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! [1]

The plastic pollution conversation is heavily dominated by items like bags, bottles and straws, meaning period products don’t get spoken about, yet they are the fifth most common item found on Europe’s beaches, straws are number seven! Their plastic content is unnecessary and the environmental impacts avoidable, which is why it’s so important to stop this at source. [2]

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. [1,3]

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. Therefore it is crucial that we bring about change so that these essential products are inflicting minimum damage. 

This is why myself and over 239,000 supporters are calling on manufacturers and supermarkets to bring about change by removing plastic from their period products. This petition covers tampons, applicators, pads/towels, wrappers and packaging. 

Campaign results to date:
Sainsbury's, Aldi, and Superdrug have stopped the production of their plastic tampon applicators, a move collectively saving over 17 tonnes of plastic annually!
- Before the campaign there was no access to eco-friendly tampons, pads or reusable products in supermarkets, now they are available in most supermarkets and retailers, this is so important as it gives customers true access to choice.
- Lil-Lets, Superdrug, and Morrisons have reacted to the campaign by launching and developing their own eco-friendly ranges!

Please sign, share and together let's break the plastic cycle, period! 

Thank you for supporting the campaign!

Ella :)

Campaign hashtag: #EndPeriodPlastic

Twitter: @ella_daish Instagram: @elladaish Facebook: @elladaish1

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!
  • Take a picture of yourself holding a sign in support of the campaign and post it online using the hashtag #EndPeriodPlastic. The campaign had a day of action doing this, there is more information here.

Campaign features in date order:
Marie Claire: https://bit.ly/33rKxRA
Independent: https://bit.ly/2PnF2LJ
Stylist: https://bit.ly/2WMgeSx
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: 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 

Videos:
Film about the campaign called 'The Making of an Activist' : https://bit.ly/3fPg9Ve

References: 
[1] Plastic Periods: https://bit.ly/2UI2g1f
[2] European Commission (Page 11) https://bit.ly/2xsNkMy 
[3] Institution of Environmental Sciences (Page 19) https://bit.ly/2QwZQyV