Meet the Maker: Mette is Baking

💚 Introducing Mette is Baking 💚⠀

We thought you might like to get to know some of our amazing local suppliers, so we had a chat with Mette who creates our scrumptious gluten-free Nordic Crackers…⠀

I’m Danish and I have lived in 6 countries. I am an Engineer and worked in the oil and gas industry for 25 years. I’m married to David, have 2 bonus kids and 2 granddaughters. I started Mette is Baking in 2015 and we bake Australia’s best crackers in my home-based commercial bakery (also know as the cracker bakery). Mette is Baking’s business model reduces waste and we only bake to order. At the end of a baking week, we have nothing left on the shelves to be disposed of. No crackers are wasted that way.

🌱 We have solar panels to power the bakery to reduce energy consumption from fossil fuel

🌱 All the lights in the bakery are using energy-efficient LED light globes

🌱 Water heating is turned on only for the hours required and we minimize water use by filling the dishwasher and washing machine fully before use

🌱 Bulk orders of Nordic Crackers are packed in re-sealable containers and we operate a container return system. When Wasteless Pantry gets a delivery we get the empty containers back to the bakery for cleaning and to be used again for the next order we pack. Some of these containers have been in rotation for 3-4 years now

🌱 We use Driving planning software to optimizing the delivery route. By spending less time on the road we keep our drivers safer, reduce fuel consumption, vehicle wear and tear, which reduces pollution and carbon emissions. Mette is Baking’s delivery vehicle is fuel-efficient and has all the latest safety technology to provide maximum protection for our delivery drivers.

I work with Wasteless Pantry because their customers requested that our Nordic Crackers be available in their store. Customer demand is a strong motivator.

One waste-free tip you have?

Separate out your waste. We separate the soft plastic and print cartridges for recycling. Bottle tops and cardboard tubes are donated for craft projects. Used hairnets are donated to the ‘Rare Fruit Club’ to protect ripening fruit from fruit flies.


Meet the Maker: Coastal Crunch

💚 Introducing Coastal Crunch 💚⠀

We thought you might like to get to know some of our amazing local suppliers, so we had a chat with Tim who makes our delicious protein crunch granolas…⠀

I’m a chef by trade, trained in Perth restaurants, and post apprenticeship I did some travel and worked in the UK, France, and the US for a few years. Coastal Crunch originally started as a passion project and has slowly morphed into a full-time thing. We are interested in sustainability because it makes sense to try and reduce the impact and footprint of our business to help look after our little corner of the world. I believe that if we all look after our little bit then the bigger picture will look after itself.

We have converted most of our retail product packaging to recyclable materials. Our main retail granola packaging is completely recyclable and in the ready-to-eat space, our products are packaged in locally produced PET plastic that is able to be put into the yellow bin recycling. In the kitchen, we no longer use traditional plastic wrap and have converted a lot of our wholesale customers from buying 1kg bags into reusing 5kg or 10kg drums. We pick up the empties and reuse the drums which closes the loop and ensure we get many uses out of each drum. Lastly, over the past 12 months, we have been purchasing carbon credits through a registered program, to try and offset the carbon emissions of our business. Here is a link https://buff.ly/3kS9q1x that shows some of the carbon credits we have ‘retired’.

We work with Wasteless Pantry because we both share a desire to reduce waste and supply high-quality products to our local customers. We focus our business on WA and local retailers and Wasteless Pantry is a well-known outlet for shoppers that buy our type of products.

One waste-free tip you have? Buy secondhand or give something you already have a refresh. You will get enjoyment from the creative process as well as the enjoyment of something new at the same time. My partner has reinvigorated our home by breathing new life into some old furniture that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. It’s also much cheaper than buying something brand new!


Meet the Maker: EnviroBren

💚 Introducing EnviroBren 💚

We thought you might like to get to know some of our amazing local suppliers, so we had a chat with Brenda who makes our vegan scoopable deodorant…

My name is Brenda Wilkinson (Bren for short) and I have been interested in sustainability (environmental and animals) my whole life. I’ve always loved nature and animals and HATED waste of any kind. When I was in my teens I used to make my own face masks with clays or strawberries and honey because I didn’t want to buy stuff that I didn’t have to. Up until my kids were teens I sewed all of their clothes (and mine) from scratch so that I wouldn’t contribute to slave labour. Their school got to use leftover fabric scraps for art/craft projects.

