tampon safety campaign
One of our very first campaigns focused on demanding changes to the way tampons are produced and sold. We campaigned to raise awareness about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and demanded that industry be more responsible regarding the health impacts of their products. In response to our pressure, it became a legal requirement for all tampons sold in the UK to carry a warning about TSS on the packaging. In 1993, we managed to make the required wording of the TSS warning stronger and clearer, making sure women could be in no doubt about the health risks associated with tampon use.
sanitary protection disposal campaign
The ultimate goal for menstrual health is for all women to use reusable menstrual products (like menstrual cups or reusable pads) but WEN believes in starting where people are and working with their needs and desires, not against them. So in the early 1990s WEN started the Sanitary Protection Disposal Campaign, which worked towards safer disposal of single-use sanitary products. WEN spearheaded the Bag It & Bin It steering group and campaign, which aimed to stop tampons and other sanitary waste ending up in UK seas and rivers. The campaign was supported by diverse groups across the UK, including the UK water industry, environmental organisations, government agencies and sanitary protection manufacturers. The campaign logo - which encouraged consumers to 'bag and bin' their sanitary waste instead of flushing it down the toilet - was featured on the packaging of major sanitary protection brands.