Plastic Free July in Action!
The Wasteless Pantry, Mundaring, Western Australia
The Wasteless Pantry is a fantastic new business that opened just prior to Plastic Free July in 2015. As the name suggests these folks do all they can to enable waste free shopping! They buy everything in bulk quantities and actively encourage everyone to bring their own containers for reuse and refilling. They also have arrangements with some suppliers that will just refill their containers over and over so that there is NO waste for these products at all. There is a wide variety of long life pantry foods including vinegars, honey, soy sauce, maple syrup and oils, household cleaning products and personal hygiene too. They offer a range of reusable produce bags, shopping bags, BYO cups, lunch boxes, stainless steel straws, drink bottles, jars, tea strainers and plungers as well to help people avoid unnecessary packaging. Their customers are already feeding back that they have halved the rubbish going into their bins each week! The friendly and passionate staff are also are happy to give advice on how to transition to less wasteful alternatives and offer paper bags for those that are just starting out.
The Source Bulk Foods, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria
The Source Bulk Foods is Australia’s largest specialised bulk food retailer with over 15 stores around the country and more opening every month! The Source Bulk Foods stocks over 400 quality products in bulk including a vast array of nuts, seeds, grains, cereals, beans, oils, health products, superfoods, flours, confectionery and even cleaning products! You can come in and scoop out exactly how much you need so there is less food wastage. The Source is proudly plastic bag free and 100% unpackaged. Customers are encouraged to bring in their own bags, containers and jars for refill. This is true zero waste grocery shopping.
Little Jean, New South Wales
Double Bay restaurant Little Jean sells no bottled drinks, buys its milk in reusable ‘bladders’, offers discounts for takeaway coffees when people bring their reusable cups, and source fresh local seasonal produce and has pledged to go ‘plastic free’ this July. A fabulous role model for restaurants reducing single-use plastic! For more on Little Jean's sustainability actions, see the 'Hospitality News' article.