An Indulgent Cacao Smoothie Bowl

An Indulgent Cacao Smoothie Bowl

As we wrap up Wellness Month, why not finish strong by treating ourselves to a smoothie bowl that not only tastes fantastic but also supports our health goals? This smoothie bowl recipe is the perfect fusion of creamy textures and rich flavours, offering a guilt-free...
Vegan Cheese Crackers

Vegan Cheese Crackers

Welcome back, health enthusiasts, to the fourth week of our Wellness Month journey! As we savour these last few days, let’s indulge our taste buds with a snack that’s not just delicious but also nourishing—vegan cheese crackers! Best of all, these crackers...
Matcha Marvel Smoothie

Matcha Marvel Smoothie

Welcome to the third week of Wellness month. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, we need to focus on our daily nutrition, but make it easy and delicious. One meal that seamlessly merges health benefits with delicious taste is the Matcha Marvel Smoothie. This smoothie not...
Cannellini Bean & Quinoa Patties

Cannellini Bean & Quinoa Patties

As we embrace the second week of Wellness Month, what better way to nourish your body and tantalize your taste buds than with a delicious Cannellini Bean and Quinoa Patties recipe! Packed with plant-based goodness and an array of flavours, these patties are a...
Almond Peach Smoothie Bowl with Alfalfa Powder

Almond Peach Smoothie Bowl with Alfalfa Powder

Welcome to the Manly Food Co-op’s Wellness Month! We’re kicking off this month-long celebration of health and vitality with a bang, presenting a recipe that will revolutionize your morning routine. Say hello to our Almond Peach Smoothie Bowl with Alfalfa...
Spiced Haloumi with Super-Slaw

Spiced Haloumi with Super-Slaw

Grilled haloumi is always perfect but the addition of a few herbs and spices in this dish makes it unforgettable. Combine the cheese with a super-slaw of fresh salad ingredients, yoghurt, lime juice and fresh coriander, and you’ve got a winning combination for a...
Zucchini & Broccoli Fritters with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Zucchini & Broccoli Fritters with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Looking to add more veggies to your meals? Try these delicious, veggie packed fritters! This recipe is a versatile delight, perfect for a tasty starter, brunch, a light lunch, or a refreshing snack on a warm day. The fritters feature a blend of zucchini, finely...
Recap of our 2023 Annual General Meeting

Recap of our 2023 Annual General Meeting

On Thursday 30 November we held our 2023 Annual General Meeting at Manly Library and online. A good number of our members attended and enjoyed a buffet of snacks from the Co-op and a glass of wine before settling down to the business of the evening. Opening After...
Advanced Recycling: A Promising Solution

Advanced Recycling: A Promising Solution

By Bonnie Serov Australia is facing a pressing challenge to manage its plastic waste effectively while working towards ambitious recycling targets. The answer to this conundrum lies in advanced recycling technologies. In this blog, we’ll explore why Australia...
5 Healthy Halloween Treats

5 Healthy Halloween Treats

We’ve come up with five healthy Halloween treats to fill both big and little tummies. These ideas will get you and your family into the spooky spirit without needing a trip to the dentist after. And they are all incredibly simple and can be prepared in minutes....

Plastic Free Plan-it Week 6: The wrap-up

It’s a simple challenge this week. All you have to do is, have a look inside your bins and compare them to the photos you took back at the beginning of the program. How did you do? What was easy for you and what was hard? Share your wins and your disappointments in...

Plastic Free Plan-it Week 5: We’re coming for all of the plastic!

If you just read our blog about the impact of plastic in our kitchens, you may be about to throw out all your equipment. But wait! Transitioning to a plastic-free kitchen doesn’t mean you have to replace all your plastic utensils at once. A sustainable approach...

The impact of plastic in our kitchens

Plastic is all around us and there’s no escaping it. It’s a lightweight and durable material, so there’s no wonder it’s popular. But there is growing concern about the health impacts of such widespread use. We all know the impact of plastic pollution in our ocean...

Plastic Free Plan-it Week 4: What’s possible?

What if you could avoid all the plastic waste from your food and drink? Is it possible in today’s world? This week’s challenge is to create a meal plan that avoids all plastic. We know that it would be a big ask for a lot of people to follow through and make all the...

