For International Women’s Day and throughout 2019, the award-winning Green Gathering festival is joining forces with pioneers City to Sea to empower women to choose Plastic Free Periods.
Almost 12 million pads, panty liners and tampons are disposed of every day in the UK alone – with many being flushed down the loo and ending up in our oceans. A ‘conventional’ menstrual pad can contain as much plastic as four carrier bags. Those that don’t pollute the waterways are sent to landfill and may live longer than the person who used them.
Following the success of 2018’s Bring Your Own Mug campaign, The Green Gathering is reaching out to organisations such as No More Taboo, Hey Girls and Campaign For Cloth which are working to combat period poverty and period shame.
Together we aim to expand choice, support girls and women, reduce plastic pollution and transform how people think about periods. City to Sea has collated a treasure trove of information about reuseable period wear options and also highlights organic, toxin-free products for when washing isn’t practical.
“We’re incredibly passionate about our #PlasticFreePeriods campaign because it ties into so many issues as well as that of protecting our oceans. Switching to reusables and spreading awareness about our product options is empowering, educational and can help contribute to a more equitable and compassionate world for all.”
– Jasmine Tribe, campaigns co-ordinator for City to Sea
The Green Gathering is seeking suppliers of washable period pants, cups and pads to exhibit at the Campaign For Cloth stall at the festival on the first weekend of August. There will be a private washing space for reuseables next to the stall and near compost toilets.
“It’s fantastic there are now so many practical and aesthetically lovely #PlasticFreePeriod products to choose from. Reuseables can be expensive initially but they’re much, much cheaper in the long run. Perhaps girls should receive a one-off payment when they reach period age to help them get started? I’d campaign for that!”
– Em Weirdigan, Green Gathering festival director
Women talking about period pants, menstrual cups and washable pads feature in City To Sea’s inspiring videos. If more and larger festivals join The Green Gathering to campaign for #PlasticFreePeriods, perhaps talking about something 50% of the population experiences every month for much of their lives won’t seem strange by International Women’s Day 2020.