Wasteless Pantry News: Mundaring April 27th 2018

Can you believe it’s been 6 weeks since our last newsletter – on the one hand, it feels like forever and on the other hand, where does the time go?!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News (12th January 2018)

Happy New Year! May this year be the one where you see that you are part of a whole community that cares about reducing waste, living well and making a difference.  May you know in your bones that every action you take has an impact. We have had a major win at the store!! After […]

Going Zero Waste with a Naked Lunch Box

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris We are all drawn to a life of simplicity. There are many of us that are drawn to that idea of a simple life, which is a hands on, peaceful and present one. To me, […]

Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News (22nd December 2017)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Wasteless Pantry Mundaring Team It has been an amazing year and we are so happy to be seeing the start of a shift to a low waste culture in WA!  We are thankful, as always, for our great community who have supported us the whole way.  It […]

Super Easy & Zero Waste Entertaining

The celebrations of the Christmas and New Year period are all about good food shared with good people.  I’m most fond of meals that are made ahead so I get more time to chat and connect; with less time hanging out in the kitchen on my own. So here is a tried and true meal […]

Practical Gift Giving Guide

The Lost Art of Not Giving Crap Presents Do your Christmases and birthdays revolve around getting and giving plastic, over packaged trinkets and novelty gifts that are enjoyed for less than one hour and then become awkwardly pushed aside, dust collecting reminders of rushed decision making and consumerist manipulation? Or maybe you’ve been regifted one […]

Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News (1st December 2017)

It’s so good to be chatting with you again! It has been a little while between updates as we have been working hard to finally be able to say, “Yes, we are franchising” and, “Yes, there may well be a new Wasteless Pantry store coming to your neighbourhood in 2018!”   The difficulty with running a […]

Win the War on Waste This Christmas

What if this Christmas you could help reduce waste? Wasteless Pantry was recognised by the Waste Authority of WA as Waste Champions for 2017, but we think we know a fair few champions ourselves.  Our community is full of great people showing the way for their families and friends in how to live a low […]

More Than Another Bulk Food Store

You want to reduce your waste and you make the effort to bring your own containers and bags for refilling.  Maybe you want to know that the places you shop at are doing all they can to avoid waste too. We really care about this stuff!  Just recently we submitted an application to the Waste […]

We need your feedback!

We need you to let us know what we do well and what we don’t so that we can continue to improve and serve you best. Please let us know what you think on our (approximately 8-minute) survey and you could be lucky enough to be randomly drawn as the winner of a $100 gift […]

Food Labelling at Wasteless Pantry

How to Read Our Labels We know that there is much variation in what gets put on labels at bulk food stores. We thought we’d make life easier for you by showing you exactly what we put on ours! Helpful or not?  Let us know!

Plastic Free July: Should You Bother?

Absolutely, YES! I hear the same thing over and over.  “What I do doesn’t make a difference, there are so many people/government bodies/businesses/others that waste more than me, so why bother?” And then I hear the reply, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. It’s not enough to want a better planet […]

How to Bring Your Own Container to Bulk Food Stores

You really want to try bringing your own containers and produce bags when shopping.  But it seems scary at first?  Not to worry, we have a little video of how we do it at Wasteless Pantry to get you on track!

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

We love Easter and especially the traditional Hot Cross Bun! 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 […]

Eco Friendly Easter Guide

Aiming toward a zero waste Easter this year? This time of year is for celebrating and unfortunately also seems to be about generating waste.  An article by Pre-Waste on 6 April 2012 indicates: Since their development in early 19th century France and Germany, chocolate Easter eggs have quickly become seasonal bestsellers. In Italy, 40 million […]

5 Easy Tips to Motivate Eco Change in Others

How do you make others change their ways to less wasteful living? The simple answer is: You can’t. You can’t make others change their ways.  You can encourage, guide, support, educate but you can’t force sustainable change on others. We all come to these ideas with our own baggage of previous experiences, beliefs, levels and sources of […]

Laminations for Australia Day

Wow who knew lamingtons were that easy to make! I saw three steps and freaked but it was simple and fun to make. Really looking forward to eating these with family later today with a smooth cup of coffee. Wasteless Pantry ingredients: 500g (3.5 cups) Utility Cake Mix 400g (2 cups) icing sugar 20g (1/4 […]

The 12 Wasteless Days of Christmas

Eco Christmas – Green Christmas – Earth Friendly Celebrating – Zero Waste Gifts Do those words strike fear?  Do they conjure ideas of deprivation and judgement?  Do they sound like an impossible ideal? We are here to inspire you and encourage a little less waste, without compromising the joy and jubilation of the season. We’ve […]

A Christmas Gift for You: Gift Jars!

With Christmas fast approaching we are readying ourselves for the gift giving season. We know that you have so much love to share, so many great intentions to show just how grateful you are for all the wonderful people in your lives.  We also know that giving a thing doesn’t always match up with your […]

Zero Waste Christmas Cake

The winning recipe from this years Wasteless Pantry Bake Off…. Old-fashioned Christmas Cake Ingredients: 510g          sultanas 265g          raisins 155g          currants 150g          pitted dates (chopped) 100g          glace cherries (chopped) 75g   dried cranberries 75g   dried pineapple 50g   mixed peel 185ml brandy 2 tsp          finely grated orange rind 250g          […]

Zero Waste Muesli Bars

½ cup (125mL) honey or 1/4 honey/peanut butter ¼ cup caster sugar 125g butter 3 cups rolled oats/cornflakes 1 cup Rice Bubbles 1 cup sultanas ½ cup chopped apricots, dates or choc chips ½ cup desiccated coconut ¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seed kernels), sunflower or sesame seeds   Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line […]

Zero Waste Cheese Crackers

2 cups of any type of plain flour 2 Tbsp oil 1 cup sharp cheese grated 3/4 cup water 1/2 tsp salt   Mix, roll thin, cut to shape, garnish with salt or spices. Bake in 150C oven until golden

Plastic Free July is here!!

I love this time of year!  I get to feel great about doing something for the planet and challenge myself to learn new things. Have you joined Plastic Free July yet? It really is very simple.  Just pledge to give up disposable plastic bags, water bottles, straws and take away coffee cups.  You can do it […]

Winter warming breakfasts

So you get to enjoy some of our favourite recipes here are our three top porridge options:   And as for topping consider…   What’s your favourite combination?

Zero Waste in Winter

Soups and stew season is my favourite and also the easiest time of year to minimise food waste! Pretty much any combination of Stock Dried peas, beans or lentils Mixed spices and seasonings Plus tid bits of bones, leftover meat and dried grains will make the most delicious soup for tonight and enough for lunches […]

Secret Womens Business (aka Wasteless Panties)

Reusable Sanitary Products are Better for You, Your Wallet & the Earth Have you heard about Juju menstrual cups and reusable menstrual “Moon Pads”? To tell the truth when I first heard about them many years ago it wasn’t something I ever thought I would try.  But fortunately I did give it a go and […]

Gluten Free Baking Gift Pack Competition: Winners

Our lucky winners A Frick & Sarah Appleton have been contacted today!

Gluten Free Baking Gift Pack Competition

Enter the draw to win 1 of 2 cooking gift packs when you purchase any gluten free premix (see the green flags) during April 2016 Packs include: 1 x Quality cloth apron 1 x Ceramic mug 1 x Digital cooking timer 1 x Baking scrapper The winning entry will be announced May 1st via our […]

No Waste Home Bathroom – Eco Body Care Checklist

We talk often about refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling and rotting at Wasteless Pantry. The easiest place to start your zero waste living journey is in the bathroom! You really don’t need all those potions and harmful microbeads, just a few simple goodies will get you through and simplify your daily routine once and for all. Given there […]

Easy Hot Cross Buns with a Twist

Whilst we love our traditionally made Hot Cross Buns, sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy to tackle that ingredient list. The alternative is going fancy with a basic bread mix – our crusty or soft bread mixes (try your hand with the gluten free range if you are inspired too!).   Bread […]

Easy Quick Eco Cleaning Tips – How to Clean Your Kettle

Like a squeaky clean kettle but don’t want to have to scrub it? You have two Wasteless options: 1. Throw in a used lemon and boil your full kettle a couple of times, letting it sit until all the nasties have lifted then rinse and you’re good to go. Or 2. Throw in a tablespoon […]

Fig Bites – Vegan & Paleo Winner

Fig bites anyone? These are ‪#‎paleo‬ ‪#‎vegan‬ and ‪#‎zerowaste‬ as well as ‪#‎easyhealthyfood‬ I got all the ingredients at ‪#‎wastelesspantry‬ so no waste and no cooking required!! Wasteless Pantry Ingredients: 130g dried figs 70g almonds 70g sultanas 1-2 teaspoons of cacao Method: In food processor or a good blender combine all ingredients. Roll into little balls and you are good to go!

Gifts in a Jar

If you are keen on doing gift jars for Christmas or other occasions (you can reuse what you have to refuse waste!) then check out these ideas we have in store… Vanilla Bath Salts 2 cup Epsom Salts 3 tbsp. Bicarb 1 tsp Vanilla Essence Jar + Ingredients = $8           […]

Sustainable Food Business Wins Big at Local Awards

Wasteless Pantry: Saving the world, one pantry at a time Perth Hills sustainable food business, Wasteless Pantry, won two awards including top honours at the Mundaring Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on Saturday, capping off an incredibly successful first six months of operation in which the innovative company has challenged conventional thinking around food […]

The Seeds We Sow – Environmental Change

I don’t remember my parents talking about environmental change or issues or climate change but I do remember planting trees with Men of the Trees, going camping, always taking home more rubbish than we created and feeding the chooks our scraps. I remember eating straight from our garden and Mum bartering lifts to school for […]

Why I Cook – 14 Reasons to Learn to Cook from Scratch

Long ago I cooked but didn’t know the pleasure of it.  Long ago I did what needed to be done – pouring in a jar of this or cracking a packet of that – solely because we needed to be fed.  I didn’t understand the rich, rewarding experience that cooking could be. The ordinary acts […]

Bulk Food Store Skills: 9 Ways to Shop at Wasteless Pantry

Shopping Options at Wasteless Pantry, more than another Bulk Food Store We want it to be as easy and enjoyable as possible to shop at a bulk food store just like ours.  We know that it seems daunting to start with when you are just getting started on your waste less or zero waste journey! But, […]

Who Do We Think We Are?

We are not a franchise (yet :P).   We are not business people using green washing to make a buck.   We are not health super foodies (although we do like healthy food). So if not that, who are we? Jeannie is a Mum.  She is also a Local who seems to know everyone and […]

Invest in a Wasteless Future

A Wasteless Pantry is an investment in a better future, as anything of worth would be.   You exercise and eat well as an investment in your health. You might sign up for a mortgage as an investment in future financial security. In much the same way transitioning to a wasteless pantry or lifestyle is […]

How to BYO your containers video

Some were lucky enough to get this run down in person at the store, however for those of you that didn’t make it or aren’t local this is our guide to BYO your containers to bulk food stores. * An extra tip that wasn’t in the video: If you are taking home products where the […]

Clear the Clutter

Why would a Wasteless Pantry website have a blog post on decluttering? How unrelated could that be? Not at all! If you have so many things in your home that you can’t find what you need then this is a waste.  If you buy the same thing again because you didn’t know you already had […]

Come Join Our Team

Did you know that it is less than 9 weeks until we open!!!! Now is the time for us to select and get to know our team so please watch the video by clicking the link below and then apply if you think you are the right fit for our store.   Wasteless Pantry recruiterThis […]

Our Guide to Sustainable Food Choices

When did it become so hard to source and eat food without the guilt?   We worry about: creating waste and landfill contributions how far it has had to travel to our plate how many preservatives and additives are in our food allergens animal cruelty and deforestation whether it has been overly processed just how […]

Wasteless Ways: The Beautiful Pantry

“When you can find beauty in the mundane, that is where happiness lies.” There may be more to life than a wasteless pantry.  There may be more beautiful things than a pantry which contains no advertising and instead only produce that will sustain and comfort you.  There may even be more satisfying things to do […]

Our vision

We’ve been dreaming of this store for so long now and thought you might like to join us… It starts with the clean and homely style of the signage and store layout. As you walk through the front doors you will see smiling and enthusiastic staff ready to say hello to you by name and ask […]

Wasteless Ways: Cuppa sans waste

If you are anything like me, then you love to savour a good cup of coffee or tea.  The smell of it brewing, the warmth of the cup between your hands and the taste of that first sip of deliciousness. To enjoy the experience even further how about going Waste Less? All the waste associated with […]

Wasteless Ways: Bring Your Own Container

You go to the store or the butcher, pick out your cut of meat or deli item, the assistant packages your goods in a bag or tray, attaches a label, then you buy it at the check out where it is packed in a plastic bag and then you go home.  At home you use […]

Wasteless Ways: Produce Bags

The simplest thing I have found to reduce my landfill contribution is to use Produce Bags. Jeannie and I regularly get curious and positive comments about these bags whenever we do our shopping, and I’m starting to see more and more people getting on board.  These are reusable bags made of mesh or cloth which […]

It all starts somewhere

Have you ever woken up one day and thought to yourself, “Wow, how did I get here? I love it!” I have. One day I woke up and sat down to a breakfast of homemade bread using flour from a local mill, yeast I brought package free, topped with WA butter and my own marmalade […]