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Inspired by the adversities in her past, Ruby Raut creates an eco-friendly alternative for women on their periods 

Imagine being banished to a poorly ventilated, claustrophobic, unhygienic cattle shed for 4-7 days at the beginning of your transition to puberty.

As a woman, imagine being told you can’t touch cattle, green vegetables, plants or the opposing gender due to a natural part of life. Menstruation.

Some fear these actions will anger a god or goddess and people, livestock and crops would be destined to die.

For the western world, it’s quite a bizarre concept, however this is the reality for the Nepalese women whose families practice Chaupaddi. In 2005, this tradition was deemed illegal, but to this day the practice still continues, especially in the western part of Nepal where this takes place every month.

Chaupaddi is a social tradition where women are sent to either a menstrual hut or…

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Supporting Sustainable StAlbans Week

Community, business, school, faith groups


Send us your logo!

The organising team are preparing for Sustainable StAlbans Week 21-29 April 2018- only 20 weeks away!

We are inviting groups to send us their logo  to show their support for the week. If you belong to a local group e.g. parents’ group; residents association; campaign group, local business – please have a chat in your group about the Week. If you want to support, please send us your logo email sustweek AT transitionstalbans DOT org.

Register an activity/event

To organise an activity for the Week, download the Registration Form and send it back by 15th Jan – See here for form

Freelance Communications Role – Closing Date 5pm Monday 27th November

The team of volunteers behind SuStAinable St Albans Week is looking for a freelance Communications Contractor to help ‘get the word out’ about this award-winning week. For details see

#SustWeek18 Supporting Groups at 24th November 2017

Autumn Training Sessions now available

BunningsTiCstallpicFor the second year runing we are able to offer free training sessions on using the Thermal Imaging Camera in both St Albans and in Harpenden.

We’ve been letting people know more about the camera today at our stall in Bunnings, St Albans.

Following the short training session, you are able to borrow the camera FREE – and use it to check where the energy and heat is leaking from your home. Many local residents have already benefited from using the camera.

Heat does not always escape from the most obvious places – but even seeing it pour out of your letterbox can be motivation enough to start doing something about it.

It’s not just heat, but money that is escaping too!

There are some inexpensive ways to stop the heat escape, and save on your energy bills, once you know where to focus. Insulation can be the first step, or even draughtproofing doors and windows where identified.

See dates below on the flyer, and go to the Thermal Imaging Camera on our website to find out more and to book your FREE training session click here to see

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Sustainable Saturday 7 Oct

Food for Thought? Enjoy a late Saturday afternoon 3-5pm with cake, conversation and inspiring speakers at the wonderful Courtyard Cafe.

Click here to book Food for Thought

  • Ruby Raut – Food Waste

  • Mary Barton – Vegan Health & Strength

  • Nicola Wyeth – Harpenden #RefusetheStraw

  • Andrew Allen: Working on the Land

More events and stalls on day at St Albans Saturday market. See St Albans Food and Drink Festival events website click here

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Sustainable Saturday 7th Oct – Food and Drink Festival

We are delighted to announce Sustainable Saturday at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival – full of events, stalls and things to do.  See below and  festival website 7th Oct for details

Market stalls on the day include EatWholefoods Cobbled Kitchen VegeTable;  Box LocalDizzy Bee..

Book events click links below

11am – 2pm: Come and Grow   See  *new* Incredible Edible Community Food Garden in the heart of the city centre. Grow something, pick something, learn about growing your own, or just drop by to see the garden and find out more. Civic Centre St Peter’s St, St Albans AL1 3JE


From 12pm:  Vegan Afternoon Tea savoury and sweet finger food, with locally grown ingredients where possible. The Green Kitchen,419 Hatfield Rd St Albans AL4

2-4pm: FoodSmiles St Albans Open Day.  Come along for a free tour of this organic community growing farm in Harpenden. Tea and vegetable cakes provided. Hammonds End Farm, Redbourn Lane, Harpenden AL5 2AY

3-5pm: Food for Thought: Transition St Albans present an informal afternoon of cake and conversation about the impact of food on the environment – with guest speakers (i) Ruby Raut: food waste   (ii) Mary Barton: Vegan eating:  (iii) tbc.  The Courtyard Cafe, 11 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 3RR

N.B. Volunteers needed for Sustainable St Albans stall: if you are interested in helping our stall on the day Sat 7th October please let us know email us click here

Transition St Albans is very pleased to have helped make Sustainable Saturday happen, raising awareness of the impact of food on our environment.









Transition St Albans AGM Wed 20th Sept

Transition St Albans AGM 2017
AGM Wed 20 September
7pm for 7:30pm start.

Speaker Emma Tyers #StAlbansRefusetheStraw

All welcome to join us
Venue: The Club room at The Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL

Agenda – to include

Refreshments available from 7pm
7:30pm: Formal Business- Elections and Accounts.
7:45pm Highlights of what TSA has achieved this year. Update on TSA name change and charity status

8:15pm Short (10mins) film on plastic pollution, then…


#StAlbans Refuse the Straw ca
mpaigner Emma Tyler will talk about her successful local campaign to get local businesses to stop using plastic straws – with opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

8:45pm More refreshments, informal chat and networking.

Open Food Garden this Sunday 20 August

Sun 20th August: 23 Gresford Close, St Albans, AL4 OUB – Drop in any time 3-5pm.

Come alongto be inspired to grow your own – bring a friend or neighbour! The Open Food Garden events are relaxed and informal and a great way to spend an hour at the weekend.

Food is grown in both the back and front gardens. In the south facing front garden there is a mixture of fruit, vegetables and herbs, growbags for tomatoes. The multi-purpose back garden, which also incorporates shaded seating areas, planting to attract wildlife and a small pond, is about 10 metres square. It includes three raised beds where vegetables, minarette fruit trees, soft fruit trained on fences and herbs are grown.

Discover growing your own!

There are several water butts and compost bin. The house has solar panels.

Gresford Close is a cul de sac, with limited street parking. Buses go along Hatfield Road, stopping at Colney Heath Lane.

Suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds

For more information see