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


Zero Waste Beauty

"True Beauty Comes From Within"

We know this to be true and yet so many of us still love to tend to our outer beauty too.

There are so many products out there claiming to make us look and feel prettier, sexier, younger, thinner.  They do so by marketing to us products in packaging that is excessive, difficult or impossible to recycle, with ingredients that aren’t necessarily good for our health, and that are polluting to the environment.  Where is the beauty in that?

Zero waste beauty is about quality natural ingredients, minimal packaging and finding what feels good for your skin.

It is also about embedding joy into your self-care rituals by caring for your skin the way that works for you rather than what someone else says you have to do to feel better about yourself.  So have fun with it!

A few ideas to transition toward a zero waste beauty routine include:

Instead of liquid cleansers in little bottles that are hard to recycle, you could switch to Face Bars.  Made with certified organic vegan ingredients, no palm oil or other nasties, right here in Western Australia.  To use simply lather on wet hands or a cloth, cleanse face with gentle circular actions and rinse off.

Oily Face Bars assist with balancing oil production and clearing problem skin.

Mature/Dry Skin Face Bars nourish, moisturise and gently cleanse skin.

Baby Soft Face/Body Bars are for the most sensitive skin.

The reusable alternative to cotton wool balls or cotton rounds.  Made with super soft fabric, they can be used to cleanse, tone or remove makeup gently.  Once used they can be hand washed or added to the laundry for use again and again.

There are plenty of recipes on the internet for making your own makeup remover.  

One of the easiest is to put a little Coconut Oil or Olive Oil on a reusable facial wipe to remove makeup and then cleanse as usual.  Another is a mix of 1/2 Jojoba Oil and 1/2 Witch Hazel Extract.  Yet another is 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil melted together with 1 tablespoon of Beeswax.  Each have their pros and cons depending on what your skin responds to best and how much effort you want to put in.  

The joy of being part of the Wasteless Pantry community is that you can easily grab just enough of each of these ingredients to try it out.  If it doesn’t suit you there is no waste, and if it does suit you, you can tweak to your hearts content.

Many exfoliators of the past contained microbeads.  Little bits of plastic that you would rub against your skin and then wash down the drain.  This would then end up in the oceans, where they entered the food chain and came back to us in our seafood!

Microbeads are unnecessary when we have lots of options for natural exfoliators in our pantries.  Mix salt, sugar, quick oats or used coffee grinds with your favourite oil to a thick paste for a quick and easy scrub.  Depending on how fine your scrubbing ingredient is (castor sugar has a more gentle action than raw sugar granules) this can be used on both face and body.  Due to the oil in your scrub, once rinsed off skin will also already be moisturised too!

A favourite zero waste beauty ritual for me is using a clay mask.  I buy clay in my own container from Wasteless Pantry which I mix up with either water, oil or cooled herbal tea depending on whether my skin needs clarifying, moisturising or soothing the most.  Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse.  Skin is silky soft and there is no packet to throw away!

If clay doesn’t suit your skin, another alternative is raw Spray free honey, which you can also get from Wasteless Pantry.  Raw honey is an active product which is said to hydrate and treat troubled skin.  It’s a little messy to apply but the results are worth it.  Plus if you happen to get a little in your mouth, you wont be complaining.

1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel Extract and 2/3 water

Add essential oils if this is your preference.

Great for tightening pores and brightening your complexion.

Too easy!

We are very lucky to have a thick luxurious Organic Moisturiser available from The Family Hub Organics, made locally, vegan and palm oil free.  Particularly beneficial for dry, damaged or aging skin this amazing moisturiser is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin including those with dermatitis & eczema.  Scented and unscented options are available.

Apply to clean, dry skin on the face or body & gently rub in until absorbed. 

We ask a lot of our moisturisers and this one doesn’t disappoint! Just bring your container in to refill so you can try just a bit without the waste.  Our moisturiser is in the league of those brands that package in a 50ml bottle and have words like anti-aging, revitalising, sensitive and regenerating in their ads, but with organic ingredients that don’t harm the earth and at a fraction of the price.

