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!


Wasteless Pantry Bassendean News: 20 August 2019

DIY Hair Gel     

I’ve been recommended this recipe separately by two different staff members, so it must be good! It is especially good for curly hair and leaves the hair soft, smooth and smelling lovely.
Mix together 1/4 cup linseed (flaxseed) with 2 cups water. Heat in a pot until it comes to the boil (keep stirring to prevent the seeds sticking to the bottom). Turn the heat down once it starts to froth and let it continue to simmer until you reach the desired gel thickness (you don’t want it too runny or too thick). Once ready put a sieve or stocking over a container to strain out the seeds from the gel (the seeds are still good to use in your cooking or sprinkled on cereal!). Store the gel in the fridge as is, or you can add any of the following for added shine, body and fragrance: 1 tsp vitamin E oil, few drops of lavender, rosemary, tea tree essential oils (or your favourite fragrance), glycerin, macadamia oil. It can also be thinned out with water and put into an atomiser bottle for easy spritzing.
Recipe adapted from: https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-best-diy-flax-seed-hair-gel-recipe-ever

  Product News

  • We have found a new supplier of local WA Wildflower honey to tide us over until our regular supplier gets his bees back to work! We still also have the red gum honey as per usual.
  • We have added a number of new beauty products and ingredients to our existing stocks – rosehip oil, lemon essential oil, rosewater, magnesium salt flakes, avocado oil, aloe vera gel, stainless steel razors & shaving brushes, liquid deodorant plus atomiser bottles and roll-on bottles if you need something to help apply it.
  • Along with our Agreena silicone wraps and beeswax wraps, we have added fabric and silicone food wraps to help with your transition away from cling wrap.
  • Other new products in store now: hibiscus tea, stevia powder, rice wine vinegar, cinnamon sugar, 98% fat free tropical muesli.

Father’s Day
We have you covered for Father’s Day ideas, with gift vouchers, shaving kits, lollies and snacks, Dude Rock soaps, water bottles and insulated coffee mugs, and a range of teas and coffees.

In Store Recycling Changes 
Please be aware that we are no longer collecting beauty product packaging for recycling as Terracycle no longer collects these items. We are still accepting donations of the following, but please make sure to separate them before dropping off – putting them all into a single bin here in store just contaminates the recycling stream.

  • Batteries
  • Plastic bottle tops (e.g. milk bottle tops)
  • Aluminium ring pulls
  • Oral care products
  • Printer cartridges
Donated Jars
Thank you to everyone that has been donating clean, label free jars for others to reuse in store.  We are thrilled to see fewer jars with labels being donated as it is very time consuming for us to be removing them in store.  It takes us away from being able to keep goods as refilled as we would like and being able to spend more time making your time with us as enjoyable as possible.  So thank you!!

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Wasteless Pantry Greenwood News: 16 August 2019

Contain yourselves!

We love seeing the wide variety of containers being used over and over, especially because they are just ordinary containers. Maccona jars, jam jars, random plastic tubs, empty formula tins, vintage Tupperware and all sorts of ordinary things that everyone has available to them. Please know that you and your containers don’t need to be Instagram-able to shop with us and to make a difference. Ordinary is okay. Ordinary is actually really great! Ordinary is what makes the world a better place. Pretty is nice, but totally unnecessary to improve things right now, today, in this moment. The most environmentally friendly thing you can use is something you already have. So bring out your ordinary and be your ordinary self. You’re in good company and we appreciate everything you are doing!

New products

We have added even more products to our already comprehensive range:

  • A new liquid deodorant is now in store! So, if you want to go refillable on your deodorant, we still have the great scoopable paste deodorant, as well as the new liquid one, along with containers for spray or roll on application.
  • In response to quite a few requests we now have Carob Buttons (yum)
  • A new 98% Fat-Free Tropical Muesli is proving popular – try some and let us know what you think…
  • Dark Chocolate coated Goji Berries are so good – better get some before the team and I buy them all!
  • Look out for Teff in a jar near our oils.  These are smallest grain in the world and are great cooked into stews, as a porridge or even sprinkled raw over salads
  • Lupin Flakes are also now available – check them out in our Gluten Free section
  • and, in addition to our existing pasta range, we are trying out Lasagna sheets

And, great news! The stainless steel razors are here and wooden handled shaving brushes will be in store in time for Father’s day (wink, wink). And we are pleased to see that the newer stock has no plastic in the packaging.

Events

Jeannie & Amanda from the inaugural store in Mundaring have been out in the community heavily spreading the waste free message, and it was fantastic to have them come to Greenwood in July.  Thanks to all of you who came along to learn more about Creating a Wasteless Home and to the friends who came along with you.


I promised to share a link to the recipe for the delicious and easy-to-make vegan chocolate brownie we had on the night so here it is:
https://www.veganaustralia.org.au/recipe_esther_s_zucchini_brownies
(This version wasn’t Gluten Free but I’m pretty confident you could substitute GF Flour.)

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I also delivered a workshop at MOPS (Mothers of Pre Schoolers) in Mullaloo this month, talking about reducing waste, especially in the kitchen, and creating simple toilet fizzies.  Thanks to all for the warm welcome and great feedback.

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You may have already voted on Facebook for a showing of the movie 2040 at Warwick Grand in the week commencing 24th September so stay tuned for more updates on this…

Reusing beats recycling – let’s talk about jars …

We love being able to offer all our customers clean jars, free of charge, so thank you to everyone that has been donating clean, label free jars.  We are thrilled to see fewer jars with labels being donated as it is very time consuming for us to be removing them in store.  It takes us away from being able to keep goods as refilled as we would like and being able to spend more time making your time with us as enjoyable as possible.  So thank you!!

Until next month..

All the best for continuing your waste reduction journey beyond the Plastic Free July challenge and remember we are happy to help where we can.  See you in store soon!

Warm wishes,
Amelia & the team
Wasteless Pantry Greenwood


Wasteless Pantry Mundaring News: 11 August 2019

You are part of something big!

Did you know that 230 MILLION people participated in Plastic Free July this year?! Whether you made small changes or dramatic lifestyle shifts to reduce waste this month, know that everything you are doing is making a difference. The waste issues are still there, but every time you role model doing things a little bit better, you are helping to shift ‘normal’ toward better practices that help the planet and everything that is living on it. Jeannie & I now get to focus back in on the stores after being out in the community heavily spreading the waste free message, and it’s great to see old and new faces in the store. We love seeing the wide variety of containers being used over and over, especially because they are just ordinary containers. Macoona jars, jam jars, random plastic tubs, all sorts of ordinary things that everyone has available to them. Please know that you and your containers don’t need to be Instagram-able to shop with us and to make a difference. Ordinary is okay. Ordinary is great! Ordinary is what makes the world a better place. Pretty is nice, but totally unnessarily to improve things right now, today, in this moment. So bring out your ordinary and be your ordinary self. You’re in good company and we appreciate everything you are doing!

What’s been happening at the store:

* The liquid deodorant is finally in store! So if you want to go refillable on your deodorant we have scoopable paste deodorant, as well as liquid for spray or roll on application.  (We have the containers too if you need them) 

* We are gearing up for Father’s Day on Sunday 1st of September.  We have new gift vouchers available and the new shaving kits are proving very popular.  We are very excited to report that our supplier is now offering the shavers and shaving brushes without plastic in their packaging!!
* It seems that coffee is sustaining everyone on these cold days.  Just remember that we have lots of teas and drinking chocolate available too so you don’t end up with an eye twitch 

* We have recipes for dahl and soups on the wall ready for your winter cook ups.  We’re stocked up with lentils, dahl, split peas, beans, coconut milk powder, stock powders, herbs and spices for making curries, stews, roasts, dahl and soups galore.
* Thank you to everyone that has been donating clean, label free jars.  We are thrilled to see fewer jars with labels being donated as it is very time consuming for us to be removing them in store.  It takes us away from being able to keep goods as refilled as we would like and being able to spend more time making your time with us as enjoyable as possible.  So thank you!!
* You might notice that we have the Boomerang Bags box back at the front of the store.  We have plenty of fabric to keep us going for a while yet, but if you have any bags to return, please just pop them straight in the box when you are next in the area.

Waste Less, Live More

Amanda & Jeannie

Wasteless Pantry Greenwood News: 1 July 2019

Hello and welcome to this month’s newsletter.  

Well the wintry days are certainly here! Brrrrr – as the days turn cooler I love using my slow cooker so I can enjoy a warm dinner with my family as soon as I get home from work.  Come in store to check out our range of beans, peas, lentils and dahl to make your winter dinners as low waste as possible, along with all the herbs and spices you need to add your favourite flavours.  No slow cooker – no problem – check out our quick Hearty Vegetable Soup recipe.

Plastic Free July!!!

For us, July is the most exciting month of the year as we support Plastic Free July!

You have already heard of this and participated in the past (go you!) or it may be new to you. Either way, I really encourage you to give it a go.

For so many people, PFJ has been the first step in their waste reduction journey, and the positive impact often lasts long after the July challenge is complete.

From humble beginnings in the suburbs of Perth, PFJ has gone worldwide and had 120 million of participants across 177 countries last year.  The newly launched PFJ website has a wealth of information and inspiration to support you whether you are joining in for the first time or are a seasoned plastic-free consumer (or somewhere in between).  

Check it out here and sign up to take the challenge – maybe you can involve some your friends and/or family members to make it a team effort…
 

New reusable products

To help you blitz PFJ we have added the following products to our rangefabric food covers (looks a bit like different sized shower caps),insulated tumblers with straws,insulated coffee mugs,silicone drinking straws (for those that need something a little bendy but still reusable), andsilicone food covers.We have also expanded our range of ingredients for those of you who love to make your own beauty products to include Evening Primrose oil GlycerineLavender water Grapeseed oilMagnesium saltsDead sea saltAvocado oilAloe Vera GelBergamot essential oilRose Geranium essential oilAlong with some hard cover copies of Krissy Ballinger’s gorgeous new book “Naturally Inspired“.

