Not Alone

Women’s Aid have a new fundraising campaign: a T-shirt or tote bag with the slogan ‘NOT ALONE Women’s Aid’ on the front.

I would like to do more to help Women’s Aid but so far I have been unable to find the right avenue of approach. In other words, finding the right contact and getting a response is proving to be a challenge.

However, I do believe there are many paths to a single destination. Hence, this blog post. It won’t tell you what domestic abuse is but then if you’re either a survivor or have worked in the field you will know.

Instead I will tell you about another area where I know I’m not alone. This time it is to do with waste streams.

Yesterday, I went into a branch of a well-known coffee chain and noticed that they had ceramic coffee cups instead of single use plastic-coated ones. The people proudly told me that the chain was rolling this out to all outlets by the end of the year, so we decided to stay.

Unfortunately, my joy was short-lived as my iced coffee came thus:

At least the straws are paper!

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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18 Responses to Not Alone

  1. it’s an uphill struggle (for both causes) – keep on keeping on

  2. Eradicating single use plastic is such a long drawn out battle – but every bit helps! I presume they use the ceramic cups in-house only, or are they for take-out too?

  3. Good to see they’re doing something. Let’s hope the plastic straws are next!

  4. skyeent says:

    My response to that pic was ‘oh dear’ as well!
    I hadn’t heard of womens aid before. A while ago I managed to find a contact at refuge to send some make up and toiletries to (free on non sold magazines). They said they could help people have a little joy in a difficult situation, I hope so. I’ve stopped getting those sorts of magazine now…

  5. The ceramic cups sounds like a winner!

  6. Yes I’ve been struggling with the contradiction of coffee shops reducing single use cups but going overboard with the plastic for frappes etc!!

  7. thankfully all the island cafes etc. use proper cups and glasses, reuseable plastic mugs for children, take away is in plastic but a lot of islanders have their own vacum mugs with lids, I still get a shock when I go on the mainland and I am confronted with so much plastic,
    it’s a good idea to support places that do use no or less plastic and take your own lidded mug for take aways, Frances
    you could try asking to have your drink in a non disposible cup/glass,

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I could see if they will do iced coffee in a mug instead. They did put one in my own reusable coffee cup on a previous occasion and I would have asked for the same this time, except that they had just told me they now used ceramic mugs for their drinks.

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