Did you know that a staggering 4.3 billion disposable menstrual products are used in the UK every year?
This creates a huge amount of avoidable waste with much of it being plastic!
A ‘conventional’ box of menstrual pads contains around the same amount of plastic as five carrier bags. Depending on where it ends up as waste, it could have a longer life-span than the person who uses it! What’s more, although NO period products should go down the loo, it’s estimated that every single day in the UK about 700,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million pads are flushed down the toilet – many of which block our sewer systems and escape into our rivers and seas… Flushed plastics make up around 6.2% of beach litter in the UK. Menstrual products are the fifth most common item found on Europe’s beaches, more widespread than single-use coffee cups, cutlery or straws. Plastic debris kills more than a million seabirds and over 100,000 marine mammals every year.
How to get involved
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
To help you work out which product might suit you best we’ve put together a page dedicated to answering questions about these products, supported by lots of different reusable product experts. You can also find discount codes here! If you’ve got any other questions feel free to ping them over to us on Twitter or Instagram.
We expect companies to disclose exactly what we’re putting in our bodies in terms of food and cosmetics, so why won’t menstrual product manufacturers disclose what’s in their products? Independent product-testing results has revealed that ‘conventional’ period products aren’t just bad for our wildlife, but also for our bodies.
Non-organic disposable products have been found to contain toxic chemicals like BPA and BPS, and petrochemical additives – known endocrine disrupting substances which have been linked to heart diseases and cancer. This doesn’t sound like something you want to be putting in an area of the body with high blood flow and absorption!
What we've done so far
52% of people aware of our ‘Plastic Free Periods’ campaign have subsequently stopped using plastic menstrual products altogether and almost three-quarters (70%) tell their friends and family about plastic free period alternatives.
Help us turn the tide on periods
As the world wakes-up to the impact of plastic pollution caused by single-use bottles and packaging, there is another, potentially bigger issue lurking around our coasts. One that old fashioned taboos often prevent us from talking about - period product pollution.
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