I started my EnviroBren business in 2014 to give people the choice to buy reusable, eco-aware products. My aim was to help my customers make good environmental choices with their purchases. I also started making my VDeo Vegan Deodorant fragrances in 2014. Unfortunately for the first few years my packaging supplier only had plastic lids which didn’t make me feel good. However, when I found out that I could source recyclable aluminium lids I quickly replaced the plastic lids for all subsequent orders. Reusable/recyclable glass jars and the aluminium lids made my VDeos more eco-aware. I love doing as much as I can to lessen my plastic footprint on the environment and the animals we share it with. Hence when Wasteless Pantry asked if I could make bulk amounts of my VDeo fragrances in larger sized glass jars, I jumped at the chance. I love the fact that Wasteless Pantry customers can bring their own containers and refill them with as much natural deodorant as they want when they want. In fact, I love the Wasteless Pantry ethos of sustainability and encouraging their customers to reuse their containers to refill whatever food, personal care, household cleaning products they want. I can’t begin to imagine how much single-use/plastic Wasteless Pantry and their customers have prevented from going into landfill, the ocean and waterways.

One waste-free tip?

Try to incorporate the 7 R’s into your life: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Rot


Meet the Maker: Onya

💚 Introducing Onya 💚⠀

We thought you might like to get to know some of our amazing local suppliers, so we had a chat with Hayley who creates some outstanding reusables that you always want to have onya…⠀

I don’t think anyone can really afford to not be interested in sustainability! It shouldn’t be something we actively have to think of, I feel it should really just be a way of life. It is about looking at all the 1 percenters and trying to choose the most ethical and sustainable option. I think my introduction to living lightly on the planet began with my parents who are amazing “makers”! Dad built most of our houses from new and salvaged items and mum made a lot of our clothes as well as baking our own bread.

Since 2004, Onya’s purpose is to help individuals reduce single-use plastic in their lives by providing them with long-lasting alternatives. Many of our products are made from waste such as rPET (recycled drink bottles) and using this material has allowed us to dramatically decrease our carbon footprint. As an example, it only takes 85 uses of our rPET shopping bags until they are carbon neutral. After that, they become carbon negative (actively reducing carbon with every use). As we make our bags to last many of our customers will use these bags for anywhere from 5-10 years or more, at which time we have a take-back program to recycle old Onya products to ensure none of our products ever need to go to landfill. In the past 5 years alone we have diverted 165 tonnes of single-use plastic drink bottles from landfill.

The WP ethos is so in line with our own at Onya! We are both actively involved in helping people reduce waste in their lives and there is a beautiful synergy in Onya providing the vessel that customers can then fill at WP 😊

One waste-free tip? Don’t be overwhelmed when trying to reduce waste. Find your biggest area of waste and figure out ways you can reduce that waste. Once you have mastered that, look at other areas you can improve one at a time. Waste reduction is not about perfection, but more about action. Before you know it, reducing waste is just a way of life!


Happy Father’s Day Waste Free Gift Guide

Searching for a gift that is good for Dad and good for the planet? We have you covered! There are so many lovely eco-friendly, waste-free, locally made options these days. Most Dad’s just want to feel appreciated and loved so no need to go overboard, just because there are plenty of amazing things to choose from!

Gifts $10 and under

Gifts $20 and under

Gifts $50 and under

Gifts $100 and under


Meet the Maker: Vasse Valley Hemp

💚 Introducing Vasse Valley Hemp 💚

We thought you might like to get to know some of our amazing local suppliers, so we had a chat with Bronwyn who grows our hemp seed in Margaret River…

Vasse Valley Hemp Farm is WA’s leading hemp foods business and we’ve been growing hemp since 2015. We are committed to sustainable farming and educating the community about the many benefits of hemp and the environment. We are happy to announce that the WA State Government has recently awarded us an Environmental Stewardship grant to replant sections of our farm to encourage biodiversity and capture carbon!

Some of the ways we have incorporated sustainable practices into our farming:

🌱 In 2020 we made the switch to solar energy and are proud to say we are a 100% solar run business.

🌱 The water used for on-site manufacturing is from rainwater captured by our roof and pumped using solar energy.

🌱 In 2020 we also made the bold move to a paperless invoicing and filing system and, where we do use paper, it is all 100% recycled wherever possible.

🌱 To further support the environment around the property we have planted natives and practice spray-free farming to encourage a greater diversity of wildlife.

There is even more info on our blog: https://www.vassevalley.com.au/environmental-benefits-of-hemp/

We love Wasteless Pantry’s values and commitment to reducing humanity’s environmental footprint.

