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$8,443
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 22 2019 7:38 PM UTC +00:00
$8,443
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
97
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 22 2019 7:38 PM UTC +00:00

About

 Good Life Market - Portland's first package free grocery and retail market!

Good Life Market will be the first grocery store in Portland to sell all products unpackaged or if in packaging, compostable and reusable—in fact, almost everything in the shop will be compostable or reusable.  From milk, fresh fruits, and vegetables, bulk snacks, pasta, many types of glass jars, kitchen and household aides, laundry accouterments, to health and beauty products like zero waste makeup and bamboo toothbrushes, the store will provide for the products on your weekly shopping list. Good Life Market combines an easier and more convenient way for people to shop zero waste while introducing more healthy and sustainable products at those bulk prices.

We need to raise 45K to both solidify our location and prove to our investors that the community desires this new way to shop.  Once we have met our goal, the brick and mortar store build out can begin AND our current interested group of investors can officially sign on to support the rest of the funds needed for a 2019 Summer launch!

Good Life Market will also have a cafe where during store hours, customers can enjoy sustainably sourced coffee and locally source snacks.  After store hours, space transforms into a workshop space to support classes in many types of sustainable and green interest topics like food preserving, canning, make your own ( fill in the blank), zero waste living, clean closets and kitchens, green cooking classes and more.  

This shopping model may be new here, but it is not new in other locations around the globe- over 336 to be exact! These stores found in Europe, Canada, and a handful here in the USA that have popped up the last decade have proved wildly successful. Consumers are realizing more and more the excess waste our normal grocery shopping causes.  In embracing this new wave of shopping, these same consumers are reaping the fringe benefits of healthier eating and overall cost savings. 

Good Life Market's underlying ethos of ecological conservation,  minimalism and healthy living is a mainstay of the Portland community and its' presence will usher in a whole new line of stores that will follow suit.

www.goodlifemarket.net

STORY UPDATE:

Since starting the Kickstarter campaign, we have had many messages about why we need to be concerned with our grocery waste because "we are have recycling"- and inquiries about seeing more imagery of such zero waste stores that exist today for a better picture of how this store model is viable.

We have provided many updated in this Kickstarter as well on our social media ( see our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/PDXzerowastegrochery/ and our Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/goodlifemarketpdx/ ) and we want to highlight the following two videos.  The first one gives an overview of our current recycling issue in America- that recycling is not working the way we think it is and actually much of what we think we may be recycling is ending up in landfill, or in someone's backyard in another country, or worse yet, being burned and releasing toxins into our air.  The second video illustrates very well how one such packaging free store in Canada, Unboxed, looks and operates. These two videos should provide more context overall to the problem and the solution- and show how Good Life Market will be a part of the solution in the Portland area!

Post by VICE.

Risks and challenges

Due to this model of the store being so new to the Portland area, investors and financial institutions are very cautious about financing Good Life Market. If there already was a zero waste store in the PDX area, that would be a game changer- but regardless of all the data, surveys and polls generated with the creation of the business plan for Good Life Market, there is not a brick and mortar store here yet. Interested investors see the trends and community desire for this, but now they need that proof that the community is behind this concept, before they dive into funding.

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    High Five - GLM thank you email!

    Thank you so much for your support! We will send you an email with an image to share out that allows you to show your friends you have helped to fund Good Life Market.

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    A Little Bit Less : Tips & Tricks Guide

    Thank you for partnering with Good Life Market! In return for this pledge, we will email you a guide with resources, pointers on smart swaps and downloadable posters to assist with your desire for a more sustainable lifestyle and help you in any goal to reduce excess just a little bit less.

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    Limited Addition Compost Poster

    Portland local artist, Vanina Howan, illustrated compost poster on recycled board
    -limited amount! 12$ each

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    Zero Waste Large Everyday Bag

    Limited addition! Local store Zero Waste Habit has given us 5 of the Large Everyday Bag
    ( online cost is $18.00),
    Dimensions
    10.5" x 15",

    Tare: 0.6 oz, 0.04 lb.

    Sewn and Manufactured with End of Life/ Zero Waste Process Materials.

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    Canvas shopping bag "Good Life: FUNDER"

    Canvas reusable shopping bag with logo and words "Good Life: FUNDER". Limited addition, will only be made for funders of this campaign so you bag will be unique amongst the other Good Life Market bags. They will be at the store with your name on it for opening day!

    In addition, we will send you the Tips and Tricks Guide.

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    Collapsible Straw

    Thanks so much for backing Good Life Market! You will love the fact you can "Just Say NO" to one time use plastic straws because you will have with you this stainless steel collapsible beauty. This reusable straw will come with a container that can easily fit in your daily pack or purse. Only a limited number of these- reserve yours now!

    ( We CAN ship this item to you, or you can pick it up in the store. If you want us to ship it to you please message us directly.)

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    Amazing Bees! Candle and Lip Balm

    Bees are incredible! One of the many workshop series offered at Good Life Market will focus on bee keeping, wax collection, and all the wax creations all you DIYers love. Support us with 50$ and we will have a home made small mason jar candle and peppermint lip balm for you ready to pick up at Good Life Market when the store opens!

    ( If you live out of sated please message us and we will look at shipping it to you if you can't make it out to the store )

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    Laundry sheets swap out!

    You do not need those dryer sheets! Save the usual bi monthly $3.99 your spend on those and instead, enjoy 5+ years of well dried, low static and nice smelling clothes with dryer wool balls. For your $75 support, we will have two wool dryer balls, lavender scented, for you at Good Life Market once it opens.

    (Shipping is available for those not in Portland metro area)

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    Your Name embedded in store art work.

    Wow, you must really want us here! You are helping us open the doors so we will commemorate you by putting your name in an art piece that will be displayed in Good Life Market for years to come.

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    Invite to VIP opening party.

    YOU are making this happen! There will be a special VIP only party at the store prior to opening to celebrate the occasion. Come and enjoy some treats and be the first to shop this new wave - along with some VIP only deals!
    In addition, we will send you the Tips and Tricks Guide, and you will receive the Funder canvas shopping bag at the VIP opening party.

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    1 hour zero waste consultation

    We know you are someone whose ethos aligns with the mission of Good Life Market. You likely already practice a lot of the activities in following a green lifestyle, but I bet a fresh pair of eyes can come along side you to assess your living or work space and offer up an organized plan to move the needle even more- in ways that are both efficient and easy as well as aesthetically pleasing. One of our team at Good Life Market will arrive at your Portland location and walk through the space and then craft a plan for you after the visit- rich with resources and ideas.

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    Sponsor a cafe table

    Good Life Market wants to benefit the community- and with this pledge, you are building up the community - so we want you to be part of the building. A brass plate will be fixed to a table in the cafe/workshop space in your honor and you determine what it says ( within reason, of course :-).

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    Name a beverage in the cafe!

    We really can't thank you enough for this level on contribution to Good Life Market. To commemorate your giving level, we will allow you to name a drink offered in the cafe. This beverage will be free to you (and only you) while the drink is offered once a day every day you visit the store!

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Funding period

- (60 days)