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!

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 of products for people to taste test, including chocolate brownie, regular & gluten-free Christmas cake, apple cranberry nut loaf, and flat bread with hummus. There are recipe cards for all these items in-store.
  • Start collecting your bread bag tags for our new recycling container. The tags are used to raise money to buy wheelchairs for adults and children in South Africa. More information about the program can be found here: http://www.breadtagsforwheelchairs.co.za/
  • New food products we have in stock: apricot logs, sweet chilli lime soya crisps, gluten free cereal, vegan dark chocolate, cacao butter, ground black pepper, lemongrass tea, and carob buttons.
  • New merchandise we have in stock include cold brew and breakfast jar sets which, along with our fermentation kits, are perfect for Christmas gifts!
  • We have added beeswax beads and activated charcoal to our beauty counter, to add to the existing shea butter, clay, essential oils and other base ingredients that we stock.

What’s next:

  • We will have some tastings in-store so that you can check out our products. Come in on Saturday 1st December to try out some chocolate bark (chocolate, cranberries and pistachio – yum!)
  • We are starting to put together gift jars (things like choc chip cookie mix, chocolate brownie mix, seed cracker mix) and gift hampers (waste-free starter kits, hampers for the coffee or tea lover, etc) to help you out with your Christmas shopping. Come in store and check them out!
  • We are in the process of looking into getting package free lip balm, bicarb-free deodorant, and facial soaps! Very exciting!

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 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 doing great things to avoid, reduce and recover waste in WA right now.

What’s been happening at the store:

  • If you haven’t been in lately, it is worth ducking your head through the door to check out the little revamp we had.  Although the layout is much the same, we’ve made thoroughfare areas just a little roomer where we can and made the whole place a bit brighter. Plus the specialist recycling station was upgraded to make it more user-friendly.
  • Our new beauty counter is all set up for you to start your DIY face & body treat making too!  We now have beeswax beads and activated charcoal to add to the shea butter, clay, essential oils and other base ingredients we have been stocking for a while now.
  • We’re not putting up the Christmas decorations just yet, but we are starting to make preparations.  Below are articles from the archives about being festive without the waste hangover that might be helpful, and we have gift jars ready to go if you have an event coming up that you want something quick and delightful to give.

Win the War on Waste This Christmas

Super Easy & Zero Waste Entertaining

Zero Waste Christmas Cake

Practical Gift Giving Guide

The 12 Wasteless Days of Christmas

  • We have Vegan Dark Chocolate!!!! Belinda says that it “is like being slapped in the face with chocolate” which I think is a good thing 🙂
  • Cacao butter is back! And we have a Gluten Free Cereal that doubles as a Gluten Free Porridge, Teff and Black Sesame Seeds.
  • Some more fantastic news? Onya is working toward creating a circular economy within their business and are now partnering with TerraCycle. So if for some reason your Onya products are no longer functioning as well as they should (which is a VERY rare occurrence) then we are able to return them to Onya to be recycled responsibly. How brilliant is that!
  • If you have any Boomerang Bags stashed at your place, please pop them back in the box at our store or Hills Fresh to keep them circulating where they are needed most.

Coming soon:

  • Scoopable deodorant!! We’ve been trialling this at the new Bassendean store and it has been hugely popular so now we are bringing it to Mundaring and Greenwood.  Plus there is a bicarb free one in the works for those with sensitive skin too!
  • Sealpod has just released a reusable coffee pod for Dolce Gusto machines which we will be stocking shortly.
  • We also have locally made, palm oil free scoopable vegan lip balm as well as facial, shaving, dog & stain remover soaps coming too!

Waste Less, Live More

Amanda & Jeannie


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 for their families and friends in how to live a low waste lifestyle.  There is no better time of the year to lead others to this path than at Christmas when so many increase their already wasteful ways.

Every year millions of unwanted gifts are excessively packaged and wrapped, appreciated for only a moment before they are stored away unused, thrown away, regifted or sold.  Kerbside bins are overflowing with polystyrene, wrapping, packaging, wasted food and plastic bags from buying all this stuff in the first place.  It’s hardly a picture of love and peace toward all mankind.  All that rubbish will end up on someone’s doorstep or in the fish on someone’s plate!

Instead of getting wasted, let’s prepare ourselves for our most enjoyable and sustainable year yet.

Planning

The key to zero waste living, low waste lifestyles, or just taking a little more care about the waste we create is all in the planning.

Think ahead about the type of Christmas you want to have.  Is it important to you to have family traditions?  Spending time with loved ones? Being generous? Feeling relaxed and restful? Having lots of celebrations and fun? Eating great food?  Whatever the inspiration, remembering the overall big picture values you want to strive for will help you decide just how important that $2 plastic toy really is at this time of year.

