a simple way to cut down on our town’s contribution to that statistic. 

How will it work?

To help reduce the plastic waste, we hope to offer a broad range of bulk wholefoods. You can bring your own containers, jars, bottles and jugs to refill. You give them to us to be weighed, fill them with the products of your choice, and bring them back for a final weigh in at the till. This means you only need to buy the exact amount you need, which will help reduce food waste and keep your costs down. 

Alongside the food that we will have on offer, we hope to stock lots of lovely products to help you reduce your environmental impact on a day-to-day basis. 

We think that refill shopping will be most successful if we make it as easy for you to shop as possible. We plan to source stock as locally as possible and hope to stock everything from rice to raisins and shampoo to reusable straws. We want to help you make easy swaps, and we understand you need variety and choice. 

We appreciate the importance of accessibility. This means more than holding out for premises with step free access, it means opening hours and a click & collect service for those of you who are desperate to make the switch to plastic-free but don’t have the time for self-serve.

What is the money for?

Personal savings will allow us to secure premises, hopefully on the High Street, and once we find the perfect space we can get started on shop fitting. We don’t have anything fancy or high-tech in mind, but we want to make sure we have the basics like food storage jars, scoops, scales, a till system and some gravity bins. Raising money will allow us to fit the shop out with everything we need to make your shopping experience smooth and enjoyable and will mean we can stock a great enough range of products to make a trip to Sugar & Scoop worthwhile. We are making an effort to keep start-up costs as low as possible but we cannot do this without your support.

In time, we hope to afford to install a nut milk machine, and machines for fresh orange juice and nut butter. 

If we are able to secure premises with enough room, we would love to be able to offer some space for community projects. Longer term, we hope that Sugar & Scoop will be in a position to offer training and work opportunities, as well as environmental education for local schools. 

Why Crowdfund? 

The answer is pretty simple, if we start the business without debt we will be able to keep our prices lower. We can reinvest profit back into the business instead of servicing loans, so we can make shopping more affordable for you, and prices more competitive with supermarkets. We want everyone to be able to shop zero waste, this starts with keeping the cost of our stock as low as possible so that shopping with us is sustainable. This is an 'all or nothing' crowdfunder, so if we do not meet the target, we get nothing.

What's in it for you?

An independent, local, ethical retailer on your doorstep making it easier than ever to shop zero waste and save the planet!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

19 of 150 claimed

Tote Bag

£20 will really help us stock a better range of products from the get go. We will give you an ethically sourced tote bag plus 10% off your first purchase in the shop.

£10 or more

8 of 40 claimed

£10 buys us a jar to store and display food

£10 is enough for us to buy a jar for food storage and display. Thank you!

£50 or more

£50 buys us a Scoop Storage bin

Good food storage doesn't come cheap, £50 will mean we can buy a proper scoop storage bin and make is easier for you to self-serve. In return, you will get 10% off your purchases for one month.

£100 or more

£100 buys us a Gravity Bin Dispenser

If you are an ethical business we welcome sponsors. £100 buys us a gravity bin dispenser which we can label with your business name.

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