Our mission is practical: to empower each other to manage our menstruation sustainably.
United Sustainable Sisters is a Tāmaki WRAP project that began through a community response to issues around accessibility to women's menstrual products. Through creating awareness and increasing access to sustainable menstrual options we hope to alleviate barriers and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Key project areas:
Equipping women with menstrual cups and cloth menstrual pads. Depending on circumstance, involvement and choice, these can be donated or purchased.
Sewing menstrual pads using a social enterprise model to create and distribution.
Awareness and education on reusable menstrual options.
A snapshot of achievements to date (correct as of July 1, 2017):
Equipped 95 women in Auckland with menstrual cups.
Created, tested and finalised our own menstrual pad pattern and sewing has commenced.
Facilitated workshops and seminars on reusable menstrual products in and around Auckland. We are especially focused on running workshops for our sisters in need. We are proud to run workshops at Auckland City Mission, New Zealand Prostitutes Collective and Lifewise, among others.
We host a closed Facebook group where women can support each other in their use of reusable menstrual products. The Facebook group is a great place to ask questions about reusable products in a safe, supportive environment and to promote awareness on reusable options.
Engaged with the health care sector in promoting reusable menstrual options by health professionals.
But none of this comes for free. While we have been blessed with an initial start up grant from Auckland Council Waste minimization fund, and are aiming to be sustainable in all that we do, we are not sustainable yet. If you would like to sponsor USS or make a one off donation please do so.
Additionally, we are in need of the following items:
Small soaps and flannels.
Petrol vouchers to help us get to workshops unable to be accessed via public transport (any of the following Z, BP, Caltex, valid in NZ, would be appreciated)
Stationary vouchers. This helps cover the cost of printing information sheets, posters, as well as products (like whiteboard markers) that we need to run workshops.
Our big goals:
For reusable menstrual options more accessible to women in Auckland, particularly women in need.
To become a social enterprise where we are economically sustainable in the long term.
To develop and pilot test an educational toolkit on reusable menstrual products for teachers, parents and girls in schools.
All donations for this project are appreciated.
Bank account: 38-9018-0090033-01
Reference: USS (surname)
If you would like to know more about United Sustainable Sisters and/or about reusable menstrual products please email us at email@example.com
At the heart of our waste education we encourage people to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ - to support this foundation we are encouraging people to reduce by ditching single use plastic bags as we see the damage they cause to marine life and our oceans. Also, the incredible amount of energy and resources that goes into making a single plastic bag that is used on average for only 20 minutes is extremely wasteful. We are working to raise awareness on the associated pollution issues of plastic bags and to eliminate plastic bags from our community through grass roots action. Look out for our reusable bag card incentive where you can get a free beverage at a local cafe for using a reusable bag. Currently active in Glen Innes and Panmure at selected retailers and cafes.
Look out for associated events for this campaign on our website events page or on our Facebook page.
For more information or if you would like to get involved please contact Dorthe : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reclaim Project
The Reclaim Project is a collective of waste based social enterprises based or connected to the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki region.
This means we utilize unwanted 'waste' materials and reclaim their value by restoring them, or, turning them into something new. We also create products / services that addresses a significant waste stream as a way to reclaim our environment.
Contact Tara: email@example.com or Nikki: firstname.lastname@example.org