Make all Menstrual Products Plastic Free
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Conventional period products contain up to 90% plastic and are constantly being manufactured, used for between 4-8 hours, disposed of and then take over 500 years to break down! That's over 7 times the average lifetime of the person using them, meaning if Jane Austen had used them they would still be decomposing today! 
They can enter rivers and oceans and end up on beaches. In fact, a report by the European Commission found that period items are the fifth most common waste washed up on beaches!
This happens when they are incorrectly flushed down toilets, and shockingly 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads and 700,000 pantyliners are flushed in the UK every single day! This pollutes and negatively impacts the environment and contributes to ocean plastic, which kills around 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish yearly. Overtime their plastic content disintegrates into smaller pieces, known as micro-plastics and fibres, which pose a further threat to marine-life and ecosystems. [1,2]
They also contribute to over 200,000 tonnes of landfill waste every year, however, any not sent to landfill may be incinerated with the potential to release toxins due to their high plastic and synthetic content. No matter where they end up, whether at the bottom of the sea, in landfill or on a beach, they will remain there for hundreds of years and pose constant danger to animals and birds.
The adverse impact that single-use plastic is having on our health and the environment has been gaining huge media coverage, and because there are already so many companies out there producing eco-friendly versions it is obvious now more than ever that plastic is clearly not needed in period products. Their plastic content is unnecessary and their negative impacts completely avoidable. Therefore it is crucial that we bring about change so that these essential products are inflicting minimum damage.
This is why myself and over 196,000 supporters are calling on manufacturers and supermarkets to remove plastic from the period products they produce. This petition covers tampons, applicators, pads/towels, wrappers and packaging.
Please sign, share and together let's break the plastic cycle, period!
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Campaign hashtag: #EndPeriodPlastic
When the campaign isn’t taking focused action on a decision maker, you can still get involved and support it! Here are some steps:
- Signing and sharing the campaign!
- Starting conversations with those around you. Many are still unaware that these products contain plastic; by speaking about it and spreading the word, you are raising much-needed awareness!
- Take direct action by opting for eco-friendly period products, this is a positive step and will show manufacturers through consumer demand that we don’t want them to contain plastic!
- Get in touch with your local shop and ask them to stock eco-friendly products and if they sell tampons with plastic applicators ask them to swap them for alternatives like cardboard applicators.
- If you find period plastic polluting the environment, please take a picture and post it on social media using the campaign hashtag #EndPeriodPlastic!
The Guardian: https://bit.ly/2Po47po Mashable: https://bit.ly/2Ny2aHH The Ecologist: https://bit.ly/2Nz94fL Metro: https://bit.ly/2z7m7MX Virgin: https://bit.ly/2FgbjyI Huffpost (Why 2019 Needs to be the Year Plastic-Free Periods Go Mainstream: https://bit.ly/2MNQE8p Solihull Observer (Lil-Lets Demo): https://bit.ly/2GgTbae Forbes: https://bit.ly/2RyETUj Glamour (Year of the Plastic-free Period): https://bit.ly/2DjZojT i-D: https://bit.ly/2CfFaae Huffpost USA: https://bit.ly/2A1Kz35 Huffpost (Sainsbury's): https://bit.ly/2qnI6uU My Green Pod: https://bit.ly/2QaH8gH Vogue: https://bit.ly/2oWzlXT Glamour: https://bit.ly/2LtWp98 Wales Online: https://bit.ly/2LifRX4 Pebble: https://bit.ly/2maj93R
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