Why aren’t plastic-free tampons and other period products the norm yet?
We are huge fans of Ella Daish and her campaign to make all menstrual products plastic free.
Here are a few period facts we’ve learned from Ella:
> Conventional period products contain up to 90% plastic.
> Even though they are used for between 4-8 hours, they take over 500 years to break down. That’s over 7 times the average lifetime of the person using them.
> A report by the European Commission found that period items are the fifth most common waste washed up on beaches.
> People still don’t know that these products are not flushable – 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads and 700k pantyliners are flushed in the UK every day.
> Not only do these products add 200,000 tonnes to landfills each year, the ones that end up in oceans and rivers contribute to the deaths of 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish.
It’s time to demand change.
Ella started a petition on Change.org calling for supermarkets to stock plastic-free alternatives and for manufacturers to stop the production of unnecessary plastic like tampon applicators.
More than 239,000 people have signed the petition already. Add your name today and share on social media using the hashtag #EndPeriodPlastic