How to safely freeze food in glass containers

When it comes to food preservation, freezing is one of the most effective methods to maintain freshness and extend shelf life. While plastic containers and zip-loc bags are commonly used for freezing, glass jars offer a safer and more eco-friendly alternative....

Plastic Free Plan-it Week 3: Help future you

Have you met future you? They are run off their feet, they are tired and they cannot be bothered cooking tonight. They would normally reach for the phone to organise UberEats, or maybe stop at the supermarket at the way home to grab a ready-made meal. But wait, those...

Slow Down! Convenience is the Root Cause of the Plastic Problem

In today’s fast-paced world, convenience is king. Naturally, we look for the products that will make our lives easier so that we can keep up. Unfortunately, convenience has led to a significant environmental problem: plastic waste. Plastic, with its durability...

Why it’s ok to be imperfect on our waste reduction journey

We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly. – Anne-Marie Bonneau, Zero-Waste Chef Reducing waste has become an important goal for many people as part of a low-impact lifestyle. But should we be...

Plastic Free Plan-it Week 2: Set yourself up for success

Last week, we set our goals. This week, our challenge to work out how to achieve those! A goal without a plan is just a wish, so let’s make that plan. We need to work out how we are going to do it, what we need to do it, and when we’ll do it. This planning exercise...

Plastic Free Plan-it Week 1: Set your intentions

It’s week 1 of Plastic Free Plan-it and we’re excited! We hope you are ready to wage war against the single-use plastics in your life! Our six-week program is all about making plans and being prepared so that we don’t fall into the trap of having to buy things in...

What is Plastic Free July all about?

Are you looking for a way to reduce your environmental impact and help end plastic pollution? Do you want to join millions of people around the world who are taking action to protect our planet? Then join the Plastic Free July movement! Plastic Free July is a global...
Let’s remove the plastic from our food system

Let’s remove the plastic from our food system

by Bonnie Serov June 5th is World Environment Day and here at Manly Food Co-op, we’re celebrating by offering a reward to our members that get involved! Details at the bottom of the blog. As you might have heard, plastic pollution is a big problem for our...
What is a Circular Economy?

What is a Circular Economy?

You may have heard the term circular economy used a lot recently, but what does it mean? And how does it help us tackle climate change? A circular economy, in a nutshell A circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear “take-make-dispose”...
Donate your 10c containers to the Co-op

Donate your 10c containers to the Co-op

We’ve partnered with ReCollect to raise funds by collecting 10c containers! If your family buys drinks in 10c containers and they usually go into your yellow bin, please consider signing up for the collection service by ReCollect and donating the proceeds to the...
Plastic waste – why’s it hard to recycle?

Plastic waste – why’s it hard to recycle?

Recently the Australian packaging industry admitted that it cannot meet the 2025 target to recycle 70% of plastic waste. The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation has estimated that in 2021 only 16% of plastic waste was recycled and forecasts that the shortfall...
Falafel Rice Bowl with Tahini Sauce

Falafel Rice Bowl with Tahini Sauce

This is a quick and easy dinner that tastes really good. It’s similar to a poke bowl in presentation, but instead of raw fish we are using falafel and we’re including some baked veggies as well as raw. It takes only as long to prepare as the rice takes to...
Baked Risotto with Herb Salsa

Baked Risotto with Herb Salsa

What better way to celebrate tomato season than a risotto recipe that uses a lot of them! This risotto is delicious, vegetarian, can be made vegan and will even please the meat-eaters due to the rich flavours. The citrus edge to the green herb salsa is a wonderful...

3 waste-free party kit options

Have you ever stared at the bags of waste at the end of a party and thought “there must be a better way”? But it’s hard enough to plan a party without being overwhelmed by trying to make it sustainable as well. Luckily some wonderful people on the Northern Beaches...
RedCycle is dead – what now?

RedCycle is dead – what now?

You might have seen in the news that RedCycle is now in liquidation and that Coles and Woolworths have offered to store the stockpiled soft plastics backlog that RedCycle has been unable to process. But is this just greenwashing? Are the big supermarkets even pushing...

How to recycle 5 difficult things locally

Despite our best intentions to buy items for life and avoid packaging, sometimes we have things that need to be thrown out or recycled. But unfortunately only a few types of waste are welcome in our recycling bins. However, it is possible to recycle a lot more things...