Updated: Mar 15
For many girls, and women, periods are an inevitable part of life. We don’t all like them, we don’t all prepare for them, some of us even BEG for them..(those who suffer from Endometriosis & PCOS). For around 1 week, every month we are CURSED, or blessed, with a reminder that our wombs are there and VERY MUCH in working order.
During this time, most girls and women resort to sanitary pads, or tampons to stay fresh and leakage free, but not all these products are safe. It is a well known fact that in your lifetime, you can spend £5000 on Menstrual products. £5000!!! between the ages of 13 (when the average teenage girls starts her menstrual cycle) and 50+ when a woman generally hits Menopause.
In your lifetime, you can throw away up to 200kg of products, that’s everything from panty liners to tampons, sanitary towels to packaging. YES….the packaging!!! This is where we need ALL cis women, teenage girls and Trans women to take note!!!!! You throw away SOOOOO much packaging, sanitary products and applicators that in the 2010s, most notably in 2017, there was a 130 TONNE solidified formation of waste that was blocking the London sewers. And one of the causes is the tampons and sanitary products that have been flushed down toilets across the city. It has been estimated that 1.5‐2 billion menstrual items are flushed down Britain’s toilets each year.
In Melbourne, Australia in April 2020 a 42 TONNE fatberg the size of a petrol tanker was discovered. Its unusually large size in relation to other Australian blockages (far exceeding the 2014 and 2016 Australian fatbergs) was blamed primarily on the shortage of toilet paper caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. They didn't include sanitary products in this conclusion, but that’s not to say that they weren’t a cause!!!
You may not be aware, but it takes a tampon longer to degrade than the lifespan of the women who wear it and the average woman will use over 11,000 disposable, one-time-use menstrual products in her reproductive lifetime. That's a lot of tampons.
Period Poverty is a growing epidemic across the world, and it’s because girls/women can’t afford basic necessities like sanitary products. In 2017 the Government created the #freeperiods campaign and now they have told English secondary schools to offer FREE sanitary products to teenagers from Year 7 upwards, as the average age of a young girl now starting their period can be as young as 11!!!
That makes us really upset, which is why we decided that one of categories we are eager to sell & promote is sanitary products.
So what are your options?? I hear you ask…??
Re-Usable sanitary products only need to be bought once, and you have them for a lifetime, and save you £1000s of in the long term.