Matcha Iced Latte

Start your morning right with a matcha iced latte ✨

Add vanilla extract to an iced glass
Whisk together matcha, honey, and warm/hot water (not boiling)
Add your milk preference to the glass
Add in matcha mix and stir, and you’re done!


Specialist Recycling: Mobile Phones

Join the Go for Zero campaign!

Australians are holding onto a staggering 4.2 million old phones that are broken and no longer working. They represent a stockpile of valuable materials and metals that can be reclaimed through recycling.

We mine precious metals at an enormous cost and they are an essential part of electronics. However, these supplies won’t last forever which means recovering what we can from our old devices is critical. If we recycle those 4.2 million broken mobiles, we can prevent over 8,000 tonnes of mineral resources from being mined, with saved carbon emissions equivalent to planting 42,000 trees.

So, this month we are asking everyone to join MobileMuster’s nationwide challenge to Go for Zero. All you need to do is look in the bottom drawer, search the study or even sort out the garage. Simply find those old mobile phones and accessories and recycle them via your local Australia Post outlet or your local WP store!


Earl Grey Tea Cake

An earl grey tea cake great for special visitors.

Ingredients:

Oil cooking spray

250g butter, softened

250g caster or superfine sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 eggs, at room temperature (or 3 duck eggs)

250g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp loose leaf Earl Grey tea, crushed until fine

1/4 cup milk

Earl Grey Syrup:

1 cup water

1tsp Earl Grey tea

1 cup caster or superfine sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

To decorate:

450ml cream

3 tsp caster sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

Dried edible flowers to decorate

Instructions:

Step 1- Preheat the oven to 160C. Line the base of two 20cm/8inch round tins & spray the base & sides well with nonstick spray. Using an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the butter & sugar together for 3 minutes until light & fluffy. Add the vanilla & then the eggs one at a time, whisking until combined. Then remove from the mixer & sift in the self-raising flour & baking powder from a height. Fold these in with the Earl Grey tea leaves using the milk to keep the batter moist.

Step 2- Divide the batter into the two tins & smooth over using an angled spatula or a dough scraper. Place in the oven gently & don’t slam the door. Victoria sponges are known for being a little bit temperamental & do not open the door while it is baking or turn on the light. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely in the tin. You can make these a day ahead of time, just wrap them once they’ve completely cooled.

Step 3- Meanwhile, while the cakes are baking, make the syrup. Boil the water, tea & sugar together until it becomes a syrup. Add vanilla & cool completely.

Step 4- To assemble the cake, whip the cream, vanilla & sugar until you get soft peaks. Take one cake & place it on a serving plate. Poke holes in the cake & drizzle some of the Earl Grey syrup into this. How much depends on you (I just used a few tablespoons per cake layer). Then place half of the whipped cream on the bottom layer. Place the second layer on top repeating the process with the holes & syrup and then spoon on the remaining cream. Top with flowers.

This cake can keep for a day or two in the fridge.


French Onion Pasta Bake

WP ingredients:

– 375g dried penne pasta

– 1tbsp olive oil

– 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme (1/2tsp is for seasoning)

– 30g french onion seasoning mix

– 2 tsp garlic granules (or 2 cloves garlic)

Other ingredients:

– 25g butter

– 2 large brown onions (diced)

-1/2 cup dry white wine

-300mL cream

-1 1/2cup grated cheese

– Added veggies of your choice

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°

Step 2: Cook pasta until almost cooked, then drain

Step 3: Heat butter and oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally for 10-15min, until browned. Add garlic and thyme, cooking for 30 sec.

Step 4: Add french onion mix, stirring to coat. Add wine, simmering until reduced by half. (Depending on the veggies add now or in the next step if they cook quickly e.g. spinach)

Step 5: Gradually stir in cream and season with pepper. Then add to pasta, thoroughly mixing to coat. Add pasta mixture to baking dish, top with cheese, and bake for 20-25min, or until cheese is melted and golden.

Step 6: Serve with sprinkled leftover thyme.


Specialist Recycling: Bread Tags

Have you been collecting your BREAD TAGS for recycling?

Too small to be recycled via curbside collection, these can be brought into your local WP store to be sent to Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs. The tags are recycled locally, raising funds to buy wheelchairs for disadvantaged people, mainly in South Africa.

Bread tags are recycled in Robe, South Australia, by Transmutation, run by Brad and Narelle Scott. Transmutation runs a craft plastic recycling operation and retail shop, selling their own products, as well as other products supplied by Australian artisans that share their vision to recycle, reuse and reduce landfill. Transmutation takes monthly shipments of bread tags from us, recycling the tags to make bowls, boards, and pens. These products can be purchased online, from their shop in Robe. Whiteboards and bowls are available from Country Road.

