Plastic is, quite literally, everywhere. We are already aware of the twelve million tons of plastic pollution that surge in to the oceans every year, but that isn’t the whole story. Traces have been found from deepest sea trench to highest mountain, in the water that comes from our taps, and circulating in the air that we breathe.
There is an increasing awareness among consumers that the products we have in our homes are in some cases impacting negatively on our health. It’s been estimated that 90% of UK homes have carpet, more than any other country – but how much do we know about the carpets we buy?
If you are someone comfortable with using 100% cotton tampons and know you shouldn’t be disposing of them down the toilet, there is likely to be a struggle to not just throw them in the bin already sitting in your bathroom.
Last Week, WEN’s amazing Live Well Project Coordinator, Clyo Parecchini got cooking at Limborough Hub to promote next year’s Live Well course. The Live Well team decided to make pizza because who doesn’t love pizza!
Find out how to have a #WEnderfulXmas in this seasonal blog. Follow us on Instagram during December too, for more tips too. By Alice Larsson, Volunteer
Being SustainAPPle with a smartphone
Smartphone users are everywhere and it’s time we harnessed that screen time to make it count for the environment. There are more ways than you think that can help you make a difference in the palm of your hand, check out these four (free) pioneering apps
By Alice Larsson, Volunteer
I’ve been volunteering with WEN for two and a half months and it’s been such a valuable and fulfilling experience that I find it difficult to put it into words without reverting to every single cliché I can think of. Having written and rewritten this blog a thousand times, I’ve realised that I’m unable to escape the clichés, so I’ve decided to embrace them! So strap yourselves in, get your sick bowls at the ready, and prepare for the soppiest, mushiest blog you can imagine, as I use metaphors, idioms and hyperboles to describe my experience in WENderland.
In our new series of blogs we meet some of the women behind Women's Environmental Network. In this blog Julia talks about her work at WEN but also her passion for women's health and the environment.
"Through WEN we learn that environmental problems are not something very far away and abstract, but instead they're deeply personal and everyday. I believe the next big step towards a sustainable society is in recognising the fundamental link between human health and the environment"
The release of Climate Justice by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, is a valuable account and timely call to re-evaluate the effectiveness of approaches taken to tackle climate change. A must-read for all those in need of a good dose of hope-inducing, fight-inspiring call to action.
The first year of Live Well courses has just ended and I must say I have been super lucky to be involved in this project that bonds healthy cooking with organic vegetables you can grow at your home - by Live Well Project Coordinator Clyo Parecchini
The ability of gardening and growing your own food to inspire learning and discovery of common ground between people coming from different contexts is the driving force behind the Soil Sisters project, which sees the Women’s Environmental Network partnering with five womens’ refuges across northeast London to deliver gardening sessions and empower the residents of each refuge to transform their gardens into beautifully productive and therapeutic spaces.
In Oxfam’s ‘Behind the Barcode’ supermarket scorecard, Aldi, Morrison’s and Lidl all scored 0% for their treatment of women, with Tesco at 5%, Sainsbury’s at 10% and ASDA 29%. It is a damning paradox that the people producing our food, even here in Europe, have to go without food themselves because they are simply not being paid enough. And that women – whose labour has been consistently and historically undervalued, underpaid or not even paid at all – are coming out worse, even in these already low standards - by Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East and member of both the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) and Environmental Audit (EAC) Select Committees.
Once you've encountered WEN, it never quite leaves you…..right from the start, working at WEN was quite a change; I'd never worked anywhere before with a wormery, nor had had menstrual leave written in to my contract, nor enjoyed a place of work where any biscuits brought in for meetings were always organic!
Interview with Gabby Edlin, founder of Bloody Good Period, talking to us about all things menstrual. Gabby talks openly and honestly about her experiences setting up a charity and being a member of the Environmenstrual Coalition.