One waste-free tip? We’ve replaced all liquid soaps in our house with natural, hand-made hemp soap. This has significantly reduced our plastic footprint.


Sprouting Tips

We often get queried about what is ‘sproutable’ at WP.

Our very own, Belinda, shares this list of goodies available at Wasteless Pantry that she has managed to sprout successfully:

Mung Beans – super duper easy, they will sprout just looking at water
Linseed
Chia Seed
Adzuki Bean
Borlotti Bean
Red Kidney Bean
Soya Bean
Broccoli Seed
Chickpeas
Poppy Seeds
Whole Wheat Grain
Brown Rice
Fenugreek Seed
Mustard Seed
Coriander Seed
Sesame Seed
Buckwheat
Millet

Amanda has also had some luck with Lentils, Popping Corn and sunflower kernels.

Larger beans are probably better sprouted in jars, I used a flat sprouter and the seeds went mouldy JUST as they started to sprout because it took so long.

Things that probably sprout but that we haven’t tried:

Pepitas
Other beans not listed above
Other spice seeds not listed above
Quinoa

It’s easy:
1. Soak your chosen item in a jar for 12 to 24 hours
2. Drain and cover with a lightweight, mesh fabric leaving upside down on its side in a bowl to allow drainage as well as air circulation
3. Each day for 2 to 5 days rinse and drain to keep hydrated
Once they have sprouted enough you can keep them in the fridge to slow down further growth. Eat them quickly though whilst they are at their best!


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Searching for a gift for that is good for Mum and good for the planet? We have you covered! There are so many lovely eco-friendly, waste free, locally made options these days. Just remember, Mum just wants to feel appreciated and loved so no need to go overboard, just because there are plenty of pretty things to choose from!


We are still open

Thanks, everyone for supporting us to serve you during the COVID-19 crisis.

Just confirming that yes, we are still open and are sticking with our usual hours at this time.

In line with government recommendations, you will see signs out the front of our stores that help you to understand how we are doing what we can to keep everyone safe.

  • It is a condition of entry that ALL customers sanitise their hands with the provided sanitiser – feel free to use throughout your time in the store as often as needed
  • Maximum numbers of customers can be in the store at one time as per the sign for each store
  • Please wait in a line outside if needed keeping a safe distance apart
  • Due to the above crowd restriction, please limit your time in the store so you get all your shopping done but aren’t browsing. If you could come with a bit of an idea of the things you need that helps!
  • Keep a safe distance from staff and other shoppers
  • Card payments only
  • Respect purchase limits

Do not enter the store if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and utilise our Shop for You program to get your goods.

We will talk you through our new checkout process that minimises contact with your goods.

Throughout the day we will shut our doors for 10 minutes to sanitise surfaces and scoops so don’t go away, it’s only a moment for your safety.

In normal times we love having your kids in the store. However, we’ve had to pack up the toys so ideally leave them at home if you can.


Coronavirus Update

These are some crazy times, aren’t they?!

We thought we should let you know that Wasteless Pantry’s three stores (Mundaring, Bassendean and Greenwood) are doing our bit to help manage the Coronavirus and its impact on our community.

You may have already noticed that we have provided hand sanitizer at the entry of our stores for your use and are encouraging those that would like to use this to do so freely throughout your time in the store. If you would prefer not to use the hand sanitizer, you are welcome to ask our team for assistance with hand washing facilities available.

We would also like to remind you about our ‘Shop for You’ service. This is a free service where you drop off your list or containers and we will refill them for you. If you are not feeling well or want to minimise your exposure to public places then this service means you can stick with your waste-free values without compromising your health.

We are lucky to have so many locally sourced goods available, which helps us to be able to maintain adequate stock levels. There will be some products that may take longer to arrive as things progress, however, we will do our best to have everything we can on hand. This has been more tricky lately with stockpiling and some limits (such as for the toilet paper currently) may need to be put in place, however, we will keep you informed.

Store cleanliness and food hygiene have always been a priority for us. We will be ramping things up by disinfecting surfaces and handles throughout the store across the day as well.

It is tricky that the symptoms of Coronavirus overlap with those of just a regular cold and flu which will be popping up more as we come into winter. Our team will be monitoring any risk that they have been infected and will get testing as well as self-isolating where needed. We have quite a bit of flexibility within the team so should be able to manage absences without it impacting on service greatly.

We hope that together we can all get through this in good health!