Pantry’s work praised

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

THE own­ers of bulk food re­tailer The Waste­less Pantry are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning the Waste Cham­pion Award at the Waste Au­thor­ity In­fin­ity Awards last month.

The awards cel­e­brate in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to re­duce waste and in­crease re­use and re­cy­cling.

Jeannie Richard­son said they were thrilled to re­ceive the award, ad­ding to a swag of ac­co­lades the Mun­dar­ing­based busi­ness has won in its first two years.

“We are 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,” she said. “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.”

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

Amanda Welschbil­lig said plans were afoot for the suc­cess­ful busi­ness to ex­pand.

“The time is right for waste­less shop­ping to be­come a main­stream habit,” she said.

“We are in the fi­nal stages of de­vel­op­ing a fran­chis­ing agree­ment that will en­able us to ex­pand be­yond our Mun­dar­ing premises.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d474618

Amanda Welschbil­lig and Jeannie Richard­son.

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