12-19th October 2019
Periods are a hot topic this week and for good reason! I’m taking part in the Environmenstrual Week of Action #EWOA2019.
Join us in breaking the taboo & demanding healthy, eco-friendly periods. Now’s the time to take #PeriodAction
This campaign sets out to get people talking about periods and how our choices have and continue to impact the environment. The campaign is led by the Women’s Environmental Network who have done a fantastic job raising awareness so far.
So here are some facts:
● Up to 2 billion menstrual items are flushed down Britain’s loos & these can often end up on our beaches.
● In the UK, the use of tampons, pads & applicators generates 200,000 tonnes of waste per year!
● The average menstruating person throws away up to 200kg of menstrual products in their lifetime?
● 4 pads, panty liners and backing strips & 1 used tampon and applicator can be found per 100m stretch of beach!
Shocking right?! I think so. I switched just under a year ago from conventional pads and tampons to a menstrual cup. In that year, I have only had to buy emergency supplies once! Even then, I felt terrible and made sure I bought the most organic product available to me. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I know that in some places it is sheer privilege to able experience a waste free period. The initial cost of the products can be high. If you have the means to do so, I would strongly recommend at least looking into alternative options. We as women, did not ask for this monthly gift and we as children most likely were never introduced to any form of sustainable menstrual product. It is now our responsibilty to change this.
The key to success is education. Educate yourself, educate your friends, educate your family. Take a look at ALL of the options. It really isn’t a one size fits all scenario there are so many options avaiable:
Tampons and Pads
Conventional tampons and pads are full of chemicals and toxins that really aren’t so great for our bodies. They’re also wrapped in plastic, usually have plastic applicators and can contain plastic within them. Not to mention, they take FOREVER to degrade.
There are lots of alternatives in the market right now. Don’t be afraid to look them up, watch some videos and read some reviews. You won’t know unless you try!
Reusable cloth pads: washable, absorbant, usually able to buy in various sizes and designs
Menstrual Cups: Small medical grade silicone cup with stem. Inserted into the vagina to collect blood. Different brands vary, however usually wearable for up to 12 hours.
Period Underwear: Regular looking pants with super absorbancy. Washable, reusable.
Menstrual Disc: Similar concept to a cup, sits slightly higher so can be worn during sex .
I hope this has been some food for thought!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! If I cannot answer them myself, I can possibly direct you to someone who can.
Lets take control and go plastic free!
*Facts, images and hashtags used in conjuction with WEN UK PR toolkit. This is not a sponsored post. I do not earn from any links clicked on this post.
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