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Support Reusabowl - Takeaway without waste
By Sarah Booher
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NZ $13,001 pledged
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Support Reusabowl Takeaway Without Waste
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$12,000 means BOBBY GETS A BOWL CUT
A huge thank you to everyone who helped us meet our minimum target. We are thrilled! We only have a few more days left of our campaign and our co-founder Bobby just agreed that if we can reach our stretch goal of $12,000 - he'll get a BOWL CUT!!
The more we raise, the sooner we can make Reusabowl a reality (and see Bobby with a bowl) - so let's do it! Thank you so much for your support.
Why we're here
What is Reusabowl?
Reusabowl is a reusable takeaway container service.
No need to remember your own container.
Now you’ll always have a waste-free option at the checkout.
How it works
Imagine you're ordering from your favourite takeaway shop. Instead of getting your meal in a throw-away container, now you can choose to borrow a reusable one.
Eat and enjoy. Next time you’re out and about, simply return the container to any partner retailer or Reusabowl drop location.
We offer an easy option for food retailers and customers to reduce single-use waste.
In July we ran our first test run at the Sunday Harbourside Market in Wellington using a reusable bowl prototype made from bamboo fibre. The four food vendors we approached happily stocked our bowls - one even gave a discount to customers to choose the reusable option!
We received resoundingly positive feedback from customers and together diverted stacks of waste in just a few hours.
Our goal is to replace all single-use with Reusabowls across our cities, in all shops, across Aotearoa.
Now we need your help to make it happen.
We’re on the hunt to find or create the ideal container that suits all food types (sushi, curry, tacos, you name it). We also want to avoid introducing more plastic into the system so we’re investigating materials like bamboo fibre and rice husk for our containers. With your support we can finish development and produce a set of prototypes to start piloting the system.
To ensure we create the easiest system for you, our users - we need to start testing it.
We have two pilots planned to help us refine our model:
- Markets - We’re partnering with the Wellington Sunday Harbourside Market to stock Reusabowl containers for a beta pilot.
- Offices - We’re partnering with offices to lunch waste free. During a pilot in Te Aro, Reusabowls will be available at nearby partner retailers for employees to use. Offices will receive a custom drop bin in their lunchroom with pick-ups of used containers.
Your funds will help us to
- Finish prototyping and produce our first set of takeaway containers
- Test the model at scale during our pilot
With those learnings we can take the next step to bringing a reusable takeaway solution to Aotearoa!
Nice to meet you
We are friends turned co-founders who were tired of seeing single-use packaging and plastic littering Aotearoa and washing up on beaches around the world.
We believe reducing waste doesn’t mean you have to say no - it’s working together as a society to redesign our systems so we can make sustainable choices easy, universal and accessible, and live in harmony with the natural world.
Our small choices add up - if we act together we can make them count.
Thank you to our friends and family who support us and to everyone reading this who cares deeply about this beautiful country and wants to show that if we change our habits, we can change the world!
A huge thank you to Chris Callus for his videography and animation skills. And to the mentors of the Zero Carbon Challenge for their support throughout this process.
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So tell me more about this container…
Glad you asked! Reusabowl takeaway containers will be made out of a biodegradable polymer - we are currently testing bamboo fibre and rice husk. This type of material is durable, reusable and ultimately returns to the soil at the end of its life. Your PledgeMe support will enable us to bring our prototypes into production so we can start testing a reusable system and bring it to life.
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Love to our amazing friends & sponsors (we couldn't do this without you!)
Bobby got the bowl!
14/09/2019 at 11:11 AM
Kia ora everyone,
We are overwhelmed by the response in the last few days of our PledgeMe. We hit our stretch goal of $12,000 - in fact we exceeded it!
Our campaign closes in less than 1 hour and we have nearly hit $13,000 thanks to you.
And that means… BOBBY GOT THE BOWL CUT!! Sarah had the honour of hairdresser and the fearless Bobby took the plunge when we hit the $12,000 mark on Thursday evening, to roaring applause. For friends and whānau who couldn’t be there in person, we streamed the entire thing on our Instagram stories @reusabowlnz.
Thank you again for all your support over the past two months. We look forward to sending out rewards in the coming weeks, and for the next stage of Reusabowl.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend, and we'll be in touch soon.
xx Team Reusabowl
THANK YOU and update - Bobby needs a bowl cut!
11/09/2019 at 4:45 PM
Kia ora amazing Pledgers,
A huge thank you for supporting our campaign. **Phew wipes brow with a smile** It's been a busy six weeks and we're thrilled to have hit our minimum target (because of you!)
We are entering the FINAL DAYS of the campaign.
If we can make our stretch goal of $12,000 - our co-founder BOBBY IS GETTING A BOWL CUT!
The more we raise, the sooner we can make Reusabowl a reality. We still have a bunch of rewards left - like a $100 cafe voucher (for a $100 pledge!), planting trees, Reusa-fishie earrings, electric bike hires, surf and dance classes in Wellington, and more - so keep spreading the word if you're keen to see Bobby with a BOWL (we certainly are!!)
We cannot express how amazing it feels to know over 181 epic people in Aotearoa and abroad care about our team and our mission, and are acting to see sustainable change happen in the world - so thank you!
Cheers, and we'll be in touch soon,
Bobby, Marine & Sarah
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"Love your work! Can't wait to try it out when it's live."
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"Wahooo!! Love your work! Go planet earth :)"
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"Love and support your movement ✊🏽 xx Vie"
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"Whooooo go team, love your mahi! x"
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"Great initiative - can't wait to see these back at the Te Papa markets! "
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"Awesome work towards zero waste. Mauri ora koutou! Would be awesome to see some down in Dunedin!"
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"You guys are awesome! So inspiring!"
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"Great idea, hope you can get this up and running :)"
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"Hi Marine, Wish you guys the best of luck! This is amazing xox"
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"You guys are AWESOME, much <3 from a cheerleader/fangirl"
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"Go go go team!"
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"This is such an awesome initiative and I hope this kicks off in Wellington and all across NZ! I take my container and cutlery everywhere with me but sadly most people don’t. This provides people a solution! Can’t wait to see this out there! Well done "
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"Yew. So so rad team :)"
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"Brilliant idea guys"
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"Marine and team, so stoked that you are doing this! As a RefillNZer, I’m all for the reusable movement! Refuse, reuse, refill. "
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"Bring on reuse up in the Bay of Islands too! Great idea! "
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"Terrific Idea! Let us know when it is coming to the U.S. :) Good luck! Love you Sarah! "
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"Good luck! Such a great idea"
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"Great idea - thanks! Looking forward to reducing waste in Welly PS Can reusable milk bottles be your next project after this one"