The Family Hub Organics have created a lightweight Body Lotion for us that is soothing, hydrating and leaves skin feeling well cared for.  Palm oil free, vegan, locally made, made with organic ingredients and zero waste; so it ticks all the boxes.

Apply to clean, dry skin & gently rub in until absorbed. 

You have no idea how excited we are about scoopable Organic Vegan Lip Balm.  All those little tubes that have to be recycled via specialist facilities were driving us mad!  This way you can refill your own little pot, jar, tin with luscious Organic Lip Balm for smooth lips without the waste and at a fraction of the price of other Lip Conditioning Balms.  Most packaged Lip Balms are in 4 to 10 g sizes so a little goes a long way!!

Another great win for waste reduction! We have a few varieties of scoopable Deodorants containing only natural, aluminium free, palm oil free ingredients that are made locally in Western Australia.  You get to smell pretty all day long and nothing has to be disposed of in landfill or the recycling bin.  We even have a Bicarb Free Deodorant for those with sensitive armpits, and a Tea Tree variety for those who don’t want to smell so feminine.  Natural deodorants generally come in a 30ml tin and you only need a little so this lasts a couple of months.  Just put a little on the end of your finger to wipe on each clean armpit.  Our Bicarb Free variety is $3.90 for 30g and we have little tins available if you don’t have one to refill yet.

Not strictly for your skincare but still helpful to look beautiful.  Getting the plastic free alternative to our usual tools of the trade is a great investment when your old plastic one starts to fail.  Old plastic brushes are not able to be recycled and so are only destined for landfill, whereas bamboo is a renewable resource that can be composted in a hole in your garden!

One of the things I missed when swapping to a zero waste beauty routine was pore strips.  I know they aren’t important in the scheme of things and so I gave them up without too much fuss.  But then Wasteless Pantry started stocking Activated Charcoal and I was able to have fun with this again. YAY!

The recipe is simple: mix 1/3 activated charcoal with 2/3 gelatine powder or agar agar powder and keep in a little jar.  Be careful with the activated charcoal as it can stain clothing and bench tops. Then when you want to make your strips simply mix in a little hot water to make a thick paste.  Use your finger tip or a small brush to apply over a small patch like your nose or chin and allow to dry.  When it is dry simply peel off and rinse dry.  It is so gruesomely satisfying to see all those little blackheads stuck to the peeled off mask.

All these ingredients are available at Wasteless Pantry so you can just grab what you need to try it out without having to invest in big quantities of hard to find items!

I’m adding this one in just because it is lovely to have a scented bath at the end of all your primping and preening. 

To make Bath Tea, simply add whichever petals and herbs of your liking to a small bag (like the ones we have available for using with soap nuts), pull closed and steep in your bath with you.  Much easier to clean up than throwing the petals directly in with you and you can always add a handful of epsom salts for good measure too.  My favourite combination is rose, lavender and chamomile as it is so calming before bed.  Wasteless Pantry have a range of aromatic herbs and petals in our Spices and Herbal Tea sections as well as rock salt and epsom salts if you want to DIY bath salts too.

What other zero waste beauty ideas do you love?

References:

More info on make up remover options are via https://livesimply.me/2016/07/16/how-to-naturally-remove-makeup-3-easy-makeup-remover-options/


Can Going To Bars Reduce Waste?

Have you tried out personal hygiene, pet care and cleaning products in bar form?

Shampoo bars, conditioner bars, face bars, soap bars, deodorant bars, body butter bars, pet care bars, stain remover bars, dishwashing bars; the list goes on and on…

It seems that these are becoming more and more popular, with some good reasons for their popularity.

