A coalition of charities, campaigners and sustainable feminine hygiene brands have joined forces to demand the free period products in secondary schools should be plastic free.
From September 2019, the Government has committed to providing free sanitary products in English secondary schools and colleges and so the coalition, which included Natracare, have demanded that these free period products are plastic free.
In an open letter addressed to the Department of Education, charities including City to Sea, The Cup Effect, Bloody Good Period, and brands DAME, WUKA and Natracare, said: “Period products should be given out free-of-charge in schools and they should be plastic free too. With the invention of plastic free and reusable period products, the Government has the power to ensure that, for the first time, they can help an entire generation of young people have better periods. We owe this to them, and the planet.”
City to Sea has started a petition and the coalition urges those that agree period products in schools should be plastic free, to sign.
In a statement, the group said that if the government fails to provide plastic free period products, the equivalent of 90m plastic bags will be thrown away by pupils annually.
The letter can be read here
The petition can be signed here