That wasn’t in the brochure! When you’re heading for the beach, we’re betting that used tampons aren’t high on your wish list. So how does it happen that sanitary waste is polluting our beaches, rivers and treasured natural landscapes?
It starts with a flush. Many girls and women still think tampons are flushable, in fact our research reveals that 41% didn’t know that you’re not supposed to flush them. After all, they usually make it past the U-bend and are quickly forgotten.
But what happens next? Unlike toilet paper and our body’s waste, tampons don’t break up in water. Sooner or later, down the pipes, a blockage forms. The flooding sewage may be in your high street, causing roadworks, or further down the line, or even in your back garden… nice! Either way, the water company has to hack out the ‘fatberg’ of tampons, wipes and other nasties and drive it to landfill.
How big is the problem? In the UK…
- 62% of women are flushers
- an estimated 1.4 billion tampons are flushed each year
- causing £80m in water company repairs
In times of heavy rainfall, the flooding sewers wash some of this waste into our natural waterways, which is how our beaches and rivers end up strewn with sanitary waste which is now anything but sanitary!
Whilst some women are simply unaware that flushing tampons is a no-no, the remaining flushers do so rather guiltily, simply because when you have a used tampon in your hand, you want to get rid of cleanly and immediately!
Binning tampons is not as easy as it sounds:
- what if there is not enough toilet roll to wrap the used tampon?
- what if you feel bad leaving it in someone else’s bin?
- what if there’s no bathroom bin at all?
These scenarios are not far-fetched, more a daily reality that is never mentioned. Our research shows that:
- 84% of women feel embarrassed disposing of a tampon in someone else’s house
- 52% of women have had to sneak a used tampon into their handbag or pocket to dispose of later
- 1 in 3 women have personally, or know someone who has, had a “nightmare” disposal scenario!
Which is why binners and flushers alike are thrilled to discover FabLittleBag!
Offering a handy, hygienic and discreet method of disposal, women are liberated from the angst of what to do with the used tampon.
- No mess – patented loops mean you can open it one-handed, plus it seals hygienically closed
- No embarrassment – opaque, non-rustley material offers discretion
- No anxiety – even if there is no bin on hand, once bagged your tampon can be easily pocketed till later
- No guilt – the bags are biodegradable for a green solution
Whilst re-usable sanitary products are on the rise, and are certainly an excellent green solution, the fact remains that women overwhelmingly are choosing disposable tampons and pads. Now at last there is a green way for them to dispose of them. FabLittleBag can deal with tampons, applicator tubes, intimate wipes, small pads and liners, even used condoms.
Much better to bag-bin-biodegrade than discover something unexpected on a trip to the beach…
Where to buy
In store: Waitrose, Whole Foods Market
Online: Ocado, Amazon, Ethical Superstore, Natural Collection
Subscription boxes: TOTM, Pink Parcel, Sanitary Owl