Ad­vice won’t go to waste

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS are in­vited to a free talk by Waste­less Pantry founder Jean­nie Richard­son later this month on how to live a less waste­ful life­style.

Jean­nie will share her vi­sion for a waste­less fu­ture and the lessons she and her friend and co­founder 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 reusabil­ity, stemmed from want­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly op­tions for cus­tomers, es­pe­cially re­lated to food and pack­ag­ing.

“I think Waste­less Pantry re­ally started out of us be­ing frus­trated con­sumers and want­ing some­thing like this avail­able to us,” she said.

“So we de­cided to have a crack at cre­at­ing it our­selves.

“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.”

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

“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,” she said.

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,” she said.

“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.”

The Shire of Mun­dar­ing will host the talk in its ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing from 6 to 7.30pm on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 29.

To regis­ter, email ruth­broz@mun­dar­ au

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