Here is a list of everywhere I’ve either bought products, or gotten recipe ideas or tips and tricks for low-waste living and plant based deliciousness. Many of the websites I used to find were either UK or US based so I hope all your Aussies find this more relevant than other blogs!
Package Free Stores/Recycling
http://thesourcebulkfoods.com.au/ – THE BEST STORE EVER AND THEY DELIVER
http://www.alfalfahouse.org/ – funky little co-op in Newtown with a variety of package free products, including coffee
http://scoopwholefoods.com.au/ – another bulk-food store with a few outlets
http://nakedfoods.com.au/ – Newtown and another in Bondi where I work!
http://redcycle.net.au/redcycle/ – where to recycle soft plastics!
https://www.terracycle.com.au/en-AU – for all those ‘hard to recycle’ items from coffee capsules to laboratory waste!
Flora & Fauna
A range of beauty and household products, mostly in biodegradable packaging.
All vegan products
Two Hands Project
Northern Beaches based non profit organisation with online store – reusable bottles, cups, straws, also present at local farmers markets and festivals
Has a no-waste/plastic free section with a range of household products and beauty items
Life Without Plastic
A ‘one stop shop’ for all plastic free products
These people really care about the planet! Just be careful as not everything is strictly vegan
Cookbooks and Blogs
Get yourself a copy of this book and start making your own cheeses and yoghurts – because reasons
The cookbook that started it all! My journey through plant-based life into veganism, and now towards a waste free life. Suffice to say I would take a guess that at least 99% of these recipes are able to be done waste-free by either following them, or substituting ingredients (such as one dried fruit for another). Highly recommend taking a look at Emily’s Blog This Rawsome Vegan Life too
This is a fantastic resource for those who are struggling to be zero-waste without meat analogues – I’m talking chikun, porq, beaf, bacun, seafood replacements – all with the magical vital wheat gluten ingredient. I have managed to source most of the ingredients in this book plastic free, or found substitutes (eg. I found dried mushrooms to make my own mushroom powder!) – available as a PDF download from the following website:
This is my go to book for all of those random condiments and items that aren’t easily accessible package free – vegan butter, mustards, tomato sauces, pastas, mayonnaise. This book is AMAZING and I cannot recommend it enough! I went one step further and purchased an e-book instead of the real deal.
http://www.zerowastehome.com/ – Handy website with heaps of good tipes and an app that locates zero waste products
http://www.trashisfortossers.com/ – Another blogger who generates about a mason jar worth of trash in TWO YEARS!
http://treadingmyownpath.com/ – A stunningly presented blog with different categories for zero waste, plastic free, minimalistic living (and recipes too!)