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 cup couscous or elbow pasta
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

From your local grocer:

  • 2 medium brown onions, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 2 large parsnips or a handful of green beans, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan; cook onion, celery, garlic & paprika until onion softens.
  2. Add other chopped vegetables, stock and 1.5L water; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer covered for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in couscous and parsley; cook, uncovered 2 minutes or until couscous is tender. *If using elbow pasta instead of couscous then pop in after simmering vegetables for 5-10 minutes as they take longer to cook than the couscous.

This should serve 4 depending on appetites and you can always add more chicken stock & water if you like more liquid in your soup.

Feel free to substitute whatever hard type vegetables you have in the crisper that need using such as broccoli stalks, cauliflower or cooked beans (navy, kidney, lima, chickpea, etc). Also, this is a great opportunity to use up any stale bread you have for dunking in the soup.

Remember to portion out any leftovers, if you have them, and pop in the freezer for ready to go meals in the future!

Happy eating!

Recipe adapted from: The Australian Women’s Weekly Fast Soup book

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 or biggest box of chocolates then surely she will know that you love her heaps! And likewise, if you don’t then you mustn’t love her at all.

As a Mum, I have to say, this is absolutely correct so buy up big at Wasteless Pantry!!!!

Nah, just kidding ūüôā

Your Mum, most likely, does not care what you get her or if you get her anything at all.

Most Mum’s just want to know that you care and you think about her.  She would love to spend the day with you enjoying each others company like when you were a kid and she was your whole world.

Remember that drawing you did for her when you were 5 that she made a fuss over or that disaster of a cake you baked that she smiled all the way through eating, or that time you offered her burnt toast, lukewarm coffee and an underboiled egg in bed.  She loved it all because it was from the heart and it was from you.

You could spend your money on your Mum with things that don’t create waste like:

  • Handcrafted tea blends (I love ginger & lemongrass with coconut sugar at the moment)
  • A cake you baked yourself (we have a brownie mix that you just mix with water if your baking skills haven’t improved much since you were a child)
  • Coffee beans and a plunger or a nice mug (mug sets always get chipped so you could pick up a one of a kind from the op shop)
  • Anything chocolate (you could try your hand at custom-made chocolate bars if you are keen)
  • Reusable face wipes, shampoo bars, moisturiser in a nice jar you saved and refilled or nice smelling soaps

But really, just focus on giving her your time.

We love being Mums and we love our Mums xx

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. Our bicarb-free deodorant is just $3.90 for a full 30ml tin!
  • Did you celebrate International Women’s Day? We are very pleased that this year the ‘luxury’ tax was removed from feminine hygiene products.  This means that reusable menstrual cups and pads are even more cost-effective as well as a great way to reduce waste.
  • We’ve added to our cleaning range with a disinfectant concentrate from EnviroClean.
  • We’re all ready for a waste-free Easter with our ‘naked’ large and mini milk and dark chocolate eggs. The dark eggs are dairy-free so also suitable for vegans. If you’re not into chocolate then our hollow wooden eggs can be filled with whatever you like. We’ve tried to stock up enough but please be mindful that we sold out at our Mundaring store last year.
  • The Family Hub Organics have created a luscious lightweight body lotion for us. It contains organic ingredients, no palm oil, is vegan, and is available unscented or with a grapefruit scent depending on your preference. Their products are very gentle and suitable for the most sensitive skin. Come in store to try it out now.
  • Sweet potato chips and veggie chips are here and they’re delicious. After much searching we’ve even managed to get them palm oil free.
  • To help you be an environmental pet owner we now have whitebait and kangaroo jerky pet treats, and scented and unscented dog/pet soap. This is in addition to the dog, cat and puppy food that we already stock. Reports are that even the fussiest cats and dogs are happy!
  • We have been stocking Perth Soapworks shampoo and conditioner bars for a little while, but we now have duo packs in large, medium, and trial size so you can try them out before committing to a large bar. They have also provided us with detergent bars for dish washing which have been very popular!
  • Start saving up your plastic bottle tops and rings (e.g. milk lids) as very soon we will be adding this to our existing recycling collection.

