Zero Waste Week Challenge (2009) – Resources

Zero Waste Week Challenge

26th July – 1st August, 2009

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Key Resources


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 – 2pmFri: 6am – 5pm, (general merchandise to 4pm)Weekends, Trading Hours, Sat: 6am – 3pm, Sun: 9am – 4pm
RMIT Food Coop
food court (building 8, level 4) of RMIT University city campus, Swanston
Organic Grocery
24 Ballarat StreetYarravilleMelbourneVIC , 3013

Tel: 03 9687 6422

Assorted items Open
every Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
Seasonal $25, $35 or $45 fruit & vegetable boxes delivered to
local area.211 Nicholson St, FootscrayPh 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, FootscrayTelephone: (03) 9687 1205Open: Tuesday and Wednesday 7am-4pm,Thursday 7am-6pm, Friday 7am-8pm, Saturday 7am-4pmStalls: 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, VICPhone: 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-4:30pmThursday 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 Saturday312 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 1905Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5:00pmSaturday 9.00am to 5.00pm
University Food Co-op
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
market & food coops 
Variety of pulses, dried fruit, nuts, oils, honey, tahini, etc. Every Wed & Sat 9am – 1pm
Kilda Organic Food Co-op
weekly pre-ordered, pre-paid boxes of organic fruit and vegetables.
Saturdays 10.30am-noon. Cost: $25.
Ecohouse, cnr Blessington and Herbert streets, St Kilda Botanical
Gardens, St Kilda, VIC, 3182
Contact: 9534 0670
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
Monday – Saturday
Food Co-op


For other bulk food stores and organic groceries :

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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
. (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.


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Specific Alternatives


Comments AlternativesMilk 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. MilkCara & 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
& 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.CheesePresently
Nick & Janet go to Pelikan deli at Footscray market with own container
for ricotta and mozzarella.
bought in small tins for childrenMake ownMayo Make own


Edwards sourdough from Deli at Footscray market. BYO bag. NutsMichaels nutshop at at Footscray market. BYO bag. Peanut
 Grind own at Melb Uni Food Coop. BYO containers.Cream cashew cream. Basically blend cashews with water. moreCoconut milkCara & Scott for Curraytry cashew cream.EggsN&J. Have chooks but no lay. Seeking Free range & organic.BYO container. Footscray market, Vic marketPastaNick & 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 WholefoodsWeetbixplastic inner wrapBreakfast flakes at FOE Coop or NSM. boy containers.Chocolate, lollies, snacks NSM. byo containers. Have roasted chickpeasNon-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 washingfrom FOE coop. Byo container. Shampoo & Conditioner Back to Basics from FOE or MUFC. BYO containers.Toothpasteplastic tubemake your ownJunk mailWe have sign but need to cancel our names of many mailout listsRing up and cancel.

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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

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

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

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.

How to Make a Reusable Sandwich Wrap

Baking Soda as Deodorant

Vinegar as Hair Conditioner

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