Zero waste market in Hackney

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Zero waste market in Hackney

Bulk Market By Bulk Market

We want to tackle food and packaging waste, doubling up the goodness by supporting community-led businesses, community farms & gardens, and other food related social enterprises.

Hackney Fundraising stage

pledged of £28,867
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £28,867 by 25 Sep 2017

The way food is currently produced, goes through the supply chain and how supermarkets operate is all wrong. Many businesses waste more in a day than a consumer wastes in a year. Supermarkets have practices and policies that lead farmers & growers to waste food which takes months to cultivate. Excessive packaging, especially plastic, is also a big issue. Tonnes of plastic bottles, bags, straws and the like are going to landfills and oceans because a lot of it cannot be recycled. Our solution to tackle those issues is enabling people to shop without bringing back home a mountain of waste, supporting local social enterprises, organic & fairtrade. You will be able to bring your own containers (or purchase reusable ones at the shop), tare them, fill them with the goods you want (and the amount you want), and pay.

What we'll deliver:

  • Tackle food and packaging waste
  • Support local social enterprises, community farms and gardens
  • Provide education on waste reduction
  • Help to increase number of London bees by having a beehive on site
  • Offer a community composting scheme

Why it's a great idea:

Recycling more is not the answer. What we actually need is avoiding waste to come to our homes in the first place. Plastic is cheap for manufacturers, but it is a product designed to last forever, it’s toxic to us and the environment. The current supermarket business model creates tonnes of food waste - according to the UN, the food wasted globally would be enough to end world hunger many times over. It costs money, labour, natural resources to produce food and packaging, and it is just unacceptable to toss it as we do. We can't keep vouching for a business model that wastes food, underpay farmers and growers and creates demand for more disposable packaging which ends up in landfills and oceans. By sourcing food produced locally and by the community, we can cut down on packaging, carbon footprint and costs, plus boost the local economy. We want to enable people to buy what they want in any quantity, using their container of choice, paying a decent price for good quality local food.

Steps to get it done:

  • Secure a lease in a permanent location
  • Adding fixtures and fittings
  • Purchasing stock
  • Purchasing gravity dispensers
  • Purchasing commercial grade orange juice machine
  • Adding till/POS systems
  • Adding CCTV system
  • Purchasing composting machine
  • Purchasing beehive

We will be launching our concept store in August in a temporary space, while we find a permanent home for the project in the same area in Hackney, where we can accommodate our apiary and community composting scheme. Who is behind this project: Ingrid Caldironi, with a background in Retail Marketing and a passion for all things related to food, craft beer and sustainable businesses. She is committed to give Londoners a more sustainable way of shopping and improve communities. Catherine Conway, Director of Unpackaged at Planet Organic, was the first to launch this business model in the UK, back in 2007. She is providing all the valuable insights and consultancy needed to make this project a success.

Location Hackney

Hackney has 101 other projects and £1,075,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Possible areas are Hackney, Deptford, Greenwich, Peckham


London Borough of Hackney

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How will the money be spent?Total £28,867

Shop rent 3 months with deposit and VAT - £9,680 (34%)
Stock - £9,000 (31%)
Dispensers and bulk bins - £4,800 (17%)
Reclaimed fixtures and fittings - £1,000 (3%)
POS systems/tills - £600 (2%)
Flow Beehive - £466 (2%)
Second hand commercial grade orange juice machine - £450 (2%)
Pest control system - £200 (1%)
Baskets and crates - £180 (1%)
Public liability insurance - £150 (1%)
Other - £2,341 (8%)

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.

Shop rent 3 months with deposit and VAT
Dispensers and bulk bins
Reclaimed fixtures and fittings
POS systems/tills
Flow Beehive
Second hand commercial grade orange juice machine
Pest control system
Baskets and crates
Public liability insurance
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT
  • Fire extinguisher

Total £28,867

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.
  • We need volunteers to help us harvest waste materials in Hackney which Public Works will transform into flooring, cladding, shop fittings and etc! Please email if you can help!

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Paola Tral offered
I was after green clay, a natural cleanser. Found online a bulk buy prion from Lincolnshire lime that would make rack pack cost 1.67, a fab price(didn't check delivery prices though) I think it'd be a perfect product for your market. The packet is brown paper, zero waste, awesome alternative to shampoo