  • Bars are a concentrated version of their liquid counterpart.  Meaning that you are getting a comparable product, just without the added water and excessive packaging.  This is great because it means that fewer resources are needed to manufacture, transport and sell the product as they take up less space.  One little 110g shampoo bar can replace up to 3 full bottles of shampoo!
  • According to Ethique (one of the brands we have available), “each bar lasts 2-5 times longer than bottled beauty products because they’re super concentrated – you add the water – not us.”
  • Bars are super convenient when you are travelling!  Liquid quantities are often limited when travelling via aeroplane and even when this is not an issue, it is often much preferred to take a little bar than having to lug around litres of a product when travelling for extended periods.
  • Bars can be an economical alternative when compared to products of the same quality.  Wasteless Pantry only stocks palm-oil free options which we have tested and believe will be enjoyable to use for their intended purpose with great results.
  • Bars come with little to no packaging so there is no strain on our landfill or recycling facilities.  No need to send a plastic bottle overseas to be remanufactured into another product that then gets shipped somewhere else in the world again for use.  You just use the product and it’s done.
  • Our bars are safe for grey water and don’t pollute our waterways with plastics, microplastics or harsh chemicals.
  • Not all cleansing bars are soap! Each bar is made for a specific purpose and so has ingredients that benefit that particular application.

Bars are just super handy and easy to use!

The main thing to remember when using bars is to make sure that they dry out well between uses.  Pop them on a soap rack, coconut fibre scourer or other drying option between use to harden up.  Soft bars mean that you use more than you needed and are just washing that product down the drain.  A waste of product and money!

      • Have you made the switch? Would you consider it?

10 Easy Swaps Toward a Low Waste Bathroom

Did you know that your bathroom is usually the second most wasteful room in your home?

According to Own Your Impact,

“over 30 million toothbrushes are disposed of each year in Australia – contributing approximately 1,000 tonnes of landfill annually.”

Making changes to reduce this is easy!

1. Start refilling your Shampoo and Conditioner containers or swap to Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars from the Wasteless Pantry.

Our liquid silicone free Shampoo and Conditioner are cruelty-free, vegan, paraben free, palm oil free, sulphate free, grey water safe and locally made in WA.  We have a range of Shampoo and Conditioner Bars from Ethique as well as a local WA company, which are all palm oil free, vegan and replace many bottles of product in just one little bar.  You can just buy a little of the shampoo and conditioner to try it out too – so if it doesn’t suit your hair type there isn’t the leftover product to dispose of. But we think they all do a great job in keeping hair clean, healthy and beautiful, just without the waste.

2. Swap to a bamboo Toothbrush, plastic-free Floss and consider making your own Toothpaste or Toothpowder.

Toothbrushes are only $3.99 each at Wasteless Pantry so it’s pretty low risk to try one out to see if they suit your needs.  We also have plastic-free silk Floss and will have access to plastic-free Vegan Floss soon.  Recipes and all the ingredients you need to try out making your own Toothpaste are readily available in store too.

3. Start refilling your liquid Hand Wash and Body Wash containers or swap to Soap Bars from the Wasteless Pantry.

We have liquid Body and Hair Cleanser, Organic Castile Soap, as well as Soap Bars which are perfect for keeping you clean without drying out your skin.  These are all pH balanced, grey water safe, cruelty-free, vegan, locally made in WA, and palm oil free.  Your containers can be refilled over and over again!  We have soap racks as well if you don’t already have one or you can even use one of our coconut fibre scourers as a drying bed for your bars.  It is important to dry out any bars you use between uses so that you get the most out of your product and aren’t washing away more than you need because the bar was soft.

4. Stop buying novelty Bubble Bath containers and just refill the kids favourite.

Kids love bubbles! However, many of the fun designed packaging types aren’t the best for their delicate skin.  Pick their favourite container you already own and refill with our Bubble Bath which is locally made and formulated with gentle plant-based ingredients.  It is pH balanced, suitable for babies and toddlers and won’t scum up your bath as there are no fats present.  So this swap saves the Earth and you some cleaning too!

5. Stock up on plastic-free recycled Toilet Paper.

It’s well and good to recycle your paper via your kerbside bin, but that paper then needs to be recycled into something.  Paper can only be recycled in more paper a small number of times before the fibres start to degrade so there need to be other options for it to be transformed into.  Toilet Paper is one of those options!  We stock Who Gives A Crap branded Toilet Paper as we believe this company is doing great things for the Earth and people as their product is 100% recycled, contains no inks, dyes or scents, and they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need.  Plus, the rolls are 3-ply so super strong, very soft, and double length meaning there are fewer arguments about whose turn it is to change the roll.

