Why use Reusable Sanitary Protection?

By using non-disposable alternatives, we save trees and energy, reduce pollution
and waste, and reduce the amount of chemicals in contact with our bodies.

So whether you use non-disposables all the time, only when you are at home,
or just at night, it will make a difference to our environment and your health.

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Good for the environment…
Less waste to landfill
It takes a tampon six months to biodegrade.

A plastic sanitary towel liner lasts indefinitely.

Reduces blocked drains
75% of blocked drains are caused by flushing sanitary protection.

Saves Trees & Energy
Most disposable sanitary towels are made of paper, contain polyacrylate gel and have a plastic waterproof layer.

Tampons are made of bleached cotton, and some have a cardboard or plastic applicator.

Reduces Pollution
Dioxins released during chlorine bleaching and plastics manufacture have been shown to cause cancer, miscarriages and damage to the immune system.

The plastic components of disposable sanitary protection litter our beaches, causing harm to coastal and aquatic wildlife.


Good for you…
Comfortable, easy to use
Soft brightly coloured, fleecy covers, pop over wings.

Slim, extremely soft, comfortable, breathable and very absorbent.

Good for women with skin allergies

Reduces contact with unknown chemicals
Toxic Shock Syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal illness which particularly affects younger women, is linked to tampons.

Tampons are associated with infections and the fibres can embed themselves into the vaginal wall.

Saves money
£100s can be saved by using reusable products

The average woman in the western world uses more than 7000 items of disposable sanitary towels and tampons (sanpro) during her life*.

In the UK every year, we buy more than 3 billion items of disposable sanpro**
In 2001 we spent £370 million on them

*based on 4 pads/day, 4 days per month, between age 13 age 51 = 4 x 4 x 12 x38 = 7296; ** source: www.wen.org.uk

Steven Leighton

Volunteer at Suffolk County
I'm Steven, and I volunteer with many local projects around Suffolk to help improve the local environment.