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Margaret Atwood: 'If the ocean dies, so do we'

BBC News 3rd June 2018

The celebrated author Margaret Atwood has told a conference that humanity's future is linked to the survival of ocean ecosystems.

PLASTIC PROBLEM: Women's Environmental Network, are moving to campaign for "periods without plastic" - seeking a reduction in the use of disposable menstrual products, and more education around reusable options.

Periods and the planet: a revolution in eco-friendly menstrual products

The Ecologist 1st June 2018

The Women's Environmental Network is launching the Environmenstrual campaign - as it turns 30. This new coalition will bring together small companies, organisations and activists who want to ditch plastics and propel safe, sustainable menstrual wear into the mainstream once and for all, writes JULIA MINNEAR

Should I Flush My Tampon? What Your Sanitary Products Are Doing To The Environment

Huff Post, 9th May 2018

Could you use a reusable product instead? - Whether dealing with painful cramps, heavy bleeding, or awkwardly asking a colleague if they can lend you a tampon - the environment might not be the first thing on your mind during your period.  But your period is also wreaking havoc on the planet. The use of sanitary pads, tampons and applicators generates 200,000 tonnes of waste per year in the UK, according to the Women’s Environmental Network.

MENSTRUATION MATTERS

The Lead, 10th April 2018

Professor Jane Ussher at the University of Western Sydney confirms that period shaming is directly linked to secrecy and cultural taboos. She explains how across Australia, the major concern with periods is the fear of blood being seen. Dr Carla Pascoe, from the University of Melbourne, describes how sanitary product companies perpetuate period shaming by making the concealment of periods the focus of their adverts. Her study of the attitudes towards periods over the last 100 years, found that dealing with the embarrassment of periods has been more of a priority for women than dealing with their often painful symptoms.

PERIOD PANTS AND MENSTRUAL CUPS : THE ALTERNATIVE SANITARY PRODUCTS

Independent 2nd March 2018

While pads and tampons may seem like the most practical sanitary products to invest in, there are a number of alternatives that have recently emerged on the market that are far more affordable, comfortable and environmentally-friendly. 

Tampons, pads and panty liners amount to more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year.

In the present social climate, in which many people are beginning to show greater consideration towards the environment, perhaps it’s time for women to start experimenting with sanitary products that are more sustainable.

 
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why is there plastic in tampons? 

Huff Post 10th March 2018

“The plastic in tampons is an urgent problem that we need to address,” Kate Metcalf, Co-Director of Women’s Environmental Network told HuffPost UK. “Plastic doesn’t biodegrade when it reaches our oceans and rivers, it disintegrates into smaller pieces.  These ‘microplastics’ are having a devastating impact on marine life as they are injested by fish, birds and other marine life with fatal effects.” 

 
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A PLASTIC FREE PERIOD?

The Telegraph 14th March 2018

But on UK beaches there are nine plastic tampon applicators found per kilometre, according to the Women’s Environmental Network. Single-use plastics are common across popular tampon brands in applicators, packaging and even inside the tampons. The plastics that are found include both polyethylene, the most common form of plastic, and polypropylene, which is the plastic used in teabags and chocolate bar wrappers.

 

 

Only Women Bleed?

The act of menstruation is still very much viewed as a shared experience among women. It’s spoken about as ‘the woman’s curse’. However, what does this type of language mean for transgender individuals and how do they identify with this ‘female’ act? After all, many trans men menstruate and many trans women do not.

 

 

Never mind free tampons – schoolgirls need education about their periods

Guardian 16th March 2017 

No other area of school life relies on free samples or branded teaching resources. So why, when it comes to menstruation, have we ceded control to companies?

 

Half of UK women flush tampons away – this has to stop

Guardian 21st September 2016

It blocks drains and contaminates our surroundings. And it’s not just sanitary products that are causing problems.

 

Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients

Huff Post, 17th August 2013

Conventional sanitary pads can contain the equivalent of about four plastic bags! With everything we now know about the hazardous nature of plastic chemicals, this alone is cause for concern.