6. Switch to plastic-free Cotton Buds.

The plastic stick in cotton buds is not recyclable.  You could compost the cotton wool at the tip, but would you go to that trouble? Cotton Buds are not something my family use a lot of, but it is good to know that now we have switched to plastic-free Cotton Buds from Wasteless Pantry we are able to just compost the whole thing once used.

7. Soothe your muscles with refills of Epsom Salts.

Epsom Salts are great thrown in a bath to soothe achy tired muscles, just a handful makes a big difference.  Instead of buying packets you can simply buy as little or as much as you need in your own container at Wasteless Pantry.  You could get a whole kilogram for $4.99 if you really wanted to!  Plus it’s great for your garden too.

8. Switch to reusable Menstrual Cups and Menstrual Pads.

For those of us who need them and who have tried them, there is a rare woman who doesn’t love them! These products save you a ton of money, heaps of waste plus they are so much more convenient and comfortable than the disposable options.  Plus the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome is negligible so your health wins too!  At Wasteless Pantry we have chosen to stock the Australian designed Juju Cups as well as Scarlett Eve’s locally made very funky designed Menstrual Pads which come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs.

9. Use a natural fibre cleaning cloth such as a flannel, loofah or Sisal Exfoliating Glove.

As you wash, little fibres from your sponge, loofah, exfoliating glove or flannel flow down the drain with dirt and dead skin cells.  Natural fibres breakdown and are easily integrated back into the environment but plastic fibres do not.  Plastic fibres break up into smaller and smaller pieces, entering our soil and our food chain.  Microfibres, as they are known, are highly toxic and a great threat to our environment.  So keep it simple, go back to using a cotton or hemp flannel, try out a loofah or sea sponge, or grab a Sisal Exfoliating Glove next time you pop into Wasteless Pantry.

10. Stop using cotton wool balls or cotton rounds and swap to reusable Face Wipes.

Cotton is a highly water-intensive product to produce and so really isn’t suited to single-use items.  Our Deluxe Facial Wipes are super soft, cute as a button, conveniently sized for intricate jobs and can be hand washed or added to your usual laundry depending on your preference.  Buy once and use over and over.

There are lots of easy ways to move toward a low waste lifestyle, just take it one step at a time and you’ll likely find that you enjoy the new way of doing things in no time.  Just a couple of final things to consider:

  1. Check the labelling on products you currently buy to find out more about just how eco-friendly they are.  We have recently learnt that a number of cheaper products calling themselves eco-friendly contain palm oil or have organic in the title but contain no organic ingredients!
  2. Set up a recycling collection bin and a compost bin in your bathroom rather than just having a landfill bin.  Cosmetic, beauty, and hair care packaging can sometimes be recycled via kerbside collection and some only via specialist facilities like those at Wasteless Pantry (check www.recycleright.wa.gov.au for more info).  Contact lenses and their packaging, as well as plastic dental items, can also be recycled via Wasteless Pantry.  Used tissue, plastic-free cotton buds, cotton wool, plastic-free floss and the handle of your bamboo toothbrush can all be composted in your garden easily – but only if you collect it up first.  Having dedicated collection tubs for these items means that there isn’t much at all that ends up in the landfill!

Let us know of other tips you have to share below 🙂


Wasteless Pantry Greenwood Newsletter: 7th Feb 2019

Hello and welcome to the second newsletter for Wasteless Pantry Greenwood!

Happy New Year!

I know it is a bit late but Happy New Year – I can’t believe February is already here! How are you going with any New Year resolutions you made in January? I have found that setting resolutions about end results (e.g. “reduce the rubbish I generate”) has been less effective that resolving to establish new habits. When I focus on changing one habit at a time I get much better results which are then embedded and last for a lifetime.

See this post for some examples of habits we have changed in our household.

You asked for it …!

