Plastic Free Plan-it Week 1: Set your intentions

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?

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...

Meet the Team: Tracey

Tracey What do you do when you are concerned about all the unnecessary packaging in the world and want to get back in touch with food and community – you volunteer at the Co-op! We talked to Tracey to share her volunteering story. Tracey moved back to Manly late...
Make a Splash with Olive Oil

Make a Splash with Olive Oil

Have you ever wondered why Italian cooking is so good? Well, there’s probably lots of reasons, but high up on the list is the abundant use of olive oil as a key ingredient in just about everything. A good olive oil, combined with the very best of seasonal produce, is...

Honey for your Honey

The Manly Food Co-op stocks gorgeous NSW honey in bulk so it’s too easy to fill up a jar or two especially with this upcoming Valentine’s Day – the perfect honey for your honey! So delicious, pure and sweet! Let’s talk about our Honeys –...
Christmas Gifts at the Manly Food Co-op

Christmas Gifts at the Manly Food Co-op

Stock up at the Manly Food Co-op on Christmas presents for teachers, loved ones and those hard to buy people in your life! We are now stocking a range of different candles from CandleXchange. Relax, Refill and Reuse with this range of great hand poured natural...
Keelah Lam – Our Founder at Manly Food Co-op

Keelah Lam – Our Founder at Manly Food Co-op

Keelah Lam A little while ago, Business Australia interviewed Manly Food Co-op Founder – Keelah Lam, here’s what she had to say. Can you tell us how your passion for the environment started? I grew up in an idyllic neighborhood with bush all around so I’ve...
The Country Valley Story

The Country Valley Story

Country Valley processes milk, yoghurt and cream on the Fairley family farm in Picton, 90 kms from Manly. In 2018 the Manly Food Co-op introduced Country Valley bulk milk into the store. The milk arrives into the Co-op in re-usable metal churns and is available for...
We heart hemp seeds

We heart hemp seeds

Do you know much about hemp seeds? You’ve probably heard of the environmental benefits of hemp when used for clothing and textiles, and maybe even the concrete replacement hempcrete, but did you also know that hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse?  Long...

We Are Hiring

We are hiring a new Shop Manager! If you’ve shopped at the Co-op you’ll have an idea of what we’re looking for but the detailed job description is below. This role can be offered part or full time, depending on the applicant. The role would be ideal...
Re-usable Coffee Cups and Covid

Re-usable Coffee Cups and Covid

Re-usable coffee cups were an unforeseen Covid casualty with many cafés not accepting their use. Initial concerns over sanitisation safety were the main reason, and this is understandable. As we’ve all made our way through this new normal, many cafés have...
Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas gift ideas can be tricky at the best of times, but especially if you’re: a) on a budgetb) trying to be planet friendly Our clever staff and volunteers have been busy making up a super selection of Christmas gift ideas to cover a range of budgets. Pop...
A Sustainable Christmas

A Sustainable Christmas

Jen, our shop manager, has given us some amazing ideas on how to prepare a sustainable Christmas and how to create hand-made sustainable gifts. Jen is also running her own catering business, Zing Fresh, and is all about sustainable sustenance that looks beautiful. She...
Cheeky Pea Falafel

Cheeky Pea Falafel

Cheeky Pea Falafel balls are one of our best sellers at the Co-op. The week beginning 5 November 2020 will feature our falafels as Product of the Week and means they’re priced at 25% off – bringing them down to 92 cents each! This is also a good...
Composting your kitchen food waste is easy!

Composting your kitchen food waste is easy!

This composting article was written by Co-op member Lara Dunford When food waste is composted it turns into healthy, nutrient rich soil that is medicine for your garden or pot plants. This process creates a true circular economy where your food waste...
Walnut Miso Broth (Serves 4)

Walnut Miso Broth (Serves 4)

Adapted from an Anna Jones recipe, this simple miso broth is both regenerative and full of flavour. The killer twist of it is the walnut miso paste. The umami flavours of miso and the crunch of walnuts completely transform this dish into a bowl of satisfying flavour....
Umeboshi Plums and a Japanese Snack

Umeboshi Plums and a Japanese Snack

Have you heard of Umeboshi plums? One of our members recently wrote to comment that, “Your Ume plum is the best in Manly!! Thank you for providing us the healthy Japanese products.” Along with the comment Mayumi shared a traditional recipe for a cleansing...
How To Wear and Care for Your Mask

How To Wear and Care for Your Mask

We actively encourage the use of masks when you shop at Manly Food Co-op. Like most grocery stores, it’s very hard to socially distance when shopping at your Co-op. Wearing a mask adds an extra element of safety for everyone. As a zero waste advocate we also...
A COVID Safe Co-op

A COVID Safe Co-op

Your Co-op has come a long way since declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11th, 2020. After initially closing to set up an online order system, we have gradually opened up the shop. We are now operating near normal, and it’s easy to forget how far...
Tips for a Plastic Free Life

Tips for a Plastic Free Life

These tips are designed to go hand in hand with our recent posts about Plastic Free July that you can find here and here. Going plastic free is a journey, and we can all use a few handy tips now and then to help us through. Shopping Tips Get into the habit of shopping...