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Have a cracking good easter with our new crème filled eggs!

We have two irresistible flavours to choose from, that also happen to be Vegan and Gluten Free: Mylk Raspberry and Mylk Hazelnut.

Our Cracking Good Egg range are the perfect waste-free alternative this Easter. Pop a few into a jar and tie with a ribbon or piece of raffia as a scrumptious gift.  Or decorate an egg carton, basket or small box and fill with eggs – a great, fun art project and a lovely way to personalise presents.

They are also a spectacular decoration for a festive cake or dessert.

Introducing our Mini Good Eggs for every bunny!

Available in irresistible milkdark and white chocolate.

Premium couverture chocolate is lovingly handcrafted in Australia by a team of dedicated chocolatiers to create these bite-sized Mini Good Eggs.

Each of these solid milk chocolate eggs contain no preservatives or artificial additives. They are a perfect substitute for over-wrapped Easter eggs or chocolates.

Looking for a unique gift idea this Easter? Hop in store and fill a jar with their favourite confectionary.

From our Good Eggs, to childhood favourites, chocolate-coated freeze-dried fruits and candies galore, you will find something for everyone at your local The Source store.

If your mouth is watering just thinking about the goodies you can fill your basket with, be sure to explore our full confectionery range here.

Imagine the look on everyone’s face when you present a stunning platter of delicious Hot Cross buns for them to enjoy!

We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to whip up a batch of Hot Cross Buns, with three different recipe kits for you.

Choose between Traditional, Double Chocolate, and to make sure that everyone can enjoy this Easter, we have a Gluten-Free Double Chocolate version too.

Each Hot Cross Bun Kit includes all your dry ingredients, including the yeast, along with a recipe card for you to follow along. All you will need is a couple of pantry staples like eggs, butter and milk!

Whether you are baking the Hot Cross Buns to share or give the kit as a gift to a friend or family member who loves to bake!  Everyone will enjoy these Hot Cross Buns! Gifts that are homemade are always special. So pop into your local Source store to grab one.

In case you couldn’t get enough of the delicious taste of Hot Cross Buns, we’ve got the easiest Hot Cross Bun Granola recipe for you to try, thanks to Cassie at @bodylovenutrition_ 

Enjoy this delicious and healthy Easter treat with your family and friends 🐣 sprinkle it over fruit and yoghurt, smoothie bowls and oat bowls… or just enjoy the crunch on its own!

Hot Cross Bun Granola 

1 cup Organic rolled stabilised oats 

1/2 cup Australian fruit mix 

1/4 cup Organic maple syrup 

1/4 cup Organic raw almonds, roughly chopped 

2-3 tablespoons Pumpkin seeds 

1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon Ground ginger 

1/2 teaspoon Ground cardamom 

Pinch of salt 

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees and line a slice tray with baking paper. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. Spoon mixture onto lined slice tray and spread out evenly. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden. 

We hope you’re feeling inspired to hop into Easter at your local The Source Bulk Foods!

No matter how you choose to celebrate, be sure to tag us @thesourcenewzealand as we’d love to see it! 📸

To find your local The Source Bulk Foods to purchase everything you need a waste-free Easter, click here!

Or don’t forget that you can also browse the range and shop online!

We can’t wait to see you!

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Choose Unpackaged Easter Eggs

This Easter, make a commitment to say no to plastic- or foil-wrapped eggs and unnecessary waste. Pop into your local The Source Bulk Foods to pick up our famous range of delicious unpackaged Easter eggs.

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Get Crafty

Speaking of eggs, why not organise a Good Friday activity for the kids and hand-dye some hard-boiled eggs? Use natural food dyes like coffee, turmeric, spirulina and purple cabbage.

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Use What You Have

Don’t be tricked into buying wasteful plastic Easter egg baskets. Look around your home; you might have a few baskets lying around collecting books or toys. If not, canvas bags work wonderfully.

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Give An Experience

If you’re trying to avoid your kids overindulging in chocolate this year, give them one of these zero-waste gift ideas: movie tickets, book-club voucher, seeds for the garden, gardening tools, swimming pool entry or dinner at their favourite restaurant.

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Create The Ultimate Easter Egg Hunt

Early on Easter morning, wake up and create a few footprints on the pathway with chalk or flour. Add a few clues or secret code leading them to the hidden eggs. Then, simply sit back and watch them enjoy your zero-waste Easter egg hunt!

