We are huge fans of Ella Daish and her campaign to make all menstrual products plastic free.
Here are a few period facts we’ve learned from Ella:
> Conventional period products contain up to 90% plastic.
> Even though they are used for between 4-8 hours, they take over 500 years to break down. That’s over 7 times the average lifetime of the person using them.
> A report by the European Commission found that period items are the fifth most common waste washed up on beaches.
> People still don’t know that these products are not flushable – 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads and 700k pantyliners are flushed in the UK every day.
> Not only do these products add 200,000 tonnes to landfills each year, the ones that end up in oceans and rivers contribute to the deaths of 1 million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish.
It’s time to demand change.
Ella started a petition on Change.org calling for supermarkets to stock plastic-free alternatives and for manufacturers to stop the production of unnecessary plastic like tampon applicators.
Over 196,700 people have signed the petition – add your name today and share on social media using the hashtag #EndPeriodPlastic