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CERO has a plan to boost recycling and composting with a new worker-owned business.
Lor Holmes
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
17 Team Members
CERO is creating Green jobs that pay off for people, community & the planet is sponsored by Cutting Edge Capital. Funds raised in this campaign will be used to support the democratization of investing.

Tim thinks communities of color shouldn’t be left out of the new green economy.

Guadalupe believes workers, not big corporations, should profit from their labor.

Steven wants to keep the money he earns circulating in the community he’s lived in all his life.

These are just some of the reasons African American and Latino workers came together to form the unique bilingual, multicultural co-op called CERO. They’ve invested two years of sweat equity into building a worker-owned business. In its first year CERO will reduce customer trash sent to landfills and incinerators by 50% and return more than 1000 tons of organic food waste to the food chain as rich composted soil.

Will you help CERO get up and running?

We need trucks and equipment to get our source separation recovery systems operational. This campaign will show investors and lenders that we have serious support. The proceeds will seed our direct public offering so that community folks, even those who don't have a whole lot to invest, can have a stake in our success too. We've already got customers lined up. With your help we can get the trucks and equipment we need to do the job.

Exciting Perks

  • Cool stuff made of recycled materials

  • Your name on one of our recycling & composting trucks

  • Cenar con CERO (Supper with CERO) dinner parties in great local restaurants

It's a Community Thing!

We are super appreciative for your donation. Now won't you help your friends into the CERO Circle by connecting them with the campaign?

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raised by 252 people in 1 month
113% funded
No time left
Verified Nonprofit
$15,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on September 13, 2013
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  • $10USD
    CERO Sticker or magnet

    "Solidarity Economy - CERO - Economía Solidaria" Declares your support for worker-ownership and cooperative economies that benefit people and the planet.

    34 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Recycled Bike Chain Key Ring

    Artsy and cool recycled bicycle chain key ring in CERO green for people & planetary solidarity.

    48 out of 120 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    Your name on a CERO truck

    You'll be immortalized and all the world will see your support with your name on a CERO recycling truck.

    32 out of 99 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $75USD
    Kitchen Compost Bucket

    Handy dandy flip top composter great for counter or cabinet.

    11 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Super CERO Supporter

    Your name on a CERO truck + a "Solidarity Economy - CERO - Economía Solidaria" sticker + a Recycled Bike Chain Key Ring. Super cool!

    21 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $125USD
    Cenar Con CERO

    Join CERO co-opers and supporters for dinner at one of our great local green restaurants. The gift certificate is good for $20 off on your meal.

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $150USD
    Artsy all-recycled zip pouch

    Only 15 available! One of a kind, bright and beautiful stuff holders are made from fused reclaimed plastic. Check them out at www.Lousupcycles.com. We're grateful that Lou donated 15 of these so 100% of your donation goes to CERO. Thanks Lou! Use and abuse them, they will only get softer with use. Water resistant, you can wash it out and air dry, super durable. Try one on. Rock one out. Bet you anything, no one else has seen one.

    5 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $175USD
    Whacky Watermelon Minigolf

    It's true. Bring Whacky Watermelon Minigolf to your Event! in Massachusetts. The portable fruit-themed minigolf course currently has 9 holes complete with pop-up obstacles: Hungry Worm, the Apple, Jack-o-Lantern Jump, and Pineapple Under the Sea. Strawberry Fields, Spinning Starfruit, Orange Peel, Avocado Alley, Banana Splits, and Lemonade River. There are putters for people tall and small with plenty of multi-colored golf balls! Sorry this perk is only available for delivery in Mass.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    First Circle Founder

    5 - "Solidarity Economy - CERO - Economía Solidaria" Stickers or Magnets PLUS a Kitchen Compost Bucket or Recycled Bike Chain Key Ring PLUS Your Name on one of CERO's recycle trucks!!!

    5 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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