The task: tiles and grout 

The product: Citric Acid ($1.19/100g)  

Because citric acid kills bacteria, mould and mildew, it’s a great all-round cleaner. Particularly effective at removing soap, scum and hard water stains, it’s one to store under your bathroom sink. To clean tiles and grout, add a couple of tablespoons of citric acid into a spray bottle filled with water and spray onto the affected areas. Let the product penetrate the grout for a few minutes before giving the area a good scrub with a stiff-bristles brush. This will make shorter work of one of the more tedious chores in the house. Just avoid citric acid on natural stones as it will cause damage.  

The task: toilet bowl 

The product: Citric Acid ($1.19/100g) 

Just add a tablespoon of citric acid powder to the bowl and let it sit for 20 minutes before flushing away. 

The task: burned pan 

The product: Bicarb Soda ($0.25/100g) 

To clean a badly scorched pan without damaging it from over-scrubbing, cover the burned area with bicarb soda and pour enough boiling water to fill the pan almost halfway. When the water has cooled enough to tough, rub away the scorch with a sponge. Drain and wash with hot, soapy water as usual.  

The task: kitchen sink 

The products: Natural Castile Liquid Soap ($2.50/100mL) 

Castile Liquid Soap can be used to clean almost anything, plus it’s eco-friendly and gentle on your skin so you don’t have to worry about harming your health or the planet. In a spray bottle, mix 500mL of water with 30mL of castile soap and a few drops of tea tree essential oil for an all-purpose, anti-bacterial cleaner. Spray and wipe the sink free of bacteria and food particles after each use to avoid the build-up of grime and harmful germs. 

The task: wood and stone flooring 

The product: Natural Castile Liquid Soap ($2.50/100mL) 

Wood and natural stone flooring are easily damaged by many commercial products. Castile liquid soap is gentle enough to be used on almost any surface; simply mix 120mL of castile soap in a bucket of hot water. Use a microfibre mop and wring thoroughly before mopping.  

The task: dirty walls 

The product: Natural Castile Liquid Soap ($2.50/100mL) 

If you have kids, dirty fingerprints and food-spattered walls are probably your cleaning bugbear. To avoid damaging your walls, use a gentle cleaner like castile liquid soap. Add ¼ cup to a bucket of hot water and use a microfibre cloth to gentle rub away any dirt, grime and marks. 

The task: sponge and toothbrush holder 

The products: White Vinegar ($0.26/100mL) 

If your sponge or toothbrush holder has developed mould or bacteria build-up, use a toothbrush dipped in white vinegar to scrub it away. Rinse away and wash with hot, soapy water to finish.  

The task: stovetop 

The product: White Vinegar ($0.26/100mL) 

To tackle the baked-on grease on your stovetop, mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on and rub with a non-scratch sponge. When cleaning stainless steel, scrub with the grain, rather than in a circular motion, to avoid scratching, and allow the product, rather than force, to do the bulk of the cleaning work. Wipe any residue away with a clean, dry cloth.  

Yes, we’re open! With all your spring cleaning products, pantry essentials, ingredients, snacks and more!  Visit your local store to browse the aisles with over 400 quality products. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are on hand to provide you with all the recommendations and assistance you may need.

The 5 R’s are our hints and tips that will help you remove the clutter from your life, save you money and most importantly, help to reduce the massive amount of waste that ends up in landfill each year.

Let’s create a zero waste life together.

REFUSE

It’s okay to say no. Our lives are full of too much stuff—appliances we never use, clothes we never wear, toys our kids never play with, all of which will probably eventually end up in landfill. We need to start saying no and stop this waste coming into our lives in the first place, making a conscious choice to live a more sustainable life and cut down on unnecessary consumption.

Say no to free stuff, junk mail, handouts or seemingly irresistible bargains; avoid buying cheap plastic toys you know will up end in the bin; and resist the temptation to buy things you don’t need just because they are on sale. Say no to buying vegetables wrapped in plastic or other packaged foods and look for more environmentally friendly ways to shop, such as farmers markets or buying in bulk at your local Source Bulk Foods store.

REDUCE

Before you buy something, start asking yourself—do I really need it? Like refusing, reducing is about cutting down your consumption and making more sustainable choices. Question your choices, if you aren’t sure about a purchase, put the item down and walk away. You can always come back later.

