dear crowdfunders: THANK YOU!!

Our Indiegogo campaign ended today, and we are THRILLED to announce that you helped us earn more than $5,000!! So much gratitude. It is incredible to think that so many of you, from loved ones to friends to total strangers, showed your love for my crazy idea with your dollars. We're beyond humbled to put those dollars to good use as we get rolling.

AND JUST IN TIME: WE NOW HAVE OUR FIRST CUSTOMERS!! To be continued...!

Gettin' scrappy.

What's in a name?

We could hardly believe no one had already taken "Scraps LLC" in the CO register (it's ours now!) For us, it's the perfect name.

Perfect because we collect food scraps - not compost. Compost is the finished product. (Which we don't make; we bring it to the people who are experts at that.) 

Perfect because it's kind of adorable.

And perfect because we're scrappy - and we like to think that's part of our edge in this business. That's why we've bootstrapped our way to this point, and we promise you excellent service.

Our "bikes."

Our bikes are made right here in the Front Range of Colorado. The awesome team who makes them - the folks of Main Street Pedicabs - have built literally thousands of pedicabs, pedal-trikes and other "bicycle-vehicles." The company has had a tremendous influence on the growth of bicycle-powered mobility in the U.S., and we are lucky - and proud! - to work so closely with them. 

This year, 2017, is their 25th anniversary. Check out what they're up to this year.

Groups who inspire us!

Not only do these Denver-based non-profit groups inspire us, but they've each helped us hone our business plan, build our network and get up and pedaling strong.

Together, we're working to build a Denver that's filled with bicycles and known for a sustainable food system.

Check out our favorites:

Denver Food Rescue.
This group pairs food donors - like large supermarkets and others - with food distributors - local community organizations with "pop-up grocery" programs where residents who need it can access food for free, no questions asked. And it does it all by bicycle.

BikeDenver.
This awesome non-profit advocates for better and better cycling infrastructure in the Mile High City. 

Transit Alliance.
Another gem. Transit Alliance is focused on empowering the citizens of Denver (and beyond) to transform the Mile High City into a model of multi-modal, accessible, affordable, sustainable mobility options.

Why I can't stand to see food get tossed in the garbage.

Let's face it: our society doesn't do a good job of doing the right thing with food waste. 

For one thing, we create an awful lot of it.
We buy and cook and serve more than we need.
We throw things away according to incredibly conservative standards of what's "gone bad." 
We don't have great policies for "rescuing" food that is still edible but maybe not sale-able at the supermarket.
We don't have widespread composting / food scraps pick-up options.

Here in Denver, recent data shows that nearly half of what we toss in the landfill is organic waste. "Organic waste" basically means food scraps, yard debris and other compostable materials. Instead of composting it (or turning it into energy, or not throwing it away so quickly), it all gets buried in a giant hole, taking up space, emitting methane and not returning to the soil.

Ugh. 

My answer to all this: I have to try to do my small part to chip away at the problem.

By only buying & cooking what I need.
By joining the Master Composter program at Denver Urban Gardens and learning as much as I possibly can about compost.
By supporting & volunteering for groups like Denver Food Rescue, redistributing otherwise discarded (but very much edible) food around the city.

And by listening to the persistent voice telling me to start this little company, and expand the city's compost options. 

Of all of the gigantic environmental and sustainabilty issues we face as humans, honestly I think this is one of the easiest to tackle. How do you do your part?