The Environmenstrual Campaign

by Women's Environmental Network in London, Greater London, England

Help us ensure school children & young people have access to independent period education - for healthy, eco-friendly #PeriodsWithoutPlastic

by Women's Environmental Network in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 25th June 2018 we successfully raised £6,194 with 175 supporters in 42 days

Welcome to #PeriodsWithoutPlastic Environmenstrual Campaign!

Will you help Women's Environmental Network  raise £10,000?

#PeriodsWithoutPlastic is aiming to lead a UK revolution for healthy, eco-friendly menstrual products.  To make it a success we need to raise £10,000 with a dream target of £18,000.  

So What's the problem?

 In a nutshell: Plastic, Waste, Health and Education:

  • Plastic

    In the UK the average menstruator uses over 11,000 disposable menstrual products in a lifetime – that’s a bus load of waste from just one person!  We want manufacturers to remove the plastic to make menstrual products bio-degradable
  • Waste 

    Up to 2 billion menstrual items are flushed down the loo each year, causing massive sewage problems – remember the Whitechapel fatberg? – we want all menstrual products disposed of appropriately.
  • Health 

    The majority of conventional menstrual products are non organic cotton and contain plastic – many of which are harmful to our health and the planet.  We want healthy, safe and affordable products that are widely available. 
  • Education

    There is little awareness around reusable and organic menstrual products in period education programmes, especially in schools.  Most education is carried out by big brands marketing their products, with little regard to our health and the planet.   We want a balanced education giving people an informed choice when managing their periods.


How do we solve it?

 Our environmenstrual campaign is multi-faceted but we are crowdfuding for these two key areas:

Environmenstrual Workshop Programme

We plan to launch an Environmenstrual Workshop programme in schools and universities across the UK. We are going to train people to become Environmenstrual Ambassadors that you too can be part of.  We will design an Environmenstrual Toolkit that can be used as a resource by schools free of charge.  We aim to create an information pack available for everyone to access to make a truly informed choice.

Our Environmenstrual workshops are informative, interactive and fun.  We explore the pros and cons of disposable and reusable menstrual products including the health and environmental impacts.  This enables participants to make an informed choice of which menstrual products to use.  Participants can become Environmenstrual Ambassadors to help spread the word, using our Environmenstrual Toolkits (keep checking back for details) and can get involved in the Environmenstrual Week of Action. 

 

Coalition and Week of Action

We are coordinating a coalition of organisations and businesses to come together in a Week of Action 

The Environmenstrual Week of Action will bring together a cohort of eco-menstrual organisations, companies, menstrual artists and activists across the UK to showcase Environmenstrual with the overall aim to educate the general public about the issues with non-organic disposable menstrual products and amplify the environmental messaging on sustainable menstruation.  Activities for the Week of Action will include creative pop-up events, informational & DIY workshops, film screenings, and more.


Other areas of the campaign include:

#PeriodsWithoutPlastic - take the pledge
WEN aims to improve availability, access and take up of sustainable menstrual products in the UK:  We will be encouraging people to join the campaign by taking the pledge to ditch the plastic from their periods.  We will send them top tips and some money off vouchers from some of our partners.  
 

With the support of our generous backers - we'll be able to expand our tailored workshop programme to reach thousands more women and girls, and make the Week of Action a reality for all people who menstruate! 

Find out why Julia Bradbury, TV presenter & Co-founder of The Outdoor Guide is supporting #PeriodsWithoutPlastic Environmenstrual Campaign:



What rewards can I get?


 Crowdfunder rewards:

Below is a list of rewards with a brief summary. Have a look and once you have found 'the one', head to the right-hand side of this page, click it and you're halfway there. 

Expected Delivery: You will notice on all the rewards that we have stated that the expected delivery is September. This gives us plenty of time to deliver on time (the last thing we want to do is have you waiting). As soon as this campaigns finishes we will be working round the clock to get all rewards out the door and delivered to you (September is worst case).

#1Pattern to make reusable pad (downloadable PDF).....£10


#2 1 box of organic tampons (16) by OHNE.....£10

#3 Loo Sticker & thank you card.....£15

(New design in progress)

#4  Divine Chocolate "Empowering Women" bar & thank you card.....£20

 #5 OrganiCup, Menstrual Cup .......... £20

#6 Fruit Beauty recipe book and thank you card.....£20

 

#7 WEN Bag & copy of Fruity Beauty recipe book.....£25

#8 Organic & Fair Trade Knickers by Project Pico Natracare Sample pack....£25


#9 Why Women Will Save the Planet book – 1st edition and thank you card .....£30


#10 Be Kinder to Your Vagina bundle - tote bag, mirror and tampons from TOTM ...£30

#11 Goodie bag SILVER - Natracare sample box, Weleda skincare products & loo sticker.....£30

#12 Ticket to WEN Film Club of your choice plus goodie bag on the evening.....£40

#13 Ticket to WEN Forum for 2 plus goodie bag on the evening.....£50

#14 Just launched - Why Women Will Save the Planet book - 2nd edition & thank you card.....£50