Want a FREE Chocolate Easter Egg?

Come in store between April 8 – 14 and spend over $40 in one transaction to receive one free palm oil-free, locally made, delicious chocolate easter egg!

Vegan Seitan Steak Recipe
Seitan is a chewy, protein-packed, meat-like food made from gluten flour (also called vital wheat gluten). Follow this recipe from ItDoesn’tTasteLikeChicken.com for a delicious tasting vegan steak! Gluten flour, plus almost all of the other spices and marinade liquids, can be purchased from the Wasteless Pantry for a fraction of the cost of buying vegan meat from a specialty store.

Know someone who‚Äôd like to be kept up to date with what‚Äôs 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.

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!

All smiles from Shantelle, Caroline & James ūüôā

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 a part of the original Wasteless Pantry team when the flagship store opened in 2015.

Hi I’m Caroline! I’ve been transitioning to a low impact lifestyle since 2015 and I love having a go at any DIY I can. I love gardening, reading and investing back into my local community by facilitating arts and handmade workshops. Currently I spend most of my time working on getting my masters degree in Education and dreaming of building a tiny house!

Shantelle joined the team at the opening of the Bassendean store. Her previous experience includes copywriting for radio and truck driving in the mines. In her spare time, Shantelle loves cooking, hanging out with her pet rabbits, and trying to set up her garden for sustainable living!

Nice to meet you and looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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 ‚Äėregular‚Äô 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 the most common things people say when they come in to have a look around the store for the first time is ‚ÄúI need to get more organised ‚Ķ‚ÄĚ.
I have been reflecting on this and I can certainly relate. It may be just me (though maybe not!?) but I feel there is a lot of pressure to do things perfectly, even things we are trying for the first time. We live in an age where we are bombarded with success stories and instagram-worthy photos. ¬†The pressure is on to have a ‚Äėperfect pantry‚Äô or serve a family meal every night that would win a TV cooking show.
This reminded me of something my daughter learned long ago from her guitar teacher Рprogress not perfection.  Just as we cannot pick up an instrument and expect to play it fluently from the first day, it takes time and practice to learn different ways of shopping, cooking and consuming. And if you don’t have to play (or reduce your waste) perfectly to make a difference.
My advice is to just start somewhere Рstart small, be imperfect, learn as you go but, above all, just start. Perhaps, as you run out of something that used to be a source of waste, replace it with something that generates less waste.  If there is no viable substitute (yet) pick something else and move on. Start small, start now!
You may have already seen this photo from Anne Marie Bonneau & The Zero Waste Chef seemed to say it perfectly (lol) and the post is also worth a read.
New products keep on coming! 

Thanks for all the additions to our wishlist. ¬†We have now added some more great new products to our range‚ĶThey have arrived! Shampoo and conditioner bars from Narda at Perth Soapworks are in store now. ¬†The team and I have all tried them and cannot stop raving. ¬†We also have Narda‚Äôs soap called ‚ÄúDude Rock‚ÄĚ (which according to my daughters is not just for Dudes cos they love it!)¬†After lots of requests for Vitamin E oil we now have it in our DIY beauty section.Wooden soap racks ‚Äď great for making our lovely hand made soaps (and those new shampoo and conditioner bars) last longer between uses.The Family Hub Organics have created a luscious lightweight body lotion for us that you can grab refills of at your convenience. ¬†It contains organic ingredients, no palm oil, is vegan, and is available unscented or with a grapefruit scent depending on your preference. Their products are very gentle and suitable for the most sensitive skinNew stocks of unpaper towels have arrived in the cutest fabrics from our supplier who makes them here in WA.We are also looking into shifting even more of our products to local suppliers. Did you know that well over 300 of our products are made in Australia and quite a few of those like our Sprayfree pecans and white quinoa are grown right here in WA?
Recipe of the month
With Easter around the corner, it would have to be Hot Cross Buns!  See the recipe with loads of variations here.

It was a real pleasure to have some students from The Montessori School in Kingsley visit the us this month to ask questions about starting a sustainable business within their school community.  If your school has some sustainability initiatives that we may be able to help with, please get in touch.

