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Zero Waste Week Challenge

26th July - 1st August, 2009


>> Key Resources

>> Household Goals

>> Specific Alternatives

>> Recipes - 'Make your own'

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Key Resources

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Queen Victoria Market
organic stores - Nuts, dried fruit, pulses, oats, etc.
deli section - Tofu, peanut butter, variety of biscuits, oils, etc.
Corner of Queen and Elizabeth Streets in the Melbourne CBDWeekdays, Trading Hours, Tue: 6am - 2pm, Thu: 6am - 2pm
Fri: 6am - 5pm, (general merchandise to 4pm)
Weekends, Trading Hours, Sat: 6am - 3pm, Sun: 9am - 4pm

Organarchy RMIT Food Coop


  Location: food court (building 8, level 4) of RMIT University city campus, Swanston St.
Plump Organic Grocery
  24 Ballarat Street
VIC , 3013
Tel: 03 9687 6422

Grasslands Grocery


Assorted items Open every Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
Seasonal $25, $35 or $45 fruit & vegetable boxes delivered to local area.

211 Nicholson St, Footscray
Ph 9362 0830
Olive oil, soap 1/107 Victoria St. Seddon. Melways Map 42 B6. email: , phone: 96877955 , mobile 0431475365
Footscray Market
- Michael's Nut shop
Pulses, nuts, dried fruit. Footscray Market is a large indoor market with a large range of produce and general goods opposite Footscray Railway Station.

Cnr Hopkins Street and Leeds Street, Footscray
Telephone: (03) 9687 1205Open: Tuesday and Wednesday 7am-4pm,
Thursday 7am-6pm, Friday 7am-8pm, Saturday 7am-4pm
Stalls: 33 food, 50 general
Transport: tram 82 from Moonee Ponds; bus 402, 404, 406, 223, 216; train to Footscray station.
Parking: 800 spaces
Melway: 42 D4

Blupeak Coffee & Nuts
Coffee & Nuts Footscray Plaza, Albert St, Footscray VIC 3011 (03) 9687 8549
Cleaning products (no fill your own, but concentrated forms of Agar & Herbon products) 174 Victoria Street, Seddon, Melbourne 3011, Victoria.
Telephone: (03) 9396 1078

NSM Food Wholesalers

Nuts, dried fruit, other. 381 Victoria St or 92 Henkel St, Brunswick, VIC
Phone: 93808789, Fax: 93876013, Email: or
* NSM Continental Grocer Shop 17 Victoria St. Coburg.
* Original Fruit and Nut Shop 23 Ringwood Market Ringwood.
* Moonee Ponds Wholesale Grocer Shop 3 Everage St Moonee Ponds.
* Nut and Sweet Shop 250 Russel St. Melbourne
* Original Fruit and Nut Shop 162-170 Preston.

Melbourne University Food Cooperative

Pulses, oats, teas, herbs, nuts, dried fruit Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-4:30pm
Thursday until 7.00pm: Late night bulk shopping!
Location: 1st Floor, Union House, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010

Friends of the Earth Food Co-op

Amazing variety of herbs, spices, pulses, dried fruit & nuts, oils, miso, oils, honey, tahini, curry paste, cleaning products 10am - 6pm Monday to Friday; 10am - 4pm Saturday
312 Smith street, Collingwood (on the corner of Smith and Perry Streets).
(#86 tram from the city, and just near the Johnston street bus from Carlton or Doncaster)
ph:9417 4382
Organic Wholefoods
Amazing variety of herbs, spices, pulses, dried fruit & nuts, oils, miso, oils, honey, tahini, curry paste, cleaning products

Brunswick Store: 483 Lygon St, Brunswick - at the top end of Lygon St. Ph 03 9384 0288. Hours: Mon-Thu 9-6.30pm, Fri 9-7pm, Sat 9-5pm, Sun 11-4pm.

Fitzroy Store: 277 Smith St, Fitzroy - next to Soul Foods Cafe. Ph 03 9419 5347. Hours: Mon-Fri 9-6.30pm, Sat 9-6pm, Sun 11-5pm.

