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The Cut back is a Zero waste shop and Eco hub that will be opening soon in Saltburn.....but first I need your help!

by The cut back in Saltburn By The Sea, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

  • Provide more workshops to support the community in their sustainability journey, to save money and become more self sufficient.
  • Buy a nut butter machine to produce sustainable, palm oil free nut butter at what ever quantities you want.
  • Buy a commercial fridge so that I can stock fresh plant based milks and vegan cheeses from some amazing local producers.
  • Buy an electric cargo bike to allow me to do deliveries to those who can’t get to the shop or in order to support the community in the case of another pandemic.

The Cut Back is a social enterprise business which includes a shop where you can buy all of your goods without plastic and unnecessary packaging. It will also house a community space with a cafe where workshops will be held. The overall goal for the business is to support the local community with the fight against climate change. I have a venue for this, but it needs a lot of work and equipment. I am accessing funding from the council and a business loan but I also need your help as a community to get this off the ground.

1599667424_img_0074.jpgMy name is Tracy Reeve, I have always loved the outdoors, from hiking and paddle boarding to wild swimming, nature has always been a healing balm, helping me to gain some perspective and clear my mind. I have worked with organisations such as Eco schools and the WWF, supporting ecological initiatives and raising awareness of environmental issues.

Now the planet that we call home, the natural environment that we all love, is in grave danger. On May 1st 2019, The British Government became one of many Countries who have declared a Climate Emergency. We are all now seeing the changes to our planet. From our weather systems with severe heatwaves and destructive flooding to rising sea levels, eroding coastlines. Things are going to get a lot worse, especially for our children and future generations, unless we do something now! 


“We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that. Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us.” Sir David Attenborough


With my work an ambassador for the World Wildlife Federation, I promoted the Earth Hour event that happens annually in March worldwide. It was a huge inspiration to see so many people from all walks of life coming together to fight for the survival of our planet. Just like with the recent Corona virus lock down, I saw how incredible that solidarity can be and what it can achieve.

Saving the Earth is now more important than ever, with a recent UN report warning that we have until 2030, only TEN YEARS away, to keep its temperature to the current level of 1.5C and stop climate change in its tracks. As The Independent explains, if we don’t halve our greenhouse gas emissions by then, we will lose every coral reef and all of the Arctic ice in the world. Droughts and other natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tsunamis, will also become more prevalent, causing devastation for an increasing amount of people.

We've all seen the lack of effort on behalf of the Government and large organisations. This planet belongs to us all and there is something that we can all do. Every small change can make a huge difference.

I am going to create a space within the Saltburn community where you can come and buy a wide range of products such as food, tea, coffee, beauty products and toys....all without the senseless amount of, mostly un-recyclable plastic. With a great many of the products available loose for you to decant into your own containers.
Based on my recent survey (posted on local social media and filled in by almost 400 respondents!! Which was amazing!!) I am intending to prioritise the ethical values of products based on the following criterion...

1st No plastic

2nd No packaging, or as little as possible

3rd Minimum food/product miles

4th Organic

5th Chemical and GM free

6th Fairtrade and Rainforest alliance certified 

So I do all the research for you, you can shop at The Cut Back safely with the knowledge that everything you buy has sustainability at its heart!

The Cut Back won’t be just any ordinary Zero waste shop though. It will be a 'not for profit' social enterprise (a Community interest company).  It can be difficult sometimes, to know what we can do as individuals and as a community to help the environment. At The Cut Back you will be able to find out where you can begin to make some small but effective changes in your life to reduce your own carbon footprint. There will be a safe space where anybody can find out more about local environmental initiatives, and how you can get involved. I am liaising with local groups such as Nick Nobel and Simon Palmer the local representatives for ‘Surfers against sewage’, The Teeside branch of Extinction rebellion, The Marine conservation society and the team behind the Beachwatch beach cleans. I will be donating from my profits, money and equipment support these local initiatives, initiatives that help save our local environment as well as our planet.

1599667355_img_0157.jpgI will also be running and hosting guest workshops In an array of subject areas from environmental art to upcycling and repairing clothes. I will be using my profits to provide the workshops at a subsidised, or zero cost. It will be a great opportunity to create connections with those pockets of the community that are more isolated than others and to show that we are all in this together and we can all make a real difference.I plan, in the future, to be able to serve a few vegan biscuits and cakes with a cuppa and somewhere cosy and warm to sit too.