There are so many great questions you can ask yourself before buying something new. How many times will I actually use it? Could I borrow it from someone else, like a friend or a neighbour? And instead of buying that new top, why not hold a clothes swap and get rid of some of your overflowing wardrobe at the same time?

REUSE

We live in a disposable society. Items like coffee cups, water bottles, tissues, nappies, plastic food wrap and razors are everyday items we’ve grown accustomed to using once and then throwing away. We’re better than this! All of these items can easily be replaced with more sustainable choices, remember—just say no. By reusing, you’ll not only be cutting down on waste, but you’ll also be saving yourself money.

Invest in a reusable coffee cup and keep it in your bag, swap expensive bottled water for a good quality reusable bottle like The Source’s BPA Free water bottle, use hankies instead of tissues, invest in a reusable razor, and pack kids lunches in a stainless steel lunchbox with compartments so you don’t need to use plastic wrap. Even swapping tea bags for loose leaf tea and a teapot will help cut down on waste.

REPURPOSE

This is where your creativity and imagination come into play! Also known as upcycling, repurposing is when you transform one object into an enitirely new one, giving it a new use other than the one it was originally intended for. Upcycling can save you money, even make you money, and of course—save more stuff from going to landfill.

Release a new burst of life into old things. You could turn an old pallet into a bed, empty old bottles and jars and use them to store food, transform tin cans into pencil organisers, turn bottle caps into tea lights, or make a rug out of old t-shirts. The possibilities are endless!

RECYCLE

This should be your last port of call, and if you’ve done all of the above, there shouldn’t be a lot left to recycle. But for the stuff you do need to recycle, make sure you do it properly.

Sort out your household recyclables like paper, cardboard, plastic containers and glass, then dispose them in the right bin. Other items like metal, wood, batteries and electronic waste may not be allowed in your recycle bin, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be recycled, there are often drop off points for these type of items—check with your local council.

Feeling inspired and ready to experience our zero-waste shopping revolution?

Our 6 stores across New Zealand are open! With all your plastic-free pantry essentials, ingredients, snacks and more!

Visit your local store to browse the aisles with over 400 quality products. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are on hand to provide you with all the recommendations and assistance you may need.

Let’s create a zero waste life together.

Grazing Platters

Grazing platters are a beautiful way to display all of your favourite snacks at your picnic. As well as tasting delicious, they make great photographs!

Use a large plate, platter or wooden chopping board to layout cheese, crackers, dips, cut-up vegetables, fresh and dried fruit, nuts or sweet treats.

Use little bowls for your dips- feel free to get creative here! Jars, teacups, ramekins, shot glasses all work well to keep your board from getting messy!

When assembling your board, put your big items on first, then fill the gaps with smaller items like nuts, blueberries, and chocolate.

Our favourite Source items to put on a Grazing Platter are things like:

Salads

Salads are perfect dishes to share amongst friends, and are very refreshing over summer. Here are some of our favourite recipes:

Mixed Bean Salad

Gourmet Grain & Rice Tabbouleh With Grilled Tofu

Dips

Dip cut vegetables, crackers, or chips, or spread on a sandwich for extra flavour!

Try making your dips from home to avoid single-use packaging. Here’s some of our faves:

Smoked Almond Dip

Home Made Hummus 

Baba Ghanoush With Pickled Apple, Walnuts & Paprika Oil

Finger Food

Food that you can eat with your fingers is oh so easy and fun. It also means you have more room in your tummy to try an array of things!

Give this really easy Gluten Free Garlic and Cheese Pullapart a go for your next picnic.

Or these tasty no-fuss Falafel Balls.

A Statement Dessert

A show-stopping dessert is a great way to impress your friends, and their tastebuds!

This Raw Lemon Caramel Cheesecake with Buckini base is absolutely divine! And the Lemon makes it a perfect summer dessert.

Or if you prefer a simpler dessert with flavour that will still blow you away, try these Chocolate Coated Salty Peanut Butter Balls.

A Refreshing Drink

A hot Summers day requires something to quench your thirst. Take a refreshing drink like kombucha along to your picnic.

All of the Source stores in New Zealand have Kombucha on tap, so make sure you pass by one on the way to your picnic location!

If you fancy an alcoholic version, here is a delicious Pineapple Ginger Kombucha cocktail!

Or this delightful Botanical Iced Tea!

Don’t forget your Re-usables!

The simplest way to cut down waste on your picnic is to bring your reusables! Think cups, cutlery, plates, bowls.

