Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe

This recipe is a fun one to experiment with different flavour combinations. You certainly don’t need to be a kid to enjoy it. The best part is that you get to skip the disposable packaging from store bought pop tarts and toaster pastries, and you can make a large batch to last all week long.… Read more »

Zero Waste Lunches for Back To School

In order to help you get ready for back to school, we’ve created this helpful list for you to prep the best school lunches completely waste free! Here’s a list of 10 items you can pack in a school lunch with zero-waste. 1. Sandwiches One of my favourite household items is my breadmaker. It’s a… Read more »

Spotlight: Island Essentials

Our local supplier of all natural shampoos, conditioners and soaps is a wonderful little company from Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island. Founded in 2006, what started as a soap making hobby quickly became a business, when Thrifty Foods (a local leading-edge grocery chain), listed the company’s bar soap line as their top natural bar soap.… Read more »

Lavender Sugar Cookies Recipe

I’m really excited to share this recipe. I’m kind of obsessed with lavender, and these cookies are a huge hit anytime I serve them. Ingredients 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup white sugar ¼ tsp baking powder ¾ cup butter, softened 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp dried lavender flowers (1 tbsp is… Read more »

The Best Beeswax Wraps

There’s lots of beeswax wraps to choose from out there these days. As someone who’s been doing zero waste for years now, I’ve tried quite a few and have really put them to the test over years of use. Here’s a review of the few brands I’ve used and how they held up over time.… Read more »

Summer Bean Salad Recipe

The weather has finally turned summer-ish, so I whipped up my go-to summer side dish, Bean Salad. It’s vegan friendly and the recipe makes a lot, so i like to bring it to a barbecue or camping with my family. It has a fresh lime vinegar-y taste to it. So if that’s something you’re in… Read more »

Marshmallow Square Any Cereal

This may seem obvious now, but I was making Rice Krispies Squares with my kids one day, and we didn’t have enough Rice Krispies cereal, so we subbed in some Cinnamon Toast Crunch and it blew our minds with how delicious it was. So I’ve tested it out in full, using the official Original Rice… Read more »

Spotlight: Live for Tomorrow Natural Cleaning Products

Our supplier of cleaning products is a perfect match for our ethics here at MapleStaple. We were excited to find Live for Tomorrow (LFT) right here in Vancouver. They’ve been making non-toxic, plant and mineral based cleaning products since 2007 designed with zero waste in mind. Their products come in small metal containers, or large… Read more »

Brew Your Coffee Waste-Free

With all the local roasters in Vancouver, there’s no excuse to sip a mediocre cup of coffee! We’ve sourced a number of local brands to provide us with both pre-ground and whole bean options that are completely package-free. Now that you don’t have packaging to worry about, we’ve put together our top tips for brewing… Read more »

Spotlight: AGRO Coffee Roasters

Our first local Vancouver supplier was in our own neighbourhood. Meet AGRO Roasters, started in 2016 by Marina and Dusty. “Really good coffee to us means coffee that is grown sustainably, harvested properly, and procured fairly and respectfully.” AGRO Roasters Marina was born and raised in Brazil, with coffee a major part of her life,… Read more »