Theresa May: More support for plastic reducing companies
Earlier today, Theresa May gave a speech about the Conservatives' environmental policies for the next 25 years. Some of the main things she plans to do are:
· Eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042
· Urge supermarkets to set up “plastic-free aisles” for goods with no packaging
· Encourage industry to take more responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and make them easier to recycle.
At Proud Pads, we think these things are a step in the right direction but WAY too vague. We think specific regulations need to put in to place for shops and cafes, who are the biggest contributors to plastic waste.
Promote and support innovative companies
Theresa May talked about investing in an innovation fund to reduce plastic, but we know there are already hundreds of revolutionary businesses making products that reduce or recycle plastic, like beeswax food wraps instead of clingfilm, stainless steel drinking straws and of course, sustainable sanitary pads! They just need to be more readily available in supermarkets and shops. The mainstream media can also play an important role normalizing these products for their readers.
How Proud Pads can help
At Proud Pads, one of our core missions is to reduce waste. One of the main reasons for May’s speech was the plastic pollution in the oceans around the UK, much of this is made up of sanitary pads. In their 2016 beach clean-up, the Marine Conservation Society found 20 tampons and sanitary items per 100 metres of shoreline.
Every year, we throw away 200,000 tonnes of period waste, which takes 500 years to biodegrade. Each disposable sanitary pad contains the equivalent of four plastic bags, so the majority of this waste, which has either gone in to landfill or our sewer system (to end up in the sea), is made of plastic.
Switching to Proud Pads can reduce your period waste by up to 97%. Since our sustainable sanitary pads lasts 3-5 years, one set last five years rather than a month. If everyone in the UK switched to sustainable sanitary pads, 194,000 tonnes of plastic waste would be diverted from landfill and the world's oceans.
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