  • When we opened I thought we had a pretty good range of products but you have been sooo great at suggesting more amazing products to make Wasteless shopping even better. So, while we haven’t got everything on the wishlist (which is very long!) come in to try these great new additions:
    Fettucine!
    Washing soda and Borax
    Snacks: Peanut brittle (omg, yum!) and Apricot Delight
    Herbs: Marjoram leaves & Celery seeds
    Wire pegs – they don’t rust, break or fall apart as they are made from a single piece of wire and come in a hemp drawstring bag.
    Organic cotton dish cloths to complete your kitchen cleaning needs
    Clove bud oil – great for mould
    Rose water, Apricot kernel oil, Bentonite clay
    Reuseable coffee pods for Dolce Gusto machines
    The Family Hub have outdone themselves by supplying us with locally made, palm oil free facial cleansing bars, pet shampoo, stain remover bars, shaving bars, scoopable bicarb free deodorant, scoopable lip balm, and package free bamboo straws (and cleaners)!!
    Envirocare Body Wash (citrus scented)
    Enviroclean Disinfectant concentrate
    Silicon icy pole makers (perfect to cool down after school on a hot day!)
    And … coming soon! We found a local WA company who make the nicest palm oil free shampoo and conditioner bars! You know we’ve been looking for a while now and we are really happy with the quality of this product thus far. These little wonders replace litres of shampoo and conditioner if you make sure to dry them out properly between uses.

Recipe of the month

The feedback on our GF Muffin mix has been amazing so here is the recipe:
GLUTEN FREE MUFFINS

500g gluten free muffin mix
150ml water
150ml vegetable oil
4 large eggs

Add Gluten Free Muffin Mix to liquid ingredients in a bowl.
Mix for 1 minute on low speed using a beater. Scrape bowl down.
Mix a further 4 minutes on medium speed.
Add fruit, nuts, choc chips etc if desired.
In your muffin tin bake at 200C until fully baked (approx. 25-30 mins)

Suggestions for different flavor combinations:
Black Forrest – cocoa/cacao powder & glace cherries
Diced Apricot & White Choc Chip
Choc Chip

And thanks to a very happy customer, more suggestions here:
“Chocolate chip, Raspberry and white chocolate, any fresh or frozen berries, grated apple, vanilla, leftover fruit puree or apple sauce (add these before water to check consistency and reduce water if necessary), chopped dried fruit or swirl with strawberry ice cream topping. It’s even nice to just have them plain with just a light sprinkle of dark sugar on top. Most of our guests haven’t even realised they are gluten free.”

[This muffin mix is $10.99 per kg. We also have a choc muffin mix at sets of 12 silicone muffin cases for $9.95]

Events

Thank you SO much to Faerie Cara from Eco Faeries for coming in-store last week to deliver her “Nude Your Food” workshop. Cara shared some awesome tips for packing waste-free lunchboxes just in time for the new school year and I will share her recipes for some of her lunchbox snacks soon!

Specialist recycling

Our battery recycling is still getting a great response with our big yellow bin almost full again along with another few boxes of Oral Care and Beauty Products for Terracycle. Please note that products should be as empty as possible and no razors pretty please.

New additions to our recycling station include:
Mobile phones – this includes:
all makes and models of mobile phones
mobile phone batteries (keep the battery within the mobile phone handset. If you are recycling any loose mobile phone batteries without a handset, wrap the battery in bubble wrap or similar)
mobile chargers and accessories,
mobile wireless internet devices, and/or
smart watches
Plastic bottle tops (milk bottles, juice bottles etc) along with their rings and plastic long life milk bottle tops, spouts and ring pulls.

Back to school time

With the new school year starting, it is a good time to start good habits with waste free lunches.

We have a great range of stainless steel water bottles, beeswax wraps, ONYA lunch wraps, stainless steel lunch boxes in many different configurations, stainless steel straws along with healthy ingredients and snacks.

(Thanks to Shellena for the great photo)

Waste free Valentine’s Day

We are so pleased to have some delicious palm-oil free milk chocolate hearts in store right now so you can show love for the planet as well as your Valentine.

