Keep It Clear teamed up with Mumsnet and a female entrepreneur and her new invention to uncover the truth about how women dispose of their tampons. Like wipes, the labelling of these products is confusing and should be clearly marked Do Not Flush. Mumsnetters were surveyed and given the chance to trial FabLittleBag™, a hygienic, easy-to-use disposal bag that biodegrades, invented by mother-of-two Martha Silcott.
Research revealed that, out of the women surveyed, most of them didn’t realise they should never flush tampons,because they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper and cause blockages and environmental pollution.
Keep It Clear is working with City to Sea on the introduction of a one-stop, unbiased lesson plan resource for schools to spark debate about the methods of disposal of sanitary products. More than 6,000 lesson packs have been requested by teachers following training days in the Anglian Water region.
By 2019, PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) lessons will be compulsory on the national school curriculum. By co-funding and working on the pilot, we are helping to initiate discussion about disposal methods, the social and environmental impacts of menstruation and the alternatives to disposal sanitary products.
The Unmentionables is in an innovative, entertaining and effective game to educate women on sanitary waste and disposal.
- 750 WOMEN played the game at 94 PARTIES across the region in August 2016
- Over 263 HOURS were spent discussing sanitary waste disposal.
- From which over 100,000 CONVERSATIONS have been sparked and
- 89 per cent of the participants who previously flushed tampons now bin them as a result.
Download some useful education resources explaining all the sanitary products that are available (reusable and disposable), the costs and the materials they are made from.