We found this information in a Women’s Environmental Network study in England. We haven’t changed any of the text as, sadly, the information speaks for itself…..
Plastic products take up to a thousand years to decompose. Conventional disposable menstrual products made from 90% plastic – along with their packaging generate 200,000 tonnes of waste per year. This figure of 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste (including tampons, pads and applicators) generated per year in the UK comes from our calculations based on AHPMA’s figure of 4.3 billion menstrual products being used per year in the UK. If each woman uses between 11,000‐16,000 tampons and pads in their lifetime, that’s about 32 items per period. This works out to approximately 200kgs of tampons, pads and applicators thrown away in a lifetime of menstruating for one woman (either going to landfill or down the toilet).
90% of a disposable menstrual pad is plastic.
There are approximately 370,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year, of which up to 80% are caused by fats, oils and grease, wipes, sanitary waste and other unflushable items.
In the Eastern region of the UK alone around 800 tonnes of wipes, tampons and other sanitary items are flushed into the sewers every week. For the major cities in the area it can be as much as 40 tonnes of wrongly flushed waste per week.
It costs £88 million a year to unblock sewers blocked by menstrual products (combined with fats, oils, grease and food waste) in the UK (Sewer Misuse 2018, Water UK)