We also have sweets for your sweet and honey for your honey…

Until next month …

We are all geared up for more customers now and hear members of our community say “I wish I’d known about this place sooner!” Your support means the world to us so if you are happy to bring a friend or share what you like about our store, that would be amazing! Our mission is to enable as many people as possible to move toward a low waste lifestyle and with the world catching on that waste concerns all of us, now is a perfect time to make a change.

The team and I love to help out as much as we can with sustainability advice and to help you find enough of just what you need (without the plastic waste).

Warmest wishes,
Amelia and the team


Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Hearts

Want a little hand made love with limited skills? How about cinnamon hearts?

200g pizza bread mix

1 tsp yeast

125ml water

cinnamon powder & castor sugar to taste

Mix together to form a dough, roll out thin and then sprinkle over LOTS of cinnamon sugar (i.e. cinnamon and sugar to your taste) then roll the two long sides to meet in the centre. Slice 2cm pieces and pinch below the gathered rolls. Bake for 20 mins at 180C or until cooked through and slightly golden. Consume whilst warm for best results but still tasty when it cools ❤️


New Year resolutions – goals or habits?

With every New Year comes the temptation to set some resolutions and, for many years, I diligently made a list of outcomes I was striving to achieve over the next 12 months.  However, I would usually find myself at the beginning of the next year dusting off the previous list before writing a new version (can you relate?) with variable degrees of success.

In the past few years, I noticed that I achieved my goals when I managed to establish new habits.  When I focus on changing one habit at at time I make changes which in turn deliver the end goal and become embedded in my daily life and therefore last a lifetime. This has been true in terms of health, money, career and relationships!

In respect of waste reduction, it has been tempting to set goals like “I will generate less than 1kg of landfill each month” but this does not always translate to specific actions or help with decision making in the heat of the moment. I have found that habits that make everyday decisions easier to reduce waste have more impact.

What has worked for our family is to change habits which, in turn, have a positive  impact the outcome.  For example, we have been working on:

Habit Achievement
Always keeping a set of resusable containers and bags in each car 99%
Keeping a small foldable bag in our handbag (me), workbag (hubby) or backpacks (kids) 95%
Menu planning every week 85%
Using leftovers for lunches and/or having a leftover night 90%
Taking our reusable water bottle (everywhere!) 100%
Composting any food scraps that our dog can’t/won’t eat 95%
Not buying a coffee if we can’t use a ceramic cup or keep cup 100%
Using our sodastream and only buying soft drinks in aluminium cans 95%
Giving experiences as gifts rather than ‘stuff’ or wrapping ‘stuff’ in fabric squares, tea towels or reuseable gift bag 85%
Taking resusable drink cup to the cinema for frozen soft drink (really proud of my kids for this one!) 100%
Buy secondhand items wherever possible 80%
Taking home-made, unpackaged food for school lunches. 75%

 

The habit we are working on at the moment is to limit our food purchases to products that can be bought:

  • in our own reusable containers at the bulk store, greengrocer, butcher, bakery and deli counter
  • in cans or in glass
  • in paper or cardboard

It IS sometimes cheaper or more convenient to buy something close to hand, wrapped in plastic but that is where changing your habits makes the difference.  Instead of calling into the supermarket on the way home from work at the last minute, we now do a menu plan for the week ahead and schedule in time for shopping trips to buy low-waste alternatives. Once we had done this a few times and got into a rhythm with the new habit, the prepackaged items were no longer a temptation!  We still struggle to find alternatives to a few everyday items such as milk and yoghurt as well as some treats such as chips/cheezles (I know, right!) but, overall, I am pleased with our progress.

By changing our habits rather than focussing on the outcomes, our family has seen dramatic reductions in what goes into both our landfill and recycling bins and, once a habit becomes ‘normal’, we can avoid slipping back to the old behaviours that used to created waste.

Can you relate? What habits have worked for your household?

Amelia (Wasteless Pantry Greenwood)


Wasteless Pantry Greenwood: First Fifty Days

After a fabulous first fifty days since opening, I just had to send out a HUGE THANK YOU for the very warm welcome the team and I have received from the local community.  We have been delighted to be able to help our customers find just what they need in amounts from very small (such as just 4 cardamom pods) to very large (20kg of dog food!).  

