Meet bulk food store Perth owner Jeannie

Meet the famous Jeannie 🏑

Hi I’m Jeannie, I’ve been working at Wasteless Pantry with Amanda for 7 years, over 8 if you count the time we spent planning & developing the business. Before WP I was a Paramedic, although my three kids grew up with WP & I don’t think they remember me as anything else😆 I’m grateful to work with such an awesome team at the bulk food store Perth, we all laugh & work hard together, which makes the day fly by.

I love playing & coaching hockey, running in the bush & visiting the beach. My beautiful native garden is designed to be a habitat, and I grow some veggies & lots of herbs. I love cooking & eating equally, so I’m spoilt with access to all the yummy ingredients at WP.

Favourite zero waste swap from Wasteless Pantry bulk food store Perth?

My original favourite product at WP is the Onya produce bags – I’ve had mine since before WP. When I shop for fresh produce I use them in place of plastic, once I get home the produce gets dunked in a bucket of water to wash, then sits on the dish rack drying, while still in the bag & the water goes to the garden. They double as a wash bag for delicates as well! A Perth-owned company makes them from recycled plastic, by a Perth-owned company. I also love our cleaners from Envirocare. Made in Perth & safe for grey water systems, they eliminate the need for single-use plastic! Oh & the shampoo & conditioner bars… I have too many favourites! you’ll have to come in so I can show you them all 😁

My top tips for cutting down waste

Identify what part of your household generates the most waste & start there. For most families, it’s the kitchen, laundry & bathroom. Start with one or two items at a time before moving on to the next.

Find an outlet for your food waste & keep it out of your landfill bin – organic waste is a precious resource. I’m lucky to have the space for chickens, but a compost, Bokashi bucket, worm farm or even someone else’s chickens will do, & if you are lucky enough to have a FOGO bin, give your local council a big clap!

Be kind to yourself and celebrate your progress! None of us are perfect, & you are fabulous for making this a priority in life!

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: 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: 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!