Next week we have Joe from Ethical Being co-hosting an after hours event to  share how easy and fun it is to shop for yourself and the environment.
Specialist recyclingOur last battery collection weighed in at a whopping 97kg so the team at MRC will be emptying the bin more often. Well done for keeping so many batteries out of your kerbside bin!  Did you know that batteries in your bin can put put the drivers in danger as they can cause fires on the collection truck?

You have also already contributed over 2kg of bread tags and three 20 litre bucketfuls of bottle tops, which are too small to be separated at the recycling facility. While many plastic bottles can be avoided altogether (cough cough, esp. water bottles) some are a bit harder to avoid so at least you can now keep the lids out of landfill too.

Our Terracycle collections for Oral Care and Beauty products are proving very popular. However, pretty please can you remember to empty as much product as possible out of the containers first and, for the safety of my team and the Terracycle staff, please do not deposit razors/blades in any of the bins.
Easter is comingI saved the best for last‚Ķ we have some oh so tasty unpackaged easter eggs ‚Äď small and egg-sized in both milk and dark chocolate. ¬†They are locally made and palm oil free plus the dark eggs are also dairy free so suitable for vegans.

These ran out very quickly last year so, to make sure you don’t miss out,  hop to it (see what I did there…?) 

To make it easier to mix and match whichever ones you like, they are priced per egg rather than by the kilogram.  The little ones are 45 cents each and the larger ones are $1.75 each.

Next week, spend over $40 to get any one of our chocolate Easter Eggs for free!

We also have some adorable reusable wooden eggs which can hold little treats (edible or not) and can be decorated. Perhaps the decorating could even become part of an Easter tradition in your family…?
Until next month  …All the best for making progress (not aiming for perfection remember!) with your waste-reduction efforts and remember we are happy to help where we can.  See you in store soon!

Warmest wishes,
Amelia and the team
Wasteless Pantry Greenwood

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 quantity you need at Wasteless Pantry.¬† Plus, if you give us a little notice we can even put together the ingredients for you so you can just get on with the baking!


  • 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


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  1. Warm butter and milk, combine with eggs and dry ingredients
  2. Knead on floured surface until smooth, place into oiled bowl covered with a damp tea towel and set aside for 1-1.5 hours until dough doubles
  3. Punch down dough and knead for 30 seconds.   Divide into 12 even ball-shaped portions and place on a greased tray 1cm apart. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to double in size. Preheat oven to 170C
  4. Make flour paste by mixing together ingredients and pipe over buns to form cross. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through
  5. Make glaze by mixing ingredients over low heat until sugar dissolves, boil for 3-4 minutes and brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Enjoy!

Bread base:

500g Crusty or Wholemeal Bread Mix

7g dried yeast

250g lukewarm water

65g sultanas

65g currents

10g mixed spice

  1. Mix together bread base with dried fruit and spice 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


For something a bit different, swap out the dried fruit and mixed spice from the Traditional or Easy & Vegan recipes above for…

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

It is pretty easy to make your own gluten free hot cross buns.¬† Simply swap the Plain Flour in the Traditional recipe above for Gluten Free Plain Flour, or swap the Bread Mix for our Gluten Free Crusty Bread Mix in the Easy & Vegan recipe above!¬† That’s it!

Whichever recipe you choose, we hope that you enjoy them with family & friends this Easter!

