Green Weigh nears its £16,000 target

The Green Weigh has raised 78 per cent of its £16,000 Crowdfunder target with just six days to go.

Its current campaign runs until 21 June. Find out more here:

The group’s mission is to take plastic-free grocery shopping directly to the people of West Dorset, stopping in markets, villages and neighbourhoods.

The Green Weigh has already secured a static base in the heart of Bridport and Crowdfunder pledges are needed to raise £16,000 to put towards a specialised van and equipment. This will include buying and fitting out the van to make it a pleasant and easy shopping experience; placing its first stock order and buying essential equipment such as dispensers, scoops, scales, cleaning equipment and jars.

The Green Weigh aims to make zero waste shopping both affordable and convenient by taking packaging-free dried foods, personal care and household products around West Dorset.

Customers can use any container that will fit on Green Weigh’s scales. They just have to weigh their container, fill it, weigh it again and pay so there is no need for plastic packaging and no need for food waste,

The group comprises four local mums – Alex Green, Lora Pascoe, Libby Rogers, Kate Robertson.

On their Crowdfunder page, they state:

“As mothers raising our children in the town of Bridport, the Jurassic coast and its beaches have been an integral part of our lives. The recent news of the huge plastic presence in the oceans gave us the drive to make a cleaner future.

“Living sustainably and teaching our children to respect the environment was what brought us together to form The Green Weigh. The idea for a zero waste shop on wheels sparked following a visit by Alex in 2017 to the UK’s first zero-waste shop in Totnes, Earth. Food. Love.

“Buying groceries in a zero waste way made so much sense, so we returned to Earth. Food. Love. in 2018 for a zero waste consultancy. They made us feel like we could make difference!  When considering the demographic of the area we decided to put our shop on wheels to make zero waste shopping accessible to all.

“We plan to start by delivering to key areas where the need is greatest and, over time, we will expand our reach and increase our product range whilst always keeping our focus on being an ethical and cruelty-free service for our community that is affordable to all.”

The idea of a mobile shop in Bridport’s community is one that is being reborn.

Said Lora: “My Mum says she remembers a mobile shop which used to visit Netherbury when I was a baby.

“So in a way, we’re not really creating anything new at all. The Green Weigh will be a packaging free, mobile shop, the way things used to be.”

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