We are also delighted to have more products from talented team at The Family Hub including some WA grown loofah, sustainably sourced soap racks and some tinted organic vegan lip-balm.

And… drum roll please … stainless steel razors and wooden handled shaving brushes are on their way soon!

 

Events


Thank you to everyone who has signed up for our next event “Creating a Wasteless Home” which has (at the time of writing) almost sold out.  See you there!

Specialist recyclingWe have received notification that, unfortunately, the Beauty Products Recycling program will be discontinued in July so we will no longer be able to accept these items beyond 14th July. Thank you for your enthusiastic support of this program until now.

The other specialist recycling programs will continue unaffected (contact lenses, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, household batteries, bottle tops, bread tags and mobile phones).

Until next month..

All the best for your Plastic Free July challenge and remember we are happy to help where we can.  See you in store soon!

Warm wishes,
Amelia & the team
Wasteless Pantry Greenwood


Wasteless Pantry Bassendean News: 20 June 2019

This is our most exciting time of year! Our flagship store in Mundaring just had its 4th birthday and Plastic Free July is only 2 weeks away! There are plenty of resources and tools on the PFJ website to help you figure out where to start, what to do and how to do it. We strongly recommend that you actually register for the challenge – for extra support and also to help PFJ know just how much of a following there is out there.
https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

Product News

  • We have started stocking nordic seed crackers. These delicious morsels are locally made and gluten free, and we can’t get enough of them!
  • We have ordered a range of new reusable items to help you with your Plastic Free July pledge, including: insulated tumblers and coffee mugs, silicone drinking straws, silicone and fabric food covers. They should all be in store soon.
  • We have found a WA grown loofah supply and will have them available shortly.
  • Stainless steel razors and wooden handled shaving brushes are on their way!
  • We currently have 20% off a number of products (while stocks last) including Kombucha Drinks Making Sets, Cold Brew Sets, Matcha Whisk Sets, Food on the Go 1L Jars and Snack of the Go 500ml Jars.

Brownie in a Mug  

 
For a quick and easy way to warm up on a cold evening, mix 3 tbsp brownie mix with 1.5 tbsp water in a mug and microwave on high for 50sec.
Why not mix up some custard powder and pour it over for pure decadence in just minutes!
All ingredients are available in store.

Free Talks:
Get Ready for Plastic Free July 

25th June @ 11am – 12pm
Hawaiian’s Bassendean Shopping Centre, 2 West Road, Bassendean

Come along to an interactive workshop on reducing your household waste by discovering better ways to shop and easy swaps to eliminate single-use plastics every day.
Learn about Plastic Free July and why it has become so important worldwide plus what you can do to make a difference!
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/get-ready-for-plastic-free-july-tickets-61775892357

Creating a Wasteless Home
25th July @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Trinity North Uniting Church, 85-89 Marlock Dve, Greenwood

Come along to an interactive workshop on reducing your household waste by discovering better ways to shop and easy swaps to eliminate single-use plastics every day.
We’ll cover a range of options for reducing waste in your: kitchen, bathroom, laundry and more
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/creating-a-wasteless-home-tickets-63546230486

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Wasteless Pantry Bassendean: 14 May 2019

  New Products!

  • We love stocking Australian products and we have just increased our range with Australian pepitas (pumkin seeds) which are high in zinc and magnesium, and premium walnuts from Manjimup.
  • White wine vinegar and golden syrup have been added to our liquids range.
  • We are now stocking the Agreena silicone wraps which are a great cling wrap alternative. They were so popular that we sold out immediately, but more are on their way!
  • Oil misters are finally in stock. Fill with your favourite oil and spritz onto your salad or baking trays.

Are you looking to join an enthusiastic team of waste-free living advocates? We currently have a casual position available for someone to join our team and would love to hear from you. If you are interested, please send through your resume to bassendean@wastelesspantry.com.au by May 21st.
 


Wasteless Winter

We’ve got everything to keep you warm and healthy this winter:

  • Handkerchiefs
  • Golden syrup, honey, brown sugar and dried fruit to go with your porridge oats. Or use our fruity muesli in place of those flavoured porridge sachets
  • Insulated food and beverage flasks for taking your hot food and drinks out and about.
  • Luscious moisturiser and body lotion to keep your skin supple
  • Beans and lentils for warming soups and stews
  • Black and herbal teas and coffees
  • Free recipe cards for everything from soups to body butter to help you out in the kitchen at home

   Free Talk: Get Ready for Plastic Free July 
25th June @ 11am – 12pm
Hawaiian’s Bassendean Shopping Centre, 2 West Road, Bassendean

Come along to an interactive workshop on reducing your household waste by discovering better ways to shop and easy swaps to eliminate single-use plastics every day.
Learn about Plastic Free July and why it has become so important worldwide plus what you can do to make a difference!
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/get-ready-for-plastic-free-july-tickets-61775892357


Let us Shop for You          Did you know that we can do your shopping for you? Just drop off your containers or a shopping list and we can get all your goodies together while you’re at other shops or taking a relaxing break with a coffee.


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