As a new business start up for Dunblane, 'Weigh Ahead', will bring a new concept to shopping on the High Street. A zero waste, plastic free shop enabling sustainable living. We will stock eco-friendly, sustainable products that will be sold without plastic packaging. By setting up as a social enterprise it will also bring the opportunity for profits to be re-invested back into the community. These profits will go back in various ways, by promoting environmental issues, recycling, Ecobricks projects, and by providing outreach programmes and sustainable living workshops for the community, with a particular emphasis on reaching people who would find practising a zero waste lifestyle most of a challenge.
As many products as possible will be sourced from other social enterprises to support the circular economy, and from local / Scottish artisans with the odd more exotic product that will, of course, have been ethically checked out before being placed on the shelves.
If you have any small up-cycled or other suitable products you think we could stock, please get in touch.
'The Simple Weigh' in Hartlepool is an example of a current Zero Waste shop (thanks for the image)
and here is Locavore in Glasgow another social enterprise CIC and Eco Larder in Edinburgh
and this is where we are with the Dunblane shop at the moment....so there is a LOT of work to do !
Look at that amazing original wood panelling we've uncovered that we can hopefully bring back to life.
and so far we've salvaged these items from landfill as we've been taking things to the recycling centre - the unit was in the wood recycling and the other two were headed for landfill with the mirror still in its removals packaging from 7 years ago!
You will either bring your own containers, buy a jar, use a jar from the amnesty box, or use paper bags to fill up with whatever products you need and more importantly in the amounts you want.
You weigh your container, fill it up, re-weigh and pay.
Our recent survey has given us a heads up on what you want to see on the shelves and these include a variety of dry foods including pulses, pasta, spices, bread, very happy eggs, very happy milk and home made 'mylks' (substitute milks -eg oat and almond). We will stock household items like washing up liquid, washing powder, cleaning products, toilet rolls; and personal items like hair soap bars, period products, nappies, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. There will be some specialist sections suitable for vegans, or those needing gluten-free and diabetic-friendly options.
To add some variety there will be a selection of locally sourced, up-cycled items, such as jewellery, local art and reusable mugs and bottles.
Below is a word cloud of the most popular requests so far from the survey - it remains open so you can still let us know what you are looking for via this link - Weigh Ahead Survey. If you add your email address at the end of the survey we can add you to our database for updates.
Most people have watched and been touched by Blue Planet and from seeing horrendous pictures like these below.
There is a feeling that it doesn't matter what YOU do as an individual - but it does. Even if each of us only makes a few small adjustments to our behaviour we can collectively make a BIG difference. By moving to choosing organic produce or reducing the amount of meat we eat, even if we don't cut it out altogether, these changes will make a difference. Along with saying no to plastic packaging and no to our throwaway society. This won't only benefit the planet. Living a more sustainable lifestyle costs less over time as you aren't constantly replacing everyday items and are only buying what you need, so you will have more money left in your pocket. We will collectively consume less and so collectively spend less and collectively make a difference.
Weigh Ahead hopes to be able to encourage the whole community towards zero waste living.
In addition to refurbishing the shop there is a long list of things we need before we open....
- Gravity Bins
- Scoop Dispensers
- Scales - these are very expensive to make the transition to weighing your own food easy.
- Nut butter and nut milk machine
- Coffee grinder
- Fridge and freezer
- Lots of Stock
1. Purchase one of our great rewards.
Join us by purchasing an 'Annual Discount Card' and be one of the first 'A-Head-Starter's via this Crowdfunder, at £30 instead of £35 for the year. This provides a 10% discount at each visit to the shop. If you can afford it, how about Paying Forward an annual discount card to help fund the automatic 10% discounts for all lower/non waged/student shoppers?
If you live further away why not take advantage of one of the starter packs rewards that we can send out to you, or you can collect in shop if you want to make a one-off trip, or maybe you would like to name a shelf?
2. Spread the word by sharing our crowdfunder, video, and liking and sharing our social media pages - see the links below.
3. Get in touch to have a product or item considered as part of our stock.
4. Volunteering. Do you have a passion to help others move towards a more sustainable lifestyle and have a few hours free each week? Then you will be welcome to be part of our team to promote this.
5. Refer or recommend a person or group who would benefit from a workshop or supported session on how to move towards a sustainable lifestyle. We are trying to reach people and groups who would be typically most hard to reach and least likely to naturally embrace this way of living.
However YOU can help in whatever way, small or large, will be hugely appreciated.
A special thanks to everyone who has been involved so far, Bill Bruce for the video; Keith, Jim, Christopher and Diarmid on helping to strip-out/refurbish the shop; David, Alice, Donald,Jools, Maggie, Michelle, Ally and my huge What's App group and other friends for helping with the ideas for branding, colours and the myriad of other things to be decided; Jan for market research and Stephen for accounting advice, Amber for advice on shop fit; Fiona at The Wire, the many existing zero waste shop-holders for their invaluable advice so far and to the community for embracing the concept of this idea.