Naturally on High
Nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, some other
697 High St, Thornbury, VIC 3071, Phone:(03) 9484 7131

Environment Shop
Cleaning products, available in bulk dispensers so you can refill your own containers 594 High Street, Thornbury, Phone: +61 3 9480 1905
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5:00pm
Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Latrobe University Food Co-op

  Union Building , Bundoora 3083 phone: (03) 9479 1111

The Greenstore

complete range of Back-To-Basics products, bring a clean container for laundry liquids, toilet cleaner, shampoos.

385 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (03) 9419 5996Open 10am - 6pm

Ceres market & food coops


Variety of pulses, dried fruit, nuts, oils, honey, tahini, etc. Every Wed & Sat 9am - 1pm

St Kilda Organic Food Co-op


Order weekly pre-ordered, pre-paid boxes of organic fruit and vegetables. Saturdays 10.30am-noon. Cost: $25. Where: Ecohouse, cnr Blessington and Herbert streets, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, St Kilda, VIC, 3182
Contact: 9534 0670

The Full Pantry

Nuts, fruit, flours, beans. fill into paper bags or own containers

Shop 6, Centro Croydon (Croydon Maket Shopping Centre), Kent Avenue, Croydon, ph. 9723 7466
Open Monday - Saturday

Healesville Food Co-op



For other bulk food stores and organic groceries : top...


Household Goals

Nick & Janet's
We've been monitoring our garbage for some time and though we've got our waste bin down to a small bag each fortnight, we'd really like to avoid the stuff that ends up in it. These are things like plastic wrap from pasta, gluten-free flour, crackers, cheese, coffee & snacks. Also we'd like to reduce recycleables where possible - specifcally baked-beans tins & peanut butter. Blog

Shaun & Neesh's
Looking to eliminate toothpaste packaging.
Also experimenting with new approaches to human waste. (Why would you just flush it away?)

Cara & Scott's
Soy milk is a major item for the week resulting in lots of packaging. Hoping to reduce this.

My biggest package item is tofu and muesli bars. I plan to make my own muesli bars and by my tofu in larger amounts to cut down on packaging. I’m thinking of avoiding tofu all together this week and make my own ‘mock’ meat from gluten flour.

Alicia & Emma's
We did really want to give it a go, despite being a bit under prepared. We have been a constant one-supermarket bag of rubbish per week and twenty centres worth of recycling. We gain some because Em brings home recylcing from St V's because they don't recycle very much at all and we loose some because I take 4, 5, 6, and 7s (which Moreland hasn't until recently recycled) to work or Em gives them to a Brimbank colleague of hers to recycle. Our recycling is largely paper (between 1 and 1 1/2 kilos a week) so I think we could cut down on that and definately try using no bin liner. We are right with organic waste and really have minimally packaging because we bulk buy but I think we need to address milk and sweet treats this week (chocolate and lollies always bump up our packaging).

See her comments. top...


Specific Alternatives

Comments Alternatives


Nick & Janet: use about 1 litre a day. Presently buy Pura in 1L cartons. Nick & Janet's goal is to eliminate all non-recyclable trash and all plastics, so these are okay in theory.
However we will buy Elgaar farm Milk for the week from Plump.
Elgaar Farm Organic Milk & yoghurt is packaged in glass bottles & jars that have a 40c deposit and can be returned to retailers from where they are collected for wash, sterilise and refill. Used up to 9 times before recycling.

Soy Milk

Cara & Scott': most frequent item in recycling is soy milk.

Shaun & Neesh have bought a soy milk making machine. Put in beans and water to cook it up. Takes 20 mins.

Also Little saigon, Footscray have 2L containers in fridge section.

Tea & Coffee

Nick & Janet presently get fairtrade through People for fairtrade. Unfortunately tea has foil bag inside, cardboard box and thin plastic wrap on outside, and coffee is vaccume sealed platsicised-foil bag. Will source from Melb Uni Food Coop. BYO bags/ containers.


Presently Nick & Janet go to Pelikan deli at Footscray market with own container for ricotta and mozzarella.

Baked Beans

bought in small tins for children Make own


  Make own




Edwards sourdough from Deli at Footscray market. BYO bag.  


