Problem: Every year, ~200,000 tons of menstrual waste ends up in landfill in the UK alone. As conventional disposable pads are riddled with plastic, they sit in landfills for about 800 years – one packet contains as much plastic as 5 plastic bags. Tampons are mostly made of cotton, but some contain polyester components and ~6% plastic, although this can vary. The string, the wrap around each tampon and, most importantly, the applicator are usually plastic as well. Considering that each person who menstruates uses over 11,000 period products in their lifetime, you can only imagine what this does to our environment. Meanwhile, menstrual waste is the 5th most common item found on Europe’s beaches. Yikes.
Solution: Made from 100% hypoallergenic medical-grade silicone, menstrual/period cups last up to 10 years and since you only need ONE, you save our planet a LOT of waste! But also 100% certified organic cotton period products that are free of toxic chemicals or bleach, like our panty liners, pads, and tampons wrapped in recyclable paper that come either without applicators or with biodegradable cardboard applicators, are 100% biodegradable and save our precious planet!
Other plastic-free alternatives include period underwear and washable pads made from natural materials such as organic cotton or bamboo.
Were you aware of the health risks and the environmental impact caused by conventional period products that contain plastic? Spread the word, you may inspire your friends to switch to plastic-free alternatives and contribute to a better tomorrow 💚