Wasteless Pantry Bassendean: 14 May 2019

  New Products!

  • We love stocking Australian products and we have just increased our range with Australian pepitas (pumkin seeds) which are high in zinc and magnesium, and premium walnuts from Manjimup.
  • White wine vinegar and golden syrup have been added to our liquids range.
  • We are now stocking the Agreena silicone wraps which are a great cling wrap alternative. They were so popular that we sold out immediately, but more are on their way!
  • Oil misters are finally in stock. Fill with your favourite oil and spritz onto your salad or baking trays.


Are you looking to join an enthusiastic team of waste-free living advocates? We currently have a casual position available for someone to join our team and would love to hear from you. If you are interested, please send through your resume to bassendean@wastelesspantry.com.au by May 21st.
 


Wasteless Winter

We’ve got everything to keep you warm and healthy this winter:

  • Handkerchiefs
  • Golden syrup, honey, brown sugar and dried fruit to go with your porridge oats. Or use our fruity muesli in place of those flavoured porridge sachets
  • Insulated food and beverage flasks for taking your hot food and drinks out and about.
  • Luscious moisturiser and body lotion to keep your skin supple
  • Beans and lentils for warming soups and stews
  • Black and herbal teas and coffees
  • Free recipe cards for everything from soups to body butter to help you out in the kitchen at home

   Free Talk: Get Ready for Plastic Free July 
25th June @ 11am – 12pm
Hawaiian’s Bassendean Shopping Centre, 2 West Road, Bassendean

Come along to an interactive workshop on reducing your household waste by discovering better ways to shop and easy swaps to eliminate single-use plastics every day.
Learn about Plastic Free July and why it has become so important worldwide plus what you can do to make a difference!
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/get-ready-for-plastic-free-july-tickets-61775892357


Let us Shop for You          Did you know that we can do your shopping for you? Just drop off your containers or a shopping list and we can get all your goodies together while you’re at other shops or taking a relaxing break with a coffee.


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Wasteless Pantry Greenwood News: 12 May 2019

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums out there and if you are still trying to figure out what to get your Mum, we can help you find some low waste ways to spoil you Mum, not the earth.

Your Mum will love the time you spend and the thought you put into doing something nice for her, much much more than any trinket or gift pack that you got her off the rack. We can help you get the ingredients for that cake you want to make her, pick out just the right amount of chocolate or even help you decide between the peppermint tea or the coffee beans. All without the waste 😉

Find some more last minute ideas here on how to show your Mum you love her, without giving her landfill fodder. 
 
Our product range keeps growing! 
 Thanks for all the additions to our wishlist.  We have now added some more great new products to our range…•    WA Walnuts  are now in-store and you just have to taste them for yourselves as they are indescribably good!•    We are now stocking Agreena wraps – these are a great reusable substitute for baking paper, alfoil and cling film and, in the event they get damaged, they can be returned to the supplier for recycling•    We have added dried shiitake mushrooms to our range – great in many Asian dishes or as an addition to soups and casseroles.•    Check out our new refillable glass oil misters – great if you are trying to avoid aerosol cans•    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 organic 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!•    Did you know that our golden syrup goes beautifully with porridge? And that our muesli can be cooked up as an easy and cheaper flavoured porridge instead of those little packet ones?
•    As the cooler weather starts drying out skin, remember that we have our thick luscious moisturiser as well as our versatile body lotion available to keep your skin feeling its best.
Recipe of the monthHere’s a vegan recipe that will be good for Mother’s day or for morning tea (or you could substitute honey for the maple syrup to celebrate Honey Month).
Vegan Chocolate Nut Truffles
1 cup (125g) raw macadamia nuts
Water, as needed
½ cup (180g) maple syrup
½ cup (60g) cacao powder
½ cup (60g) dates, pitted
½ cup (60g) chopped nuts, for rolling
2 tblspns cacao powder, for rolling
 Using a blender or food processor, process macadamias until finely ground.Slowly add a little water to form a thick paste.Add date and continue to process until incorporated.Add maple syrup and cacao powder, process briefly until combined.Using damp hands roll into bite-sized balls.Sprinkle cacao powder and nuts on two separate clean dry work surfaces.Roll half of the balls in each coating.Chill for at least 3 hours. 
From: The Healthy Life Cookbook
Events

A big thank you to Joe & Mary from Ethical Beingfor co-hosting an after hours event to  share how easy and fun it is to shop for yourself and the environment. Congratulations to Aileen who won the $50 gift voucher 😊

Keep an eye on our facebook page for more events as we start to get ready for Plastic Free July

Of course Mother’s Day is high on the agenda but there are some other things that may be of interest this month…

May is Honey Month and we have some fliers instore but you can also check out the events happening around Perth here.
 
