This week I am organizing myself to be able to hopefully sign a lease on a physical retail space (fingers and toes crossed). The official opening will be in April. I need to do so much organizing of numbers and financials, not my strong suit. I also went down to Phoenix to purchase the left over inventory from a shop that was closing a couple weeks ago. I spent all of my cash-on-hand on it, so now I don't have the money I was originally planning to use toward the deposit and first month for the retail space. So now I am trying to see if I can make some decent sales this week so I don't have to dip into my family's savings (more than I already have). I'm extremely excited to take possession of the space, I'll probably spend every waking moment that I can there.
Some of the other projects I am working on concurrently are:
- I want to put together a weekly round up email for the Facebook group I run, Zero Waste, Zero Judgement.
- I want to do a big Trade Show style event that helps introduce the dozens of retailers I have met to the hundreds of vendors and manufacturers. I think it would be a mind-blowing networking tool for hundreds of small business owners. It will also be a TON of work and I need to have some cash on hand to hire help.
- I plan to put together a detailed and interactive directory and map of Refill Shops and other resources to help people reduce waste and live more sustainably.
- I want to open a facility where I can clean and sanitize containers. I have hundreds of glass bottles and jars already and I know of a number of vendors right now that ship their products in aluminum bottles that they take back to clean, but the logistics and emissions of sending the bottles halfway across the country feel wasteful and costly. I would love to create a refill distribution center that could bring in the large drums of product from further away and then refill bottles or mid size containers to go out to local customers or stores. This facility would also be a hub for systems like GoBox which supplies restaurants with reusable take out containers. Customers subscribe to GoBox and then can "check out" the containers when they buy food from the participating restaurants. They can then return them to one of dozens of drop-off locations for them to be collected, cleaned and redistributed back tot he restaurants.
- I want to create more content! I've been shying away from being on camera and I am not good about regularly sitting down to write. I will be changing this, and will put more content out so that I can share my project, connect with others and hopefully inspire some people to start their own sustainability focused journey.
I need to get the car loaded up for tonight's market. I will write more soon, I promise.