Did you know that an average menstruator will use more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime? This can amount to spending up to £18,450. Disposable menstrual products can also be damaging to the environment, with one pad containing up to 90% plastic.
Even tampons contain plastic, not just in the wrapper but also in the tampon itself. This is harming our oceans with 4.8 pieces of menstrual waste being found on average per 100m of beach in the UK.
However, there are some planet and purse-friendly options out there. While our choice of period product is a very personal one, and we all have different preferences and needs, it is important to be able to make an informed decision about what’s best for you. We’ve put together this short guide to help give you some more information about sustainable period products.
Did you know The Students' Union provides free organic disposable menstrual products in our toilets?
If you need advice or support accessing period products, you can contact the SU Advice Centre or UWE's Student Money Service and they will be able to help.
During Feel Good February, Vanique Kruger, your elected Sustainability Officer, led a workshop about sustainable period products. This featured members of the student sustainability committee in addition to Esther, your Women's Welfare Officer, and Sasha, your BME officer.
Two members of the sustainability committee have reviewed their experience of trying the reusable underwear and menstrual cup, in this blog.