Cancer Council run Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on (or around) May 23rd.  See here for details if you would like to host a morning tea to raise money for this worthwhile charity.
 
You may have heard of No Meat May – if you have been considering reducing your meat consumption, this is a way to try out a meat-free diet for a month (or some people start by trying to do ‘No Meat Monday’).  You can sign up and see resources here.
 
Specialist recycling We know that figuring out how to correctly dispose of items can be challenging.  Great information is available on the Own Your Impact website and via the Recycle Rightwebsite (there’s an App too!)
Thanks for your continued contributions to our recycling collections of:
Batteries
Oral care
Beauty products
Bottle tops
Bread tags
Contact lenses/packs
Mobile phones
Until next month..

All the best for your waste-reduction efforts and remember we are happy to help where we can.  See you in store soon!
Warm wishes,
Amelia & the team

Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News: 10 May 2019

Let your Mum know you love her this Mother’s Day (hint, hint kiddies) 🙂

What’s been happening:

  • The Agreena Silicone Baking/Wraps have arrived and seem very popular so we’ve had to order more!
  • Terracycle created an updated poster about what we can and can’t collect in the beauty product recycling – please check it out next time you are in store.
  • Jeannie & I are almost fully booked for Plastic Free July related talks so will be out and about in the community throughout May, June & July – pop along and say “Hi”.
  • We started stocking WA grown walnuts – woot woot!
  • Did you know that our golden syrup goes beautifully with porridge? And that our muesli can be cooked up as an easy and cheaper flavoured porridge instead of those little packet ones? 
  • Food flasks are back in stock ready for warm lunches away from home.  They come in 400ml and 600ml sizes, are made with stainless steel and keep either food or beverages warm throughout the day.
  • We have plenty of handkerchiefs ready for cold & flu season too.  At home, we store them in a tin in the family room, that way they are always on hand.  Use them once and throw them in the wash or over and over depending on your preferences.  Whether you use a hanky or a tissue, remember to wash your hands after blowing your nose to limit the spread of germs.
  • It’s Honey Month!!  Celebrate by grabbing some of our locally sourced zero waste honey in your own container – no sugar syrup in these beauties and our beekeepers don’t feed their bees sugar either. Healthy bees are important!
  • As the cooler weather starts drying out skin, remember that we have our thick luscious moisturiser as well as our versatile body lotion available to keep your skin feeling its best.

Waste Less, Live More

Amanda & Jeannie


Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup

Will the weather cooling down, it is time for foods that nourish and keep us warm. This soup is quick, healthy and can be tailored to your own preferences very easily!

From Wasteless Pantry:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic granules or flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 4 teaspoon chicken stock powder
  • 1/2 cup couscous or elbow pasta
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

From your local grocer:

  • 2 medium brown onions, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 2 large parsnips or a handful of green beans, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan; cook onion, celery, garlic & paprika until onion softens.
  2. Add other chopped vegetables, stock and 1.5L water; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer covered for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in couscous and parsley; cook, uncovered 2 minutes or until couscous is tender. *If using elbow pasta instead of couscous then pop in after simmering vegetables for 5-10 minutes as they take longer to cook than the couscous.

This should serve 4 depending on appetites and you can always add more chicken stock & water if you like more liquid in your soup.

Feel free to substitute whatever hard type vegetables you have in the crisper that need using such as broccoli stalks, cauliflower or cooked beans (navy, kidney, lima, chickpea, etc). Also, this is a great opportunity to use up any stale bread you have for dunking in the soup.

Remember to portion out any leftovers, if you have them, and pop in the freezer for ready to go meals in the future!

Happy eating!

Recipe adapted from: The Australian Women’s Weekly Fast Soup book


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’tTasteLikeChicken.com 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.
https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/vegan-seitan-steak/


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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.
 
