Scoop and Scales is a cooperative that opened a refill shop in Macclesfield in October 2020. As we grow, we hope that this space will be a hub for environmental activity in the town. We welcome everyone to our shop.
Find us at: The Old Sunday School (Heritage Centre), Roe Street, SK11 6UT.
Open: Mon (10-4), Wed (10-4), Thurs (10-7), Fri (10-4), Sat (10-4), Treacle Sunday (10-2)
Find out how zero waste shopping works here.
Scoop and Scales is a members cooperative, as of January 2023 we have over 520 members. Members get a 5% discount on most items in the shop and also have a vote in key decisions at our members meetings, which gives everyone a stake and say in the operation and development of our cooperative. We aim to be open and inclusive, recognising the different abilities of our members as a strength that we can use to give us a broad perspective and improve how we operate.
You can find out more join as a member and sign up to our mailing list here.
We also have a dedicated group of directors on the committee (all volunteers) who work hard behind the scenes to run the admin, financial, research and marketing sides of our operation.
In addition, we have an excellent group of shop managers (Andrea, Emily, Fabienne, Laura, Matt, Helen and Louise) who look after the day to day running of our shop. The shop managers are paid for their time at the shop.
We also rely on assistance from our band of volunteers, who give many hours each month to help us.
As a group we are aiming to reduce food waste and single use packaging and create a place that people can buy ethically sourced products that reduce our impact on the wonderful world we live in. By buying in bulk and customers re-using containers we are hugely reducing the plastic waste we create. We also allow customers to buy the exact quantities they require of each item, allowing people to try new foods and reduce food waste.
We also aim to provide information and links to other local green groups to encourage discussion about the wider aspects of living a greener, simpler life. Part of this is putting on a varied series of events.
Finally, we believe in profit for purpose. This means we aim to be financially sustainable and generate a small surplus, a proportion of which we re-invest in the local area to support local projects and organisations.