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The five Rs of sustainability

Jon Kahler investigates the reality of committing to an eco-friendly lifestyle

When the idea of sustainable living enters people’s minds, images of secluded houses on permaculture plots of land spring to mind. Living off-grid and isolated from the happenings of the world, this is seen to be living the quintessential ‘sustainable life’. However, most of us find ourselves trapped in the confines of urban sprawls, surrounded by industrialised complexes and swathes of traffic. While existing in modern society, it seems as if living sustainably is just impossible. So, that begs the question – in such a world, is sustainable living achievable?

If you’re wanting to be a sustainable soul, there is no need to quit your job and buy a small farm – though that is an option, too. Every day we have the capacity to make changes to the way we live that contribute to a more sustainable way of life. We can refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. These five Rs serve as the stepping stones for positive lifestyle changes and they can also be applied to larger, more habitual practices, too.

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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