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NoPac Foods: Zero Waste Grocery

Better Food, Better Planet, Zero Plastic: Bringing the first full service zero waste grocery store to the Pacific Northwest

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Campaign Ends on June 30, 2021

Project Description

According to the EPA, approximately 80% of trash found in ocean waters originates from land based trash. From that number nearly 2/3 is from single-use, disposable plastic packaging from food and beverages. Americans generate more than 87 Billion pounds of plastic waste every year. 40% of which is single use plastic packaging.

 

In addition to plastic pollution, food waste is a major contributor to the release of methane into the atmosphere. American’s throw away an estimated 150,000 pounds of food each day, or nearly 54 million pounds per year. Buying in 'bulk' allows customers to reduce their own waste by purchasing only what they need, so less gets wasted. 

 

With rising challenges to the global food supply chain, it is vital to support regional food production. This strengthens our ability to feed local communities during difficult times. In addition, as food insecurity rises it is important to us that we build equitable access into our business. By keeping our prices lower than other natural food stores and welcoming both SNAP & WIC, we are one step closer.

 

will be the first full-service zero waste grocery chain with inventory specifically selected to consider environmental and health impacts, with no packaging waste designated to go to landfills. Find everything you would at a conventional grocery store, but without the plastic waste. Seasonal organic produce, bulk pantry & staples, bakery, vegan specialty, canned foods, sustainable dairy & meat, local beer, biodynamic wines, refillable & plastic free beauty, bath and home products.

 

With your contribution NoPac is able to court larger investors to build a stronger foundation for the future. Every contribution, no matter how large, shows your support for a new kind of business. Our overall goal is to raise a minimum of $3M for the opening of a 10,000 sq. ft. store with all departments, community space, ware washing, composting program and living wages with benefits for all employees. This campaign is our first step towards making that become a reality.


 

 

 

 

 

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The Campaign FAQs

The words we use matter.

Zero Waste: The zero waste movement is built on the principles of Refuse (what you don’t need), Reduce (what you do need), Reuse (everything you can), Recycle (what you can’t) and Rot (all compostables). Many feel that the ‘zero waste journey’ is a better description, as no one can truly live in today’s society without creating some form of waste. At NoPac Foods, we recognize this journey and utilize the term ‘zero waste’ to mean the reduction of landfill waste by consumers, producers, and retailers.

Sustainable: There is no standard definition of “sustainable” however NoPac will do our best to determine a net-negative carbon footprint and if one is determined to have one, we will label it as “sustainable.

Direct Trade: Refers to developing a stronger value chain by eliminating intermediaries and independently verifying production and worker standards in absence of certified stamps.

Fair Trade (certified): When products are Fair Trade Certified it means that they were produced in accordance with Fair Trade International's rigorous environmental, economic and social standards. This is independently verified through regular audits by an accredited third-party auditor, FLOCERT.

West Coast: Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, British Columbia, Alaska, Hawaii

Cage- free: Birds are not caged but can still be in extremely cramped and stressful huts that house birds.

Free- range: Eggs packed in USDA grade marked consumer packages labeled as free range must be produced by hens housed in a building, room, or area that allows for unlimited access to food, water, and continuous access to the outdoors during their laying cycle.

Grass fed: “Grass Fed” or “100% Grass Fed” claims may only be applied to meat and meat product labels derived from cattle that were only (100%) fed grass (forage) after being weaned from their mother's milk. ... This means 100% grass-fed animals are never confined to a feedlot

Grass finished: Most beef labeled as grass finished means that cattle received a grass or forage diet their entire lives. Grass Run Farms beef is both 100% grass fed and finished, meaning that the animals consume only grasses and forages, never anything else.

Gmo free: Non-GMO means a product was produced without genetic engineering and its ingredients are not derived from GMOs.

Pasture-raised: Pasture-raised is not a term regulated by the USDA; however, if the carton says “pasture-raised” and also includes stamps that say “Certified Humane” and/or “Animal Welfare Approved,” it means that each hen was given 108 square feet of outdoor space, as well as barn space indoors.

Local Food: refers to food purchased within approximately 400 miles or within the state of its production

Hyper Local: Made in Portland or the surrounding Metro area (within

Regional Food System: A food system through which as much food as necessary to meet a given populations food needs is produced, process, distributed and purchased at varying levels and scales within a geographic area that results building economic resilience, minimum importation of food, and shows a significant economic and social returns to individuals living within the region.