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 size for our scoopable deodorants and lip balm.¬† We’ve had a few community members freaking out about the cost of the deodorant after they filled a 150ml tin – which is about a years worth of deodorant!! Our bicarb free deodorant is only $3.90 for 30g so very affordable!
  • Did you celebrate International Women’s Day? We were very pleased that this year the ‘luxury’ tax was removed from feminine hygiene products.¬† This means that reusable menstrual cups and pads are even more cost-effective¬†as well as a great way to reduce waste.
  • We’re all stocked up ready for Easter with wooden refillable eggs, palm oil free and locally made milk or dark chocolate Easter eggs.¬† The dark eggs are also dairy free so suitable for vegans!¬† We have the large hollow as well as the small solid eggs again, depending on your preferences.¬† We’ve tried to stock up enough but please be mindful that we sold out last year.
  • The Family Hub Organics have created a luscious lightweight body lotion for us that you can grab refills of at your convenience.¬† It contains organic ingredients, no palm oil, is vegan, and is available unscented or with a grapefruit scent depending on your preference. Their products are very gentle and suitable for the most sensitive skin.
  • Sweet potato chips are back!! We finally found a supplier that doesn’t bake them in palm oil – yay!!
  • Golden syrup is now available, just in time for Anzac biscuits ūüôā
  • Scented dog soap, as well as whitebait or kangaroo pet treats, are available too.
  • We have lots of new bars including trial sizes of locally made, palm oil free shampoo bars, conditioner bars and Dishwashing Bars!
  • We are trying out Birthday Bunting – you can buy, order one in custom colours or hire depending on your preferences.
  • New stocks of¬†unpaper¬†towels have arrived in the cutest fabrics from our supplier who makes them here in WA.

Coming next:

  • Jeannie and I are gearing up for lots of talks and workshops out in the community.
  • We are also looking into shifting even more of our products to local suppliers.¬† Did you know that well over 300 of our products are made in Australia and quite a few of those like our Sprayfree pecans and white quinoa¬†are¬†grown in WA?

 Waste Less, Live More

Amanda & Jeannie

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 is excessive, difficult or impossible to recycle, with ingredients that aren’t necessarily good for our health, and that are polluting to the environment.¬† Where is the beauty in that?

Zero waste beauty is about quality natural ingredients, minimal packaging and finding what feels good for your skin.

It is also about embedding joy into your self-care rituals by caring for your skin the way that works for you rather than what someone else says you have to do to feel better about yourself.  So have fun with it!

A few ideas to transition toward a zero waste beauty routine include:

Instead of liquid cleansers in little bottles that are hard to recycle, you could switch to Face Bars.  Made with certified organic vegan ingredients, no palm oil or other nasties, right here in Western Australia.  To use simply lather on wet hands or a cloth, cleanse face with gentle circular actions and rinse off.

Oily Face Bars assist with balancing oil production and clearing problem skin.

Mature/Dry Skin Face Bars nourish, moisturise and gently cleanse skin.

Baby Soft Face/Body Bars are for the most sensitive skin.

The reusable alternative to cotton wool balls or cotton rounds.  Made with super soft fabric, they can be used to cleanse, tone or remove makeup gently.  Once used they can be hand washed or added to the laundry for use again and again.

There are plenty of recipes on the internet for making your own makeup remover.  

One of the easiest is to put a little Coconut Oil or Olive Oil on a reusable facial wipe to remove makeup and then cleanse as usual.  Another is a mix of 1/2 Jojoba Oil and 1/2 Witch Hazel Extract.  Yet another is 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil melted together with 1 tablespoon of Beeswax.  Each have their pros and cons depending on what your skin responds to best and how much effort you want to put in.  

The joy of being part of the Wasteless Pantry community is that you can easily grab just enough of each of these ingredients to try it out.¬† If it doesn’t suit you there is no waste, and if it does suit you, you can tweak to your hearts content.

Many exfoliators of the past contained microbeads.  Little bits of plastic that you would rub against your skin and then wash down the drain.  This would then end up in the oceans, where they entered the food chain and came back to us in our seafood!

Microbeads are unnecessary when we have lots of options for natural exfoliators in our pantries.  Mix salt, sugar, quick oats or used coffee grinds with your favourite oil to a thick paste for a quick and easy scrub.  Depending on how fine your scrubbing ingredient is (castor sugar has a more gentle action than raw sugar granules) this can be used on both face and body.  Due to the oil in your scrub, once rinsed off skin will also already be moisturised too!

A favourite zero waste beauty ritual for me is using a clay mask.  I buy clay in my own container from Wasteless Pantry which I mix up with either water, oil or cooled herbal tea depending on whether my skin needs clarifying, moisturising or soothing the most.  Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse.  Skin is silky soft and there is no packet to throw away!

