The sustainable period project

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Periods. Something that just about all females will have to deal with in their lifetime. Remember being young and discussing menstruation in school? Some of us were terrified, some of us were clueless, some of us were already knowledgable about it; somehow smug that we were one of the few who already had our period. All of us were probably told the same thing though – your options are pads or tampons.

Sustainable Menstruation Australia reports that “The average woman uses around 12 000 pads and tampons in a lifetime. This contributes approximately 120 kg to landfill. In Australia, women contribute approximately 18 thousand metric tonnes of sanitary waste to landfill every year.” That’s a huge amount of waste.

Enter The Sustainable Period Project, an organisation committed to educating young females about sustainable and reusable menstrual hygiene products. Partnered by some fantastic companies including lunette menstrual cups, TOM organic and Modibodi, The Sustainable Period Project has a website packed full of great resources; informational handouts, quizzes, video and PowerPoint presentations, and educational games just to name a few. There’s even a craft activity to make your own simple cloth pads!

Educational facilities can also request a resource kit featuring a USB full of teaching resources, and samples of menstrual cups, modibodi underwear, reusable cloth pads and all-cotton disposable cloth pads.

The sustainable period project

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Gone are the days when young women experiencing or eagerly (anxiously!) awaiting their first period are told “It’s pads or tampons – that’s it.” Educators are broadening the field of learning, embracing sustainable options and making a conscious decision to inform young women. And kudos to them. After all, it’s the younger generation we need to educate, and educate well. The future of our planet relies on it.