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Could compostable toilets be the future?

When waterless toilets are mentioned you might picture scenes from I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here – but hear us out. WooWoo Waterless toilets specialise in compost toilets which make for a great eco-friendly and sustainable way to go to the loo. Plus, they’re much more advanced than what you initially imagine. We caught up with Martin Doyle from the brand to find out more. “The main toilet we sell is made by Separett of Sweden, who have been designing and manufacturing waterless toilets for 40 years. They’re classed as urine-diverting because they separate the outputs into liquids and solids (without mixing them) and deal with each area separately, simply and naturally. The original idea came from the Swedish weekend cottages – people had these idyllic homes on the edges of lakes and in forests, but no sewage connections and often little or no running water. Going to the toilet usually meant going in a bucket – not the most pleasant experience, plus the fact that someone had to do something with the buckets of human waste that built up. Separett realised that there must be a better and natural way of addressing this and developed their first separating, waterless toilet 40 years ago.”

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Cooking up a storm

As we all seek to live more ethical and sustainable lifestyles, College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) have relaunched and expanded their Natural Chef and Vegan Natural Chef courses to meet this growing demand. If you fancy a career change, or simply want to learn more about non-toxic and organic cooking, studying on one of these courses could be the perfect solution. With dedicated, state-of-the-art, plastic-free kitchens, a culinary herb garden and zero-waste aims, CNM put sustainability at the heart of their principles. Abiding by a set of ecological and green ethos, students are encouraged to choose locally-sourced, seasonal produce, and are educated on the benefits these can bring to overall health. With students and graduates such as Camilla Hansen, Bruno Babolin and Madeleine Shaw, CNM is accredited in many different countries, so graduates can practice and share their expertise across the globe. Alongside Natural and Vegan Natural Chef, CNM offers both diplomas and short courses in acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine and homeopathy, with internationally recognised qualifications.

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Hello, Most women can remember their first period. Maybe you were lucky enough to have someone comfort and reassure you during yours, or maybe you worked things out for yourself. Either way, for a lot of women, from that first period onwards, it’s a monthly event that is shrouded in shame. A hush-hush secret between friends, a missed PE lesson, a surreptitious tampon passed underhand from a colleague, a sanitary pad shoved up a sleeve, a handbag conspicuously carried to the bathroom – for something perfectly natural, experienced by 50 per cent of the population, why the stigma? We spoke to the brilliant illustrator Hazel Mead (p20) about period shame and how, with her clever drawings, she is breaking taboos and opening up the conversation. Her pieces challenge misconceptions around real topics – like feminism, sex and periods – and she is a passionate campaigner against period poverty. Like Hazel, it’s about bloody time we put an end to the humiliation and mystique around our periods, and liberated ourselves by talking about them honestly and openly. Aside from the emotional impact of periods, they create some shocking environmental damage, too. While we’re all trying our best to use our keep cups and Tupperware, we need to consider the footprint of our sanitary products. Each pad used is the equivalent of four plastic carrier bags – a female uses on average 11,000 throwaway period products in a lifetime, so, if these are all pads, that’s equal to 44,000 carrier bags. Fortunately, there are some great alternatives which are better for the planet and your pocket, too – find out more on p80. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor