Wasteless Pantry Bassendean News: 20 August 2019

DIY Hair Gel     I’ve been recommended this recipe separately by two different staff members, so it must be good! It is especially good for curly hair and leaves the hair soft, smooth and smelling lovely.Mix together 1/4 cup linseed (flaxseed) with 2 cups water. Heat in a pot until it comes to the boil (keep […]

Wasteless Pantry Greenwood News: 16 August 2019

Contain yourselves! We love seeing the wide variety of containers being used over and over, especially because they are just ordinary containers. Maccona jars, jam jars, random plastic tubs, empty formula tins, vintage Tupperware and all sorts of ordinary things that everyone has available to them. Please know that you and your containers don’t need […]

Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News: 11 August 2019

You are part of something big! Did you know that 230 MILLION people participated in Plastic Free July this year?! Whether you made small changes or dramatic lifestyle shifts to reduce waste this month, know that everything you are doing is making a difference. The waste issues are still there, but every time you role […]

Winter Warmers without Waste

It’s not as cold as it should be but I’m still feeling the winter chill! There is nothing like the comfort of a hot beverage to sooth the soul on wintery days.  At Wasteless Pantry we have quite a range of goodies for making: Hot Chocolate Loose Leaf Black Teas Herbal Teas Coffee Beans Turmeric […]

Low Waste Gifts for Dad’s

Father’s Day is nearly upon us (it’s on Sunday, 1st September 2019) and you might be thinking to yourself, “What should I get Dad this year?” You want to get him something that is thoughtful, environmentally friendly (the search terms green gifts, eco gifts, zero waste gifts, gifts for waste-free Dad come to mind), and […]

Wasteless Pantry Greenwood News: 1 July 2019

Hello and welcome to this month’s newsletter.   Well the wintry days are certainly here! Brrrrr – as the days turn cooler I love using my slow cooker so I can enjoy a warm dinner with my family as soon as I get home from work.  Come in store to check out our range of […]

Wasteless Pantry Bassendean News: 20 June 2019

This is our most exciting time of year! Our flagship store in Mundaring just had its 4th birthday and Plastic Free July is only 2 weeks away! There are plenty of resources and tools on the PFJ website to help you figure out where to start, what to do and how to do it. We […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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. […]

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! 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wasteless Pantry Bassendean News: 29th Nov 2018

What’s been happening at Wasteless Pantry Bassendean this month: We changed our opening hours slightly so that those who can’t get in until after work still have time to come shopping with us. Our new hours are: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm We had a stall at the Bassendean Spring Mini Market, with lots […]

Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News: 23rd Nov 2018

  Did you know that we were finalists in this years WA Waste Authority Infinity Awards?  Drum roll, please… Highly Commended Waste Team of the Year! We were very happy with this result and were absolutely thrilled for all the other finalists, commended and winners that we got to meet on the night!  So many great people […]

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 and Highly Commended as Waste Team of the Year in 2018, but we think we know a fair few champions ourselves.  Our community is full of great people showing the way […]

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 […]

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          […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]