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WASTE AWARENESS AND MENSTRUATION


Women use more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime - based on an average of 38 years of menstruation using 22 items of sanitary products per cycle, 13 cycles per year.

● The average menstrual flow is around 85g per cycle. Barely enough to fill a small teacup. Most women and people who menstruate will do so for on average of 38 years and have approx. 500 periods in their lifetime.


● The average commencement for menstruation is 12 yrs old, although it can be as early as 8 for some girls and people who menstruate.


● Each period can cost up to $41, that’s $492/year and $18,450 over a lifetime.


● Disposal of single-use menstrual products - tampons, pads, and applicators generates 200,000 tonnes of waste per year. Most menstrual pads are made from 90% plastic.


● Plastic products can take up to a thousand years to decompose in landfills or in the ocean.


● Half of the women flush tampons away.


● Most sewer blockages are caused by fats, oils and grease, wipes, sanitary waste, and other unflushable items.


● As many as 51 trillion microplastic particles - 500 times more than the stars in our galaxy —litter our oceans and seas, seriously threatening marine wildlife.


● Microplastics can be twice as harmful leaching toxic additives into the ocean while they break down while also acting like a sponge absorbing other harmful chemicals from the seawater onto their surface. This makes them a very toxic morsel for fish, sea mammals, and the humans that eat them.


● Plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles, and countless fish each year. Plastic remains in our ecosystem for years, harming thousands of sea creatures every day.



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