The idea of a consumer co-op is simple.
- Gather a group of people who want to buy in bulk, or buy stuff together and split it down – 4 households minimum
- register with an ethical wholesaler – we’re looking at Essential in Bristol
- agree where stuff is going to be delivered
- work out an order valued at at least at £250 to save delivery charges
Or that is the theory.
If you want to join in, take a look at their website http://www.essential-trading.co.uk/ and contact Jamie Heckert.
According to their website, their most local stockists are in Bridport and Lymington.
Someone also mentioned Genesis Farmers Co-op in Dorset – fresh meat – I can’t find a web reference.
We also want to look at sourcing food from local suppliers.
If the group grows, or others are interested to start up separate co-ops, we would be keen to spawn more consumer buying groups in the Poole area.