Michaels nutshop at at Footscray market. BYO bag.  
Peanut Butter   Grind own at Melb Uni Food Coop. BYO containers.
Cream   cashew cream. Basically blend cashews with water. more
Coconut milk Cara & Scott for Curray try cashew cream.
Eggs N&J. Have chooks but no lay. Seeking Free range & organic. BYO container. Footscray market, Vic market
Pasta Nick & Janet have lots of this. Plastic wrapped. Lasagna sheets have no plastic.

Make own - wheat, or non-wheat gnochi. Or Byo containers to FOE, Plump, NSM, Organic Wholefoods

Weetbix plastic inner wrap Breakfast flakes at FOE Coop or NSM. boy containers.
Chocolate, lollies, snacks   NSM. byo containers. Have roasted chickpeas
Non-wheat Flour   Can get in bulk but still has a plastic bag packaging.
Tinned Fish   No easy solutions for this. May try to dry and bottle our own, but not this time.
Dish washing from FOE coop. Byo container.  
Shampoo & Conditioner   Back to Basics from FOE or MUFC. BYO containers.
Toothpaste plastic tube make your own
Junk mail We have sign but need to cancel our names of many mailout lists Ring up and cancel. top...



Recipes - 'Make your own'

Soy Milk

Sour Dough Bread


First recipe:
1.Mix three parts baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) with one part table salt (sodium chloride).
2.Add three teaspoons of glycerine for every 1/4 cup of dry mixture.
3.Add enough water to make a thick paste. If desired, a few drops of peppermint oil may be added to improve the taste.
4.Apply and use just as you would any other toothpaste. Store unused toothpaste at room temperature in a covered container.

Second recipe:
Thoroughly mix 3 parts baking soda (the cleanser and sweetener) with part salt (the abrasive) and funnel the compound into a short small-mouthed container such as a pop or beer bottle. You'll find that the creation has a satisfying, different taste and leaves your mouth feeling very fresh and soothed. If you'd like, add a few drops of peppermint or wintergreen oil to the concoction - or mix the home "brew" half-and-half with a commercial tooth powder - to give the dentifrice a more pleasant flavor. 

Third recipe:
This formula is simply an extension of the tooth powder recipe: To each half cup of homemade powder, add 3 teaspoons of glycerin, 10-20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, cinnamon or whatever) and 1 drop of food coloring. Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and add just enough water to make the concoction "tooth-pastey". Spoon the substance into a small refillable plastic squeeze bottle or any container that dispenses easily and won't leak. VoilÁ! Toothpaste!

Baked Beans
black beans, white beans, any beans - soak 12 cups over night
olive oil in pan; beans into hot pan; diced onion, clove garlic, stick diced carrot, stick diced celery, thyme fresh string, bay leaves, (no salt at start), 500 mls stock; 500 mls tomaotes (tin or bottle). Simmer 1.5 - 2 hrs, till bean skins tender. Add a splash of vinegar, crumbed fetta , freah mint, fresh parsly over top as desired.

Wheat-free flour mix
400g besan (chickpea); 400g maise (corn); 200g potato flour; 200g polenta (tellow maize) flour

Wheat-free mix for pastry & bread
400g besan; 400g potate flr/starch; 200g rice flr; 200g arrowroot or tapioca starch

Jonathon & Jane's Rippa Muesli Recipe

400g rolled oats
90g (1/4 cup) honey
40g wheat germ
125g rice bran
100g dry roasted almonds
30g sunflower seeds
40g pumpkin seeds
15g flax seeds
125g dried chopped apricots
125g sultanas
1tsp ground cinnamon
Grated zest from 1 orange
1tsp vanilla extract

Directions: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Place the rolled oats onto a baking tray lined with foil or baking paper. Toast in the oven until golden, mixing it a few times while toasting to ensure even browning.
Remove the oats from the oven and pour into a large bowl. Stir through the honey and then let cool completely until crisp. Mix through all the remaining ingredients and then store in an airtight container until needed.
Serve with yoghurt and fresh fruit.

Notes: Seeds can be replaced with whatever seeds you might have available at the time and that are similar. Same applies for the rice bran and wheat germ. Try a few different items to suit taste and/or dietary needs.

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