How to have an eco-friendly period

Period pains and cramps are already a stress on us, but the sanitary products we use also have a devastating impact on the environment. The average woman goes through around 11,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime, and this contributes to the 200,000 tonnes of period waste generated annually in the UK. In 2018, the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British beach clean found 20 sanitary items per 100 metres of shoreline during a beach clean-up. Just in the UK, around 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads and 700,000 panty liners get flushed into sewers every day. It’s clear that although we don’t discuss the environmental implications of using disposable period products often, the effects are huge and contribute hugely to plastic pollution and landfill across the world.