Meet the Team: Steffie from Greenwood

Ciao everyone,

I am Steffie and I have been working at the Wasteless Pantry Greenwood since the beginning of 2021.

I am very grateful for this opportunity because I can practice my sustainability values while earning a living and being inspired by the people at the shop, employees and customers alike.

My background is varied: from biology to art, from sustainability to community education; all the above have in common my willingness to make a difference, how great or small, in the environment, economy and society we all live in. I hope to be a change maker, a keen listener and learner with a big smile on my face.

One of my discoveries at the WP has been the mug tea strainer. It is very practical because it fits various mug sizes. You can serve your favourite loose leafed tea in as many cups as you need, reducing your dish washing of the tea pot (I know, the less dishes I have to wash the happier I am!!!), plus it’s handy when you are brewing your next batch of kombucha in a large pot.

My favourite food at the WP is hard to nail down, because the shop caters for all your sweet or salty cravings!! I probably cannot resist the sesame slices. They are perfect squares of tasty goodness waiting there for you to be rescued, or maybe the other way around.

My waste free mantra is “do the best you can, with what you have and where you are”. It applies to life in general as well. The choices we make have to be fine tuned to our situation and wellbeing and must be ultimately SUSTAINABLE FOR US as well, in long term.

So, please do come and say hello, next time you drop in to do your shopping.

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 🙂

Meet the Team: Victoria at Bassendean

Heya, I’m Victoria and I started working at the Wasteless Pantry Bassendean in February this year. I love our team here and am incredibly lucky to work for a business that aligns with my personal values – I see individual actions such as reducing waste as another small way we can attempt to deal with the bigger issues of climate change and environmental degradation.⠀

I’m currently studying Botany at university. When I’m not studying or working, I’m usually going for a walk along the river, playing guitar in my room, playing drums alongside other environmentalists, or looking around OpShops and local libraries.⠀

My favourite things in our store (other than all our lovely customers!) are probably the nut butter machines. I love showing children the machines for the first time and seeing their faces light up as the nuts seemingly magically become peanut butter, almond butter, or chocolate hazelnut spread.⠀

My biggest tip for anyone wanting to reduce their own waste, or carbon footprint in general, is to not be too harsh on themselves. It can be a little tricky to get used to doing things differently than you’re used to, but I promise all the little things will add up. Be proud of yourself for wanting to do your part!

Meet the Team: Evie at Bassendean

Hello, I’m Evie and I’ve been working at the Wasteless Pantry in Bassendean for about 1 ½ years. I was very excited to join the team after shopping here for a long time.⠀

I am very interested in sustainability and spend most of my time in my garden, growing fruit and veggies, flowers, native plants and anything else exciting I can lay my hands on. I have ducks, chickens and quails which are very entertaining to watch and great for eggs. I also have two beehives. I bake sourdough bread, cakes, make preserves, ferments, pickles and cheese. I am also currently studying Environmental Science and Sustainability.⠀

My favourite product that we sell is reusable baking sheets. I love that I no longer need to use disposable baking paper when I am making my bread and cakes. I find them really easy to use and wash. My favourite food we sell is definitely peanut butter. I absolutely love it with honey on sourdough bread.⠀

I feel like a lot of waste is produced while storing food, especially left-over food. A great tip I learnt was to cover bowls of food with a plate before placing them in the fridge. There are other alternatives these days such as reusable wraps but I find covering food with bowls or plates to be the simplest and easy to clean. I feel that if we all make small, individual changes, collectively we can greatly reduce plastic waste.

Meet the Team: Lizzy at Bassendean

My name is Lizzy, I started working at Wasteless Pantry Mundaring when it first opened in 2015 and then I decided to come down the hill and manage the Bassendean store when it opened in 2018.⠀
I’m a keen gardener and am working on making my jungle of a garden a bit more useful with lots of fruit trees and vegetables. I have an aquaponics system which provides me with trout each year, and a beehive for honey and wax. I also run the Perth Green Events website, am a keen birdwatcher and am a drummer in a blues band.⠀
My favourite WP product is the Onya mesh produce bags. My produce bags are always in my handbag and I use them every time I go to the shops. If they get dirty they just go in the wash and then straight back into my bag. I bought a pack about 6 years ago and still use them today. My favourite snack is the chocolate honeycomb.⠀
My advice for going waste free is to make the most of your freezer! Pretty much anything can go in the freezer – leftover meals for lunches later on, overripe fruit for pies or smoothies, meat drippings or gravy for when you can’t be bothered making gravy another time, excess raw chopped vegetables for soups or stews, meat bones and vegetable peelings for making stock. Even grated cheese, egg whites, fresh chillies, ginger and dough pizza bases can go straight into the freezer. Just remember to label everything clearly!

