Zilch - Artisanal Bakery & Plant-Based Kitchen

by Zilch - No Waste, All Taste in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Zilch - Artisanal Bakery & Plant-Based Kitchen

£2,025

raised of £10,000 target
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supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by September 4th 2019 at 6:07pm

Help us fund Zilch, Glasgow's first zero-waste, plastic free, artisan bakery and plant-based eatery.

by Zilch - No Waste, All Taste in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

About us

Francesco & Aimee, long-term vegans and environmentalists, after delivering the award-winning Nutcrafter Creamery, certified organic nut cheese and butters, are now embarking in a new endeavour to provide Glasgow with Zilch, a full service artisanal bakery, deli-style vegan cheese & charcuterie counter as well as freshly prepared plant-based meals on-the-go.  The shop is aimed to everyone looking for plastic free (carbon neutral), zero waste, sustainably sourced, cruelty-free and ethically manufactured products.

Why we do it

We believe eating fresh, natural and local plant-based food must not be considered exclusive, elitist or marginal, instead accessing nutritious meals while supporting local food systems need to become the way families and individuals alike strive to eat and our obligation is to make it possible and accessible.

Plastic free (carbon neutral) can seem like a daunting process for a family, let alone for a small food business but we started by rationally identifying small but achievable goals: water bottles, coffee cups/lids, straws, plastic bags, food ware (cutlery, plates etc) and takeaway containers. All of it can be replaced or eliminated altogether, keeping also in mind that, while transitioning, reusable is better than disposable. Ultimately, plastic free shopping must be rendered convenient and available to everyone thus creating an inclusive community hub.

Zero waste is an ambitious goal as well—especially for a small business operating in an industry riddled with so much waste like the food one. Taking a zero waste approach in the food business means questioning long-held assumptions and making some sacrifices in convenience and perhaps in traditional ideas of "customer service". Simply stated, the goal of Zero Waste is that of looking at the full life cycle of products and materials. A product created should be used again and again, and if it has a limited life, should be able to be composted or recycled instead of going to landfill. 

We are all aware of the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" but we must actually extend it to 5 Rs as in "Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot" where "refuse" stands for prescreening and refusing products that include waste and "rot" stands for sending items to the compost, if they can be composted, to feed their nutritional value back into the earth and fuel new life. Hence the upside down pyramid to signify the amount of material left that decreases at every step.

Where we stand

We just leased a retail unit in Laurieston, Glasgow, across from the Bridge Street underground station. Situated between Gorbals, Laurieston and Tradeston neighborhoods, the shop is steps away from the City Centre as well as conveniently close to the South Side and to Citizens Theatre, O2 Academy, The Sheriff Court, the Glasgow Central Mosque and the new Barclays campus HQ at Buchanan Wharf, among others. We've started the fit out of the space, which requires full repair jobs including plumbing, electrical and joinery work. We hired a local woodworker to build a bespoke counter, shelving and furniture made with salvaged and recycled materials. We hired a local artist to draw and paint our outdoor sign. We subscribed with "Close the Loop", a composting collection service devised to create high-grade compost in a matter of weeks so that our catering waste helps to feed future crops. 

How will the funds be used?

All the funds raised through this crowdfunding will be used to help us purchase a larger bread oven, bakery equipment, a fresh pasta maker and a refrigerated deli counter.

Please pledge to our crowfounder and help to create Glasgow's first vegan, zero waste, plastic free ethical bakery and eatery.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Artisan Vegan Cheese Workshop - Christmas Session

Aimee and Francesco will teach you how to make a range of beautiful Christmas vegan cheeses using cashews nuts and festive flavours such as Cranberry/Walnuts, Camembert and Cheddah. We will explore fermentation techniques using our own probiotic cultures and learn about the ageing and dehydrating process to create a firmer texture for slicing and grating cheeses. You will go home with 3 cheeses, a jar of our 5 years old culture and lots of fun!

£15 or more

Zilch Apprentice

To say thanks we'll give you a free "Zilch travel mug" and a personalised "Thank You" note, which can be either collected from our shop or despatched to you, upon our opening on the 1st of September 2019.

£20 or more

Zilch Merrymaker

An invite to Zilch's opening party with plenty of food and a shower of drinks, a handwritten 'Thank you' note and our eternal gratitude!

£40 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Artisan Vegan Cheese Workshop

Aimee and Francesco will teach you how to make a range of beautiful vegan cheeses using cashews nuts. We will explore fermentation techniques using probiotic cultures and learn about the ageing and dehydrating process to create a firmer texture for slicing and grating cheeses. We will create an exquisite cheese platter including: ~Cashew/Chive Cream Cheese ~Cashew Charcoal Aged Cheese ~Cashew Piquant Chipotle Aged Cheese

£50 or more

Zilch Connoisseur

1 full meal a week for 3 weeks for you or a friend, collected from our shop or despatched to you, upon our opening on the 1st of September 2019, a handwritten 'Thank you' note and our eternal gratitude!

£100 or more

Zilch Pathfinder

A gift voucher to be used by you or a friend in our shop or online, a handwritten 'Thank you' note and our eternal gratitude!

£150 or more

Zilch Epicurean

1 full meal a week for 2 delivered to you or a friend for 6 weeks, collected from our shop or despatched to you to begin from our opening on the 1st of September 2019, a handwritten 'Thank you' note and our eternal gratitude!

£200 or more

Zilch Evangelist

1 Zilch T-shirt, 1 Zilch travel mug, 1 Year long 10% discount tokens for you or anyone you know, your name on our backers wall, a handwritten 'Thank you' note and our eternal gratitude.

£300 or more

Not-for-Profit Advocate

2 years long 10% discount for the organization and staff on all our products, public thank you on any media we feature, your company logo on our backers wall and website and our eternal gratitude.

£400 or more

Business Messenger

2 years long 10% discount for the organization and staff on all our products, a public thank you on any media we feature, your company logo on our backers wall and website and our eternal gratitude.

£600 or more

Business Chieftain

2 years long 10% discount for the organization and staff on all our products, a public thank you on any media we feature, your company logo on our backers wall and website and our eternal gratitude.


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