If clay doesn’t suit your skin, another alternative is raw Spray free honey, which you can also get from Wasteless Pantry.¬† Raw honey is an active product which is said to hydrate and treat troubled skin.¬† It’s a little messy to apply but the results are worth it.¬† Plus if you happen to get a little in your mouth, you wont be complaining.

1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar or Witch Hazel Extract and 2/3 water

Add essential oils if this is your preference.

Great for tightening pores and brightening your complexion.

Too easy!

We are very lucky to have a thick luxurious Organic Moisturiser available from The Family Hub Organics, made locally, vegan and palm oil free.  Particularly beneficial for dry, damaged or aging skin this amazing moisturiser is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin including those with dermatitis & eczema.  Scented and unscented options are available.

Apply to clean, dry skin on the face or body & gently rub in until absorbed. 

We ask a lot of our moisturisers and this one doesn’t disappoint! Just bring your container in to refill so you can try just a bit without the waste.¬† Our moisturiser is in the league of those brands that package in a 50ml bottle and have words like anti-aging, revitalising, sensitive and regenerating in their ads, but with organic ingredients that don’t harm the earth and at a fraction of the price.

The Family Hub Organics have created a lightweight Body Lotion for us that is soothing, hydrating and leaves skin feeling well cared for.  Palm oil free, vegan, locally made, made with organic ingredients and zero waste; so it ticks all the boxes.

Apply to clean, dry skin & gently rub in until absorbed. 

You have no idea how excited we are about scoopable Organic Vegan Lip Balm.  All those little tubes that have to be recycled via specialist facilities were driving us mad!  This way you can refill your own little pot, jar, tin with luscious Organic Lip Balm for smooth lips without the waste and at a fraction of the price of other Lip Conditioning Balms.  Most packaged Lip Balms are in 4 to 10 g sizes so a little goes a long way!!

Another great win for waste reduction! We have a few varieties of scoopable Deodorants containing only natural, aluminium free, palm oil free ingredients that are made locally in Western Australia.¬† You get to smell pretty all day long and nothing has to be disposed of in landfill or the recycling bin.¬† We even have a Bicarb Free Deodorant for those with sensitive armpits, and a Tea Tree variety for those who don’t want to smell so feminine.¬† Natural deodorants generally come in a 30ml tin and you only need a little so this lasts a couple of months.¬† Just put a little on the end of your finger to wipe on each clean armpit.¬† Our Bicarb Free variety is $3.90 for 30g and we have little tins available if you don’t have one to refill yet.

Not strictly for your skincare but still helpful to look beautiful.  Getting the plastic free alternative to our usual tools of the trade is a great investment when your old plastic one starts to fail.  Old plastic brushes are not able to be recycled and so are only destined for landfill, whereas bamboo is a renewable resource that can be composted in a hole in your garden!

One of the things I missed when swapping to a zero waste beauty routine was pore strips.¬† I know they aren’t important in the scheme of things and so I gave them up without too much fuss.¬† But then Wasteless Pantry started stocking Activated Charcoal and I was able to have fun with this again. YAY!

The recipe is simple: mix 1/3 activated charcoal with 2/3 gelatine powder or agar agar powder and keep in a little jar.  Be careful with the activated charcoal as it can stain clothing and bench tops. Then when you want to make your strips simply mix in a little hot water to make a thick paste.  Use your finger tip or a small brush to apply over a small patch like your nose or chin and allow to dry.  When it is dry simply peel off and rinse dry.  It is so gruesomely satisfying to see all those little blackheads stuck to the peeled off mask.

All these ingredients are available at Wasteless Pantry so you can just grab what you need to try it out without having to invest in big quantities of hard to find items!

I’m adding this one in just because it is lovely to have a scented bath at the end of all your primping and preening.¬†

To make Bath Tea, simply add whichever petals and herbs of your liking to a small bag (like the ones we have available for using with soap nuts), pull closed and steep in your bath with you.  Much easier to clean up than throwing the petals directly in with you and you can always add a handful of epsom salts for good measure too.  My favourite combination is rose, lavender and chamomile as it is so calming before bed.  Wasteless Pantry have a range of aromatic herbs and petals in our Spices and Herbal Tea sections as well as rock salt and epsom salts if you want to DIY bath salts too.