Along with our neighbours at Greenwood Village Shopping Centre, we have all you need for a regular weekly shop.  Santo at The Fresh Produce Co even has loose tomatoes so you can avoid the punnets and the team at Shanks Butchers are happy to put your meat purchases into your own clean container. Pop your unsliced bread from Bakers Delight in your own bag and they have paper bags as an alternative to plastic.  As an added bonus, the centre has plenty of easy parking, is close to the freeway and is owned locally by WA families.  The centre also has a lovely café (who keep me well supplied with coffee and yummy lunches), a Lucky Charm newsagent, Terry White pharmacy, awesome gift store, jewellers, nail salon, hairdresser, barber, a great little local post office along with a major supermarket store. (And that’s just on the inside – around the outside there is a laundromat, Liquor Barons, Greenwood Pizza, Chinese restaurant, Japanese restaurant, vet and Jett’s fitness). 

As the team and I travel on our journey toward zero waste living it has been really rewarding to share what we have learnt (so far) and inspiring to have so many of you share your stories, tips and tricks with us.  

We have had a LOT of items added to our Wish List and have been able to expand our range to grant some of these wishes!  We now have vegan chocolate, amaranth, garlic granules, beeswax and clove bud oil to name just a few. 

My first attempt at making Christmas cake (using the old-fashioned recipe we have in store) was a success.  If I can do it, anyone can 🙂!  Come in to get glace cherries (red and green), apricots and pineapple and all the dried fruits you are likely to need ready for you to make your own. 

 

I have also been glad to support some of our local schools with their sustainability and fundraising events. Thank you to Lansdale Primary, West Coast Steiner school, St Stephen’s and Halidon Primary for inviting us to get involved. 

We have collected over 40kg of batteries for recycling and several boxes of beauty products for Terracycle that may otherwise have gone to landfill and I if I had to guess, the number of jars generously donated for washing and reuse by our customers would be in the hundreds! 

So, thank you so much and we look forward to helping you restock your pantries – without the plastic waste and in just the quantities that you need – long into the future. 

In the meantime, we look forward to helping with food and gifts for a merry and low waste Christmas. 

Amelia and the team

 


Specialist Recycling at Wasteless Pantry

Not everything can be recycled via your yellow top kerbside bin. But, some items not collected by a truck can still be recycled. Wasteless Pantry offers a collection facility for some tricky items.​

Ink Cartridge Recycling Program:

This program collects and returns inkjet, toner cartridges, toner bottles and other imaging consumables from printers, fax machines and photocopiers for reprocessing and recycling. Please keep all packaging out of the cartridge collection box.

Beauty Products Recycling Program:

Cosmetics packaging such as used lipstick and lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer, foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, lip liner, and concealer packaging.

Hair care packaging such as used shampoo and conditioner small bottles and all caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray and hair treatment packaging.

Skin care packaging such as lip balm, face moisturiser, face and body wash soap dispensers and tubes, body and hand lotion dispensers and tubes and shaving foam packaging.

Oral Care Recycling Program 

This program collects empty toothpaste tubes and caps, plastic toothpaste and toothbrush packaging, plastic toothbrushes and floss containers.

Please keep all bamboo toothbrushes out of the oral care collection box.

Mobile Phone Recycling Program

This program collects all mobile phones and chargers.

Data is removed and then they are donated to a local women’s shelter for reuse.

Those that aren’t able to be reused or where data is unable to be removed are sent to Mobile Muster for recycling.

Contact Lens Recycling Program

This program collects and returns all brands of contact lenses and all brands of contact lens blister packs.

Please keep all cardboard packaging out of the contact lens collection box.

Mail Satchel Recycling Program

This program collects and returns to Australia Post for reuse all pre-paid mail satchels and padded satchels.

Please recycle all cardboard envelopes through your yellow top kerbside recycling bin.

  • There are a bunch of other specialist recycling collection options available in selected areas, check out the www.recycleright.wa.gov.au website for more ideas!