Women’s Environmental Network; Environmenstrual Campaign

I’m hugely excited to be working with the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) and City to Sea as an Environmenstrual Ambassador! I will be bringing period education to groups, schools and communities around London. So if you want to know more about plastic free periods get in touch! It’s time for period action. #RethinkPeriods

Through my work as an ambassador for Environmenstrual I’m aiming to make healthy, eco-friendly menstrual products the norm through education and taking action via:

  1. Raising awareness that conventional single use period products contain plastic and other harmful chemicals
  2. Encouraging women, girls and people who menstruate to try  reusable menstrual products or to use organic plastic-free disposable options
  3. Mainstreaming the conversation about periods and breaking down the taboo 
  4. Educating people on how flushing menstrual products can cause sewer blockages and pollute rivers, lakes, seas and beaches
  5. Calling on mainstream period products manufacturers to remove plastic and chemicals from their products

The Environmenstrual campaign is also helping to tackle period poverty. Sadly 10% of girls in the UK cannot afford menstrual products. Thanks to some inspirational campaigning (Free Periods Campaign) schools and colleges can NOW order free period products for their students through a new government scheme.

Being able to access free period products in school can have a huge impact on a young person’s ability to participate in their education and therefore reach their full potential. For some, this new scheme may mean the difference between attending school or staying at home when they have their period.

 

Thames Litter Surveys

It’s a big moment.. Saturday marked the first ever Estuary Edges litter survey on the Thames Estuary. But what does this mean? Well my dear Londoners, strap in.

If you haven’t read any of my previous posts, you wont know that I am the Thames Estuary Edges Officer. Estuary Edges are a series of works initiated by the Environment Agency in the ‘90s that aims to replace brick, concrete and metal tidal walls with natural habitat such as reeds to encourage biodiversity and SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) along the River Thames. These precious green infrastructure sites had never before been monitored for their ecological value, or for how litter interacts with the reeds. This is where my role comes in (hair swish..)

Thames21 (a charity that focuses on educating the public on litter pollution), volunteers and myself completed the first litter survey of 2020 at Battersea Estuary Edges site. For all the nerds out there; we used 1 x 1m quadrats along a transect line that spread across the whole site. The plastics were then categorised by size e.g. macro and micro plastics.

This survey programme will assess types of litter at the Estuary Edges reedbeds, influencing future designs to prevent litter collecting at the sites. We hope this research will encourage more Thames waterside developers to implement these biodiverse habitats!

Nurdle Cool at All…

Ok so a shit title from me.. Sorry. Desperate measures.

Ever heard of a Nurdle? Let me (no doubt) enlighten you… Nurdles are small plastic pellets that all plastic products are made from. Now, these bad boys on the beach and in the ocean are a real problem because toxic chemicals attach to them and wildlife are at risk of eating them. This causes thousands of wildlife deaths every year. See a nurdle? Pick it up to prevent a hurdle for wildlife.

For more information: https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events/gbbc?platform=hootsuite