Volunteers Sewing For A Good Cause – Elmbridge Project At Whiteley Village
Binti International is a charitable organisation that provides menstrual products and education to girls and women across the UK, India, US and Africa whilst, eradicating the stigma and taboo associated with periods.
Our vision: To create a world where all women have menstrual dignity.
A community based sewing project within Elmbridge Borough. The project will empower and unite the community to utilise and learn new skills through the creation of two products, period bags and tote bags. Both products will be made from donated fabrics and sustainable practice will be at the core of the project.
Within the UK 1 in 10 girls are unable to afford pads
We hope to tackle the issues surrounding accessibility to period products by providing a plastic-free alternative to collecting pads at food banks and schools.
Donations Enabled Set Up Of Elmbridge Project
Our partners’ kind and generous donations have allowed us to setup a local sewing project in Weybridge, Surrey, which will benefit many in the borough of Elmbridge.
Through the creation of this inter-generational sewing initiative, we will alleviate loneliness and isolation in the elderly community at Whiteley Village by engaging them with the young from local schools.
They in turn will teach the children sewing skills, and help Binti to provide a greener way of distributing disposable menstrual products in food banks and schools across Elmbridge.
These free reusable bags will help us to deliver menstrual products to vulnerable girls and women monthly.
The drawstring design will enable the user to hold a selection of mixed products that have been donated to us.
They will contain disposable pads, liners and tampons. (Reusable period products will be supplied where possible and moving forward).
Our project volunteers will also sew reusable tote bags. The bags designed from 100’s of different patterns of donated fabric will create a wonderful selection of shopping bags.
The Borough of Elmbridge is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030 and we are working towards that with plastic free bags and reusable menstrual products.
Creating green periods for future cycles.
The success of this pilot project will help us to replicate and scale for other sections of the community including vulnerable women from low income communities and local schools.
The photos on this page show the volunteers at the first 2 sessions at Whiteley Village. One image (below) shows the oldest and youngest Ambassadors for the Binti Charity!