Around 300 million tampons and 500 million pads are sold in Australia each year. The Sustainable Period Project estimates that with every period where only disposable pads and tampons are used, Australians spend up to $20 and throw away one shopping bag full of plastics, fibres and packaging.
And with the average woman using over 10,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime, that’s a lot of waste going to landfill.
For women and girls looking to reduce their period product waste, there are several low waste period products available including washable cloth pads, period underpants, and menstrual cups.
Although the up-front cost is higher for re-usable products, they provide better value in the long run.