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Simple Bare Necessities: Package Free Store

A community store offering package-free, sustainable, earth-conscious essentials and groceries.

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Campaign Ends on April 1, 2021

Project Description

Simple Bare Necessities

A community store offering package-free, sustainable, earth conscious food, personal care and home essentials while creating a neighborhood space to come together and take steps towards protecting our environment. We are here to promote a circular system and help our community achieve individual action in reducing their environmental footprint.

 

What is Simple Bare Necessities?

Simple Bare Necessities is a zero-waste store aimed to directly influence positivity in the way we consume. A twist on the way shopping used to look like dating back to the 1950’s, we are saying no to single-use plastic and offering package free, refillable products that are all-around better for the earth.

 

Our mission is to preserve our natural, wondrous world by eliminating single-use plastics, educating others about sustainable living practices, and cultivating individual action to make positive impacts on our planet. We are building a sustainable community space with all efforts towards preserving our planet.

How do we plan to do that?

 

Our Goals

  • To stand as a community hub, raising awareness on the plastic crisis and educating about sustainable practices.
  • We are here to make low waste living accessible and affordable.
  • Simple Bare Necessities supports businesses with values alike, companies making every and all efforts towards a sustainable future so we can stand together and create a positive impact.
  • As a community hub, we will offer community resources, such as recycling programs, composting services, and educational workshops.
  • By not producing superfluous waste and encouraging refills, we will be enabling a circular economy.
  • The only way can and will operate is with full transparency.

 

But, what’s the problem- why plastic free?

The average American creates about 4.4lbs of trash a day.  The EPA estimates that 30% of municipal waste is single-use plastics! On top of what is sent to the landfill, about 18 billion pounds of plastic end up in our oceans each year. And it takes over 500 years for these plastics to decompose, and before they do, they break into microplastics that are killing the wildlife and polluting the seas. Unfortunately, recycling just is not the answer. Only 9% of plastic is recycled, we need a better solution.

Simple Bare Necessities is here to be part of that solution.

Since the 1950’s humans have produced 18 trillion pounds of plastic. If we put a modern twist on how shopping used to be, prior to the 50’s, we can save literal tons of plastic from polluting our planet. Simply by reshaping our consumption habits and eliminating single-use plastic, we can be the change.

According to a new Futerra survey, 96% of consumers feel their own actions, such as donating, recycling or buying ethically, can make a difference. And over half believe that they personally can make a big difference. Consumers are aware of the impact and importance of individual action. 88% of consumers want brands to help them live sustainably, and we want to be the help. We are here to do the research to provide the most environmentally responsible products to make individual actions just that easy.

 

Where will your funds go?

We need to raise 20K to solidify our location. Once the brick-and-mortar store has been secured, we will begin build and fill our shop. As a zero-waste advocate, we will attempt to furnish all we can with reclaimed, secondhand structures. So far, 60% of furnishing have been secured as secondhand items, but still with a price tag of about $5,000 secondhand (compared to brand new would cost over $13,000). The less exciting items, such as the permitting process, operating systems, food scales, and label printers are hard to acquire secondhand and so those items will be purchased new, but we will be investing in ones that will last our lifetime so there is never a need to send it to the landfill ($3,000).  Once we are constructed, the funds will help fill our inventory of low-waste, environmentally conscious products. We are opening with over 150+ sustainable personal care and home essential products, and over 140+ zero waste bulk food products (approx.$10,000). We place our values specifically around making a positive environmental impact, and by doing that we are committed to offering as many resources as possible. This includes participating in 10+ recycling programs offering by TerraCycle ($2,000). Finally, we will invest in marketing to help spread the sustainable word and create a community full of like-minded individuals for those learning how to walk gently on the planet.

 

There are over 300 stores with a similar shopping model throughout the country, and we want to be the first to offer this opportunity to Sussex County, NJ.

There are two easy ways that you can help:

1) By spreading the word and creating awareness.

2) By purchasing rewards from this campaign.

Your contributions will support us as we build our full service, package-free grocery store that we have been dreaming of bringing to this community. 

For this campaign, we will approach our goal in two separate phases.

Goal #1: $10,000 Permitting process to make sure that everything meets health code standards and that we can move through the permit applications as efficiently as possible. Secondhand furnishings to stand by our commitment to reducing environmental impacts. Operating systems and Recycling programs.

Goal #2: 10,000 Purchasing new earth-conscious and organic inventory and supporting local and ethical businesses by building partnerships with our suppliers.

 

Our Team

Simple Bare Necessities is full of earth advocates, just like the community we are aiming to build. I, Mikaela Molnar, am the owner and founder of Simple Bare Necessities and I am blessed to have the help of my volunteering friends and family who are help making our dreams become reality and assisting to build the earth-conscious community our planet deserves.

 

Risks and Challenges

As a zero-waste store, we make every effort to be as low-waste as possible although it is not always going to be 100% zero waste behind the scenes. We are a transparent company, so that will not be shadowed. We are dedicated to working with our environmentally committed suppliers to create a closed loop system business to business, and we will be making all efforts to work with recycling programs like TerraCycle to keep as much waste out of the landfill as possible. This is an expensive commitment, but it is one we take seriously. We are committed to paying a livable wage to all future employees and are aimed at keeping prices affordable and increasing the accessibility to living a sustainable life.

 

Thank you from SBN founder Mikaela Molnar

I am proud to be a female business owner, and to have the opportunity to foster positive change for our community. Being raised in Sussex County, New Jersey has been a beautiful life so far, but New Jersey is a special home, and we are privy to the pollution that washes up on our beaches, that crowds out hiking trails in the mountains, and suffocates the streets of our cities. I am especially committed to preserving the beautiful lands in our area.