It photographs well and is great for the planet.

So grab your blanket, picnic basket and delicious food you have created and enjoy!

Tag us in your Summer picnics- show us your reusable picnic kit or delicious food! @thesourcenewzealand 

Our 6 stores across New Zealand are open! With all your plastic-free pantry and picnic essentials, ingredients, snacks and more!

Visit your local store to browse the aisles with over 400 quality products. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are on hand to provide you with all the recommendations and assistance you may need.

Everything Tastes Better Outdoors!

Potato carving

Spookify your potatoes with these interesting faces. Perfect boiled or roasted will certainly be a talking point at the dinner table. Hopefully, not from the potatoes themselves.

What you need: cleaned potatoes with skin

How to: use a sharp knife and carefully cut out some eyes and mouth.

Creepy cockroaches

Get creative with spooky waste free Halloween treats! 🎃 Creepy Crunchy Cockroaches made from Medjool dates stuffed with peanut butter, cream cheese and walnuts, with almond sliver antennae! Yum scrum!

What you need: Medjool dates, peanut butter, cream cheese, walnuts and almond slivers.

How to make: fill the inside of the date with the peanut butter or cream cheese, then decorate with walnuts or almond slivers as horns.

Monster mouth

Monster Mouth! Apple lips with peanut butter gums and yoghurt-coated sultanas. Lip smackingly delicious sure to scare all the little hands!

What you need: Peanut ButterYoghurt Coated Sultanas, apples cut into sixths.

How to make: spread nut butter between two apple slices and squish yoghurt coated sultanas on the edge.

Pumpkin cookies

It’s pumpkin season! Why not get creative and make some delicious pumpkin shaped cookies with the kids? Let their imaginations run wild and create other spooky shapes like ghosts or bats!

What you need: Classic Shortbread Recipe-In-A-Bag

How To: make your cookie dough and either use cookie cutters if you have them or carefully use a butter knife to shape the cookies into pumpkins.

Halloween Activity Treasure or Scavenger Hunt

What child doesn’t love a treasure or scavenger hunt? Not only do they get to run around the house looking for clues but they also get rewarded with a tasty treat along the way!

Follow this Spooky Activity Guide to set up your treasure hunt or scavenger hunt, fit for a pirate, at home!

Download Activity Sheet 

Colouring Pictures

Colouring is an excellent activity for the kids to do and can even be relaxing for adults.

Grab your colouring pencils and sit down with one of these colouring sheets – ready to download!

DOWNLOAD THE SOURCERER 

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We hope you’re feeling inspired by our spooky Halloween at Home ideas! If you get involved in any of these activities, be sure to tag us @thesourcenewzealand as we’d love to see it! 📸

To find your local The Source Bulk Foods to purchase everything you need for your Halloween at Home adventures, click here!

Don’t forget to check out our delicious chocolate and confectionary range, then head instore to buy as little or as much (no judgement) as you like!

Matching jars, tons of time or even the proximity of a bulk shop are not prerequisites for ‘zero-waste’ living. It is always worth remembering that the essence of ‘zero-waste’ living lies in consuming less in the first place, making use of what you already have and reducing avoidable waste; practices that both the planet and your bank account will thank you for.

With a little thought and planning we can all adopt some sustainable ways, even if we don’t have access to package-free nuts, veggies and cleaning products on a regular basis or don’t feel like developing our DIY skills. Listed here are just a few of the things I try to do.

