Scoop your own tasty wholefoods in Edinburgh, at our friendly worker-run cooperative.

by The New Leaf Coop

About the project


Tipping Point £1,000
Second Milestone £5,000
Third Milestone £10,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
In the last 50 years a revolution in food production systems has taken place, spearheaded by supermarkets and large agri-businesses. The size and power of these organisations means that consumers have lost control over what they eat and where it comes from. In search of higher profits, these businesses have driven a huge expansion in unsustainable food systems: increasing food miles and decimating of eco-systems. Globally, farmers and growers rights have been eroded as global businesses have increased their hold on their livelihoods. Closer to home, local economies are suffering as they struggle to compete with supermarkets´ economies of scale.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Supermarkets control more than eighty percent of the british grocery market. A few global biotech companies hope to patent the seeds from which all our food will come. The food industry is responsible for a third of all green house gas emissions, give or take. Obesity is on the increase, as are allergies and all manner of diet related illnesses. Statistics can give some idea of this; but it is far better to understand the social, economic and environmental forces that have lead to this situation. There are many resources out there, but here is a starter:
What is your solution?
We aim to support organic and other low impact growers and producers to provide healthy and sustainable food to as many people as possible. Food distribution based on profit will never benefit consumers or producers. Networks based on trust respect and fair exchange need to be built at every level. By providing an outlet for local growers, and a friendly informative atmosphere for consumers, we hope to be part of it. We will respect our beleaguered environment by selling goods with minimal or no packaging, delivering by cargo bike and reducing food miles.
How will you deliver this?
We will offer affordable, good-quality wholefoods. As a worker´s co-op, we will control our own working conditions, meaning we are also free to make decisions that are based on more than profit. Our unpackaged goods will range from pulses to grains, nuts and dried fruits as well as cleaning products and oils. We want to hold events educating about and promoting local producers and cooperative models of enterprise. A coffee machine and sofa will also provide a spot to sit and relax and catch up on goings on of the local area.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Keep in touch with what we’re up to and sign up for our fortnightly bulletin if you haven’t already done so: e-mail ‘subscribe’ to: Oh, and like (and share!) our facebook page: Follow us on Twitter! @TheNewLeafCoop especially if you’d like to keep on top of how the refitting adventure unfolds.
  • 5 minutes
    Tell a friend, or two, or all of them =) Contact us! Send us an e-mail if you have any suggestions or ideas.
  • 15 minutes
    Read and talk about cooperatives and food issues. You can also help us with some research about stock and shop layout. We will need to know what works and what doesn’t, and you’re the kind of person we’d like to ask!
  • 30 minutes
    Make sure you keep them free for our opening day =)
  • A few hours
    Come and help us refit and set up the shop at the end of August!
  • Regular time commitment
    At the moment we aren’t sure whether we’ll be taking volunteers. But let us know if you’re interested, so that you can be the first to know if it happens!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

We want to make good quality, affordable whole foods more accessible to the Edinburgh population, for you to cook, eat and enjoy! We will be opening up the back room of the shop and doubling the sales area so we'll be able to pack many more products in. We will respect our environment. We will reduce packaging by offering a wide range of loose wholefoods that you can Scoop Yourself, and by expanding the range of refills available. We are also developing plans for a delivery service by Cargo Bike! As a democratically controlled worker's cooperative, we will promote the cooperative model and support the development of a healthy and sustainable local economy. We will buy from local producers and will build links with folk who are seeking to challenge unsustainable economic and agricultural practices. Eventually we hope to channel some of our profits into seeding new projects with positive aims (although there's a long way to go yet!) We would like to see the shop become a base within the local community, for workshops and events, and a source of information about cool stuff that's happening. We will have a coffee machine and will expand the range of ready to eat foods so you'll be able to pop in, grab a bite to eat or drink, and find out what's going on!

Geographical coverage

Within a city/shire

Our track record

Initially, there will be five members of the Edinburgh Wholefood Cooperative. We came together around a shared passion for wholefoods, and a desire to promote environmentally sustainable and socially responsible food production systems, within a worker-controlled environment. We each bring with us a range of skills, experience and lots of enthusiasm and energy which will be harnessed to greatest effect within our horizontal structure. See our Business Prospectus for full details of our knowledge, skills and experience. To obtain a copy of this report email us at:

How do we deliver this?

• Make wholefoods more accessible to the Edinburgh population • Provide good quality, considerately sourced ingredients for people to cook with • Promote cooking from healthy, raw ingredients • Respect the environment by reducing packaging • Promote local food, supporting local economies and reducing food miles • Make links with producers and folk who are trying to change food production systems for the better • Increase understanding of how current food production systems are unsustainable and morally wrong • Put profits into seeding other projects with positive aims • Pay ourselves a living wage • Offer a positive example of a radical workers' coop. • Support other local cooperatives