Note: This is just for plastic tags. Cardboard tags can be composted at home or via the green bin, or placed in the yellow bin inside a used envelope to stop them from falling through the rollers. Or make good use of them to mulch a plant!


Specialist Recycling: Dental Products

Did you know that you can recycle your old DENTAL/ORAL CARE PRODUCTS at WP?

So until you switch to bamboo toothbrushes and refillable tooth powders or pastes you can still make a little switch to reduce your waste!

✅ Program accepted waste: Toothpaste tubes and caps, manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, toothpaste tube plastic packaging, and floss containers.

❌ Not accepted: Please recycle your cardboard packaging in your kerbside recycling bin. Electronic toothbrush handles and bases are not recyclable through this program.

Once collected what happens? The tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded, and melted into plastic pellets that can be remolded to make new recycled products via Terracycle.


DIY Lip-balm

Ingredients from WP (makes 100g)

• 40g Virgin coconut oil

• 30g Beeswax

• 10g Shea butter

• 15g Cacao butter

• 4g Jojoba oil

• 10 Balm sized jars or tins

Put all ingredients into a small saucepan & stir gently over low heat until melted. Carefully pour into small jars, allowing to cool & set. Beetroot & cacao powder can be added to tint the lip-balm or a drop of essential oil to make it smell delicious!


Specialist Recycling: Household Batteries

Are you collecting your HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES for recycling via WP? 🔋

Household batteries are dry cell batteries used in many gadgets around the home, such as radios, cameras, and children’s toys. They include AA, AAA, C, D, button batteries, 9V and 6V batteries.

It is estimated that WA throws away over 18 million household batteries to landfill every year! When batteries are sent to landfill, their casings disintegrate and metals and chemicals used within the battery can leach into the surrounding environment.

Once collected what happens?

The recycling process is able to separate the steel, copper, and aluminum as well as create a mixed metal compound. Rechargeable batteries (also known as secondary batteries) can also go into the household battery recycling bins. These will be separated from the alkaline (also known as single-use) batteries and sent either to France or Singapore for recycling. Australia does not currently have a facility for recycling rechargeable batteries. The different components are then able to be reclaimed for use in new products. ♻️

Want to know what else we can help you recycle?

Check out our Specialist Recycling page.

Want a better option?

Consider investing in rechargeable batteries, solar-powered and wind-up gadgets instead!


Specialist Recycling: Disposable Razors

Have you recycled your DISPOSABLE RAZORS through us yet?

The program accepted waste: Any brand of used razor blades and their packaging, including:

🪒 All brands of blades and razors (refillable and disposable products, and replaceable-blade cartridge units)

🪒 Rigid plastic packaging

🪒 Flexible plastic packaging

Please note: cardboard and paper packaging is recyclable through regular yellow top kerbside recycling. Please do not include these in your collections for this program.

Once collected what happens to it?

The razor blades and their packaging are broken down and separated by the material through Terracycle. Plastics are cleaned and pelletised to be recycled into new products, and metal materials are sent for smelting and conversion to new alloys.

Want a better option?

Instead of disposable why don’t you check out our Reusable Razors in-store or online.

Another option is to buy an electric razor or epilator for your hair removal needs as these can be reused for many years before being recycled as e-waste.

Want to know what else you can recycle through WP?

Check out our Specialist Recycling page!


Meet the Team: Katie from Mundaring & Bassendean

Meet our newest member of the Mundaring team, Katie🌻

Hi! My name is Katie, I started shopping at the Wasteless Pantry in March 2020 and joined the lovely WP family in December 2021.

I love going for walks and camping in nature. I play the violin and am looking forward to training as a Veterinary Nurse in the future. I was born and raised in London, UK. Living in a big, busy city, I was concerned with the amount of waste I was contributing to but didn’t find much support around waste-free living. When I came to Perth, I heard about the Wasteless Pantry, where the team showed me how easy and possible it is to go waste-free!

My favourite WP product is the bokashi one bucket and bran. It helped make my journey of composting so much easier! I was amazed to find out the majority of my waste at home was compostable! Advice: if you’re wanting to reduce your waste, a little bit goes a long way. E.g. recycling, composting, choosing the plastic-free veg in supermarkets. Even just doing one thing that reduces your waste makes a difference and remember to congratulate yourself every time you make a change!

Our team at Wasteless Pantry are always happy to have a chat and answer any questions or concerns you have 🙂