WEN: Seeing Red for Sanitary Protection and the Environment
The Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) recently listed that, in the UK, the use of tampons, pads and applicators generates more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year. An average woman throws away an astonishing 125 to 150kg of these products in her lifetime. Half the world’s population has periods, but how often do we challenge the assumptions behind the products marketed to us? Why are we still manufacturing disposable sanitary products containing plastics that will take hundreds of years to break down? What links are there between female cotton pickers in developing countries and the choice of these products in our shops?
WEN has campaigned for over 20 years to draw attention to the health and environmental impacts of such consumer choices. Following the success of their 2004 report, this March they launched “Seeing Red”, a four-page briefing exploring the links between sanitary products and health, waste, advertising, and chemicals.
Download the full report here: www.wen.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Seeing_Red_2012.pdf
Originally posted on 20 June 2012