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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.

 

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.