Many of us, myself included had probably never thought about the plastic produced each month during our cycles! Pads are made up of 90% plastic, and tampons; 6%. Both these single use products are included in the 4.3 billion disposable menstrual products used in the UK annually!
It’s been found that 6.2% of beach litter is made up of flushed items, resulting in 7,000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million pads are flushed down the toilet EVERY DAY in the UK. This not only blocks water ways but can escape into our rivers, streams and oceans.
Once in the oceans its estimated that flushed plastic kills around a million sea birds and over 100,000 marine mammals annually.