Y Pantri Glas - Llandeilo's zero-waste shop

by Y Pantri Glas in Llandeilo, Wales, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th June 2019 we successfully raised £5,059 with 59 supporters in 21 days

To open a not-for-profit zero-waste shop in Llandeilo with quality foods + ethical lifestyle products to support our planet and our lives

by Y Pantri Glas in Llandeilo, Wales, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We can further extend our fixtures and fittings and investigate a larger range of goods and local products.  

We would love to have a fridge and a small range of fresh fruit and veg

We would like to organise some workshops or informational sessions


Background

In Welsh, "glas" can mean both blue and green - so green fields "maes glas" and blue sea "môr glas".  We love that this encompasses our desire to help planet Earth, both land and sea. 

We are three Mums who live in or close to Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.  We want our shop, Y Pantri Glas to become a destination shop in Llandeilo supplying sustainable foods, personal care and household care items where customers can fill their own containers and reduce their use of packaging. 

The shop will sell loose dried foods (dried fruit, nuts, seeds, pulses, cereals), herbs & spices and teas plus ethically produced non single-use-plastic covered items e.g. soap, deodorant and other personal care items, re-fill items like washing-up liquid and hand soap (we are looking for local producers).

Our vision is to offer the best quality foods and ethical lifestyle products to support our planet, our ecosystems, our communities and our lives.

We aim to inspire and excite people about wholesome food promoting good health for all.  By empowering and enabling people to make the right choices, we hope to bring a sense of discovery and adventure to food and household shopping that is inclusive to all in society.

We will source locally wherever possible whilst focusing equally on quality and affordability. Our aim is to make it easy to reduce use of single-use plastic when shopping for everyday provisions for the home pantry cupboard.

Even if you can’t donate, we’d appreciate a share on social media or with people you know – be part of our green dream team.

A little about us

Candace Browne (Co-founder and Director) Candace has a background in marine and environmental biology with over 20 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, sustainable farming and local food systems.  She is currently studying a master’s degree in Human Nutrition and is passionate about sustainable diets, foods as medicine and garden "weed" foraging - yum!  An avid problem solver, Candace is always looking for ways that her family can reduce waste at home which at the moment seems to be collecting it until she can find time to make it into something useful!  She is very excited that by shopping herself at Y Pantri Glas she will be taking home less plastic waste - another problem solved!.

Cathy Pearce (Co-founder and Director) After a career in IT, Cathy escaped from the clutches of London to join her family in Wales with a desire to change career and get more involved in good local food - both eating and growing. A period of packing veg boxes and weighing out wholefoods lead to thoughts of how to reduce our dependence on single-use plastics and other wasted packaging.

Louise Nugent (Co-founder) Louise has developed a large range of skills and knowledge to cope with her large energetic family - give her half a dozen eggs and she is likely to make mayonnaise and lemon meringue pie rather than just a cake! At the moment, she is sewing our special tote shopping bags - definitely multi-talented.

What is the funding for

We are crowd funding to help raise the money to start up our shop which includes:

  • Purchase of gravity dispenser bins as well as scoop bins
  • Robust shelving for the gravity dispensers 
  • Containers for the teas, herbs and spices. 
  • Integrated self-service scales and central till system
  • We want to invest in a Nutramilk machine for making fresh nut butters and nut milk
  • We also want to invest in a Mockmill grinder, so we can grind fresh flours on demand e.g. buckwheat or chickpea/gram flour
  • Initial stock selection will be a linked to how much we raise.  We would like to start with a wide selection, so customers have plenty of choice.

We have applied for Carmarthenshire Business Start-up support.  We will also look to recycle or upcycle other suitable furniture for the shop. 

The shop is set up as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.  Whilst we will initially work as volunteers, once up and running we will operate a proper business paying our staff a living wage.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

1 of 40 claimed

Bog Standard

“Who Gives a Cr*p” premium toilet roll – 3 rolls – 400 sheets per roll made from bamboo rather than wood. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£10 or more

A Little Something

Diolch Thank You. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£17 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Time 4 Tea

Single cup infuser plus a small tin of either Cathy’s Chai black-tea blend, Red Fruit Herbal tea blend or Gunpowder Green tea. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£17 or more

1 of 16 claimed

Gardener’s Delight

Box with home-made wildflower seed bombs plus small card of Rocket seeds. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£17 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Not the Last Straw

2 metal/bamboo straws and a straw cleaning brush and a bag to carry them in. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£18 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Smile please!

Keep those teeth clean – a month of toothpaste tablets (60 Denttabs) and a premium bamboo toothbrush. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£25 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Clean Up!

Kitchen Refill: Bring your own containers (e.g. previous plastic ones to be re-used) for 500ml of washing-up liquid, 500ml of laundry liquid and a bamboo dish cloth plus a roll of “Who Gives a Cr*p” forest friendly kitchen roll. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£30 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Spicy

A stainless steel spice infuser ball plus two clip-top spice jars (filled with Himalayan salt and mixed peppercorns) and a pot of spice mix. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£30 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Go Shopping

One of our special shopping bags, which folds into a neatly attached pocket.; hand-made using donated material to Louise’s own design plus a £10 Y Pantri Glas voucher (to be used within 6 mths) Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£50 or more

5 of 10 claimed

More Shopping

One of our special shopping bags, which folds into a neatly attached pocket; hand-made using donated material to Louise’s own design plus a beeswax cover or wrap, plus a £15 Y Pantri Glas voucher (to be used within 6 mths) plus a small tin of tea and small tin of spice mix. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£50 or more

Gift Voucher

A £50 gift voucher redeemable in store within first 12 months. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Opening Evening Invite

Invite for 2 people to our Opening Evening event on the Friday before we start trading. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£100 or more

Gift Voucher

2 x £50 gift vouchers redeemable in store within first 12 months. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Name a Bin (6 month)

Put your name or a business name or a charity on a gravity bin for 6 months, plus a £10 voucher every two months during that time to spend in the shop (3 vouchers in total). With the charity option, we will have a funding raising month for it and can replace the shop vouchers with a £40 donation. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£400 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Name a Bin (12 month)

Put your name or a business name or a charity on a gravity bin for 12 months, plus a £10 voucher every two months during that time to spend in the shop (6 vouchers in total). With the charity option, we will have a funding raising 2 months for it and can replace the shop vouchers with an £80 donation. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

£1,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Become a Godparent

Just believe in us and be a shop god-parent. Invite for 2 people to our Opening Evening event on the Friday before we open. Your name on our Thank-you board and a wildflower seeded thank-you note

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