It was here, during her career working in the WASH sector, where Fran’s personal drive and desire to change the period product landscape came about, after witnessing first hand the catastrophic environmental impact these products have on our waterways around the globe. Grace & Green was born to champion an alternative and innovative production model – transparent and authentic – and to develop a range of products that are effective as other brands on the market but kinder to women’s bodies, as well as the planet.
“Having worked in the water & sanitation sector for over a decade – I have witnessed the problem first-hand, but also felt entirely powerless to do something. We hear a lot about the surge of single-use plastic – straws, plastic water bottles, coffee cups – the list goes on. But throw-away period products are adding to the plastic epidemic at an alarming rate – not just here in the UK, but around the world.”
As well as their contribution to plastic pollution, a year’s worth of a typical menstrual product impacts on climate too, with a carbon footprint of 5.3kg CO2 equivalent.
Truth be told, we’ve been conned into thinking the problem of plastic packaging can be solved through better individual action. We’re told that if we simply recycle we’re doing our part. We’re told that if we bring and use reusable bags to the supermarket, we’re saving the world. We think that if we drink from a reusable bottle, we’re making enough of a difference. The truth is that we cannot recycle our way out of this mess – we need collective change and onus needs to be placed in the hands of large corporations who are manufacturing these products, and the government, to put targets and measures in place and to robustly regulate the industry.