Events

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

Hot Cross Buns Your Way

There are so many ways to make Hot Cross Buns.  Some recipes are worth taking a little more effort to collect ingredients, others have few ingredients and are easy to make, some people don’t like dried fruit, others need to go gluten free.  Whichever way you like them, we have all the ingredients in the quantity you need at Wasteless Pantry.  Plus, if you give us a little notice we can even put together the ingredients for you so you can just get on with the baking!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 14g dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups currants
  • 40g butter
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Flour paste

  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons water

Glaze

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  1. Warm butter and milk, combine with eggs and dry ingredients
  2. Knead on floured surface until smooth, place into oiled bowl covered with a damp tea towel and set aside for 1-1.5 hours until dough doubles
  3. Punch down dough and knead for 30 seconds.   Divide into 12 even ball-shaped portions and place on a greased tray 1cm apart. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to double in size. Preheat oven to 170C
  4. Make flour paste by mixing together ingredients and pipe over buns to form cross. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through
  5. Make glaze by mixing ingredients over low heat until sugar dissolves, boil for 3-4 minutes and brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Enjoy!

Bread base:

500g Crusty or Wholemeal Bread Mix

7g dried yeast

250g lukewarm water

65g sultanas

65g currents

10g mixed spice

  1. Mix together bread base with dried fruit and spice until a smooth dough forms
  2. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow to proof for 10 minutes
  3. Knock down the dough and form into 6-8 buns approximately 1cm apart on a greased tray
  4. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow to proof for 40-60 minutes
  5. Make flour paste for cross by mixing 1/2 cup plain flour with 4 to 5 tablespoons of water and piping across buns
  6. Bake until golden brown for approximately 20 mins in 180-190C oven
  7. Brush with sugar glaze made by mixing 1/3 cup water with 2 tablespoons of sugar whilst buns are still warm

Enjoy!

For something a bit different, swap out the dried fruit and mixed spice from the Traditional or Easy & Vegan recipes above for…

Chocolate lovers:

25g cocoa powder

50g choc chips

* use melted chocolate for the cross

Choc Cherry:

25g cocoa powder

50g choc chips

65g glace cherries

Apricot & Almond:

125g diced apricots

125g sliced almonds

Date & Walnut:

125g chopped dates

125g walnuts

7g ground cinnamon

It is pretty easy to make your own gluten free hot cross buns.  Simply swap the Plain Flour in the Traditional recipe above for Gluten Free Plain Flour, or swap the Bread Mix for our Gluten Free Crusty Bread Mix in the Easy & Vegan recipe above!  That’s it!

Whichever recipe you choose, we hope that you enjoy them with family & friends this Easter!


Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News: 14th Mar 2019

Did you know that the bathroom is usually the second most wasteful room in the house?  This month we have been working hard at giving you all the tools you need to change that, easily!

What’s been happening at the store?

  • We got in more 15ml and 30ml aluminium tins, which are a much better size for our scoopable deodorants and lip balm.  We’ve had a few community members freaking out about the cost of the deodorant after they filled a 150ml tin – which is about a years worth of deodorant!! Our bicarb free deodorant is only $3.90 for 30g so very affordable!
  • Did you celebrate International Women’s Day? We were 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’re all stocked up ready for Easter with wooden refillable eggs, palm oil free and locally made milk or dark chocolate Easter eggs.  The dark eggs are also dairy free so suitable for vegans!  We have the large hollow as well as the small solid eggs again, depending on your preferences.  We’ve tried to stock up enough but please be mindful that we sold out last year.
  • 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 skin.
  • Sweet potato chips are back!! We finally found a supplier that doesn’t bake them in palm oil – yay!!
  • Golden syrup is now available, just in time for Anzac biscuits 🙂
  • Scented dog soap, as well as whitebait or kangaroo pet treats, are available too.
  • We have lots of new bars including trial sizes of locally made, palm oil free shampoo bars, conditioner bars and Dishwashing Bars!
  • We are trying out Birthday Bunting – you can buy, order one in custom colours or hire depending on your preferences.
  • New stocks of unpaper towels have arrived in the cutest fabrics from our supplier who makes them here in WA.

Coming next:

  • Jeannie and I are gearing up for lots of talks and workshops out in the community.
  • 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 in WA?

 Waste Less, Live More

Amanda & Jeannie