From 16th-20th October, championing eco-friendly, healthy period products!  


The Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), the fab team behind Environmenstrual Week, has long championed eco-friendly period products – and we think that’s bloody important! Since 2017, our award-winning Plastic-Free Periods campaign has highlighted the hidden pollutants in period products and provided people with all the information needed to make informed choices about what they use. There are so many options out there now that are kinder to both the planet and your body like 

plastic-free period pads
  • Plastic-free, organic, compostable pads, tampons and liners such as Natracare products 
  • Menstrual cups 
  • Period pants  
  • Reusable period pads 
  • Reusable tampon applicators 

With a staggering 3 billion disposable period products used a year in the UK alone, we believe improving education and accessibility to planet friendly alternatives is key to making change and are working to provide people with periods with everything they need to make the switch 


One pack of standard period pads contain the same amount of plastic as 5 carrier bags and, with up to 2 billion period products flushed down UK loos a year, it’s no surprise that these are now the 5th most common single-use plastic item found on European beaches.  

That’s why we’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Natracare, working together to promote the benefits of all the plastic-free, organic period products they have on offer, helping more and more people have a plastic free period. Natracare’s products are stocked in independent retailers across the country as well as in chains including Waitrose, Ocado and Wholefoods, and online, and, with 10p from every pack of Natracare applicator tampons purchased across the UK going to City to Sea, it’s never been easier to choose better for your body and for the planet.  


Whether you’re looking to make a simple switch to plastic-free tampons and pads or want to give period pants a go, our Plastic-Free Periods campaign is here to help support you every step of the way with resources and information about how to choose a product that works for you and your body. We’re also big fans of Natracare’s Project #BeKind campaign which, by making a pledge, helps you learn simple ways to implement sustainable practices and commit to at least 30 days of practicing kindness to your body and our planet. Check it out! 

If you’re thinking of making the switch to plastic-free alternatives, there’s no better time than now – during Environmenstrual Week! And if you’re already having plastic free periods, help us spread the word and reach more people by sharing our Digital Toolkit.

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