Be inspired to reduce waste

​Pictured: Co-founders of Wasteless Pantry Amanda Welschibillig and Jeannie Richardson showcase some of the ecofriendly products they sell instore.

SHIRE of Mundaring is inviting residents to attend a free talk by Wasteless Pantry founder Jeannie Richardson on Wednesday 29 August 2018.

In her talk, which will run from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at the Shire's Administration Building, Jeannie will share her vision for a wasteless future and the lessons that she and her friend and co-founder Amanda Welschibillig have learnt on their journey toward sustainability.

The pair said their business, which sells bulk groceries, wholefoods, and home goods with a focus on sustainability and re-usability, stemmed from a desire to see more environmentally friendly options available to customers, especially where food and packaging were concerned.

"I think Wasteless Pantry really started out of us being frustrated consumers and wanting something like this available to us. So we decided to have a crack at creating it ourselves," said Jeannie. 

"The idea is that it's somewhere where people can come and buy ingredients; food basics that they can then go home and make things from scratch with. We also have lots of merchandise that's designed to replace single-use plastic," she said.

Amanda said the flagship store, which opened in Mundaring Village in 2015, had been embraced by the hills community.

"We've had overwhelming support so far. I think when we started we had no idea that there were as many people out there that were interested in this just like us and so it's been wonderful to find all those people coming out of the woodwork and creating that community within the store," said Amanda. 

In 2017 Wasteless Pantry was awarded a 'Waste Champion' Infinity Award by the Western Australian Waste Authority, with the Mundaring shop's success paving the way for Jeannie and Amanda to open a second store at Bassendean in September. 

With a wealth of practical experience and advice gained from her journey so far Jeannie said she hoped her talk would inspire more people to waste less.

"My talk focuses on how to get around the single-use plastic in our lives and just generally how to live a less wasteful lifestyle. I touch on the importance of having a life that's more enriched with experiences rather than stuff; where you draw happiness from experiences and therefore hopefully save some money, have less clutter and consume less," she said.

The event will be held in the Civic Area at the Shire of Mundaring Administration Building located at 7000 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, or for more information, email or phone 9290 6651 by 4pm on 29 August.

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