Blue Market AK is committed to introducing and making convenient an earth-conscious "unpackaged" refill shopping experience that will encourage a simpler, mindful approach to shopping. Our little blue market cart already carries a sampling of household and personal products in bulk that we will provide at our brick and mortar store in 2020 (note bulk food items will also be available at our store). You can find us at farmers markets and pop-ups starting August 2019.
This will be the first neighborhood market in Anchorage that carries a spectrum of goods emphasizing eco-friendly shopping, all in one location (fresh local market produce, food and cooking items, personal care products, household cleansers, and gifts that are locally-made whenever possible).
By backing us during this campaign, we will be able to secure a location for a brick and mortar retail spot. The atmosphere will be intimate, inviting, bright and uncluttered. We will be pedestrian and bike friendly. We will offer free on-site and electronically available information that contain tips about how to affordably become earth-conscious shoppers and eaters, and how to reduce our own carbon footprints. Space will be available for meetings, group discussions, community gatherings, or just hanging out.
The carefully curated selection of products reduces the number of choices and addresses shopping-overload anxiety that bigger stores with hundreds of brands can produce. You will shop with confidence knowing each product meets the Blue Market standards of sustainability. You will keep single use plastics out of the landfills and water-ways.
You can change the course of our ocean's and earth's future by helping us get started.
Raise at least $30,000 to grow our business beyond the little blue market cart: this amount matches what each of our Founders has committed, in addition to their time, to make Blue Market AK a reality. Each $30,000 covers approximately 1 month of retail store overhead. If we reach our funding goal we can recoup the start-ups costs associated with the business and the little blue market cart and stock our shelves for the opening of a brick and mortar store. If we exceed our fundrasiing goal, funds will go into the store build-out and additional start-up costs. All proceeds from this campaign and the little blue market cart go directly back into the business. We will not take any salary until 2020 and do not anticipate making any profit until the store front opens.
Reduce the garbage in the ocean: minimal to no plastic packaging, minimal waste, compostable, eco-friendly, fair trade, locally made, good quality and not too many choices
Improve shopping by slowing down: friendly atmosphere
Benefit the customer: guilt-free shopping, connection to a community, friendly environment, peaceful moments in a hectic day, healthy, contributing to a solution, easy access to schools, work, larger grocery stores.
Problem solved: Customers will not have drawers full of plastic bags, will no longer be contributing to the landfills or to ocean pollution. Items that are normally available only online or disbursed locations will be available here.
People are used to quick-fix disposable shopping solutions (like plastic water bottles and plastic shopping bags). It will take time, patience and kindness to break through this habit that we have gotten used to.
Some people just can't contribute, but that doesn't mean they can't help:
And that's all there is to it.
1. $25 - RIDE THE WASTE LESS WAVE *AWESOME BAG* (Limit 100)
2. $75 - REFILL, NOT LANDFILL *MEMBERSHIP* (Limit 100)
3. $125 - SEA OF SUPPORT SAMPLER *PUNCH CARD* (Limit 150)
4. $150 - HOME IS WHERE THE START IS *HOUSEHOLD KIT* (Limit 50)
5. $200 - KEEP THE SAND OUT OF YOUR SANDWICH *LUNCHBOX KIT* (Limit 50)
6. $500 - OCEANS OF GRATITUDE *YOUR NAME ON THE WALL* (Limit 50)
7. $1000 - CHANGING TIDES AT HOME *CONSULTATION* (Limit 10)
8. $2500 - SETTING SAIL FOR SUSTAINABLE WATERS *LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP* (Limit 10)
9. $5000 - HOOK LINE AND SINKER *PERSONAL SHOPPER & PARTY* (Limit 10)
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