What other zero waste beauty ideas do you love?


More info on make up remover options are via https://livesimply.me/2016/07/16/how-to-naturally-remove-makeup-3-easy-makeup-remover-options/

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 for their popularity.

  • Bars are a concentrated version of their liquid counterpart.¬† Meaning that you are getting a comparable product, just without the added water and excessive packaging.¬† This is great because it means that fewer resources are needed to manufacture, transport and sell the product as they take up less space.¬† One little 110g shampoo bar can replace up to 3 full bottles of shampoo!
  • According to Ethique (one of the brands we have available), “each bar lasts 2-5 times longer than bottled beauty products because they‚Äôre super concentrated – you add the water – not us.”
  • Bars are super convenient¬†when you are travelling!¬† Liquid quantities are often limited when travelling via aeroplane and even when this is not an issue, it is often much preferred to take a little bar than having to lug around litres of a product when travelling for extended periods.
  • Bars can be an economical alternative when compared to products of the same quality.¬† Wasteless Pantry only stocks palm-oil free options which we have tested and believe will be enjoyable to use for their intended purpose with great results.
  • Bars come with little to no packaging so there is no strain on our landfill or recycling facilities.¬† No need to send a plastic bottle overseas to be remanufactured into another product that then gets shipped somewhere else in the world again for use.¬† You just use the product and it’s done.
  • Our bars are safe for grey water and don’t pollute our waterways with plastics, microplastics or harsh chemicals.
  • Not all cleansing bars are soap! Each bar is made for a specific purpose and so has ingredients that benefit that particular application.

Bars are just super handy and easy to use!

The main thing to remember when using bars is to make sure that they dry out well between uses.  Pop them on a soap rack, coconut fibre scourer or other drying option between use to harden up.  Soft bars mean that you use more than you needed and are just washing that product down the drain.  A waste of product and money!

      • Have you made the switch? Would you consider it?

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 ‚Äď 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 Bars and Conditioner Bars from the Wasteless Pantry.

Our liquid silicone free Shampoo and Conditioner are¬†cruelty-free, vegan, paraben free, palm oil free, sulphate free, grey water safe and locally made in WA.¬† We have a range of Shampoo and Conditioner Bars from Ethique as well as a local WA company, which are all palm oil free, vegan and replace many bottles of product in just one little bar.¬† You can just buy a little of the shampoo and conditioner to try it out too – so if it doesn’t suit your hair type there isn’t the leftover product to dispose of. But we think they all do a great job in keeping hair clean, healthy and beautiful, just without the waste.

2. Swap to a bamboo Toothbrush, plastic-free Floss and consider making your own Toothpaste or Toothpowder.

Toothbrushes are only $3.99 each at Wasteless Pantry so it’s pretty low risk to try one out to see if they suit your needs.¬† We also have plastic-free¬†silk Floss and will have access to plastic-free Vegan Floss soon.¬† Recipes and all the ingredients you need to try out making your own Toothpaste are readily available in store too.

3. Start refilling your liquid Hand Wash and Body Wash containers or swap to Soap Bars from the Wasteless Pantry.

We have liquid Body and Hair Cleanser, Organic Castile Soap, as well as Soap Bars which are perfect for keeping you clean without drying out your skin.¬† These are all pH balanced, grey water safe, cruelty-free, vegan, locally made in WA, and palm oil free.¬† Your containers can be refilled over and over again!¬† We have soap racks as well if you don’t already have one or you can even use one of our coconut fibre scourers as a drying bed for your bars.¬† It is important to dry out any bars you use between uses so that you get the most out of your product and aren’t washing away more than you need because the bar was soft.

4. Stop buying novelty Bubble Bath containers and just refill the kids favourite.

Kids love bubbles! However, many of the fun designed packaging types aren’t the best for their delicate skin.¬† Pick their favourite container you already own and refill with our Bubble Bath which is locally made and formulated with gentle plant-based ingredients.¬† It is pH balanced, suitable for babies and toddlers and won’t scum up your bath as there are no fats present.¬† So this swap saves the Earth and you some cleaning too!