Organic: “USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.” (Organic 101: What the USDA Organic Label Means Posted by Miles McEvoy, National Organic Program Deputy Administrator in Health and Safety Mar 13, 2019) https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2012/03/22/organic-101-what-usda-organic-label-means

 

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Monetary Contribution

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9 Supporters
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25.00 USD
The Minimalist

We know you just want to see our store open its doors as soon as possible, but you don't really want any extra clutter around the house. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

8 Supporters
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50.00 USD
1% to NonProfits

1% of all donations goes to non-profits working for plastic free oceans, environmental justice and battling the climate crisis. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

9 Supporters
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100.00 USD
1% to NonProfits

1% of all donations goes to non-profits working for plastic free oceans, environmental justice and battling the climate crisis. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

11 Supporters
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250.00 USD
1% to NonProfits

1% to nonprofits helping to restore oceans, eliminate plastic waste, fight for environmental justice and combat climate change.

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

1 Supporter
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500.00 USD
5% Off Groceries for 1 Year

We want you to feel invested in what we are building and so we're offering larger contributors the discount they deserve! With this contribution you will receive 5% off all purchases at NoPac Foods for one year from your first purchase. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

2 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
West Coast Zero Waste Gift Box

With this contribution we'll put together a care package of our favorite West Coast zero waste goods just for you. Perfect for someone who doesn't live locally, or who is just starting out on their low-waste journey!

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

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1 Supporter
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1,000.00 USD
10% off Groceries for 1 Year

We want you to feel invested in what we are building and so we're offering larger contributors the discount they deserve! With this contribution you will receive 10% off all purchases at NoPac Foods for one year from your first purchase. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Medium West Coast Zero Waste Gift Box

Don't live in the PNW but still want to support our mission? Don't worry! With this contribution choice you will get a gift box filled to the brim with Oregon treats and West Coast zero waste favorites. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

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0 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
15% off Groceries for 1 Year

We want you to feel invested in what we are building and so we're offering larger contributors the discount they deserve! With this contribution you will receive 15% off all purchases at NoPac Foods for one year from your first purchase. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Large West Coast Zero Waste Gift Box

Don't live in the PNW but still want to support our mission? Don't worry! With this contribution choice you will get a large gift box filled to the brim with Oregon treats and zero waste favorites. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

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0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Choose your own amount!

9 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
The Minimalist

We know you just want to see our store open its doors as soon as possible, but you don't really want any extra clutter around the house. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

8 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
1% to NonProfits

1% of all donations goes to non-profits working for plastic free oceans, environmental justice and battling the climate crisis. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

9 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
1% to NonProfits

1% of all donations goes to non-profits working for plastic free oceans, environmental justice and battling the climate crisis. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

11 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
1% to NonProfits

1% to nonprofits helping to restore oceans, eliminate plastic waste, fight for environmental justice and combat climate change.

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
500.00 USD
5% Off Groceries for 1 Year

We want you to feel invested in what we are building and so we're offering larger contributors the discount they deserve! With this contribution you will receive 5% off all purchases at NoPac Foods for one year from your first purchase. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

2 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
West Coast Zero Waste Gift Box

With this contribution we'll put together a care package of our favorite West Coast zero waste goods just for you. Perfect for someone who doesn't live locally, or who is just starting out on their low-waste journey!

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

99 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
10% off Groceries for 1 Year

We want you to feel invested in what we are building and so we're offering larger contributors the discount they deserve! With this contribution you will receive 10% off all purchases at NoPac Foods for one year from your first purchase. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Medium West Coast Zero Waste Gift Box

Don't live in the PNW but still want to support our mission? Don't worry! With this contribution choice you will get a gift box filled to the brim with Oregon treats and West Coast zero waste favorites. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
15% off Groceries for 1 Year

We want you to feel invested in what we are building and so we're offering larger contributors the discount they deserve! With this contribution you will receive 15% off all purchases at NoPac Foods for one year from your first purchase. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Large West Coast Zero Waste Gift Box

Don't live in the PNW but still want to support our mission? Don't worry! With this contribution choice you will get a large gift box filled to the brim with Oregon treats and zero waste favorites. 

All donations big & small will receive an organic reusable, washable tote from NoPac!

100 Left
0 Supporters
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