How much do you love your Mum?

Mothers Day from a Zero Waste Perspective

Around this time of year, you’ll probably be getting numerous marketing messages that if you buy your Mum (or Mum-like equivalent person) the right kind of gift she will know just how much you love her.

If you get her the gift pack, the nicest flowers, the corny trinket or biggest box of chocolates then surely she will know that you love her heaps! And likewise, if you don’t then you mustn’t love her at all.

As a Mum, I have to say, this is absolutely correct so buy up big at Wasteless Pantry!!!!

Nah, just kidding 🙂

Your Mum, most likely, does not care what you get her or if you get her anything at all.

Most Mum’s just want to know that you care and you think about her.  She would love to spend the day with you enjoying each others company like when you were a kid and she was your whole world.

Remember that drawing you did for her when you were 5 that she made a fuss over or that disaster of a cake you baked that she smiled all the way through eating, or that time you offered her burnt toast, lukewarm coffee and an underboiled egg in bed.  She loved it all because it was from the heart and it was from you.

You could spend your money on your Mum with things that don’t create waste like:

  • Handcrafted tea blends (I love ginger & lemongrass with coconut sugar at the moment)
  • A cake you baked yourself (we have a brownie mix that you just mix with water if your baking skills haven’t improved much since you were a child)
  • Coffee beans and a plunger or a nice mug (mug sets always get chipped so you could pick up a one of a kind from the op shop)
  • Anything chocolate (you could try your hand at custom-made chocolate bars if you are keen)
  • Reusable face wipes, shampoo bars, moisturiser in a nice jar you saved and refilled or nice smelling soaps

But really, just focus on giving her your time.

We love being Mums and we love our Mums xx

Wasteless Pantry Bassendean News: 25th March 2019

            New Products!

Lots of exciting things happening at Wasteless Pantry Bassendean at the moment!

  • Vitamin E oil is now in stock for use as a moisturiser or ingredient in your home made beauty products.
  • Our new 15ml and 30ml aluminium tins are a great size for our scoopable deodorants and lip balm. Our bicarb-free deodorant is just $3.90 for a full 30ml tin!
  • Did you celebrate International Women’s Day? We are very pleased that this year the ‘luxury’ tax was removed from feminine hygiene products.  This means that reusable menstrual cups and pads are even more cost-effective as well as a great way to reduce waste.
  • We’ve added to our cleaning range with a disinfectant concentrate from EnviroClean.
  • We’re all ready for a waste-free Easter with our ‘naked’ large and mini milk and dark chocolate eggs. The dark eggs are dairy-free so also suitable for vegans. If you’re not into chocolate then our hollow wooden eggs can be filled with whatever you like. We’ve tried to stock up enough but please be mindful that we sold out at our Mundaring store last year.
  • The Family Hub Organics have created a luscious lightweight body lotion for us. It contains organic ingredients, no palm oil, is vegan, and is available unscented or with a grapefruit scent depending on your preference. Their products are very gentle and suitable for the most sensitive skin. Come in store to try it out now.
  • Sweet potato chips and veggie chips are here and they’re delicious. After much searching we’ve even managed to get them palm oil free.
  • To help you be an environmental pet owner we now have whitebait and kangaroo jerky pet treats, and scented and unscented dog/pet soap. This is in addition to the dog, cat and puppy food that we already stock. Reports are that even the fussiest cats and dogs are happy!
  • We have been stocking Perth Soapworks shampoo and conditioner bars for a little while, but we now have duo packs in large, medium, and trial size so you can try them out before committing to a large bar. They have also provided us with detergent bars for dish washing which have been very popular!
  • Start saving up your plastic bottle tops and rings (e.g. milk lids) as very soon we will be adding this to our existing recycling collection.

Want a FREE Chocolate Easter Egg?

Come in store between April 8 – 14 and spend over $40 in one transaction to receive one free palm oil-free, locally made, delicious chocolate easter egg!

Vegan Seitan Steak Recipe
Seitan is a chewy, protein-packed, meat-like food made from gluten flour (also called vital wheat gluten). Follow this recipe from ItDoesn’ for a delicious tasting vegan steak! Gluten flour, plus almost all of the other spices and marinade liquids, can be purchased from the Wasteless Pantry for a fraction of the cost of buying vegan meat from a specialty store.

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Meet the Wasteless Pantry Bassendean Team

We really love being part of our community and getting to know you all. We thought that perhaps you would want to get to know us better too!

All smiles from Shantelle, Caroline & James 🙂

James is a university graduate who studied in the field of molecular genetics. His hobbies include violin, hockey, music and a growing passion for sustainability. James was a part of the original Wasteless Pantry team when the flagship store opened in 2015.

Hi I’m Caroline! I’ve been transitioning to a low impact lifestyle since 2015 and I love having a go at any DIY I can. I love gardening, reading and investing back into my local community by facilitating arts and handmade workshops. Currently I spend most of my time working on getting my masters degree in Education and dreaming of building a tiny house!

