Because we can’t carry on like this
Did you know that a single disposable pad or tampon takes longer to degrade than the lifespan of the woman who wore it, in fact, it can take up to 800 years! Or that 4.3 billion disposable menstrual products are used in the UK every year equating to 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste hitting UK landfill per year? Unlikely to come up in a pub quiz, we know, but still important.
The good news is, making the switch to more eco-friendly periods is easy.
Less landfill = More smugness
Disposable products used per month, per household
Recommended amount of reusable pads
Disposables kept out of landfill in 1 Year
Disposables kept out of Landfill in 3 Years
|*22 = 1 Woman||6 – 12||264 Items||792 Items|
|44 = 2 Women||12 – 24||480 Items||1440 Items|
|66 = 3 Women||24 – 48||792 Items||2376 Items|
*The Absorbent Hygiene Products Manufacturers Association (AHPMA) estimate that on average a woman uses 22 tampons or pads per month, and that she will use around 11,000 in her lifetime
More reasons to make the switch
The average menstruating woman uses 22 disposable sanitary products per period. Why not save your cash for something better? We vote ice cream.
We can’t let big brands dictate how we manage our bodies. Let’s keep the conversation flowing, and together we can help each other find #anewwaytoperiod