Plastic-free periods for all

With 86% of the British public being worried about the impact of plastic pollution – and one pack of period pads containing the same amount of plastic as 5 carrier bags – we think people deserve choice when it comes to how they manage their periods.

It’s a #BloodyShame


of British people with periods buy their period products in the supermarket and major retailers like Superdrug and Boots.


Four of the 9 main UK retailers don’t stock a single plastic-free period product on their store shelves.


The number of supermarkets stocking the full range (plastic-free disposables, menstrual cups, period pants, reusable pads, reusable tampon applicators) in all their stores.

A recent UK survey told us that people who haven’t switched to #PlasticFreePeriods say that their main barrier was the lack of plastic-free products where they shop. It’s a #BloodyShame that supermarkets aren’t offering more plastic-free options. Especially, since most of them have signed up to support the UK Plastics Pact – an industry-wide initiative which says it aims to reduce avoidable plastic waste. Clearly the Plastics Pact is not holding up too well in UK supermarkets aisles!

We think that whoever you are, wherever you live, you deserve to have access to period products that don’t harm your health or the planet.

Be a Period Detective

We’re calling on UK retailers to start stocking plastic-free period products. And we need your help! Join us by becoming a period detective and finding out what’s available in your local supermarket. Share your findings on social media and tag the retailer so they know you’re onto them. We want to hear which retailers are supporting their customers to go plastic-free, and which need to up their game…


Upload a picture or video clip of your findings, tagging @citytosea_, the supermarket and using the hashtag a #BloodySuccess! If you find plastic-free options, but not the ones you wanted then let the supermarket know!


Upload a picture or video clip of you with the hashtag a #BloodyShame. Tagging the supermarket to tell them what you were after.


Thanks to the work of many Environmenstrual Coalition members and Ella Daish who ran this petition, some supermarkets are starting to get the message.

  • In the spring of 2020 Morrisons and Superdrug added plastic-free own-brand tampons and pads to their ranges.
  • Sainsburys and Aldi have both removed plastic from their own-brand tampons.
  • From the start of 2019 to the start of 2020 we’ve seen various major retailers add WUKA pants, Hey Girls, Bloom & Nora, Love Luna, DAME, Natracare, TOTM, Flo, Mooncup and Flux Undies to their shelves.

This is a #BloodySuccess and we want to see more where that came from!

We’re calling on ALL supermarkets to offer a FULL RANGE of products to people with periods. In ALL of their stores. So, get onto your local high-street and highlight which stores are a #BloodySuccess and which are a #BloodyShame!


Luckily, lots of retailers are offering much more choice online than in their stores. For those of you who get your groceries delivered online, check out our Online Retailer Guide. 

We lead busy lives and it is a bloody shame that we’re not being given choices when it comes to buying our period products on the go. We want to put an end to hidden plastics in period products, they’re totally unnecessary and choking our oceans

Natalie Fee

Founder, City to Sea


We’ve been campaigning on the issue for the last few years – find out more about what we’ve been up to and how to a have a plastic-free period.

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