  1. Use What You Have. Old jars you have hiding in your cupboards can be used to store staples and leftovers or to pack lunches. Old sheets, pillowcases and T-shirts make brilliant cleaning rags or can be turned into reusable produce bags– nothing new required.
  2. Throw out less food. You can make a positive impact simply by reducing your food waste. Buying things from a bulk shop can be a great help with this since you can buy as little as you need – no more finding expired flour bags at the back of the pantry! No matter whether you shop in a supermarket, bulk shop or at farmer’s market, don’t buy more than you can chew and let the contents of your pantry and fridge determine what’s for dinner. Planning your meals before shopping really does help also.
  3. Be Inventive with food. Don’t look down on previous night’s leftovers, wrinkly veggies, stale bread, brown bananas or cauliflower leaves. Overripe bananas are excellent for baking or they can be peeled, frozen and blended into a dreamy ‘nice-cream’. Wilted veggies are equally as tasty as their firm counterparts when roasted, stir-fried or blended into a smoothie. Also did you know that broccoli stalks and cauliflower leaves are not only edible but delicious!
  4. Sustainable fashion. Increasing the ‘fashion mileage’ of your clothes is also an effective, not to mention affordable, way to reduce waste. Ignoring continuously changing trends, falling back in love with the pieces you already own and shopping second-hand are excellent ways to incorporate ‘zero-waste’ ways into your life – no big bucks needed. As Vivienne Westwood once said “Buy less, choose well, make it last.”
  5. Introduce good zero-waste habits. Getting into the habit of carrying reusables like a water bottle, coffee cup and shopping bag with you will help tackle plastic pollution, and save you money in the process. Win-win! If you forget your reusables home, don’t beat yourself up but dust yourself off and try to do better next time. (However, let’s keep in mind that it takes a lot of resources to make reusables so they’re a sustainable option only if used regularly). 
  6. All efforts to protect this precious planet are valuable and worth making, no matter how small or simple they might be. ‘Zero-waste’ living can be for everyone –just define your approach to it and start the journey. Whether you decide to take baby steps or giant leaps is up to you. You don’t have to get pretty jars in the perfect row in order to make a positive difference and to embrace the ‘zero-waste’ ways – the most important thing is to start somewhere and keep going. Progress, not perfection.

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection”

Mark Twain

 

Bone Broth

Bone broth is a nutrient-dense food that’s rich in vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect winter wellness food to help support your health during the cooler months. At The Source Bulk Foods, our bone broth comes in the powder form which, if we do say ourselves, is much easier to keep and consume. Using a dry spoon, simply stir one teaspoon of broth powder into one cup of boiling water. Add a few toppings like chopped herbs or ginger to really boost your immunity and serve. You can also use our organic beef bone broth turmericbeef bone broth or chicken bone broth in soups, casseroles, hotpots and sauces.

Wheatgrass

Have you ever tried wheatgrass? Made from the leaves of a freshly sprouted wheat plant (before the gluten forms), wheatgrass is packed with amino acids, minerals, vitamins and chlorophyll. Try our organic wheatgrass. It’s also a great way to add extra nutrients to your already healthy diet, especially in an afternoon pick-me-up Matcha latte.

Herbal Teas

At The Source Bulk Foods, we have a tea to suit every occasion or ailment. Many of our teas have a star line-up of immune-boosting herbs! Our organic licorice root and organic nettle leaf tea are also some great teas to add to your winter wellness tea collection. Like all teas at The Source Bulk Foods, this tea uses only the finest ingredients.

Turmeric Powder

Turmeric needs no introduction when it comes to immune-boosting foods. A member of the ginger family (another powerhouse spice when it comes to fighting colds), turmeric has been used in cooking and medicinally for millennia. This winter, up the ante and sprinkle this brightly coloured mild spice to your dishes daily – not only will it give your meal a boost of antioxidants, nutrients and minerals, but also a beautiful rich yellow tinge! Add turmeric powder to scrambled eggs, curries, hearty stews, casseroles, tofu or on all kinds of protein.

Keen to add some turmeric goodness to your morning breakfast routine? Try this Golden Oats recipe by @thrivingonplants.

Bee Pollen

How much do you know about bee pollen? Did you know it is said to be a superfood for humans, and that it consists of simple sugars, protein, vitamins, and minerals – all of which may make it a powerful immune-boosting food? In winter, add bee pollen as a topping to oats, soups, stews, casserole dishes, and slices. Then, in the warmer months when you’re looking to cool down, add bee pollen to smoothies, fresh juice, coconut water or sprinkle on yogurt, fruit salad, smoothie bowls, chia puddings or energy balls. Yum!

Legumes

Legumes are a big family of foods encompassing peas, beans, chickpea, and lentils. Also known as pulses, legumes provide protein, B vitamins, iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and are high in soluble fibre. Eating legumes during the winter months is ideal because they’re so versatile – you can use them in soups, stews, casseroles and even desserts! Plus, they’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is extracted from the fruit of the coconut palm tree and has a long shelf life and a very high smoking point, which makes it ideal for medium to high-heat cooking. It’s also very nourishing for the skin and beautiful addition to your winter wellness routine – both in cooking and beauty!

Sleep Routine

Don’t forget to prioritise sleep. When you sleep, your body goes into repair and rest mode, which does wonders for your health. Want to hack your wellness this winter? Here are a few tips:

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