Wasteless Pantry Bassendean News: 11 October 2018

A huge welcome to our first newsletter from Wasteless Pantry Bassendean! It’s been a hectic couple of months as we’ve been setting up the store, ordering in all our goodies and getting everything running smoothly!
If you haven’t visited the store yet, or still have some questions, then come down on Saturday October 20th for the Bassendean Spring Mini Market – we will have an information and tastings table set up and a talk/tour through the store at 11am and 1pm.

What’s been happening at Wasteless Pantry Bassendean this month:

  • We opened our doors for the first time on September 12th and have had lots of customers coming in to check out our products and how it works when you bring in your own containers.
  • Still not sure how the bring-your-own containers works? Check out this video.
  • Did you know that it is Buy Nothing New month? If you are keen to challenge yourself, check out www.buynothingnew.com.au
  • If you have already been to our Mundaring store then you will be familiar with most of the products in our Bassendean store, although we will have a wider range at Bassendean. A product list can be found here: http://www.wastelesspantry.com.au/bulk-foods-products/. Recent additions to our product range include linseed meal, Australian dried peaches, atta flour, gluten flour, potato starch, and dried shiitake mushrooms.
  • Thinking about Christmas cakes already? We’ve got you covered with glace apricots, glace pineapple, glace cherries, mixed peel, mixed fruit, along with all the regular dried fruit.
  • Did you know that we can do your shopping for you? Just drop off your containers or shopping list and we can fill them up while you do the rest of your shopping or relax at a café!

What’s next:

  • We will continue to expand our range over the next couple of months, if you have any requests please come in store and write them up on our wishlist!

Know someone who’d like to be kept up to date with what’s happening in-store? Anyone can sign up to the newsletter here or like our Facebook page to be kept up-to-date with the latest news.


Wasteless Pantry News: 5th Oct 2018

Did you hear that Wasteless Pantry opened in Bassendean on the 13th September and Greenwood is on track to open 15th October?

Both stores have the same feel as Mundaring, just with a bit more room to move and a couple extra bits to try out. If you want to keep tabs on what's happening at these stores and you're on Facebook check out: www.facebook.com/WastelessPantryBassendean/ www.facebook.com/wastelesspantrygreenwood/ Each store has it's own newsletter list and loyalty program so if you have loyalty points in Mundaring but are now going to be a regular at another location, you will need to pop into Mundaring to redeem those points. But there is no rush, they will be here waiting for you 🙂

What's been happening in Mundaring:

  • Jeannie had a blast talking with our local crowd hosted by Shire of Mundaring!
  • We were very fortunate to be able to attend the Waste & Recycling 2018 Conference in Perth.  It was a great chance to learn more about waste avoidance strategies, circular economy initiatives, container deposit schemes and so much more!!  Going along to these events reminds us again, just how important it is to be doing the work we do and taking the actions we can.
  • We started stocking Atta flour for making Indian bread, Chipotle Chilli Powder, Harissa, Mexican Chilli Seasoning, Chicken Salt, Vegetable Salt, Pizza Seasoning, Garlic Granules, Australian Billy Tea Leaves and Organic Lemon Myrtle Tea Leaves.
  • We finally got Ethique shampoo bars back in stock! It seems that their latest round of promotion was a little too successful 😛
  • I got to go out and chat with a new round of Earth Carer graduates which was wonderful! It is so encouraging to see so many interested in becoming more sustainable!
  • Did you know that it is Buy Nothing New month?  If you are keen to challenge yourself, check out www.buynothingnew.com.au
  • We added a bunch of long-time wish list items to our range too… Potato starch, lupin flour, honey cashews, gluten flour (not to be confused with gluten free flour!!), dried mushrooms, bran sticks, agar-agar, organic muesli and aluminium tins/canisters for your beauty refills.

What's next?

  • We are looking at stocking a new 1kg honey jar, because we just love our honey!
  • Also researching our options for spinach powder, teff flour and yoghurt apricots.
  • Given that Christmas is upon us again, we will be getting glace green cherries and glace pineapples in soon as well as keeping up supplies of mixed fruit and mixed peel for your Christmas cakes.

Changing the world one pantry at a time,

Amanda & Jeannie

Photo credit: Photo by MILKOVÍ on Unsplash


Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News: 13th Aug 2018

Full steam ahead!!

We’ve been working behind the scenes getting everything ready for the new locations as well as spreading the waste reduction message via so many talks.

What’s been happening in Mundaring store?

