Did you know that the average female will use 11,000 disposable products over a lifetime?! This also means there is A LOT of waste from these products that end up all over the place. In fact 27,938 used tampons and applicators are collected on beaches around the world EVERY SINGLE DAY - that is a huge amount of waste that we can prevent from happening.
We have initiated the “The New Period” campaign to promote more sustainable menstrual products such as menstrual cups, to prevent the waste ending up in our oceans and beaches.
We kicked off with a menstrual themed quiz at The Students’ Union Bar with vegan vulva cupcakes to raise money for No More Taboo, a social enterprise Bristol charity breaking taboos, empowering women to make sustainable and ethical menstruation choices and tackling period poverty amongst vulnerable communities. Our Sustainability Officer also promoted menstrual cups outside Onezone by hosting a No More Taboo stall. This is part of a wider campaign working with UWE Sustainability and The Green Team to introduce sustainable and plastic-free menstrual products onto campus.
If you use menstural products, you can make a difference by switching to more sustainable menstural products. For example, menstrual cups are small, flexible cups made from silicone or latex rubber. They are tons better for the environment and will save you lots of money. If that's not your thing, then why not look into reusable pads or sea sponges.
Read more about The Students' Union commitment to tackling period poverty here.
If you would like to get involved the campaign, please contact SUCommunity@uwe.ac.uk.