 

Thank you for being part of the movement towards a sustainable future! I sincerely appreciate every contribution and the effort you are making to share our message and mission with everyone around you. Thank you for being part of the SBN community. I cannot wait to welcome you into our store!

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I contribute to your crowdfunding campaign from outside the US?
    You can contribute to our campaign from over 100 countries! If PayPal works in your country, you can contribute. 

     

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    Yes, you can create an anonymous guest account on IFundWomen to contribute to our campaign. You’ll still have to provide your payment information of course, but we never see that. IFundWomen & PayPal process your payment, not us.

     

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    Is my financial information safe?
    Yes! Simple Bare Necessities does not see any of your financial information, and IFundWomen does not store your financial information. Your payment is processed directly through PayPal, one of the world’s leading payment processing companies.

     

    Is there another way I can support Simple Bare Necessities besides this campaign?
    Of course! We can also accept contributions by Venmo, cash or check. Your can also purchase our products from our website. For free ways to support us you can share our crowdfunding campaign on your social media, or tell your your friends about us! All support is FOREVER appreciated.

     

    What new products will you be launching after this crowdfunding?
    We are working on launching a bulk foods grocery store as well as over 50 new home essentials and personal care products. 

     

    Where is Simple Bare Necessities located?
    We are in Sussex County, NJ, USA! We are opening our first Brick-and-Mortar store in Sparta, NJ. 

     

    Where can I buy your products?
    At the moment, we are operating online and at farmers markets only! You can head to our website to find all of our earth and ocean-friendly products, and are you also find out where we are popping up next! 

     

    Where can I learn more about Simple Bare Necessities?
    Here’s our website & our Instagram. You can also email us directly with any questions at simplebarenecessitieszw@gmail.com 

     

 

 

Paul Cianciulli
03/04/2021
Zero Waste Gift Box
$125
Jacob Thomas Pyrzynski
03/04/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
03/02/2021
Zero Waste Gift Box
$125
03/02/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
03/02/2021
Thank you with flowers!
$15
03/01/2021
Monetary Contribution
$30
Jake Turner
02/26/2021
Monetary Contribution
$50
Lynsey McA'Nulty
02/25/2021
Lifetime Membership
$500
02/22/2021
Zero Waste Shoppers Kits!
$75
Ellen
02/22/2021
Member account and automatic 500 Points!
$45
Monetary Contribution

Any amount from $5-$1000! Thank you SO much for the support!!

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15.00 USD
Thank you with flowers!

Thank you SO much! Your donation means the world to us, so we want to send a special thank you card. You'll receive a handwritten thank you card on seed paper so you can plant it and grow wildflowers , and you'll know our gratitude lives on forever!

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45.00 USD
Member account and automatic 500 Points!

We can create your account with Simple Bare Necessities, unless you already have one and we will automatically add 500 points to your account that will count as rewards towards your future purchases! Earn 7 points with every dollar spent, every 100 points equals $1. There are many ways to earn points, such as celebrating your birthday!

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75.00 USD
Zero Waste Shoppers Kits!

You are going to be SO ready to shop with us with this Zero Waster Shoppers Kit! Complete with 3 produce bags, 1 huge farmer's market bag, and 2 refillable glass jars. If you're not a Zero Waste pro yet, this will definitely help get you there.

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3 Supporters
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125.00 USD
Zero Waste Gift Box

Whether you got the zero waste game down pat, or you're not even sure where to begin, we are rewarding you with the Zero Waste Gift Box! Kick off your sustainability journey with a dish soap block, set of eco sponges, laundry powder,  a bamboo tooth brush, a bar of soap and soap saver bag!

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9 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Lifetime Membership

Thank you SO much for supporting us! This rewards offers you a lifetime membership with a 5% discount on all future orders, first access to pre-orders, a reserved seat for all Zero Waste living classes and courses, and exclusive discounts for members only.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Any amount from $5-$1000! Thank you SO much for the support!!

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8 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD
Thank you with flowers!

Thank you SO much! Your donation means the world to us, so we want to send a special thank you card. You'll receive a handwritten thank you card on seed paper so you can plant it and grow wildflowers , and you'll know our gratitude lives on forever!

42 Left
8 Supporters
Select this reward
45.00 USD
Member account and automatic 500 Points!

We can create your account with Simple Bare Necessities, unless you already have one and we will automatically add 500 points to your account that will count as rewards towards your future purchases! Earn 7 points with every dollar spent, every 100 points equals $1. There are many ways to earn points, such as celebrating your birthday!

149 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Zero Waste Shoppers Kits!

You are going to be SO ready to shop with us with this Zero Waster Shoppers Kit! Complete with 3 produce bags, 1 huge farmer's market bag, and 2 refillable glass jars. If you're not a Zero Waste pro yet, this will definitely help get you there.

34 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
125.00 USD
Zero Waste Gift Box

Whether you got the zero waste game down pat, or you're not even sure where to begin, we are rewarding you with the Zero Waste Gift Box! Kick off your sustainability journey with a dish soap block, set of eco sponges, laundry powder,  a bamboo tooth brush, a bar of soap and soap saver bag!

33 Left
9 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Lifetime Membership

Thank you SO much for supporting us! This rewards offers you a lifetime membership with a 5% discount on all future orders, first access to pre-orders, a reserved seat for all Zero Waste living classes and courses, and exclusive discounts for members only.

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9 Supporters
Select this reward