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Environmenstrual Cloth Pad Workshop

Environmenstrual Cloth Pad Workshop with Sunny Jar & Women’s Environmental network, WEN, poplar union, eco workshop, make your own sanitary wear, sanitary pads and the environment
Environmenstrual Cloth Pad Workshop with Sunny Jar & Women’s Environmental network, WEN, poplar union, eco workshop, make your own sanitary wear, sanitary pads and the environment

Have you been curious to try a menstrual cup or reusable pad but not known who to ask? Want to know more about the different options and how you can make your periods plastic-free? Join Sunny Jar Eco Hub and Women’s Environmental Network (Wen.) online for a free Environmenstrual workshop!

What to expect

Sunny Jar and Wen will break down any taboos and encourage a relaxed and informal chat about our monthly flow, looking at the alternatives to mainstream disposable products. You will cover a wide range of subjects including discussions around menstrual cups, reusable pads and period pants, as well as plastic-free disposables.

You’ll also make our own reusable sanitary pad from materials you have around the house or that are easily get your hands on, with either hand stitching or using a sewing machine (if you have one). Making your own sanitary pads is one of the cheapest and simplest ways to start your plastic free period journey.

Group size limited to 15 people to allow lots of questions and chit chat!

Materials you will need:

1. Cotton fabric for the outer layer, which will lie next to your skin. You could upcycle things such as a cotton shirt, t-shirt, bed linen or similar.
2. Cotton terry cloth or flannel- for absorbent layers. This could be an upcycled towel or flannel clothing
3. Needle and thread
4. Optional water-resistant layer. Choose one of the following options.
5. Upcycling fleece (like a fleece jumper), an old mattress protector or real nappy cover.
6. PUL fabric, available online and in some specialty fabric shops (a waterproof, breathable polyester fabric)
7. A water-resistant natural fabric that you could try is a tightly woven wool (such as a wool blanket or felted wool), however it will make the pad thick and isn’t a popular option.
8. Optional closure, for pads with wings. Choose one of the following options.
9. Snaps/Poppers
10. Button
11. Velcro

Sunny Jar Eco Hub are proud Environmenstrual Ambassadors. Environmenstrual is a campaign run by WEN, raising awareness of hidden plastic and chemicals in conventional menstrual products and promoting reusable and organic options. Find out more about the campaign here.

About Sunny Jar Eco Hub

Sunny Jar is a social enterprise, founded by Maud and Linda, who aspire to make low waste living easy and accessible for all. We are on a mission to get Londoners rethinking their waste, reusing what they’ve got and up-cycling! All profits from our workshops go towards funding our community projects in East London.

Their booklet Live Low Waste is available here for a £3 suggested donation.

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About Women’s Environmental Network (Wen.)

Wen acts to achieve equality, justice and joy at the point where gender and environmental issues meet.

They work both in East London and nationally to support women and grass-root movements. Their mission is to achieve environmental justice and do this through providing women with equal access to knowledge, resources and opportunities to better their day-to-day experience.

Their work is diverse; whether it’s local food growing, green care in women’s refuges or their Environmenstrual campaign – all of their projects and campaigns have women and the environment at their heart.

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Please note, this event will be held virtually on Zoom. You will be emailed the Zoom log in details once you have booked your slot(s) and given all the information you’ll need before the session.

If you have any questions, please email info@poplarunion.com.