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Breaking…the cycle

With disposable sanitary protection ever polluting our planet and bodies, Ellen Tout seeks out a few conscious menstrual choffices

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There’s still a stigma around our period and we don’t talk about it enough, so its environmental impact had barely crossed my mind. I was shocked to learn that one sanitary pad contains, on average, as much plastic as four carrier bags, as well as chemicals like bleach. Most high-street products don’t biodegrade, and the Marine Conservation Society recently found 20 tampons and sanitary items per 100 metres of our coasts. We need to change the way we view these ‘throwaway’ items. After some research, I decide I want to find a natural product that’s healthier for the planet and my body. But which one? I’d seen Mooncup advertised and have friends who swear by them.

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