To create all this I need YOUR help!

Please Join us and be a part of this exciting project. I am looking for donations to help pay for equipment, shop fittings and stock to get started. 

I will be taking out a business loan and also applying for some funding from Redcar and Cleveland Council to help with the set up and to get the building ready. I also hope to qualify for a generous grant of £5,000 from the Natwest bank and their 'Back her business' scheme which aims to help address the gender balance in the business world. 

Check our the rewards that are on offer in exchange for your generous donations they will help to pay for the following:

Point of sale system £900

Food dispensers £3500

Fixtures and fittings £6000

Stock £5000

Digital scales for customer self weigh and at the point of sale system £2000

Building refurbishment £12000

Lighting & Security £1000

The name of everybody who supports this campaign will be added to a unique piece of art work which will be displayed in the shop as a sign of our gratitude.

Our planet need our help and together we can start to make a real difference.

Please share this crowdfunder with everyone you know and don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions that you may have.

Thank you so much for your support! You are amazing! 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£80 or more

2 of 20 claimed

20% off 5 shops and starter kit

A 20% discount off your first 5 shops with us and a zero waste shopping starter kit which will include 3 jars and a branded cotton tote bag dyed with natural dyes.

£5 or more

Have a tree planted for you

We will pay to have a tree planet for you with 'Just one tree' An amazing none profit organisation who are working tirelessly to remove CO2 from our atmosphere through global reforestation.

£10 or more

4 of 50 claimed

£10 a plantable seeded thank you card and a high 5

A beautifully printed plantable thank you card from us and a metaphorical high 5.

£10 or more

10 of 50 claimed

A mini hero reward

One for the little eco warrior in your life! A 100g vegan pick and mix and an eco craft kit.

£25 or more

10% discount for your first 5 shops with us

A 10% off discount card valid for the first 5 purchases at the shop. Redeemable within the first year of opening.

£25 or more

1 of 25 claimed

A pack of tooth tablets and a bamboo toothbrush

A refillable tin with a months supply of toothpaste tablets and a bamboo toothbrush.

£40 or more

2 of 10 claimed

A reusable coffee cup and a bag of coffee

A gorgeous reusable travel coffee cup and a bag of locally roasted fresh ground coffee.

£50 or more

1 of 20 claimed

A 10% discount and starter kit

A 10% discount off your first 5 shops with us, redeemable within the first year of opening, and a zero waste shopping starter kit which will include 3 jars and a branded cotton, naturally dyed tote bag.

£50 or more

4 of 6 claimed

A ticket to our japanese gift wrapping workshop

A ticket to attend our Furoshiki workshop, the art of fabric wrapping. A sustainable way to beautifully wrap your gifts and a real art form in itself! This can be provided as a gift in an envelope by us.

£100 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Green schools reward

Are you a school who wants to support local green initiatives? By donating £100 or more to our crowdfunder you can sponsor one of our gravity feeders, having your schools name in pride of place in the shop.

£120 or more

5 of 28 claimed

Sponsor a gravity feeder

Are you an individual or a business who wants to support local green initiatives? By donating £100 or more to our crowdfunder you can sponsor one of our gravity feeders, having your name in pride of place in the shop. You can pick any name that you long as its not rude ;)

£200 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Founding member reward

You will be given a 20% off discount card, valid for 5 visits. A zero waste starter kit which will include a reusable travel cup, a felting soap block, a refillable tin of toothbrushing tablets and a bamboo toothbrush, all in a branded cotton tote bag dyed with natural dyes.

£50 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Make your own Christmas wreath workshop ticket

A ticket to attend our Christmas wreath making workshop. This workshop includes everything that you need to create your own beautiful wreath to adorn your front door, using all natural materials. This can be provided as a gift in an envelope by us.

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Corporate funding reward

Your company will be featured on our social media streams as one of our funding heroes. We will give you 5 x 20% off discount cards which will be valid for 5 visits each. You will will also be invited to a VIP tour of the premises before anyone else gets to see it.

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