A new pilot project has been launched by Three Rivers District Council to help residents “have a better period” by making period products available to everyone, while also protecting the environment and breaking down stigmas.
Promoting the message that “periods are normal, together let’s end embarrassment and silence, let’s talk about periods”, Three Rivers District Council is making free period products available at locations across the district, while funding reusable options such as washable period pads and menstrual cups available in a variety of sizes.
In the UK one in ten people with periods cannot afford menstrual products and one in seven say they have struggled to afford them. A standard pack of single use pads contains the same amount of plastic as five plastic carrier bags, with 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste going into landfills every year in the UK alone.
While this waste is not avoidable for everyone, using reusable options even some of the time can have a significant impact on the waste a household produces. Disposable products can cost around £5 a month per person and require buying new products every month. Reusables can last between five and ten years.
Elen Roberts, Three Rivers District Council’s Climate Change, Sustainability, and Recycling Officer, said: “I made the switch to reusables a number of years ago, and it’s the best switch I’ve ever made!
“Not only is it much better for the environment, with so much less waste being produced, but it works better for me and my lifestyle and has saved so much money! I have only spent about £20 in the past five years. With my encouragement a lot of my friends have tried the menstrual cup in recent years, and they have all loved it and will never go back to disposables.”
The pilot project has been launched to coincide with the nationwide Great Big Green Week, with events happening across the district all this week. See https://greenwatford.uk/greenweek/ for more details.
Councillor Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, added: “It’s great to see free period products being made available and accessible to anyone who might need them. I’m pleased to see the addition of more environmentally friendly options which help reduce waste and support to reduce our household waste as part of our Climate Emergency and Sustainability Strategy. Periods are part of everyday life, and we hope this project can normalise and encourage conversations about these products and their benefits.”
Products are available free of charge at the following places:
|Healthy Hub @The Hive||Wednesdays
12 noon – 3pm
|Leavesden Country Park, WD3 0NX||07375 365329|
|Rickmansworth Food Bank &
|Tuesdays 12 noon – 3pm
Fridays 1pm – 2pm
|Methodist Church, Berry Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 7HJ||07716 856892
|South Oxhey Baptist Church Foodbank||Tuesdays 11am – 1pm
Thursdays 11am – 1pm
|140 Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey, Watford, Herts, WD19 7BX||07593 872126|
|Healthy Hub @ The Hillside Hub||Wednesday 9am-12 noon||Hillside Community Hub,
Abbots Langley, WD5 0LA
No personal details will be requested when collecting products.