PROTECT THE OCEAN EVERY MONTH WITH PLASTIC-FREE PERIODS
HELP US TURN THE TIDE ON Period plastic
We co-produced ‘Turning Tides’ to raise awareness of plastic pollution from period products and to empower people to make informed choices about what they put in their bodies every month.
Working with film producers and directors Lucy Hawes and Jo Guthrie, we created a short film featuring punchy visuals of coastlines and women surfing to highlight our deep and vital connection with the ocean and a soundscape recording of the sounds made by plastic pollution in the sea for maximum impact.
Plastic-Free Period Products
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your Period and the ocean
As the world wakes up to the impact of plastic pollution caused by single-use bottles and packaging, another, potentially bigger issue is lurking around our coasts. One that outdated taboos often stop us talking about. Plastic pollution from period products.
NEARLY HALF OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION LIVE BY THE COAST
It’s natural for humans to spend time on, in and by the water. We use the water for fun, to make a living, to challenge ourselves, to soak up the wellbeing benefits, and so much more.
One of the top 10 items found on the beach
Menstrual products are the fifth most common item found on Europe’s beaches, more widespread than single-use coffee cups, cutlery or straws.
86% of the British public are worried about the impact of plastic pollution on the coast
As a result, we’re encouraging people who love the water to help spread the message about this easy way to reduce our single-use plastic footprint.
We’re working with people who love the water to help spread the message about this easy way to reduce our single-use plastic footprint.
Who broke a world record by stand-up paddleboarding from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise awareness about nature connection, plastic pollution and protecting our mental health.
Whether we feel connected to the oceans or not, they produce over half the oxygen we breathe on Earth. They are precious to so many of us surfers, stand-up paddleboarders and swimmers for our wellbeing, but they are essential to all of us for sustaining our life on this planet. We can’t afford to let plastic pollution destroy them, and switching to reusable period products is one of the simplest ways we women can minimise our plastic footprint.
Founder of Marine Megafauna Foundation
These days we are being inundated with terrifying news about the environment and the state of our great oceans. If you feel helpless, you are not alone. But it is important to remember that we can all do our part in turning the tide. Once I started using reusable menstrual cups I never looked back. They protect me better than tampons or pads, they are great for someone who spends most of their day in the water, and they save me loads of money. Being a better steward of the environment starts with a series of small changes and this is certainly one that we ladies can get behind!
I support this initiative because our cycles, like the natural environment, shouldn’t fall victim to plastic products.
A national surf champion at the age of 15 and co-founded the #RiseFierce movement of cold-water swimmers.
I’ve had used period products land on my board and float past while I’m surfing. Not cool! To protect what I value – the ocean and my body – I choose plastic-free periods. I hope that this film highlights the connection between what we love – the ocean – and the products we choose in our everyday lives.
World champion freediver
The ocean has provided me with a lifetime of fun and opportunity, and I hope my children and future generations will have the chance to experience the same. One of the unique things we women can do to protect our blue planet from plastic pollution is to make environmentally sensitive choices when it comes to our menstruation products. Help turn the tide on #PlasticPollution by choosing #PlasticFreePeriods!
Team GB swimmer
As an open water swimmer the sea is a huge part of my life and I love the beauty of it. The fact that so much plastic is infesting our seas and ruining the ecosystems which exist within it is frightening and change needs to happen. I’m excited to be working with City to Sea to raise awareness around plastic in the ocean!
Professional surfer (SUP and Longboard). Currently ranked 7th in the world in SUP.
I’m supporting City to Sea’s #PlasticFreePeriods campaign because it’s important to spread the word about the damaging effects of single-use plastic on the environment. I’m from Hawaii and on this small island I can see first-hand the damaging effect that plastic is having on the beaches, ocean, mountains and jungle. It is literally killing and destroying the reef and animals in our precious and unique ecosystem. I want to be a part of this campaign to shine a light on this issue and share solutions on how to help.
Team GB surf ambassador
The ocean and my body have always been there for me since I can remember and now it’s time for me to be there for them!
That’s why I have chosen to back this campaign and say NO to single-use sanitary products FOREVER!
Organisation: City to Sea @citytosea_
Directors: Lucy Hawes & Jo Guthrie @1ucy_h_ & @jog
Producer: Lucy Hawes @1ucy_h_
Greg Dennis @gregwdennis
Rod Caetano @rodrcaetano
Courtney Spence @courtney.spence.life
Forrest Ladkin @forrestandsea
Nick Oahu @Nick.oahu
James Appleton @jamesappletonphotography
Janneman Conradie @janneman.conradie
Stephanie Teixeira @cisca.studio
Stacey Powers @tincanadventure
Rauri Cantelo @rauricantelo
James Partridge @thisispartridge
The Mill @millchannel
Nicole Duncan @nicoleduncan88
Jo Guthrie @jog
Alex Gregory @alexgregorycolour
Bethan Williams @bethancwilliams
Raj Davsi @rajdavsi
Sophie Hellyer @sophiehellyer
Nique Miller @nique_miller
Ruby Day @ruby_day
Cal Major @cal_major
Andrea Marshall @queenofmantas
Liz Deegan @lizdeegsedit
Jo Guthrie @jog
Harry Linden Johnson @harrylindenjohnson
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