  • We’ve had soup mix and blue boiling peas for winter but will faze these out as we get closer to summer
  • Cinnamon almonds disappeared as our supplier no longer has stocks of these, and instead, we have smoked almonds which are quite delicious!
  • We found out that Himalayan Pink Salt is not sustainable and so we started stocking Australian Pink Lake Salt which has the same nutritional profile, however, IS ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Our honey guy is out of Eucalyptus but has given us a beautiful Red Gum & Eucalyptus blend to try.  We’re just about finished up his Jarrah Honey stocks too!
  • Have you read Erin Rhodes (aka Rogue Ginger) new book “Waste Not”?  It’s a great read and we are now stocking it
  • We are discounting a few spices that haven’t been so popular and bringing in pizza seasoning, chicken salt, vegetable salt, chipotle powder, garlic granules and harissa for you to add to your dishes
  • If you are into bee pollen, we have some – locally and zero waste sourced 🙂

Coming soon:

  • We are working on getting WA grown quinoa!
  • Organic muesli has been tracked down and shall be ordered soon with any luck
  • If you aren’t a fan of coffee pods or our aluminium espresso makers, we have stainless steel espresso makers coming soon

 

Photo credit:

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash


Wasteless Pantry Big News!

Woo hoo!!

We said that we have some exciting news coming and here it is…

We will be opening a new store in Bassendean and another new store in Greenwood in September!!

We have been working hard on this since last year, trying to be patient to find exactly the right opportunities that will best serve our community.  You know that we really care about making waste reduction as easy and convenient for everyone as possible; that can take some time to set up just right.  We have managed to find just the right people to run these stores as well as just the right locations so that these new communities can get all their shopping done as waste-free as possible all in one stop (just like what we have in Mundaring). 

It is important to us that this type of shopping becomes mainstream, not a funny little thing to do only if you are super eco-conscious, cashed up and time rich.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to access this resource for reducing food waste, plastic packaging waste and disposable items.

We hope that you will continue to support us and spread the message to your friends in other areas that waste less living is achievable in small steps and enjoyable on the journey.


Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News: 25th June 2018

Isn’t this winter weather glorious!  Perfect for soups, stews, casseroles, porridge and tea!!

  • We got a chance to show our support for the Plastic Bag Ban when Environment Minister Stephen Dawson visited the store earlier this month and as part of a series of talks for City of Canning and Switch Your Thinking throughout the Perth metro area
  • Plus we also got a chance to support the community to reduce food waste by spreading the message via more Creating a Wasteless Pantry talks and speaking live on Channel 9 News
  • We were very lucky to be invited to the launch of the Plastic Free July Foundation!  This initiative started by the Western Metropolitan Regional Council is now it’s own entity, enabling it to have even more reach into the future.  If you haven’t registered already, please do via www.plasticfreejuly.org 
  • It was wonderful working with the Pre-primary to Year 6 students at Mundaring Primary School recently discussing the plastic pollution problem and solutions – beautiful posters from the Year 1’s are now on display at our store 🙂
  • We got to host a new round of Earth Carers who wanted to see how waste-free shopping can be done simply and easily
  • Boomerang Bags Mundaring gave us a great new display for collecting materials and offering make at home kits
  • We said Farewell to our team member, Emily, who has gone off to advance her Occupational Therapy career.  She is missed x

New items at the store:

  • U-konserve medium containers – stainless steel bottom and leakproof silicone lid handy for snacks
  • Mini curvy menstrual pads for lighter days
  • Bamboo straw sets for those that aren’t keen on stainless steel but want a reusable straw
  • Diced paw paw for easier make your own porridge and muesli mixes
  • Freekeh for salads, warm breakfasts, and as a variation on any whole grain recipe (like anything with quinoa)
  • Rice bran and apple flakes as another gluten-free breakfast option

Coming soon:

We’re bursting with excitement to let you know some really BIG news but we aren’t allowed to announce it just yet!  As soon as we can, we will 🙂

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Photo by Alex Wise on Unsplash

 


Reduce your Waste: An Alternative to Recycling

With all this talk about China’s National Sword program and the implications for recycling in Australia, we at Wasteless Pantry thought it would be a good time to have a chat about waste.

Recycling is a tool to help divert resources from landfill but it is not the best answer.  So recycle, but only those materials that you couldn’t avoid buying in the first place, couldn’t minimise the need for, couldn’t reuse or repair.

Never let perfection stop you from starting, any little improvement you make is still worth making.

Try out replacing a disposable with a reusable, rethink your purchases to minimise waste and learn what you can about how to lessen your impact whilst still enjoying life.