Meet the Team: Amelia at Greenwood

Hi, I am Amelia, the owner of the Greenwood store which opened in October 2018.⠀

I grew up as part of a farming family the WA wheat belt before moving to Perth to start university and then a career in Accounting. I then lived in the UK for 10 years where I met my husband and had two lovely daughters. In 2007 we all came back and settled into the community in and around Duncraig. We have two dogs who are much loved by all of us. I love hiking, reading, cooking, swimming and yoga (and I used to be pretty decent at badminton) but managing the store takes almost all of my time nowadays. It’s a good thing I love spending my time there – helping our lovely customers with the support of the very talented and committed Greenwood team is more rewarding than any job I have ever had!⠀

My favourite non-food product is the reusable baking liners. I love baking with my girls and these liners work perfectly and survive year after year with heaps of use. We have some cut out ready to go for each of our frequently used baking tins. As for favourite food products, all the pantry staples are awesome but I do have a particular weakness for our honey cashews when I am feeling like a sweet treat and for the smoked almonds when I fancy something savoury.⠀

My tip for switching to a waste-free pantry is don’t think you have to do it all in one hit. As you run out of something, just put whatever clean and empty container works for you (label it first!) into a box/bag/basket. Then just bring them into the store to fill. No need to even write a shopping list 😉 and easy to unpack when you get home! If you use a lot of a particular product and don’t like to run out before refilling, rotate between two containers so that when one gets low, you put the second one in. ⠀

Look forward to seeing you in the store!

Meet the Team: Belinda from Mundaring & Bassendean

Hi, I’m Belinda and I mostly work at the Mundaring store, but you’ll occasionally find me at the Bassendean store. I’ve been here a bit over 3 years now and still loving it – it’s so nice to work for a place with such a good vibe.

I love to cook, and will often take home new or interesting products in the store just to try them out and see what I think. I’m also big on cooking from scratch, stock, bread, tomato paste, I’ll give anything a shot once. I’m also a birdwatcher and come Summer you’ll find me snorkelling at any given opportunity.

I’m a fan of the detergent bar for washing dishes. It lathers so well and smells great, I reckon it does a better cleaning job than the liquid too. My favourite nibble is the apricot logs – they always seem to hit the spot.

I think the biggest key to heading towards zero waste is the mindset – just stopping and thinking where things come from and where they will go to, and knowing that any little thing you do is better than nothing.

Meet the Team: Mel from Mundaring

We love being involved in our local communities and creating our own WP family, so we thought it was time we properly introduced the WP team members!

Hi, my name is Mel. I’ve been a part of the Wasteless Pantry team for about 2 years and I love everything about the job including the customers, the people I work with, the location, and of course, the shop itself.

Outside of this job I keep myself busy. If I’m not at my other job, I’ll be catching up with friends, crafting, reading, or doing something outdoors, I don’t like to sit still for very long.

My favourite product that we sell at the Wasteless Pantry is probably the chilli and lime soya crisps or the Australian apricots, it’s a hard decision. If it’s not my favourite edible product is the new hair ties that we’ve started selling, they’re really good on my long thick, hair and hold everything in place.

If I had 1 waste free tip for anyone is use what you have or buy second hand instead of buying the new beaut thing. If you are buying something new make the sustainable choice, it will help the environment and your bank in the long run 🙂

Meet the Team: Deb at Greenwood

Hi, my name is Deb, I work at the Greenwood Pantry store and have been part of the team since we opened nearly 2 years ago.⠀

I’m a mother of two, and also have a lot of pets; current count is 10 chickens, 4 guinea pigs (plus 2 foster piggies), 2 rabbits (plus fosters), 2 cats and a dog- all rescued from shelters. In my spare time I volunteer for a rabbit and guinea pig rescue. I like to draw and paint for relaxation and also belong to a bushwalking group.⠀
My favourite product at Wasteless Pantry would have to be the detergent bar, it’s such a powerful cleaner that I clean my whole kitchen with it- even my oven. It makes your drinking glasses sparkle too.⠀

My favourite food item that we stock is TVP, it’s so nutritious and versatile, I like to add flavour with our vegan beef-style stock. TVP is perfect for everything from tacos to bolognese and is an inexpensive, cruelty-free option.⠀
Going zero-waste is challenging, but shopping with your own containers at stores like ours make it a lot easier. I find that it’s best to focus on eliminating one item at a time, or focus on one area of your home, eg. the bathroom- you could switch to shampoo bars, solid soaps, a shaving puck, reusable razors, etc. ⠀
My other suggestions are; join your local Buy Nothing group on Facebook, shop in charity shops, repair or upcycle items you already own, enrol in an Earth Carers course and share the information you learn with family and friends.

Meet the Team: Amanda from Mundaring

My name is Amanda and I mainly work at Wasteless Pantry Mundaring, although I roam around to all 3 stores.

Can you believe I’ve been working on Wasteless Pantry with Jeannie for 6 years now!

I play netball and love working in my edible garden. I’m pretty keen on technology but still love getting outdoors as much as we can for BBQs, hikes and camping. I also play the flute and am trying to teach myself the piano.

It’s really hard to pin down a favourite WP product, but I think it would have to be the produce bags. Such a simple change to make but it always makes me feel good to whip them out when I go shopping.

My favourite snack at work is the licorice pieces, hits the spot everytime!

My waste free tip is to change one thing until it becomes a habit before you try doing more. If you look in your bin and just pick one easy thing to avoid next time, you’ll bank so many small wins that it will be a fun journey. I think the thing people forget is that reducing your waste isn’t about denying yourself enjoyment in life, it is just doing things a little differently. Different can be fun too!