When you are planning meals, plan to the plate, not to your stomach’s desires.  If you are anything like me then if there is a buffet style meal on offer you want to try a bit of everything!  With this in mind, cater for what will fit on a plate and no more.  If your guest has to have seconds just to try everything on offer there is a good chance you will have lots of leftovers to deal with.  Also, save yourself some effort and turn Christmas lunch leftovers into an easy Christmas dinner.  You don’t have to serve up a repeat of lunch, with minimal creativity you can still offer something that will be delicious using what is already at hand.

Share the load with preparing food and also with distributing out the leftovers.  Make sure everyone brings a sizable container for any leftovers and then you’ve given the gift of a Boxing Day that doesn’t require any cooking 🙂

Serve your favourite Christmas dishes in containers that are beautiful on display and also have lids for putting away any leftovers straight after the meal.  If it doesn’t make it to the fridge quickly and easily, there is a good chance it will get thrown out.  Plus no-one likes dodgy food or having to tackle the clingwrap.

Get your bins ready.  Whilst I would love to hear that you didn’t need a bin at all during the festive season, the reality is that most will.  So with that in mind, make sure your bins are clearly marked for recycling, composting, or even reusing (kids love boxes!).  Know your recycling facilities available too so that you can save as much as possible from landfill.

More ideas to come on this topic….

How are you getting ready for low waste celebrations?

 

Photo Credits:
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash
Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

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 plan for anytime you need to whip together a feast!

Starters

Dukkah, olive oil and chunks of crusty bread

[Zero waste tip – BYO containers to Wasteless Pantry for the dukkah and oil as well as taking your bread bag to the bakery for your bread (or make your own)]

Soya crisps, bhuja mix, corn chips and smashed avocado with a little lemon juice, rice cracker salad or mixed nuts

[Zero waste tip – BYO containers to Wasteless Pantry for the snacks and use a reusable produce bag for the avocado.  Serve all the snacks in wide-mouthed upcycled jars so you just put the lid back on if they don’t get finished and nothing will go stale]

Main

Brown rice salad – super easy to make in about 20 minutes and if you have extra it is great for lunches the next couple of days.  Soak rice overnight if you want to speed up the cooking time.

[Zero waste tip – BYO containers for rice, seeds, currants, oil and soy sauce.  Feel free to substitute what you have e.g. red onion for shallots, any colour capsicum, sultanas for currants, dried garlic for fresh (just halve the quantity suggested)]

Roasted vegetables

[Zero waste tip – roast up any vegetables that you have handy, even if they are a bit limp, or shop with reusable produce bags.  You don’t need to peel potato, sweet potato, carrots or mushrooms, just pop them straight onto the tray.  Try reusable baking liners or oil up your tray instead of using the disposable sheets]

Roasted meat or chicken wings

[Zero waste tip – Pick smaller cuts of meat as these will take less time to cook (and less power to run your oven) and encourage your guests to eat more vegetables since it’s healthier for everyone anyhow.  Take your own container to your butcher to avoid the plastic bag and meat tray]

Dessert

Christmas Cake – it is super easy to make this cake that lasts up to 3 months so you will always have something on hand for unexpected visitors!

Fruit platter or grilled stone fruit sprinkled with cinnamon sugar

[Zero waste tip – eat what is in season, since there is so much local variety this time of the year anyhow! Whatever doesn’t get finished can be made into a fruit salad or smoothies for another day. In my opinion cinnamon sugar goes with everything so BYO container for this from Wasteless Pantry]

Bliss balls

[Zero waste tip – these can be made ahead and frozen in small batches so that you can whip them out as needed.  Also feel free to get creative with the ingredients by swapping in what you love and have on hand – maybe you prefer macadamia nuts or sunflower seeds, or dried apricots, or try adding in maple syrup if you like it sweeter and rolling in coconut or dip in chocolate for a more decadent treat.  The main thing is to use up what you have rather than having bits and bobs going stale in your pantry]

So there you have it, simple and delicious!

Customise to appetites and guests as needed.

 

Photo credits

Photo by Kate Remmer on Unsplash

Photo by Best Recipe Team

Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash

Photo by +Simple on Unsplash


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          softened butter

200g brown sugar

4       eggs

300g          plain flour

2 tsp mixed spice

 

* Blanched almonds & cherries to decorate

* 2 tbsp brandy to drizzle

 

Method:

Combine fruit and brandy in large bowl, cover with a lid and set aside for 2 days to macerate.

Grease a 22cm cake pan and line base with a reusable tray liner or grease a spring form cake pan.

Beat butter & sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well until combined. Stir butter & fruit mixtures together. Add flour & mixed spice. Spoon into pan and tap lightly on benchtop to release any air bubbles, arrange almonds and cherries on top.

Bake at 150C covered with a bigger cake tin for 2 hours 30 mins to 3 hours. Drizzle hot cake with extra brandy. Cool thoroughly before turning out.

[Store in an airtight dark container for up to 3 months].

Recipe is adapted from http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/2102/christmas+cake