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Plastic Free Entertaining Ideas

Plastic Free Entertaining Ideas

Plastic free entertaining sometimes feels like an impossible ideal. If you google party or celebration you will be confronted with a sea of photos that almost exclusively include plastic. Plastic balloons, plastic streamers, plastic cups and plates and more. And for...

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Plastic Free July 2020 – Pick One Thing

The way I figure it, everyone is on a plastic free journey of some sort. We live in a community where we have an amazing local co-op stocking our favourite plastic free groceries. Not everyone has this luxury. The important thing for us at the Manly Co-op is to make a...

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Vegan Cheese Crackers

Vegan Cheese Crackers

Whether you’re following a plant-based diet or simply looking to incorporate heathier snacks into your routine, these homemade crackers are sure to delight your senses and leave you feeling satisfied. This will be a great recipe to keep as a staple in your pantry.

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Matcha Marvel Smoothie

Matcha Marvel Smoothie

This smoothie not only boasts a refreshing flavour but also packs a powerful punch of antioxidants, making it an ideal choice for those looking to fuel their bodies with goodness. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or simply someone seeking a tasty way to boost your nutrient intake, this smoothie is sure to become a staple.

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Gazpacho (Chilled Tomato Soup)

Gazpacho (Chilled Tomato Soup)

Gazpacho is one of Spain’s best summer dishes as it embodies its vibrant Mediterranean culinary culture. This chilled soup is a simple yet sensational blend of ingredients, a reflection of the emphasis on fresh and wholesome foods.

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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.

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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 should...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 planet. But...

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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" model of...

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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...

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Spiced Apple & Plum Crumble

Spiced Apple & Plum Crumble

This recipe is a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Just as we are saying goodbye to the stone fruit of summer, the spiced crumble topping heralds the beginning of autumn. The crumble can be made in a square, deep baking dish (approx 20x20cm), or if...

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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...

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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 cook - you...

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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...

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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...

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