Top Tips: What you need to take

  • Take your own containers for deli and butcher items (it's a good idea to tell them first why you are doing it so they don't than put your container in a plastic bag!). Be brave, the first time is the hardest.

  • Take a bread bag or tea towel for fresh bread (check out how to make your own bread bag at (Gippsland Unwrapped).

  • Take your own reusable shopping and produce bags. you can make your own (check out how to make your own produce bags). They are also available to purchase from Onya, Esty, and other businesses.

Top Tips: At the shops

  • Ask the butcher / deli / fishmonger to wrap meats straight in paper if you don't have your own containers.

  • Buy fresh bread in paper bags (if you don't have your own bread bag).

  • Buy fresh vegetables (some stores and co-ops deliver boxes of fruit and veges).

  • Buy nuts, dried fruit, flour, legumes, coffee, rice, oats etc from bulk bins.

  • Choose items in glass.

  • Choose wine with natural corks.

  • Give up chewing gum (read about plastic in chewing gum at My Plastic Life).

  • Shop at your local farmers market.

  • Consider buying commonly used items such as oats, flour and rice in bulk and share with friends (bag sizes usually range in size from 5-25kg and come in calico or reinforced paper bags).

Bulk and Wholefood shopping locations in Western Australia

  • Alive Organics, Shop 7/515 Walter Rd East, Morley WA - Organic and chemical-free fruits & vegetables, free range meat & eggs, organic packaged goods, natural/chemical-free cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products.

  • Angry Almond, 71 Princess St, Nedlands WA - Big buckets containing all sorts of grains, pulses, lentils, beans, quinoa, sugars, tea plus tubs of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate, lollies, sesame bars, sweet potato chops, turkish delight and more.

  • Farmers Markets (across WA) - Local fresh fruit and veg.

  • The Goodlife Shop, across WA - A basic range of whole foods in bulk bins at very reasonable prices.

  • Kakulas Brothers, 183 William Street, Northbridge WA & online - Huge range of whole foods in bulk bins.

  • Kakulas Sister, 29/31 Market St, Fremantle WA - Huge range of whole foods in bulk bins at very affordable prices.

  • Manna Wholefoods, 274 South Tce, Fremantle WA - Organic and conventional fruit and veggies, with an excellent bulk section in dry and wet with many in non-plastic packaging. Excellent grocery and dairy section, with a small amount of frozen meat.

  • Planet Ark, 37 Cantonment St, Fremantle Western Australia - Sell eco-friendly household cleaning products, soap, shampoo, conditioner and items such as vinegar in bulk. You can have your original container refilled or bring along your own.

  • Source Bulk Foods: stores in Clarkson, Victoria Park and Floreat.

  • Sunnydale Dairy, across Perth - Produces milk, yoghurt, icecream and more in glass bottles that can be returned for reuse. Sunnydale also sell their products at a range of stores across Perth.

  • Wasteless Pantry, Shop 17, Mundaring Shopping Village, Mundaring WA - Retails bulk whole foods, dry and wet, including coffee, tea, personal hygiene and cleaning basics.  Also offered are a range of eco friendly reusable containers, produce bags, relevant literature and education tools, such as copies of “The Zero Waste Home” and “ The Power of Doing Something” along with other products that support the zero waste ideal. Started by Plastic Free July participant Amanda.

Box Delivery Schemes in Western Australia

Christina Scotson