Shantelle joined the team at the opening of the Bassendean store. Her previous experience includes copywriting for radio and truck driving in the mines. In her spare time, Shantelle loves cooking, hanging out with her pet rabbits, and trying to set up her garden for sustainable living!

Nice to meet you and looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Wasteless Pantry Greenwood News: 5 April 2019

We are 6 months old

Another month has flown by! Next week marks 6 months since we opened the doors at Greenwood. We are delighted to already have such lovely ‘regular’ customers and also feel very special when first-timers trust us to help them with their inagural zero-waste shopping experience.
Progress vs perfection?
One of the most common things people say when they come in to have a look around the store for the first time is “I need to get more organised …”.
I have been reflecting on this and I can certainly relate. It may be just me (though maybe not!?) but I feel there is a lot of pressure to do things perfectly, even things we are trying for the first time. We live in an age where we are bombarded with success stories and instagram-worthy photos.  The pressure is on to have a ‘perfect pantry’ or serve a family meal every night that would win a TV cooking show.
This reminded me of something my daughter learned long ago from her guitar teacher – progress not perfection.  Just as we cannot pick up an instrument and expect to play it fluently from the first day, it takes time and practice to learn different ways of shopping, cooking and consuming. And if you don’t have to play (or reduce your waste) perfectly to make a difference.
My advice is to just start somewhere – start small, be imperfect, learn as you go but, above all, just start. Perhaps, as you run out of something that used to be a source of waste, replace it with something that generates less waste.  If there is no viable substitute (yet) pick something else and move on. Start small, start now!
You may have already seen this photo from Anne Marie Bonneau & The Zero Waste Chef seemed to say it perfectly (lol) and the post is also worth a read.
New products keep on coming! 

Thanks for all the additions to our wishlist.  We have now added some more great new products to our range…They have arrived! Shampoo and conditioner bars from Narda at Perth Soapworks are in store now.  The team and I have all tried them and cannot stop raving.  We also have Narda’s soap called “Dude Rock” (which according to my daughters is not just for Dudes cos they love it!) After lots of requests for Vitamin E oil we now have it in our DIY beauty section.Wooden soap racks – great for making our lovely hand made soaps (and those new shampoo and conditioner bars) last longer between uses.The Family Hub Organics have created a luscious lightweight body lotion for us that you can grab refills of at your convenience.  It contains organic ingredients, no palm oil, is vegan, and is available unscented or with a grapefruit scent depending on your preference. Their products are very gentle and suitable for the most sensitive skinNew stocks of unpaper towels have arrived in the cutest fabrics from our supplier who makes them here in WA.We are also looking into shifting even more of our products to local suppliers. Did you know that well over 300 of our products are made in Australia and quite a few of those like our Sprayfree pecans and white quinoa are grown right here in WA?
Recipe of the month
With Easter around the corner, it would have to be Hot Cross Buns!  See the recipe with loads of variations here.

It was a real pleasure to have some students from The Montessori School in Kingsley visit the us this month to ask questions about starting a sustainable business within their school community.  If your school has some sustainability initiatives that we may be able to help with, please get in touch.

Next week we have Joe from Ethical Being co-hosting an after hours event to  share how easy and fun it is to shop for yourself and the environment.
Specialist recyclingOur last battery collection weighed in at a whopping 97kg so the team at MRC will be emptying the bin more often. Well done for keeping so many batteries out of your kerbside bin!  Did you know that batteries in your bin can put put the drivers in danger as they can cause fires on the collection truck?

You have also already contributed over 2kg of bread tags and three 20 litre bucketfuls of bottle tops, which are too small to be separated at the recycling facility. While many plastic bottles can be avoided altogether (cough cough, esp. water bottles) some are a bit harder to avoid so at least you can now keep the lids out of landfill too.

Our Terracycle collections for Oral Care and Beauty products are proving very popular. However, pretty please can you remember to empty as much product as possible out of the containers first and, for the safety of my team and the Terracycle staff, please do not deposit razors/blades in any of the bins.
Easter is comingI saved the best for last… we have some oh so tasty unpackaged easter eggs – small and egg-sized in both milk and dark chocolate.  They are locally made and palm oil free plus the dark eggs are also dairy free so suitable for vegans.

These ran out very quickly last year so, to make sure you don’t miss out,  hop to it (see what I did there…?) 

To make it easier to mix and match whichever ones you like, they are priced per egg rather than by the kilogram.  The little ones are 45 cents each and the larger ones are $1.75 each.

Next week, spend over $40 to get any one of our chocolate Easter Eggs for free!

We also have some adorable reusable wooden eggs which can hold little treats (edible or not) and can be decorated. Perhaps the decorating could even become part of an Easter tradition in your family…?
Until next month  …All the best for making progress (not aiming for perfection remember!) with your waste-reduction efforts and remember we are happy to help where we can.  See you in store soon!

Warmest wishes,
Amelia and the team
Wasteless Pantry Greenwood