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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

Forgo the gift packaging and rent-a-basket from Wasteless Pantry.  We have a few different sizes that you could pop any goodies you create or collect into; then when you or Mum return the basket there is a refund of the cost minus $1.

But really, just focus on giving her your time.

To that end, if you bring your Mum into Wasteless Pantry between 1 and 13th May inclusive we’ll give you both 5% of anything you purchase whilst you are both there.  That way we can say that we helped encourage you to connect with your Mum for just a few more minutes this year.

We love being Mums and we love our Mums xx


Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News (1 February 2018)

Happy 2018!

With the kids back at school it really feels like the new year has begun 🙂

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whilst we’re not big on giving stuff, we do love to share the love so…

ACTION REQUESTED:

We would really love you to nominate your favourite Wasteless Pantry staff member!  Send us a bit of love by email about someone at the store who has done something to impress you, help you or inspire you.  Make sure it gets to us by close of business Tuesday 13th February and we will pick the best nomination to reward that staff member with a $30 gift voucher of their choosing.

[Just so you know, we’ve asked our staff to nominate their favourite customers too!]

In case you are not sure of names…

In this photo L to R top row: Emily, Tessa & James

L to R middle row: Lizzy, Belinda & Jade

L to R bottom row: Jeannie & Amanda

What’s been happening at the store?

  • We’ve added a bunch of recipes to the wall – like flatbread, tortillas, pizza bases and doughnuts!
  • We had the arrival of stainless steel drinking cups, insulated water bottles, sisal exfoliating gloves, coconut fibre scrub pads and scourers, organic muslin produce bags, dish wash brushes and replacement heads as well as pouches of bamboo cutlery.
  • We also expanded our range of stainless steel lunch/take away containers to include bento snack boxes, Cheeki lunch boxes and stackable bento boxes
  • We updated the website so if you want a more recent idea of what we stock check out our Product List

Coming soon:

  • We’re about to do a big review of what we stock so we’ll keep you updated on the changes
  • We are hoping to add an Artisan Bread Mix for making cob loaves and baguettes as well as bringing back Wholemeal Bread Mix which has a new recipe that we are happier with

Photo credit:

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash


Are you punishing yourself?

Decluttering vs Wasting

The idea of less stuff, clean surfaces, and an organised home is appealing to most.  That thought that you could spend less time cleaning, that it would be so simple that your 3-year-old could do it and that you could enjoy your home is so attractive that many of us have been on and off the decluttering bandwagon for years.

But if you are also trying to be environmentally friendly and reduce your contribution to landfill, it can be a conflicted experience.  Likewise, if you are someone who is budget conscious you might be looking at your possessions in terms of the monetary investment that you are potentially throwing away.  Alternatively, you might be more a sentimental type who sees the love in the gift (wanted or not at the time) that you are now trying to disconnect from.

Personally, I struggled with all three.  I punished myself for purchasing or acquiring the thing in the first place by trying to find a use for it when clearly it was not for me.  The thing would hang around my house, then in some storage space making it difficult to get to other more useful things, then it would be relegated to the shed before I’d finally admit defeat and move it on.  I felt guilty and ashamed of my relationship with stuff and that I had been outmanoeuvred by marketing to buy things I really didn’t need.

There are two ideas that made the difference for me.

  1. I started thinking of stuff as having its own needs – a need to be used as often as possible.  Was I ever going to use this to its full potential?  Would anyone I know use it more?  Could it be recycled so that it could have a new life as something with purpose again?
  2. I also started thinking about waste more generally to do with my things.  What other waste am I creating because I am holding onto this thing when really it needs to go (even if it needs to go to landfill)?  Was it impeding my ability to use other things to their full potential – like the bowls I couldn’t get out of the cupboard because I had too many serving dishes in the way or the room that we only half used because it had a stockpile of stuff to find a use for?  Was I wasting time moving and reorganising this thing that I don’t use, instead of using that time to live more sustainably?  Was I wasting water and electricity cleaning it but never using it?

I follow the waste hierarchy pretty religiously:

Refuse – stop buying things or bringing things home unless I need them

Reduce – aim for the smallest amount of things that I serve my needs

Reuse – find a new purpose for an underused item or pass it on to someone that can use it more

Recycle – break it down into its core material and give it another life

Rot – some things can be added to a compost pile to at least build your garden on

Then if it has to go to landfill so be it.

 

We are all learning and growing.  We make mistakes.  In other areas of our lives, we have learnt to forgive ourselves, let it go and move on.  This is just one more area to practice this.  Stop punishing yourself for your past and give yourself permission to step lightly into your best future.