In the UK a staggering 200,000 tonnes of sanitary products end up in landfill EVERY YEAR. Most conventional products contain plastic, 90% of a sanitary pad and 6% of a tampon is plastic and let’s not forget the packaging and plastic tampon applicators too. These products can take over 500 years to break down.
Did you know – around 2 billion menstrual items are flushed down Britain’s toilets every year? This causes sewer blockages and many of these products end up on our beaches and in our seas! Pads, tampons and applicators are the 5th most common item found on European beaches.
Thinking about our health and the environment
As well as being bad for the environment, sanitary products often contain a cocktail of chemicals some of which are linked to breast cancer and infertility. A study of tampons in the US found a range of chemicals including methylene chloride which is commonly found in paint stripper! Manufacturers don’t have to list the ingredients on their products which means many product users aren’t aware of the harmful chemicals they are exposing themselves too.
The cheapest products are often the ones with the most potential to damage our health and the environment.