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 now I would never go back!

The amount of waste created by this most regular and intimate of bodily functions is pretty staggering.  Plus it’s just simply gross!!

Reusable menstrual cups and reusable pads are not as messy or complicated as you are probably thinking plus:

  • Once you have made your initial purchase you will always have your supplies on hand each month – you’ll never be caught out again
  • No risk of toxic shock syndrome
  • Easy to use and maintain
  • You get to know your own cycle better which means that you can manage your own health better too
  • In summer the cloth pad will breath better, no more sweaty bits
  • You can wear either or both overnight without any leaks
  • Work just beautifully for sporty types

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Pads are pretty self explanatory I believe but menstrual cups are a new concept for many so here’s a video to help explain the concept…

Tips for beginners:

  • It will take you about 2 to 3 cycles to completely get the hang of a menstrual cup – just like it took a while to get the hang of tampons so many years ago.
  • We recommend that you start with inserting and cleaning in the shower the first few times since this is where you have plenty of room to find your most comfortable position, your muscles are relaxed and you can keep everything clean.
  • A rough guide to sizing is Model 1 for under 30 years old and Model 2 for those who are over 30 years old or have given birth (caesarean included).
  • How often you need to change the menstrual cup is different for everyone.  If you have a heavy flow then day 1 and 2 might have you changing it every 3 to 6 hours but later in your cycle you might not have to change it for 12 hours or more.  You will know you need to change the cup as you will begin to feel a heaviness but you’ll pick this up pretty quickly.
  • I like to use a cup and pad for the first day or two so that if I’m away from an easily accessed toilet then I won’t have to worry about any accidents.
  • When you are away from home you can remove and empty over a toilet then simply rinse out with your handy bottle of water.  No waste to dispose, so no-one has to know what you’re up to.
  • Clean the cup at the end of your cycle with a mild soap and maybe boil in water if you want to be extra sure that it stays healthy.  As for the pads just throw them in the washing machine with all your other clothes when you have finished with it.

If you have any questions or want to check out the demonstration models then just pop into the store and have a chat with one of the girls!


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

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Packs include:

1 x Quality cloth apron

1 x Ceramic mug

1 x Digital cooking timer

1 x Baking scrapper

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The winning entry will be announced May 1st via our website www.wastelesspantry.com.au

 

Pop your name and contact details in the jar to win!

 

And… if you would like to receive a FREE Gluten Free Baking ebook with 16 delicious cookie & cake recipes just let us know

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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 is so much talk about the risks of chemicals in cosmetics, eco hair products, eco skin care and environmentally friendly soap options might be just the remedy you were looking for.

So what is in a zero waste bathroom?

  • Environmentally friendly, biodegradable shampoo and conditioner bought in your own reusable container
  • Eco soap free of palm oils such as the ones made by Corrynnes Natural Soaps
  • Bamboo hairbrush & toothbrush
  • Forest friendly toilet paper and tissues (if you don’t own a hanky)
  • Epsom salts bought in your own reusable container (because some times a relaxing bath is just what you need!)
  • Soap free eco bubble bath (because life is too short to argue over bath time with little ones) bought in your own reusable container

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What about deodorant, toothpaste, moisturiser, body scrubs and the like?

Each to their own on this one.  For me I’m happy with my DIY options…

DIY Deoderant

Mix together equal quantities of bicarb and coconut oil with essential oils of your preference (mine are lavender and chamomile)

DIY Toothpaste

Bicarb on its own [but I know others who swear by bicarb, coconut oil and peppermint oil]

* There is plenty of discussion out there about the pros and cons of fluoride and I am not an expert on this one at all so please seek info about this elsewhere on the internet 🙂

DIY Moisturiser

Coconut oil on its own [simple and effective!]

DIY Cleanser

Mix together 1 part bicarb & 2 parts coconut or olive oil

Lightly scrub body or face and then wash off with water

DIY Body Scrubs

Salt, sugar, quick oats and coffee grounds make great exfoliants and can be combined with oils and/or honey to make a wide variety of body scrubs that smell delicious!  Add in flavourings of your choice like cinnamon, vanilla extract, mint leaves, citrus oils or lavender flowers and you have something good enough to become a gift too!!  Play around and find your own favourite recipes, however as a rule of thumb you will need equal quantities of liquid to your dry goods.

If you are in the neighbourhood, then pop into the store and bring along your containers for refilling!

For a short time we are offering 20% off aluminium bottles with your first refill of our personal hygiene and home cleaning products.

And if you are not in the neighbourhood then make sure you leave a comment below letting us know what your bathroom must haves are!

 

 


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!).

easy hot cross bun

 

Bread base:

500g bread mix

7g dried yeast

250g lukewarm water

 

Then tailor it by adding in one of the options below….

