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MAWDDACH WHOLEFOOD CO-OPERATIVE
Ffordd y Gader
|Details: The aims of the Mawddach Wholefood Co-operative:
? To obtain wholefoods, organic food and related products for
members by bulk buying
? To encourage the purchase and supply of such goods by individuals
? To inspire other areas to operate similar local projects.
As a co-operative, all members have an equal say in the running of the project
and are active in practical tasks. Membership is open to anyone willing and
able to participate. There are currently about a hundred members. By
purchasing in quantity, dried goods can be bought significantly cheaper than
through supermarkets, even after ten per cent has been added to cover
The group’s premises acts as a collection point for a local fruit and vegetable
organic box scheme and as an outlet for local eggs. From a sustainable
perspective such bulk buying reduces packaging, while concentration on
organic products achieves beneficial effects for the wider environment.
In relation to the future, the co-operative realises that it is now reaching a
practical limit in size and turnover. It would encourage others to start new
groups so that such projects can operate within, and serve, a relatively small
Tips for others: ”Because we operate as a co-operative we must balance trust
with common sense. There is always a core of members who do most of the
work and others who feel things are being run for them!”
Status of organisation: Voluntary
Area: Twenty mile radius of Dolgellau|
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