TIME TO CLEAN UP OUR EARTH!

For too long we have been using single use items, and we're now seeing how destructive this is for our Earth, and our health.

Single use menstrual products can take hundreds of years to breakdown, and being made from mostly plastic, will never fully breakdown and become micro plastics. 

Not only that, disposables contain toxins and bleach that are skin absorbs and can have pretty serious health effects. Below we have more information on the dangers of disposables on our health and the impact on our Earth.

Thanks for reading! 

Facts on menstruation.

  • Women use more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime - based on average of 38 years of menstruation using 22 items of sanitary products per cycle, 13 cycles per year
     

  • Statista estimated that in 2016, an estimated 1.8 million women (aged 15+) in the UK used 25 or more menstrual towels a month.
     

  • Average menstrual flow is around 85g per cycle. Barely enough to fill a small teacup. Most women and people who menstruate will do so for on average of 38 years and have approx. 500 periods in their lifetime.
     

  • Each period can cost up to £41, that’s £492/year and £18,450 over a lifetime.
     

  • Disposal of single use menstrual products - tampons, pads and applicators generates 200,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Health impacts

  • Despite changes in bleaching practices to purify the wood pulp – one of raw materials used to make menstrual products – chlorine and dioxin (one of the most toxic substances known to humankind) can still be found in menstrual towels and tampons.
     

  • Dioxins are persistent organic pollutants that are highly toxic, damage your immune system and may interfere with your hormone system.
     

  • Traces of pesticides and insecticides have also been found in tampons.
     

  • Residues of glyphosate (a probable carcinogen) and used as an active ingredient in certain weed killers has been found in menstrual towels, tampons and panty liners in France and in Argentina.
     

  • Endometriosis is linked with exposure to dioxin and endocrine disrupting chemicals even small amounts in menstrual products can add up over a lifetime of use.
     

***All facts from WEN - link to fact sheet with references: here****

Environmental impacts.

  • Most menstrual pads are made from 90% plastic! Each pack contains around the same amount of plastic than 4 supermarket carrier bags. 
     

  • Plastic products can take up to a thousand years to decompose in landfills or in the ocean.
     

  • Half of UK women flush tampons away. It has been estimated that 1.5-2 billion menstrual items are flushed down Britain’s toilets each year.
     

  • There are approximately 370,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year, of which up to 80% are caused by fats, oils and grease, wipes, sanitary waste and other unflushable items. It costs £88 million a year to unblock sewers in the UK.
     

  • Disposable items never fully breakdown, but turn into micro-plastics. Micro-plastics can be twice as harmful leaching toxic additives into the ocean while they break down while also acting like a sponge absorbing other harmful chemicals from the sea water onto their surface. This makes them a very toxic morsel for fish, sea mammals and the humans that eat them.
     

  • Figures from the Marine Conservation Society reveal 4 pads, pantyliners and backing strips are found for every 100m of beach cleaned, along with 1.2 used tampons and applicators. That’s 4.8 pieces of menstrual waste on average per 100m of beach in the UK.

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Testimonials

“Bought a 3 pack for the first time after years of wearing tampons. Wanted to reduce my waste footprint so this was one way. They arrived quickly and fantastic quality, very well made, really beautiful.
I have to say, wearing them was a bit different - I haven’t worn anything like it for years. I will continue to use them so will get used to them. It’s a really good feeling that I’m not adding to landfill in at least one area. Now to reduce waste in the rest of my life! These should be available to girls and women all over the world, and wearing and washing them should become a really normal thing. It’s crazy how much is thrown away for the sake of a bit of blood! ”

IZZY - SET OF 3, 9" PADS

“I really like the feel of the pantyliners; cushiony but lightweight enough for comfort. I switch between using it with my menstrual cup and on its own when I’m feeling lazy and it doesn’t leak.”

BRIDGET - SET OF 3 7" PADS

“Got the pads today and I love them, thank you ever so much for making them and doing what you do for women and the planet.”

MOLLY - SET OF 7" AND 9" PADS

“I really love these! Great way to try different absorbencies with the pack of three. So soft and comfortable. I’ll never go back to disposables now! Will be ordering more, highly recommended :)”

HELEN - PACK OF 3, 9" PADS

“These are super soft, perfect quality, very absorbent. I think even the thinnest ones would have been fine for me. And true zero waste packaging.”

EMILY - SET OF 3 7" PADS

“These are really beautifully made and are a great addition to any aspiring low-impacters collection. A Very different experience to wearing the disposable pads - far more comfortable and much nicer!”

KIM - SET OF 3, 7" PADS

“I am so happy I tried these, the difference having organic fabric between your legs makes is remarkable, I will be buying more!”

 TONI - SET OF 3, 9" PADS

“They are so well made and oh so soft . Use them for everyday comfort , wouldn’t use anything else now I have found these.
I’m very impressed with the ethics behind the pads ; not just the re-usable planet friendly side of things but also the organic skin friendly fabric and plastic free everything ....... packaging too !”

YVONNE - SELECTION OF 7" PADS

“Excellent quality pads that are super comfortable to wear and easy to take care. What’s nice is that the buttons are not made from plastic. Also, they come nicely packaged through the post in paper. I love the pads and would highly recommend to anyone!”

 SRIJANA - SET OF 3, 9" PADS

“I love my pantyliners, they are incredibly soft and much more comfortable than disposables. They are perfect for days around your period when you want to feel protected without having to wear a bigger pad. I decided to try these pads due to the thought that goes into the materials and I am not disappointed. Thank you!”

ALEX - SET OF 3, 7" PADS

“Very soft and comfortable to wear daily and wash well. I spent a lot of time trying organic and plastic free reusable pads and these were the best choice for me! I’d highly recommend if you thinking about switching to disposables.”

KATE - SET OF 7" AND 9" PADS