Like a squeaky clean kettle but don’t want to have to scrub it?
You have two Wasteless options:
You have two Wasteless options:
130g dried figs
1-2 teaspoons of cacao
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…
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Yes, explain the reason if the question “why?” is raised but otherwise just go about your business doing good things.
Come into the store and tell me – what do you remember or what do you want those learning from you to remember?
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 we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. THOMAS MOORE
I am not talking about the Master Chef style event of cooking or the “I’m better than you” soufflé dinner party designed to elevate status. I am talking about the daily practice of making meals, handcrafting the simplest dishes (whether heated or raw) into something wonderful and nourishing (nutritious or not).
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, really, it doesn’t need to be inconvenient or difficult. Just start with a few products and then expand from there. Bulk food stores are there to help you reduce your food waste, by allowing you to only buy in the quantity you actually need. This way when you get home you have just enough for the meal you are making, without the leftover prepackaged amount staring at you guiltily every time you open your pantry. Plus, because you have only bought what you need, you know that it is as fresh and tasty as it should be. No stale spices, no inactive yeast, and no using up last years latest super food. Just remember to bring your shopping list so you don’t get tempted to buy all the goodies you find and be sure to bring your reusable shopping kit of reusable shopping bags, produce bags and containers if you are trying to reduce your packaging waste too!
So there you have it, so many options to get you started. Are you ready?
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 doesn’t go a day without having a visitor to the store wanting to chat. She is a Paramedic by trade. Jeannie is also a keen gardener and chook keeper. She grew up on an orchard. And she is a sustainably sourced palm oil enthusiast who is passionate enough about Zero Waste Living to start a store with….
Amanda, who is also a Mum. A local too and can dehydrate, preserve, bake, grow and create more than you would expect. A Psychologist by trade, locavore at heart and dedicated enough to the Zero Waste Living cause to convert a few ladies to Diva/Juju cups and produce bags.Together the idea for the store was conceived, developed and nurtured into what it is, as well as what it is growing into.
Luckily we have great staff supporting us.
You would have met Lizzy who is our sustainability expert and sushi maker. Lizzy was the one juggling produce bags on Facebook a little while back. She has a keen interest in waste reduction and learning about all the foods we have on offer, especially the rices and spices.
Jade is our most knowledgable source of gluten free healthy food ideas. She is studying health coaching and can talk about raw, paleo, dairy free, gluten free and many other specific diet options in practical terms (not something you come across often)!
James is a violinist who is studying Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. He is developing his waste reducing skills through his family’s enthusiasm for the idea. James is super helpful and willing to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.
Emily is studying Occupational Therapy and comes from a family who values living waste free. She is growing her knowledge of which companies are ethical and sustainable in their business practices. Emily is highly involved in the community and keen to help anyone who is finding the change to a more sustainable lifestyle challenging.So that’s us.
Not a fanatic, megalomaniac or carbon copy in sight.We are still learning and trying out new things but now at 3 months in, it’s starting to feel like we will be able to do this sustainably for the foreseeable future.
Lots of people love the idea of the store and many have suggestions for what we can add or subtract to grow the idea even further. We love the feedback, just remember it’s all a work in progress….
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 an investment in the future. You invest time and money getting organized and setting up with reusables but unlike exercise and healthy eating if you stop using your reusable for a couple of weeks you can pick up exactly where you left off once you get back into it – your health probably isn’t so forgiving!
In fashion there is this concept about cost per wear. If we applied this to your quality reusable the initial outlay might look like this:
$12.50 initial cost
Used once per week for the next 10 years = 2 cents per use + no waste
$2 to $5 initial cost
Used once per week for the next 10 years = 2 cents per use + 3 bags being sent to landfill over that time (I’m being generous here as mine have never lasted more than a two years)
$3 initial cost each
Used once per week for the next 10 years (I’m being conservative here as one customer has been using theirs for 20 years) = less than 1 cent per use + no waste
1 cent each initial cost (incorporated into the cost of your goods)
Used once each for one purchase per week over the next 10 years = 1 cent per use + 520 plastic bags being sent to landfill
$18.95 to $25.95 initial cost plus free water from a tap
Filled once per day for the next 5 years (I know they last longer but this is going to be ridiculous) = 7 to 10 cents per use + no waste
70 cents initial cost
One bottle per day for the next 5 years = 70 cents per use ($182 over that time!) + 260 bottles being wasted
There is a lot of confusion as to the impact that these things make. Consider this:
Every water bottle used requires 3 litres of water to produce 1 litre of bottled water and it takes 3.4 megajoules of energy!! And that’s just to manufacture.
Once in landfill where a majority of bottles go, it takes up valuable space, is a source of toxic pollution for more than a lifetime and represents more lost resources in a world that has little left to spare. If it does manage to get recycled it can only be downcycled (that is to say that it will never be made into a water bottle again) and will eventually be added to landfill too.
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 contents isn’t obvious (like flours or similar looking spices) then ALWAYS grab a marker and label the jar straight away. Helpful for the cashier but more importantly you and your household will know what is in the container at home!