Colchesters First ever Ethical shop

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Colchesters  First ever Ethical shop

Colchesters First ever Ethical shop

Christopher Blomeley By Christopher Blomeley

Colchester’s first environmentally-friendly, zero-waste shop. The shop will sell ethical products. that promote the repair, reuse and recycling of all materials, diverting goods from waste stream.

Colchester Idea stage

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Located at 15 Queen Street we'll offer refill opportunities of whole foods and cleaning products to encourage the reduction of wasteful packaging. The launch event is on Saturday, 29th September 2018 at 15 Queen Street Colchester (opposite PREZZO) at 10am! Shopping at the Zero-Waste is not only better for the environment but could also save Colcestrians money - the ecological household cleaning products, for example, are fair-trade, sustainable, locally-made detergents which can be decanted straight into people’s own containers, cutting out waste and the industrial recycling of packaging. Options include the ginger spice washing-up liquid, bio and non bio laundry liquid, shampoo, conditioner, multi-surface cleaner and more. The shop will also stock a wide range of refurbished, affordable 2nd-user Hoovers, stereos, blenders, mixers, bread makers, TV’s, radios, heaters and fans. We'll also be able to offer 2nd user white goods.

What we'll deliver:

  • Open a shop in the town centre
  • Only sell ethical products
  • Support other ethical start up projects

Why it's a great idea:

We hope to change the way Colchester shops: We want to make it as easy as possible for people to do the right thing by choosing to refill products where possible and by not always buying new when good quality items are already available. Colchester is more than ready for our zero-waste shop and we look forward to a successful launch event.”

Steps to get it done:

  • Sign a shop rental agreement

Location Colchester

About the space

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Colchester Borough Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £18,716

Shop rental/rates - £6,500 (35%)
project management - £4,200 (22%)
cafe equipment - £2,710 (14%)
Shop refit - £2,200 (12%)
van - £1,200 (6%)
Tools and equipment - £352 (2%)
SESI detergents - £300 (2%)
Other - £1,254 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Shop rental/rates
project management
cafe equipment
Shop refit
Tools and equipment
SESI detergents
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We'll use any over funding to support new environmentally focused projects. An extra van. train a PAT Tester

Total £18,716

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