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Majority of menstrual products being sold on the EU market (and globally) are single-use items

Nowadays, most menstrual products sold on the EU market (and globally) are disposable products: including sanitary napkins, pads and tampons. From production to disposal, these products are environmentally, economically, The health and society have a serious impact.

In fact, the scale of waste generated can be said to be impressive. According to a recent European study in 2017, the 28 EU member states used more than 49 billion disposable menstrual products and generated a total of 590,000 tons of waste. These wastes end up in landfills (87%) or incinerators (13%), which waste resources and have a negative impact on the environment (ie: need for land resources, air, soil and groundwater pollution, carbon dioxide emissions, etc.).

In addition, traditional disposable menstrual pads are usually made of 90% plastic, and their ingredients contain hundreds of chemical substances, which not only affect the environment, but also affect the health of consumers. These items usually contain fragrances and synthetic fragrances, and can carry up to 3,900 chemical substances, which have been identified as carcinogens, neurotoxins, can cause skin irritation, damage hormones and reproductive system, destroy the human endocrine system and cause the heart Diseases, infertility substances, and cancer.

The social aspect of menstruation cannot be ignored, because in the European Union, nearly one-fifth of women struggle to pay for basic one-time menstrual products every month. Inability to buy menstrual products can significantly reduce the quality of life of menstruating patients. This aspect is also called "period poverty".

This is a problem that affects (at least) half of the world's population. Although better alternatives to menstrual products such as reusable products (ie menstrual pants and cups) and non-toxic and plastic-free products have been around for decades, there are still very few people who know them or can use them .

This is due to many factors: menstrual taboos (the current social structure makes menstrual taboos permanent), misinformation and lack of education (education and information on the subject are discouraged due to taboos), lack of interest from multinational companies (disposable plastics) Products are cheaper than reusable and plastic-free products), unavailable (reusable and plastic-free menstrual products are usually more difficult to find, especially in mainstream retailers such as supermarkets and local businesses) are less available); and, difficult Obtained (many people who need menstrual products also cannot obtain these products financially).

Action week

In order to solve menstrual plastics and harmful chemicals, menstrual taboos, and increase the popularity of plastic-free and reusable menstrual products, the third Environmental Menstrual Action Week was held from October 19 to 25 last year. One week is committed to putting menstruation under the spotlight and advocating to provide everyone with reusable, environmentally friendly, non-toxic and plastic-free menstrual products!

In 2018, Wen (Women's Environmental Network) launched the first environmental menstrual week in the UK. From that moment to the present, many organizations have joined this cause. Last year, this was the first time the movement was held at the European level. With the support of the "Get Out of Plastic" movement to expand the work carried out within the organizations in Europe (and others) Region) on this important topic.

More than 15 non-governmental organizations in Europe joined this week through various activities, such as raising awareness of the impact of disposable menstrual products and the benefits of plastic-free and reusable items, improving the skills of educators, and breaking menstrual taboos , Requiring manufacturers and suppliers to take action, and requiring policy changes at the national and European levels. (For more detailed information about events and events, please check the webpage here).

As part of this bloody week, individuals also have the opportunity to break the taboo by joining the "Pride of the Times Challenge". Here are some highlights of the challenge...

The main requirements of these organizations are consolidated in the so-called "Bloody Declaration", which calls on the European Union to act on behalf of half of its population and empowers menstrators across Europe to make informed choices and obtain safe, fair and cyclic menstrual products-compliant The EU’s circular economy goals.

The declaration was warmly welcomed by members of the European Parliament from various political fields, and representatives from different groups joined the appeal:

We thank all signatories for their valuable support, and we call on all European political parties and elected people to join the declaration, so that we can put forward our strong demands on this matter to the European Commission!

View the complete list of supporters (as of February 1, 2021):

Member of the European Parliament

Ciarán Cuffe, Greens / EFA, Ireland

Claire Daly, Leftist, Ireland

Eleonora Evi, Green Party/Education for All, Italy

Grace O’Sullivan, Green Party/Education for All, Ireland

Jytte Guteland, Greens EFA, Sweden

Kim Van Sparrentak, Green Party/Education for All, Netherlands

Manuel Bompard, leftist, France

Maria Arena, Greens/Education for All, Belgium

Margrete Auken, Greens / EFA, Denmark

Mick Wallace, Leftist, Ireland

Monika Vana, Green Party/Education for All, Austria

Piernicola Pedicini, Green/Education for All, Italy

Terry Reintke, Green Party/Education for All, Germany

Tilly Metz, Green Party/Education for All, Luxembourg


Alternativa Verde by Asturias EQUO, Bundesverband Meeresmüll/German Marine Garbage Organization eV, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Ekologi Brez Meja, Friends of the Earth, Croatia, No Plastic in My Sea, No Plastic Hackney, Posidonia Green Project, Surfing European Foundation, Good Tribe, Trash Hero World, Zero Trash in Austria, Zero Trash in Europe, Zero Trash in France, Zero Trash in Latvia, Zero Trash in Montenegro, Zero Trash in Northwest

107 people worldwide

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8 In the Americas: Ainhoa ​​Perez, United States | Alexandra Huttel, Puerto Rico | United States of America Letty Segovia | companies Kaylee Cubbison, United States of America | companies Olga Pstiga, Canada | Sarah Burns, Argentina|United States of America United States of America | Sharon Davlin | Zach Van Stanley, United States of America

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