Traditional version:

65g sultanas

65g currents

10g mixed spice

 

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

 

  1. Mix together bread base and optional ingredients 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!


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 of citric acid that you bought in your BYO container at ‪#‎wastelesspantry‬ then boil and rinse, no wait time for you next lovely cup of something yum! 


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 saltsVanilla Bath Salts

2 cup Epsom Salts
3 tbsp. Bicarb
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Jar + Ingredients = $8

 

 

 

 

 

 

macadamia brownieMacadamia Choc Brownies

Contains 1 cup plain flour, ½ tsp baking powder, 1/4tsp salt, 1 ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup cocoa & ½ cup macadamias
Extra needed:
½ cup melted butter
2 eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 170C. Pour jar contents into bowl & add wet ingredients. Stir until well combined. Pour into greased 20 x 20cm pan and bake for 35 mins. Cool before slicing.
Jar + ingredients = $11

 

 

Choc Chip Oatmeal CookiesChoc Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Contains 1/3 cup plain flour, ¼ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp bicarb, 1/3 cup brown sugar, ¼ cup white sugar, 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup milk choc chips & 1/3 white choc chips
Extra needed:
3 ½ tbsp. melted butter
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180C. Pour jar contents into bowl and add wet ingredients. Stir until well combined. Grease baking tray and place spoonfuls of mixture onto tray. Bake 12-14 mins.
Jar + ingredients = $6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa cookiesSanta Cookies

1 1/3 cup plain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarb, ¼ tsp salt, 1 cup rolled oats, ¾ cup smarties, ½ cup brown sugar & ½ cup white sugar
Extra needed:
½ cup softened butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180C. Beat together wet ingredients in bowl until light and fluffy. Add jar contents & mix well. Grease baking tray and place spoonful’s of mixture onto tray. Bake 10 mins.
Jar + ingredients = $9

 

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Or maybe these ideas might be more your cup of tea 🙂

Custom Tea Set Hot Choc Set luxury coffee set

Counter gifts


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 retailing and consumption.

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Winners of the New Business of the Year and Overall Business of the Year awards at the weekend, owners Jeannie Richardson and Amanda Welschbillig were ecstatic saying: “It is a credit to our customers who have supported the big ideas behind the business of promoting zero waste, sustainability and local food choices.”

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Wasteless Pantry has tapped into the growing sustainable food movement and seeks to educate its consumers about how to shop smarter and waste less. The store promotes the zero waste ideals of “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot” by providing quality, unpackaged bulk groceries with reuseable containers and other sustainable products.

Frustrated by the lack of alternatives to conventional shopping where the consumer must purchase a prescribed amount of a product in packaging designed to be used once and thrown away, Amanda and Jeannie decided to open their own store in Mundaring, where things are done a bit differently.

Wasteless Pantry is actively involved in the community delivering educational presentations to Councils and schools on food waste, sustainability and transitioning to a less wasteful lifestyle in an increasingly disposable first world culture. The company’s Waste Less Blog is full of tips, ideas, stories and inspiration.

The standalone store opened on 1 June 2015 and was designed from the ground up by Amanda and Jeannie. The support and enthusiasm from the local community and further afield has been overwhelming.


The Seeds We Sow – Environmental Change

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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 vegetables from the Market Gardening family up the road.

I remember the teapot and its cosy at my grandmothers house that smelt so good and the pleasure of watching it being poured through a strainer into each cup.

I remember learning about the live chicken behind the roast and how sultanas are dried out in the field on drying racks.

I remember learning to cook with both my parents at home at a young age and the freshness of homebaked cakes that would go stale if not finished in a couple of days.

I remember Mum packing containers of fresh food into the esky for summer picnics and BBQs as well as having to reuse your cup, plate and cutlery – not a disposable in sight.

I remember having to wear jumpers and extra blankets in winter and picking the sunniest days to do the washing.

I remember Mum mending and sewing and knitting and teaching me when the mood struck me to learn.

I remember helping Dad fix engines and doing odd jobs around the home because just throwing things away wasn’t considered the automatic first option.

 

This is not a nostalgic “things were better in the good old days” reflection.  Simply memories of all the little actions that were taken for granted and led me to accept the Zero Waste Lifestyle I’m aiming for now.  Without awareness of the environmental issues or doom and gloom that is often the focus, we were doing good things.  Without the sense of need as a child, I still accepted that this was what we do because it brought joy and simplicity to our lives and that was good enough a reason.

 

Yes, explain the reason if the question “why?” is raised but otherwise just go about your business doing good things.

 

You never know who will be watching, learning and believing that this is just the way things should be done.

 

Come into the store and tell me – what do you remember or what do you want those learning from you to remember?