Re­tailer wastes no time with ex­pan­sion

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

MUNDARING’s award­win­ning re­tailer Waste­less Pantry is ex­pand­ing into Bassendean and Green­wood in Septem­ber.

The re­tailer pro­vides bulk gro­ceries, whole foods, liq­uids, per­sonal hy­giene and clean­ing prod­ucts for peo­ple to re­fill in their own re­us­able con­tain­ers and bags. It also of­fers eco-friendly re­us­able con­tain­ers, pro­duce bags, paper bags and other prod­ucts that sup­port the zero waste ideals of refuse, re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle and rot.

Since open­ing up their first store, co-own­ers Amanda Welschbil­lig and Jean­nie Richardson won the Mundaring Chamber of Commerce New Busi­ness of the Year Award and Over­all Busi­ness of the Year awards in 2015 and the Waste Cham­pion ti­tle at the Waste Au­thor­ity In­fin­ity Awards 2017.

Ms Welschbil­lig said the store in Bassendean shop­ping cen­tre was ex­pected to open on Septem­ber 14, while the Green­wood store would open by late Septem­ber.

“We just opened a lit­tle store – we hoped that it would not die – and that was about the ex­tent of it,” she said.

“We had no idea that there was so much of a fol­low­ing in the com­mu­nity and it has grown since we started, which is re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

Ms Welschbil­lig said when they posted the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pand­ing, there was a lot of sup­port from the Bassendean and Green­wood com­mu­ni­ties.

“I guess so many peo­ple just keep on com­ing back to us say­ing this is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their lives,” she said.

“It is re­ally about get­ting what­ever you would nor­mally get with­out a packet.

“Reg­u­lar peo­ple that prob­a­bly weren’t think­ing about this at all 12 months ago are well and truly on board now and are at least aware of what the idea (of zero waste) is, even if they have not ac­tioned it.”

Visit www.waste­less­mu­ni­ d486242

Waste­less Pantry own­ers Amanda Welschbil­lig and Jean­nie Richardson with Lizzy Fox, man­ager of the new Bassendean store. Pic­ture: David Baylis

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