#15 Goodie Bag GOLD: Mooncup and Natracare sample pack, Weleda skincare products & Divine Chocolate.....£100

#16 Clean Beauty Goodie Bag ( selection of Weleda products).....£100

#17 WEN Membership for one year plus goodie bag.....£125

#18 Goodie Bag PLATINUM: WUKA reusable period underwear, reusable pad, Natracare sample pack, Weleda skincare products  & Divine Chocolate....£150

#19 Patagonia Rucksack filled with goodies.....£200

#20 Make your own Natural Cosmetics Workshop for 4.  2 hour workshop in Shoreditch, London, E2...£400

#21 Meal for 2 at Riverford at Duke of Cambridge, Organic gastro pub plus Riverford Organic fruit & veg box delivered to your home.....£500

#22 Live Well Cooking Course & tour of gardens for 1.....£500

#23 Bespoke Environmenstrual Workshop delivered at your organisation's offices, school, or university.....£500

#24 WEN Experience - We would like to invite you to an exclusive tour of our community gardens in Tower Hamlets.  You will also see the Live Well Kitchen and can partake in a cooking class too (dates to be confirmed).  You will also receive a VIP invitation for two, to the WEN Forum at the GLA, City Hall hosted by the Environment Committee.   This reward also includes a one year's membership to WEN, so you can be part of our growing network and future campaigns.....£1,000




***************************************************************************

Find out more about WEN and its campaigns:

Our ‘Environmenstrual’ Track record:

  • WEN was the first UK charity to talk about the health and environmental impacts of disposable menstrual products bolstered by our landmark publication ‘The Sanitary Protection Scandal’ in 1989 
  • We initiated the first nationwide ‘Bag it and Bin it’ campaign, to keep menstrual waste from being flushed 
  • We founded ‘Real Nappies for London’, the cloth nappy voucher scheme, now commissioned by 7 London boroughs 
  • We coined the term ‘Environmenstrual’ to describe our work linking menstrual waste and the environment 
  • 3 years of campaigning from WEN resulted in warnings about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) on tampon packs 

2016+ 

  • Our statistics on menstrual waste are regularly quoted by the media, most recently by BBC News (21.11.17) and the Huffington Post(10.03.18) and the Independent (02.03.18)
  • We have piloted our Environmenstrual Workshop Programme in schools and universities across the UK with very positive reception
  • We organised‘How Periods Can Save the Planet’ WEN Forum event and film screening on International Women’s Day 2017 in London, with speakers from Binti International, Flo tampons, Menstrual Matters and Mooncup 
  • We are producing a new edition of our Seeing Red Environmenstrual Briefing 


 

I want to get involved but I haven't got any money to pledge right now, what can I do?


 You can pledge as little as £5 and it will make a massive difference. However, if you can’t pledge there’s lots more you can do to help:

  • You can recommend our project to a friend, or an organisation you believe would benefit from our workshops.
  • Sign the Petition to demand that manufacturers to remove plastic from all menstrual products!
  • You can join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @wen_uk.
  • You can support us with skills and time. We are constantly looking for volunteers to help us. Get in touch let us know that you are keen to volunteer by contacting us at info@wen.org.uk).
  • You can sign up to our mailing list 

 Most importantly help us empower people who menstruate to make informed choices about their menstrual health by sharing our Crowdfunder page!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

EARLY BIRD - 3 Reusable menstrual pads with wings

Reusable menstrual pads with poppers to secure. Brightly coloured.

£10 or more

9 of 50 claimed

EARLY BIRD - 1 box of organic tampons

1 box of 100% organic cotton tampons (16) by OHNE

£10 or more

14 of 100 claimed

Divine "Empowering Women" Chocolate Bar & card

You will love Divine's Dark Hazelnut chocolate. The bar also highlights the important work by Divine and Kuapa to empower women cocoa farmer. The chocolate will come with a thank you card.

£10 or more

Pattern to make your own reusable menstrual pad

Why not have a go at making your own menstrual pad? We will send you the pattern and full instructions. It's really easy and saves the £££

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

EARLY BIRD - Cleansing Pads, Pouch, Washbag

This set provides the complete system for making it that bit easier and more convenient to use washable cleansing pads in place of wipes, cotton wool or tissues. Keep your pads in the handy pouch, store the used ones in the washbag and when you're ready, put them through the wash.

£15 or more

5 of 50 claimed

Environmenstrual Sticker

Help spread the word by sticking them onto the inside of toilet doors and in other locations to raise awareness about the alternatives to non-organic disposables.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

EARLY BIRD - OrganiCup Menstrual Cup

Menstrual Cup by OrganiCup

£20 or more

11 of 50 claimed

Fruity Beauty Recipe Book & thank you card

Get your hands on our Fruity Beauty Booklet - recipes to make your own skincare, haircare and household cleaning products. Lots of tips and ideas too.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

EARLY BIRD - Organic cotton Knickers & Natracare

Organic fair trade cotton knickers, made out of the softest cotton and natracare sample pack.

£25 or more

5 of 5 claimed

WEN Canvas Bag & Fruity Beauty Book

Get your very own WEN Canvas Bag with our logo and our "Women Taking Action for a Healthier Planet" graphic print plus our Fruity Beauty Book - recipes to make your own skin and haircare products and household cleaning products.

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

EARLY BIRD - Organic cotton Knickers & Natracare

Made out of the softest fairtrade organic cotton, you will love these knickers by Project Pico. Plus you will receive a Natracare sample pack.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

EARLY BIRD - Bundle of 10 Bio D Washing liquid

10 75cl bottles of Bio D low foam concentrated washing up liquid.

£30 or more

1 of 5 claimed

EARLY BIRD - Be Kinder to Your Vagina bundle

Be Kinder to Your Vagina bundle including tote bag, mirror and tampoons from TOTM

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

EARLY BIRD - Subscription to Ethical Consumer

Digital subscription to Ethical Consumer

£30 or more

6 of 10 claimed

"Why Women Will Save the Planet" book 1st edition

"Why Women Will Save the Planet" Edition 1 is a collection of articles and interviews, from some of the leading lights of the environmental and feminist movements, demonstrates that achieving gender equality is vital if we are to protect the environment upon which we all depend. A section is by our very own Co-Director Kate Metcalf and colleagues at WEN. You will also receive a thank you card.

£30 or more

5 of 40 claimed

Menstrual Goodie Bag - Silver

This little collection of goodies will include: Natracare sample box, Weleda hand cream and loo sticker* - these will come in a beautiful Weleda canvas bag with zip. *Help spread the word by sticking them onto the inside of toilet doors and in other locations to raise awareness about the alternatives to non-organic disposables.

£40 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Ticket WEN Film Club & goodie bag

You will receive a ticket to the WEN Film Club (of your choice) and you will receive a WEN goodie bag on the evening.

£50 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Why Women Will Save the Planet Book 2nd Edition

"Why Women Will Save the Planet" 2nd Edition is a collection of articles and interviews, from some of the leading lights of the environmental and feminist movements, demonstrates that achieving gender equality is vital if we are to protect the environment upon which we all depend. A section is by our very own Co-Director Kate Metcalf and colleagues at WEN. You will also receive a thank you card.

£50 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Ticket to WEN Forum for 2 & goodie bag

You will receive 2 tickets to a WEN Forum event of your choice. The WEN Forum includes speaker panel, Q&A session, sometimes film screening, complimentary refreshments and nibbles. You will receive your goodie bag at the event.

£75 or more

4 of 18 claimed

Clean Beauty Goodie Bag

This goodie bag will include a bumper selection of Weleda products and a copy of Fruity Beauty recipe book (to make your own clean beauty products). These will come in a gorgeous Weleda canvas bag with zip.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

EARLY BIRD - Meal for 2 Cafe Spice Namaste

Meal for 2 at Cafe Spice Namaste.

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Environmenstrual Goodie Bag - Gold

This little collection of goodies will include: Mooncup, Natracare sample box, Weleda skincare products and Divine Chocolate bar - these will come in a beautiful Weleda canvas bag with zip.

£125 or more

0 of 25 claimed

WEN Membership for a year plus extras!

WEN Membership for a year plus The Veg Growers Planner, 3 packs of seeds and a Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network canvas bag.

£150 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Environmenstrual Goodie Bag - Platinum

This bumper collection of goodies will include: Wuka period underwear, washable menstrual pad, Natracare sample box, Weleda skincare products, 2 bars of Divine chocolate - these will come in a beautiful Weleda canvas bag with zip.

£200 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Patagonia Rucksack filled with goodies!

Get this trendy rucksack for all your adventures and cover the costs of an Environmenstrual Workshop! The bag will come with a copy of Why Women Will Save the Planet (1st edition) and a couple of Weleda products.

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Make your own Natural Cosmetics Workshop

Fruity Beauty workshop (make your own natural cosmetics) for one person + three friends. The workshop will last 2 hours and take place in Shoreditch, London E2

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Meal for 2 @ Riverford Duke of Cambridge & Veg Box

Enjoy a meal for 2 at Riverford at The Duke of Cambridge plus receive a Riverford fruit and veg box, delivered to you at home. About The Duke of Cambridge: The organic gastro pub is in the heart of urban Islington and now complements Riverford’s Field Kitchen restaurant on the family farm in Devon – contrasting places that both celebrate exceptional organic cooking, using ingredients of impeccable provenance.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Cooking Course & Gardening Day

Join Live Well Cooking course - learn and try new recipes, spend time in the community garden and enjoy a delicious lunch at the end.

£1,000 or more

WEN Experience

We would like to invite you to an exclusive tour of our community gardens in Tower Hamlets. You will also see the Live Well Kitchen and can partake in a cooking class too (dates to be confirmed). You will also receive a VIP invitation for two, to the WEN Forum at the GLA, City Hall hosted by the Environment Committee. This reward also includes one year's membership to WEN, so you can be part of our growing network and future campaigns.

Got an idea like this?

Our crowd has raised over £55 million for bright ideas and good causes.