Proud of our local Waste Champions

I’m thrilled for my friends Jeannie and Amanda, co-owners and founders of the Wasteless Pantry, who recently won yet another award for their advocacy work and innovative retail business. I feel rather lucky to have this bulk food store in my local town and thoroughly enjoy watching their business go from strength to strength, and soon to franchise!

Infinity Waste award

More details below in the press release I wrote for them last week, soon after the award was announced:

Wasteless Pantry adds another award to its shelf

Demonstrating the power of education and community activism, bulk food retailer and zero waste advocate, Wasteless Pantry, took out the overall Waste Champion Award at the Waste Authority Infinity Awards, which celebrates innovative solutions to reducing waste and increasing re-use and recycling.

Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson presented the award to Wasteless Pantry co-owners Jeannie Richardson and Amanda Welschbillig at the Waste & Recycle Conference 2017 at Crown Perth last week, adding to a swag of other accolades the business has won in its first two years of business.

“We are so thrilled and humbled to have won this award, which recognises the important work we’re doing beyond our retail store to educate the wider community about how and why to reduce waste,” said Ms Richardson.

“We are passionate about what we do so it is extremely gratifying to feel that the message of reducing waste, recycling and reusing is clearly gaining momentum with the general public,” she said.

Wasteless Pantry is actively involved in grass roots movements like Plastic Free July and regularly conducts workshops and talks for community, local government and school groups sharing practical tips and strategies on how to move towards a zero waste future.

“It feels like the time is right for waste less shopping to become a mainstream habit,” said Ms Welschbillig who cited examples such as the rising popularity of Plastic Free July, the Boomerang Bags initiative and the powerful ABC TV documentary War on Waste, which elicited a huge response from the Australian public.

Buoyant with their success and determined to promote the zero waste ideals of REFUSE > REDUCE > REUSE > RECYCLE > ROT, Amanda and Jeannie are in the final stages of developing a franchising agreement that will enable the Wasteless Pantry business to expand beyond its Mundaring premises.

“Franchising our business model is an incredibly exciting undertaking that will help us engage with and support more customers who want to change the way they shop,” said Ms Richardson.

The pair has had an overwhelming number of expressions of interest in the Wasteless Pantry franchise and are looking forward to working with similarly passionate entrepreneurs to bring their award-winning model to more store locations around Australia.

For more information or interviews please contact Wasteless Pantry on (08) 9295 6440 or email: info@wastelesspantry.com.au