close search

Reduce Plastic Waste: Great Harwood

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

Reduce Plastic Waste: Great Harwood

Reduce Plastic Waste: Great Harwood

Claire Plowes By Claire Plowes

We want to continue providing a place for the residents of Great Harwood and Hyndburn to shop without plastic waste by refilling containers and bottles they already own. Reuse, Refill, Repeat!

Great Harwood Delivery stage

pledged of £13,305

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Great Harwood has had an eco friendly refill shop for over three years. In that time it has saved hundreds of thousands of pieces of plastic from ending up in landfill and the ocean. Due to the current owner's health, the shop will close and Great Harwood cannot afford to lose this shop. People who have already changed their shopping habits to a more eco friendly way would have to travel as far as Preston or Darwen to continue refilling their containers. We wish to continue the work started by TurtleBee in the already established shop. The method of shopping involves customers bringing their empty containers and refilling them with anything from pasta and cereals to herbs, spices, sweet treats and cleaning products like laundry detergent, washing up liquid and shampoo. All cleaning products are natural, vegan and cruelty free. Large drums of products are returned to suppliers when empty to be refilled and sent out again creating a closed loop cycle and not creating any further waste.

What we'll deliver:

  • A shop where you can buy food and cleaning products without plastic waste
  • Education programmes in schools in the local area
  • Workshops about reducing waste

Why it's a great idea:

The primary aim of the project is to continue provision for plastic free shopping in Great Harwood but the benefits of a shop like TurtleBee continue way beyong this. First of all the volume of plastic saved by refilling is incredible. Currently, the shop saves over 1,000 pieces a month and this doesn't include the further thousands saved by encouraging customers to swap to reusable products rather than disposible. We could absolutely grow this figure with funding for the project. With customers buying by weight, they are able to buy exactly the amount of a product that they need rather than a packet from the supermarket. This can help low income families to budget more easily, save money and also reduce food waste. It encourages a culture of mindful shopping rather than the fast paced profit-driven consumerism we are seeing nowadays. By running programmes in local schools, we will be able to educate future generations to shop in a more eco friendly and ethical way.

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase shop fittings and stock
  • Hire 2 x part time staff members
  • Relaunch as community interest company

This is all about creating a culture of more ethical living: Shopping with thought for the environment and minfullness about quantity bought. Shopping at TurtleBee promotes healthier eating, cooking from scratch with wholefoods and incorporating more plant based nutrients into people's diets. The education programmes help improve mental wellbeing by showing a solution to the problem of plastic pollution. Eco-anxiety is increasing. Refill shopping allows children and adults alike to take back some control and feel that they are making a difference.


Location Great Harwood

About the space

Custom Location


Hyndburn Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £13,304

One Year of Rent - £5,040 (38%)
Stock - £4,000 (30%)
Dispensers and units - £2,129 (16%)
Further furtniture, shelving etc - £1,000 (8%)
Other - £1,136 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

One Year of Rent
Dispensers and units
Further furtniture, shelving etc
Other Read More
  • 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:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Increase number of schools the education projects can run in
  • New signage for the shop

Total £13,304

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

Want to help?

Do you have stuff or skills to contribute to this project? Use this tool to offer something to the project creator.

{{comment.UserName}} Creator Backer
{{reply.UserName}} Creator Backer