5. Stock up on plastic-free recycled Toilet Paper.

It’s well and good to recycle your paper via your kerbside bin, but that paper then needs to be recycled into something.¬† Paper can only be recycled in more paper a small number of times before the fibres start to degrade so there need to be other options for it to be transformed into.¬† Toilet Paper is one of those options!¬† We stock Who Gives A Crap branded Toilet Paper as we believe this company is doing great things for the Earth and people as their product is 100% recycled, contains no inks, dyes or scents, and they¬†donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need.¬† Plus, the rolls are 3-ply so super strong, very soft, and double length meaning there are fewer arguments about whose turn it is to change the roll.

6. Switch to plastic-free Cotton Buds.

The plastic stick in cotton buds is not recyclable.  You could compost the cotton wool at the tip, but would you go to that trouble? Cotton Buds are not something my family use a lot of, but it is good to know that now we have switched to plastic-free Cotton Buds from Wasteless Pantry we are able to just compost the whole thing once used.

7. Soothe your muscles with refills of Epsom Salts.

Epsom Salts are great thrown in a bath to soothe achy tired muscles, just a handful makes a big difference.¬† Instead of buying packets you can simply buy as little or as much as you need in your own container at Wasteless Pantry.¬† You could get a whole kilogram for $4.99 if you really wanted to!¬† Plus it’s great for your garden too.

8. Switch to reusable Menstrual Cups and Menstrual Pads.

For those of us who need them and who have tried them, there is a rare woman who doesn’t love them! These products save you a ton of money, heaps of waste plus they are so much more convenient and comfortable than the disposable options.¬† Plus the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome is negligible so your health wins too!¬† At Wasteless Pantry we have chosen to stock the Australian designed Juju Cups as well as Scarlett Eve’s locally made very funky designed Menstrual Pads which come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs.

9. Use a natural fibre cleaning cloth such as a flannel, loofah or Sisal Exfoliating Glove.

As you wash, little fibres from your sponge, loofah, exfoliating glove or flannel flow down the drain with dirt and dead skin cells.  Natural fibres breakdown and are easily integrated back into the environment but plastic fibres do not.  Plastic fibres break up into smaller and smaller pieces, entering our soil and our food chain.  Microfibres, as they are known, are highly toxic and a great threat to our environment.  So keep it simple, go back to using a cotton or hemp flannel, try out a loofah or sea sponge, or grab a Sisal Exfoliating Glove next time you pop into Wasteless Pantry.

10. Stop using cotton wool balls or cotton rounds and swap to reusable Face Wipes.

Cotton is a highly water-intensive product to produce and so really isn’t suited to single-use items.¬† Our Deluxe Facial Wipes are super soft, cute as a button, conveniently sized for intricate jobs and can be hand washed or added to your usual laundry depending on your preference.¬† Buy once and use over and over.

There are lots of easy ways to move toward a low waste lifestyle, just take it one step at a time and you’ll likely find that you enjoy the¬†new way of doing things in no time.¬† Just a couple of final things to consider:

  1. Check the labelling on products you currently buy to find out more about just how eco-friendly they are.  We have recently learnt that a number of cheaper products calling themselves eco-friendly contain palm oil or have organic in the title but contain no organic ingredients!
  2. Set up a recycling collection bin and a compost bin in your bathroom rather than just having a landfill bin.¬† Cosmetic, beauty, and hair care packaging can sometimes be recycled via kerbside collection and some only via specialist facilities like those at Wasteless Pantry (check www.recycleright.wa.gov.au for more info).¬† Contact lenses and their packaging, as well as plastic dental items, can also be recycled via Wasteless Pantry.¬† Used tissue, plastic-free cotton buds, cotton wool, plastic-free floss and the handle of your bamboo toothbrush can all be composted in your garden easily – but only if you collect it up first.¬† Having dedicated collection tubs for these items means that there isn’t much at all that ends up in the landfill!

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