It’s official – plastic is a pain in the proverbial for everybody including the planet. It’s rabid and just like palm oil, it’s found in everything – right down to tea bags and feminine hygiene products too.
But how many women actually know their tampons and sanitary pads contain plastic in them? That’s what Bristol-based campaign group, City to Sea, ask in their awareness raising video, Plastic Free Periods! The short video, which you can view below, highlights that some sanitary pads contain up to four plastic bags worth of plastic.
Sanitary pads, the product favoured around the world, can in some cases be made up of about 90% plastic – containing as much as four supermarket bags. Tampons are predominantly cotton and rayon but have components made up of polyester materials. Many come individually wrapped with plastic applicators.
The average woman is estimated to use, and throw away, in excess of 10,000 of these in her menstrual lifetime.
During its annual beach clean-up weekend in 2017, the Marine Conservation Society found a large increase in sewage-related debris on British beaches – including hundreds of menstrual pads, tampons and applicators. The problem inspired City to Sea, a group fighting ocean pollution, to start a #PlasticFreePeriod campaign.
Plastic Free Periods’ goals are to empower people to make positive and informed menstruation choices, to raise awareness of reusable menstrual products and to reduce the amount of plastic being flushed down the loo!
Since launching their Plastic Free Periods! campaign, City to Sea have already reached over two-and-a-half million with their film on Facebook and more than 6,000 pupils with their live schools pilot.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea