Make all Menstrual Products Plastic Free

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Each year in the U.K tampons, pads and panty-liners including their packaging generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste.

Some menstrual pads can contain up to four plastic bags worth of plastic, that's around 90% of each product! These products are constantly being produced and disposed of and they can be toxic to the environment. We need to stop them being harmful, and stop them having a permanent life on this planet. [1]

The Marine Conservation Society found 20 tampons and sanitary items per 100 metres of shoreline in their 2016 beach clean-up. [2]

With each woman using on average 11,000 disposable menstrual products in her reproductive lifetime. Why can't they be convenient, reliable and Eco-friendly? This is why it is essential that manufacturers change their mainstream products and packaging to be both plastic free and biodegradable – so that these mass produced essentials are accessible to everybody and we are not having a harmful impact on our wildlife and planet.

That’s why I’m calling on the companies that make Tampax, Always, Bodyform, Kotex and Lil-lets and supermarkets to make their menstrual products both plastic free and biodegradable.

This petition covers menstrual pads/towels and tampons including their applicators, wrappers and packaging.

There are already companies out there making products better for the environment like Natracare, producing Eco-friendly versions.

As a woman myself, I'd hate to think of my menstrual pads and tampons, having an everlasting impact on our planet and wildlife.

These products don't need to be plastic, which is why I am petitioning to put an end to this unnecessary waste.

Please sign, share and let's #endperiodplastic together!

Thank you for supporting the campaign,

Ella

The campaign has been featured on the following blogs: 

WEN (Women's Environmental Network: https://www.wen.org.uk/blog/ella

TOTM (Time of the Month):                                                       https://www.totm.com/plastic-free-periods-interview-with-campaigner-ella-daish/

The Ecologist: https://theecologist.org/2018/jun/01/periods-and-planet-revolution-eco-friendly-menstrual-products-writes-julia-minnear

References:                                                        [1] https://www.wen.org.uk/whatstheproblem/  [2] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/29/the-eco-guide-to-period-dramas



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